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SCAR is governed by its Memorandum of Association (the legal statement agreed when the organisation became a registered company) and its Articles of Association (the legal rules about how the organisation is run).  These two documents form SCAR's Constitution.  More detailed rules about the duties and responsibilities of SCAR's members are laid out in the Rules of Procedure.  The Rules of Procedure for Subsidiary Bodies describe how SCAR's working groups are establised and governed.

  pdf Memorandum of Association (July 2008) (84 KB)

  pdf Articles of Association (May 2018) (174 KB)

  pdf Rules of Procedure (May 2018) (109 KB)

  pdf Rules of Procedure for SCAR Subsidiary Bodies (May 2018) (157 KB)

The original (2008) versions of the Articles and Rules are available in Folder the SCAR Library
For the previous SCAR Constitution (2004), see the SCAR web archive.

SCAR is registered as a Company and a Charity in the UK: Company Number 6564642; Charity Number 1124840

SCAR Policies


SCAR Organizational Structure

Organogram February2019

(a list of acronyms for the chart is given below)

Download the Organogram and list of acronyms

Previous Versions of the SCAR Organisation Chart

Charts prior to 2013 are available on the SCAR Web Archive.

SCAR Reviews

SCAR conducts regular reviews of its overall performance, and of the performance of its subsidiary groups and programmes.

pdf Report on the SCAR Structural Review, 20-21 April 2015 (361 KB)

SCAR ActivityInternal ReviewExternal Review
Science groups every 2 years  
Scientific Research Programmes (SRPs) every 2 years every 4 years
2016 SRP Review
Co-sponsored activities every 2 years every 4 years
Partnerships every 5 years  
Communication activities no official review  
Award schemes every 5 years  
Structure and organization every 5 years
2015 Structural Review
2016 ICSU Review
Strategic Plan every 5 years  



Acronym definitions and links to subsidiary groups

AAA Astronomy and Astrophysics from Antarctica
ACA Antarctic Clouds and Aerosols
ACCE Antarctic Climate Change and the Environment Advisory Group (incorporates PCPBEA)
Acidification Southern Ocean Acidification
ADMAP Antarctic Digital Magnetic Anomaly Project
AntClim21 Antarctic Climate in the 21st Century (incorporates ITASE)
AntEco State of the Antarctic Ecosystem
AnT-ERA Antarctic Thresholds - Ecosystem Resilience and Adaptation
ANTOS Antarctic Near-shore and Terrestrial Observing System
ANTPAS Antarctic Permafrost, Soils and Periglacial Environments
AntVolc Antarctic Volcanism
ASPeCt Antarctic Sea Ice Processes and Climate 
CBET Capacity Building, Education and Training Advisory Group
CGG Connecting Geophysics with Geology
  Development Council
EG-ABI Antarctic Biodiversity Informatics (incorporates AntaBIF and MarBIN)
EG-BAMM Birds and Marine Mammals
EG-CPR Continuous Plankton Recorder
GeoMap Geological Mapping Update of Antarctica
GIANT Geodetic Infrastructure of Antarctica
GRAPE GNSS Research and Application for Polar Environment and Weather and Space Weather Forecast (incorporates GWSWF)
IBCSO International Bathymetric Chart of the Southern Ocean
ICED Integrating Climate and Ecosystem Dynamics
IPICS International Partnership in Ice Core Sciences (supported by PAGES and IACS)
ISMASS Ice Sheet Mass Balance and Sea Level (co-sponsored by IASC and CliC)
ISSA Integrated Science for the Sub-Antarctic
ITASE International Trans-Antarctic Scientific Expedition (part of AntClim21)
JEGHBM Joint Expert Group on Human Biology and Medicine (Joint Expert Group with COMNAP)
OpMet Operational Meteorology in the Antarctic
PACT Polar Atmospheric Chemistry at the Tropopause
PAIS Past Antarctic Ice Sheet Dynamics
Remote Sensing Remote Sensing methodology used to promote new research
SCADM Standing Committee on Antarctic Data Management
SCAGI Standing Committee on Antarctic Geographic Information
SCATS Standing Committee on the Antarctic Treaty System
SC-HASS Standing Committee on Humanities and Social Sciences
SSG Standing Scientific Groups
SERAnt Sun-Earth Relationships and Antarctica
SERCE Solid Earth Response and Cryospheric Evolution
SnowAnt Snow in Antarctica
SOOS Southern Ocean Observing System (co-sponsored by SCOR)
SORP CLIVAR/CliC/SCAR Southern Ocean Region Panel

Partner organisations which co-sponsor or support groups

CliC Climate and Cryosphere Project of the WCRP (World Climate Research Programme)
CLIVAR Climate and Ocean - Variability, Predictability and Change Project of the WCRP (World Climate Research Programme)
COMNAP Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs
IACS International Association of Cryospheric Sciences
IASC International Arctic Science Committee
IGBP International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme
PAGES Past Global Changes
SCOR Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research