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Welcome to The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) is a thematic organisation of the International Science Council (ISC), and was created in 1958. SCAR is charged with initiating, developing and coordinating high quality international scientific research in the Antarctic region (including the Southern Ocean), and on the role of the Antarctic region in the Earth system. SCAR provides objective and independent scientific advice to the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings  and other organizations such as the UNFCCC and IPCC on issues of science and conservation affecting the management of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean and on the role of the Antarctic region in the Earth system. Learn more about us, and about our science and policy advice activities.

The 9th SCAR Open Science Conference, due to take place in Hobart in July/August 2020, has been cancelled due to COVID-19 but we are planning to move some of the key elements online.  Visit the OSC page for preliminary plans.

Statements on SCAR Operations and the COVID-19 Situation