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AAA Antarctic Astronomy and Astrophysics
AABW Antarctic Bottom Water
AAD Australian Antarctic Division
AADC Australian Antarctic Data Centre
AARI Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute
ACC Anthropogenic Climate Change
ACSYS Arctic Climate System Study
ADD Antarctic Digital Database
ADDS Antarctic Data Directory System
ADEOS Advanced Earth Observing Satellite
ADGRAV Antarctic Digital Gravity Project
ADMAP Antarctic Digital Magnetic Anomaly Project
AEON Antarctic Environmental Officers Network
AFIM Antarctic Flight Information Manual
AGDI Antarctic Geographic Data Integration project
AGEANT Age Growth and Evolution of Antarctica
AGO Automatic Geophysical Observatory
AGONET Antarctic Geospace Observatory Network
AGS Antarctic Geodesy Symposium
AIROPS Air Operations Working Group
AMAP Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme
AMD Antarctic Master Directory
AMEN Antarctic Managers' Electronic Network
ANARE Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions
ANDRILL Antarctic Geological Drilling Consortium
AnSITP Antarctic Ice Thickness Programme
ANTEC Group of Specialists on Antarctic Neotectonics
ANTIME Late Quaternary Antarctic Sedimentary Record of Ice Margin Evolution
ANTOSTRAT Antarctic Off-shore Stratigraphy Programme
AnZone Antarctic Zone
APE-GAIA Airborne Polar expedition - Geophysica Aircraft in Antarctica
APIS Antarctic Pack Ice Seals
ASIZP Antarctic Sea-Ice Zone Project
ASMA Antarctic Specially Managed Area
ASOC Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition
ASPA Antarctic Specially Protected Area
ASPeCt Antarctic Sea-Ice Processes and Climate
ATCM Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting
ATCP Antarctic Treaty Consultative Party
ATOM Antarctic Telecommunications Operations Manual
ATS Antarctic Treaty System
AWI Alfred-Wegener-Institut für Polar- und Meeresforschung


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BAMS Bureau of the Australian Meteorological Service
BAS British Antarctic Survey
BBS Bird Biology Subcommittee (SCAR)
BEDMAP Antarctic Bedrock Mapping Project
BIOMASS Biological Investigations of Marine Antarctic Systems and Stocks
BIOTAS Biological Investigations of Terrestrial Antarctic Systems
BSRN Baseline Surface Radiation Network


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CAA Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration
CALM Circumpolar Active Layer Monitoring
CARA Center for Astrophysical Research in Antarctica
CARP Canadian Antarctic Research Program
CCAMLR Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources
CCAR Canadian Committee on Antarctic Research
CCAS Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Seals
CDB Central Data Bank (for Antarctic Bird Banding)
CD-ROM Compact Disc; Read Only Memory
CEE Comprehensive Environmental Evaluation
CEMP CCAMLR Ecosystem Monitoring Programme
CEP Committee for Environmental Protection
CGA Composite Gazetteer of Antarctica
CHAMP Changing Mini-satellite Payload
CHINARE Chinese National Antarctic Research Expedition
CLIC Climate and Cryosphere
CLIVAR Climate Variability and Predictability Programme
CO Carbon Monoxide
COGS Collaborative Geoscience in the South Shetland Islands
COMNAP Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programmes
CONAAN Comisión Nacional de Asuntos Antárticos
CPC Canadian Polar Commission
CRAMRA Convention for the Regulation of Antarctic Mineral Resources Activities
CRC Cooperative Research Centre
CS-;EASIZ Coast and Shelf -; Ecology of the Antarctic Sea-Ice Zone


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DBCP Data Buoy Cooperation Panel
DCDB Data Center on Digital Bathymetry
DecCen Decadal to Centennial Climate Variability
DEM Digital Elevation Model
DGPS Digital Global Positioning System
DIF Data Interchange Format
DNA Deoxyribose-Nucleic Acid
DNA Dirección Nacional del Antártico
DORIS Doppler Orbitography Information System


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EAM Environmental Assessment Memoranda
EASIZ Ecology of the Antarctic Sea-Ice Zone
ECG Environmental Coordinating Group
ECMWF European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts
ECOPS European Committee on Ocean Polar Sciences
EDAT Education and Training Working Group
EIA Environmental Impact Assessment
EISMINT European Ice Sheet Modelling Initiative
ELINF Electronic Information Working Group
EMRAC Emergency Response and Contingency Planning Working Group

Ente per le Nuove tecnologie, l'Energia e l'Ambiente
(National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and the Environment)

ENMAN Energy Management Working Group
ENSO El Niño Southern Oscillation
EPICA European Polar Ice Coring in Antarctica
ESF European Science Foundation
EUG European Union of Geosciences
EVOLANTA Evolution in Antarctica
EXCOM Executive Committee


