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A View beyond the Horizon: Future Directions in Antarctic Science
Sponsors of the Horizon Scan (without whom the Scan would not have been possible)
Complete database of scientific questions
An important decision in organizing the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Science Horizon Scan was grouping the scientific questions submitted by the community into a logical structure. More than 850 questions were submitted by the community and this database will be the starting point for discussion at the Horizon Scan Retreat in April 2104. The final structure of the Horizon Scan question database is organized into eleven (11) themes:
- Southern Ocean Physics, Geology, and Chemistry;
- Southern Ocean Life and Ecology;
- The Solid Earth;
- Atmospheric Science;
- Land Ice;
- Near Earth Space and Beyond;
- Biotic Responses to Change;
- Marine Biosphere and the Physical Environment;
- The Past - A Window on the Future;
- Terrestrial Life and Ecology.
Questions that could be logically addressed in more than one theme are repeated in the database for a total of nearly 1000 questions. Each question has been assigned a unique number (1st Solicitation: 1 to 999; 2nd solicitation: 1001-1999) so that the question can be traced to the original, unedited question database.
The questions are now available to view and download:
SCAR announces attendees of the Horizon Scan Retreat
A critical element of the Science Horizon Scan is a Retreat to be held in Queenstown, New Zealand from April 20 to 23, 2014, where the most important scientific questions will be formulated and agreed. The Horizon Scan International Steering Committee (ISC) selected Retreat invitees from nearly 500 community-submitted nominations of highly qualified and deserving candidates. Primary considerations in selection were scientific excellence, leadership, and a broad perspective of Antarctic science. To reach a consensus, ISC members carefully reviewed the credentials of all nominees and selected those they believed should be invited to the Retreat via an online survey. Nominees were classified as experts in the GeoSciences; Life Sciences; Physical Sciences; and Social Sciences, Humanities and Policy, as defined by SCAR's portfolio of scientific activities, to ensure coverage of the breadth of Antarctic science.
Scan Retreat attendees are representatives of their communities and are tasked with providing a broad perspective on their areas of expertise at the Retreat. Everyone is encouraged to contact attendees and make their opinions known and take advantage of opportunities to participate in the Horizon Scan (i.e., online question solicitations).
2nd Round - Community-wide Solicitation of Scientific Questions
What will the portfolio of international Antarctic and Southern Ocean science be in 2035?
Community response to the 1st Round Solicitation of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Science Questions generated more than 750 questions that the community believes will be important in Antarctic science over the next two decades. The responses were representative of the breadth and depth of modern Antarctic science and cover important research questions in the life sciences, geosciences, physical sciences, and social sciences and the humanities (as defined by SCAR and its subsidiary group topics).
In order for the "1st SCAR Antarctic and Southern Ocean Science Horizon Scan" to attain its goal of a collective vision of future directions in Antarctic science beyond present strategic planning efforts, the community is challenged to pose additional questions that extrapolate from current knowledge and understanding of the southern polar regions and reasonable short-term (next 10 years) expectations for advances. By design, a Horizon Scan aims to move the community toward a longer-term vision that will inform decision-making in the interim to ensure that the loftiest of goals will be attained by planning now for requirements many years (two decades) in the future.
The 2nd Round request for scientific questions is now closed and the results can be viewed on the Submitted Science Questions page.
If you have any questions or wish for more details, please contact a member of the Horizon Scan International Steering Committee, especially a member from your own country or region. If you have any feedback regarding the usage or any content of the online forms, please contact Renuka Badhe (email email@example.com).