Antarctica & Climate

The climate, physical and biological properties of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are closely coupled to the global environment by the ocean and the atmosphere.

Ice Sheets & Under the Ice

International, intensive field programmes aim at understanding the dynamics of Antarctica's ice sheets, ice shelves, glaciers, sea ice and the continent hidden beneath kilometres of ice.

Ecosystems & Biodiversity

Life scientists strive to understand the evolution and diversity of life in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean to determine how these processes have produced unique Antarctic ecosystems.

The Poles as a Vantage Point

Antarctica has unique characteristics that make it a highly desirable vantage point for near-Earth, upper atmosphere, solar, astrophysical and astronomical observations.

Observing Systems

Integrated, multi-disciplinary observations are needed to understand and predict the response of biota to changes in the Southern Ocean and on the Antarctic continent. 

SCAR, the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research,

is a body of ICSU, the International Council for Science, and it is charged with the initiation, promotion and co-ordination of scientific research in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. SCAR also provides international, independent scientific advice to the Antarctic Treaty system and other bodies.

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Recent news


Survey for the Antarctic Near-Shore and Terrestrial Observation System

17 July 2017: The SCAR Expert Group ANTOS (Antarctic Near-Shore and Terrestrial Observation System) is a continent-wide biologically-focussed initiative to assess responses to environmental variability and change.  A first step in establishing...

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Bathymetric survey reveals detailed seafloor morphology in East Antarctica

13 July 2017: - Contributed by Alix Post, on behalf of the International Bathymetric Chart of the Southern Ocean (IBCSO) Expert Group Over two consecutive summers, 2013-14 and 2014-15, a collaborative bathymetric survey, employing small science...

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Matthew England awarded 2017 Tinker-Muse Prize

The prestigious Tinker-Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica for 2017 has been awarded to University of New South Wales (UNSW) scientist Professor Matthew England in recognition of his outstanding research, leadership and advocacy for...

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