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FAO Food and Agriculture Organization (of the United Nations)
FARO Forum of Arctic Research Operators
FDSN Federation of Digital Seismographic Networks
FIBEX First International Biomass Experiment
FIDS Falkland Island Dependency Survey
FIG International Federation of Surveyors

Fundamental Research in Ice Shelf Programme
(formerly: Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf Programme)

FROST First Regional Observation of the Stratosphere


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GAIM Global Analysis, Interpretation and Modelling
GAME GEWEX Asian Monsoon Experiment
GCOS Global Climate Observing System
GCTE Global Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems
GEBCO General Bathymetric Chart of the Ocean
GEF Global Environmental Fund
GERG Geochemical and Environmental Research Group
GEWEX Global Energy and Water-Cycle Experiment
GGI Geodesy and Geographic Information (Working Group)
GGTP Global Geoscience Transects Project
GIANT Geodetic Infrastructure for Antarctica
GIS Geographical Information System
GISSL Glaciers, Ice Sheets and Sea-Level
GLASS Glaciology of the South Shetland Islands
GLOBEC Global Oceans Ecosystems Dynamics Research
GLOCHANT Group of Specialists on Global Change and the Antarctic
GLONASS Global Navigation Satellite System
GLOSS Global Sea Level Observing System
GMT Greenwich Mean Time
GOALS Global Ocean Atmosphere Land System
GOOS Global Ocean Observing System
GOSEAC Group of Specialists on Environmental Affairs and Conservation
GOSSOE Group of Specialists on Southern Ocean Ecology
GPS Global Positioning System
GRACE Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Mission
GRS Geodetic Reference System
GTS Global Telecommunications System


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HC Hydro Carbons
HDP Human Dimensions Programme
HF High Frequency
HQ Headquarters
HSM Historic Sites and Monuments


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IAATO International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators
IACS International Association of Classification Societies
IAG15 International Association of Geodesy
IAG International Association of Gravimetry
IAGA International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy
IAGP International Antarctic Glaciological Project
IAI Inter-American Institute
iAnZone International (Coordination of Oceanographic Research within the) Antarctic Zone
IAPO International Arctic Project Office (ACSYS)
IARPC Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee
IASC International Arctic Science Committee
IBA Important Bird Areas
IBEA International Biomedical Expedition to Antarctica
ICAIR International Centre for Antarctic Information and Research
ICAO International Civil Aviation Organisation
ICAPP Ice-core Circum-Arctic Palaeoclimate Programme
ICEFISH International Collaborative Effort on Antarctic
ICESat Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satlellite
ICPO International CLIVAR Project Office
ICSU International Council for Science (formerly International Council of Scientific Unions)
IEE Initial Environmental Evaluation
IERS Terrestrial Reference Frame
IFRTP Institut Français pour la Recherche et la Technologie Polaires
IGAC International Global Atmospheric Chemistry
IGBP International Geosphere–Biosphere Programme
IGBP-DIS IGBP-Data and Information System
IGCP International Geological Correlation Program
IgeS International Geoid Service
IGS International Glaciological Society
IGS International GPS Service
IGY International Geophysical Year
IHDP International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change
IHO International Hydrographic Organization
ILAS Improved Limb Atmospheric Spectrometer
IMDG International Maritime Dangerous Goods (Code)
IMO International Maritime Organisation
INACH Instituto Antártico Chileno
INFO Information Paper
INFONET Antarctic Information Officers Network
INMARSAT Convention on the International Maritime Satellite Organization
IOC Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission
IPA International Permafrost Association
IPAB International Programme for Antarctic Buoys
IPCC Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
ISAES International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences
ISCCP International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project
ISMASS Ice Sheet Mass Balance and Sea Level Programme
ITASE International Trans-Antarctic Scientific Expedition
ITEX International Tundra Experiment
ITRF International Terrestrial Reference Frame
IUBS International Union of Biological Sciences
IUCH International Union of Circumpolar Health
IUCN World Conservation Union (International Union for the Conservation of Nature)
IUGG International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics
IUGS International Union of Geological Sciences
IUPS International Union of Physiological Sciences
IWC International Whaling Commission


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JARE Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition
JCADM Joint Committee on Antarctic Data Management


Joint Global Ocean Flux Study


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KORDI Korea Ocean Research and Development Institute


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LOICZ Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone programme


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MAGS Mackenzie GEWEX Study
MARPOL International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships
MEDS Marine Environmental Data Service
MEPC Marine Environment Protection Committee
MESH Marine Earth System History
MINIATOM Antarctic Communications Directory
MNAP Manager of National Antarctic Programme
MOLIBA Working Group to Monitor the Liability Annex
MoU Memorandum of Understanding


