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 June 2017 Newsletter

Check out SCAR's June Newsletter! In this issue: SCAR News- Biology videos wanted; Updates from our groups on ice sheet mass balance, Antarctic sea ice, and biogeochemistry and sea ice; Resources for SCAR Fellowship applicants; Polar Educators...

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Going deeper in Antarctica with SCAR's Fellowships

In a recent interview with *Research Professional, SCAR’s Executive Director, Jenny Baeseman answers questions from Gretchen Ransow about SCAR’s mission and the benefits of the SCAR Fellowships as well as a few tips and tricks for those...

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Requests for Video clips of Antarctic fieldwork for SCAR Biology symposium

Do you have a great clip (about 2-3 minutes) that shows the fieldwork you do in the Antarctic and the biodiversity you can find there? In order to make the upcoming XIIth SCAR Biology symposium, July 10-14, a bit more interesting the organisers are...

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