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


SCAR May 2017 Newsletter

Check out SCAR’s May Newsletter! In this issue: SCAR News- SCAR is looking for an Archivist, SCAR - 60 Years and Beyond, New SCAR Membership Guide, Indian National Report to SCAR, Marine Ecosystem Assessment of the Southern Ocean Call for...

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SCAR seeks a temporary Archivist

17 May 2017: The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) is seeking an Archivist for up to three months to catalogue its archive. Formed in 1958, SCAR is an interdisciplinary body of the International Council for Science (ICSU), and...

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The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research – 60 Years and Beyond

16 May 2017: In 1957, the International Council of Scientific Unions (now the International Council for Science, ICSU) invited 12 nations active in Antarctic research each to send a delegate to a Special Committee on Antarctic Research. The...

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