1st Antarctic & Southern Ocean Science Horizon Scan

A View beyond the Horizon: Future Directions in Antarctic Science

The 1st SCAR Antarctic and Southern Ocean Science Horizon Scan assembled the world's leading Antarctic scientists, policy makers, leaders, and visionaries to identify the most important scientific questions that will or should be addressed by research in and from the southern Polar Regions over the next two decades. This web page provides easy access to all aspects of the Horizon Scan including updates, planning documents, and various supporting resources. The SCAR Science Horizon Scan has been developed, organized and managed by an International Steering Committee.

Main Scan Results

Follow-on Work



For the latest news and updates, visit Horizon Scan News.


The Scan was proposed within an expansive framework of activities that is defining a new and robust paradigm for how Antarctic science and policy can work more effectively to benefit society:


The SCAR 2011-2016 Strategic Plan called for instituting a "Horizon Scanning" activity to support SCAR's vision of leadership and international cooperation in Antarctic and Southern Ocean science and assist in achieving its mission of excellence in science and scientific advice to policy makers:

The Retreat

A critical element of the Horizon Scan was a Retreat where selected representatives of the community gathered in Queenstown, New Zealand from April 20 to 23, 2014.


Dissemination activities include communicating outcomes to the community and producing a high profile article:

Financial Sponsors

Without the financial support of sponsor organisations, the SCAR Science Horizon Scan would not have been possible. View the list of sponsors.


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 or queries, please contact the Chair of the Horizon Scanning Committee, Prof Mahlon "Chuck" Kennicutt.

The Horizon Scan process is based on inclusive, community-wide consultations led and managed by SCAR. Horizon Scan organizers invite all interested parties and individuals to participate throughout the process. No formal association with SCAR is necessary and the intent is to develop as broad a view as possible of future directions in Antarctic and Southern Ocean science, regardless of the source and/or affiliation of contributors. Not only do we want everyone to participate, your participation is essential for ensuring the credibility of the outcomes of the Horizon Scan.