Standing Scientific Group on GeoSciences (SSG-GS)
The Antarctic continent and surrounding oceans are key parts of the Earth System through the entire history of the Earth. The basement core of Antarctica comprises a suite of crustal blocks that were parts of various supercontinents (e.g. Rodinia, Gondwana). Their outcrops provide important insights into Earth processes. Sedimentary records on and around Antarctica also provide important insights into the history and natural variability of the earth's environments. The geological record can provide key insights into the evolution and processes of change in the Antarctic environment and the biota dependent on it. The geology of the ice sheet bed strongly influences ice behaviour and the development of the ice sheet from its inception. Geodetic and geophysical observatories can furnish a fundamental contribution to the study of geodynamics processes across the continent. The challenge of the next phase of Antarctic science will be to integrate all branches of science into a holistic understanding of Antarctic and its trajectory of change.
SCAR SSG-GS Meetings
- Report of XXXII SCAR SSG-GeoSciences Meeting, Portland, Oregon, 15 and 20 July 2012
- Report of XXXI SCAR SSG GeoSciences Meeting, Buenos Aires, 30 July - 2 August 2010
- Report of XXX SCAR SSG-GS Meeting, 5-7 July 2008, St Petersburg, Russia
- List of Attendees at St Petersburg Meeting (updated 1 December 2008)
- SSG-GS Report to XXIX SCAR Delegates Meeting, 17-19 July 2006, Hobart, Australia
- SSG-GS Report to XXVIII SCAR Delegates Meeting, 4-8 October 2004, Bremen, Germany
People in SCAR GeoSciences
SCAR Data Policy
The SCAR Data Policy aims to provide a framework for SCAR-related research data to be handled in a consistent manner, and to strike a balance between the rights of investigators and the need for widespread access through the free and unrestricted sharing and exchange of both data and metadata. In order to be considered part of a SCAR Research Programme, each Project should follow this policy:
Reports & Articles
- "Antarctica: A Keystone in a Changing World - Online Proceedings for the 10th International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences", Santa Barbara, California, U.S.A.-August 26 to September 1, 2007. Edited by Alan Cooper, Carol Raymond, and the 10th ISAES Editorial Team.
U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2007-1047 Version 2.0 (http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2007/1047/). Also available in the Book Proceedings with DVD from The National Academies Press (http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12168). The publications include 11 keynote papers, 109 short research papers, 217 extended abstracts, 3 meeting and workshop reports and the symposium program book. All are available for free download in PDF format.
- Acoustics in the Marine Environment (cross-SSG Group) - Contact: Phil O'Brien (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Connecting Geophysics with Geology (CGG) - begins 2013
- Geological Heritage and Conservation (GeoHeritage) - begins 2013
- Multibeam Data Acquisition - Contact: Phil Bart (email@example.com) or Frank Nitsche (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Seeps And Vents Antarctica (SAVAnt) (Cross SSGs Group) - Contact: Jodie Smith (Jodie.Smith@ga.gov.au) and Phil O'Brien (email@example.com)
- Antarctic Digital Magnetic Anomaly Project (ADMAP) - Contact: Marta Ghidella (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Antarctic Permafrost And Soils (ANTPAS) (incorporating Permafrost and Periglacial Environments (PPE)) - Contact: Mauro Guglielmin (email@example.com) and Gonçalo Vieira (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Advancing TecHnological and ENvironmental stewardship for subglacial exploration in Antarctica (ATHENA) (Cross-SSG Group) - Contact: Jemma Wadham (email@example.com) and Peter Doran (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Geodetic Infrastructure of Antarctica (GIANT) - Contact: Alessandro Capra (email@example.com) or Mirko Scheinert (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- GNSS Research and Application for Polar Environment (GRAPE) (Cross-SSG Group with SSG-PS, incorporates GWSWF AG) - Contact: Contact: Giorgiana De Franceschi (email@example.com)
- International Bathymetric Chart of the Southern Ocean (IBCSO) - Contact: Hans-Werner Schenke (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Scientific Research Programmes within SSG-GS:
- Past Antarctic Ice Sheet Dynamics (PAIS) - starts January 2013
- Solid Earth Response and influence on Cryosphere Evolution (SERCE) - starts January 2013
- Antarctic Climate Evolution (ACE) (ending 2012)
Data and Information Services
- Seismic Data Library System (SDLS) - responsible: Nigel Wardell (email@example.com)
- Geodetic Data including: master index for antarctic positional control; geophysical and geodetic observatories; and Geodetic Control Database; responsible: Reinhard Dietrich (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Antarctic Bedrock Mapping (BEDMAP) - responsible: Hamish Pritchard (email@example.com).
- Bathymetry (see IBCSO under Expert Groups above)
- Magnetics (see ADMAP under Expert Groups above)
- KGI Data (Cross SSG) - Contact: Victor Lagun (firstname.lastname@example.org)
GeoSciences Newsletters: GeoReach
- GeoReach - July 2011 Issue
- GeoReach - May 2010 Issue
- GeoReach - February 2009 Issue
- GeoReach - May 2008 Issue
- GeoReach - October 2007 Issue
- GeoReach - October 2006 Issue
IPA - International Permafrost Association
At the Arctic Science Summit Week in Bergen in March 2009, SCAR, IASC and IPA signed a Memorandum of Understanding regarding their intention to work closely together.
|President of IASC (Kristjan Kristjansson) signing the document, with President of IPA (Hans-Wolfgang Hubberten) on the right and SCAR Executive Director (Colin Summerhayes) on the left at rear.||Those participating in the signing ceremony, from left to right: Volker Rachold (IASC Executive Secretary), Hans-Wolfgang Hubberten (IPA), Colin Summerhayes (SCAR), Hugues Lantuit (IPA) and Kristjan Kristjansson (IASC).|
International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences (ISAES)
The International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Science (ISAES) is a major international Antarctic Geoscience meeting convened once every 4 years that brings together ~400 scientists from over 35 countries. The topic for the 10th meeting in Santa Barbara, 26 August to 1 September 2007, was 'Antarctica: A Keystone in a Changing World'. See group photograph. The conference proceedings are already published (see Reports and Articles above).
The 11th International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences (ISAES XI) took place in Edinburgh, Scotland from 10 to 16 July 2011. It aimed to bring together scientists studying the different components of Polar Earth Science to exchange information and perspectives. For more information, please visit the ISAES XI website. Proceedings of the Symposium will be available in pdf format shortly.
A piece of music was specially commissioned for ISAES XI and performed in the Playfair Library at the University of Edinburgh. Find out more about the piece on the Communications page of the SCAR website.