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NADC National Antarctic Data Centre
NARE Norwegian Antarctic Research Expedition
NASA National Aeronautical and Space Administration
NERC Natural Environment Research Council
NGDC National Geophysical Data Center
NGO Non-Governmental Organization
NIC National Ice Center
NIPR National Institute for Polar Research
NIWA National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research
NOAA National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration
NPI Norsk Polarinstitutt
NSF National Science Foundation
NZAP New Zealand Antarctic Programme


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ODP Ocean Drilling Programme
OPP Office of Polar Programs


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P&I Clubs International Association of Protection and Indemnity Clubs
PA Preliminary Assessment
PACA Physics and Chemistry of the Atmosphere
PAGES Past Global Environmental Changes
PAH Poly-Aromatic Hydrocarbons
PALE Palaeoclimates of Arctic Lakes and Estuaries
PASC Polar Atmospheric Snow Chemistry
PCSP Polar Continental Shelf Project
PELICON Project for Estimation of Long-Term Variability in Ice Concentration
PEP Pole–Equator–Pole
PICE Palaeoenvironments from Ice Cores
PIPOR Programme for International Polar Oceans Research
PNRA Italian National Antarctic Research Program
PRA Principal Research Area
PRIC Polar Research Institute of China
PROANTAR Programa Antártico Brasileiro
PROANTEC Programa Antártico Ecuatoriano
PVC Poly-Vinyl Chloride


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RADARSAT Radar Satellite
RAE Russian Antarctic Expedition
RAMP Radarsat Antarctic Mapping Project
RAPAL Réunion de Administradores de Programas Antárticos Latinoamericanos
READER Reference Antarctic Data for Environmental Research
RiSCC Regional Sensitivity to Climate Change in Antarctic Ecosystems
RNA Ribose-Nucleic Acid
RRC Regional Research Centre
RRN Regional Research Network
RRS Regional Research Site


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SAER State of the Antarctic Environment Report
SANAE South African National Antarctic Expedition
SANAP South African National Antarctic Program
SCALOP Standing Committee on Antarctic Logistics and Operations
SCAR Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research
SCAR Society of Computer Applications in Radiology
SCOPE Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment
SCOR Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research
SDLS Seismic Data Library System
SES Satellite Earth Station
SHEBA Surface Heat Budget of the Arctic Ocean
SHIPOPS Ship Operations Working Group
SISAG Seventh International Symposium on Antarctic Glaciology
SO-GLOBEC Southern Ocean -; Global Ocean Ecosystems Dynamics Research
SO-JGOFS Southern Ocean -; Joint Global Ocean Flux Study
SPA Specially Protected Area
SPAC SCALOP Planning and Co-ordination Committee
SPECIAL Space Processes and Electrical Changes Influencing Atmospheric Layers
SPOT Système pour l'Observation de la Terre
SPRI Scott Polar Research Institute
SPRS Swedish Polar Research Secretariat
SRA Specially Reserved Area
SSC Scientific Steering Committee
SSSI Site of Special Scientific Interest
STADM Joint SCAR/COMNAP Group for Data Management
STAR Solar Terrestrial and Astrophysical Research
START System for Analysis, Research and Training
START-SC START - Scientific Committee
STEP Solar-Terrestrial Energy Program
SUPERDARN Super Dual Auroral Radar Network
SWEDARP Swedish Antarctic Research Program
SYMP Symposium Working Group


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TANGO Tourism and Non Governmental Organisations Working Group
TESH Terrestrial Earth System History
TEWG Transitional Environmental Working Group
TOGA Tropical Ocean Global Atmosphere programme
TRAINET Training Network
TRECAPE Terrestrial Responses to Environmental Change in Antarctic and Peri-antarctic Ecosystems


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UBA German Environment Agency
UHF Ultra High Frequency
UNCLOS United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
UNEP United Nations Environment Programme
UNESCO United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization
USAP United States Antarctic Program
UV Ultra-Violet
UV-B Ultra-violet B radiation


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VELMAP Ice sheet Velocity Mapping project for Antarctica
VHF Very High Frequency
VISAG Sixth International Symposium on Antarctic Glaciology
VLBI Very Long Baseline Interferometry
VORCORE Core of the Antarctic Vortex (proposed balloon project)


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WAIS West Antarctic Ice Sheet
WAISCores West Antarctic Ice Sheet Coring Programme
WCRP World Climate Research Programme
WG Working Group
WG-GGI WG on Geodesy and Geographic Information
WG-HBM Working Group on Human Biology and Medicine
WG-PACA Working Group on Physics and Chemistry of the Atmosphere
WG-SEG Working Group on Solid-Earth Geophysics
WG-STAR Working Group on Solar-Terrestrial and Astrophysical Research
WMO World Meteorological Organization
WOCE World Ocean Circulation Experiment
WWW World Wide Web


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