SCAR promotes free and unrestricted access to Antarctic data and information by promoting open and accessible archiving practices. SCAR aims to be a portal to data repositories of Antarctic scientific data and information.
The SCAR data Policy is described in pdf SCAR report No 39 (307 KB) .
SCAR's Standing Committee on Antarctic Data Management (SCADM) facilitates co-operation between scientists and nations with regard to scientific data, and advises on the development of the Antarctic Data Directory System.
The AMD is the largest collection of Antarctic data set descriptions in the world, holding over 7700 dataset descriptions from 25 countries.
establishes and supports a distributed system of interoperable databases, giving easy access through a single internet portal to a set of resources relevant to research, conservation and management pertaining to Antarctic biodiversity (also known as ANTABIF, the Antarctic Biodiversity Information Facility)
an online database of terrestrial species that captures all recorded species observations and their locations from the Antarctic and subantarctic including information on taxonomy, collections and observations, bioregions, and alien species
a high quality dataset for the purposes of mapping plankton biodiversity: monitoring and development of models at seasonal, inter-annual, decadal, and spatially local and global scales; and providing core plankton data for ecosystem models
a database contains monthly mean surface and upper air climatological data derived from the in-situ meteorological observations made at Antarctic stations with long-term records, including temperature, surface pressure, wind speed/direction and geopotential height
a list and interactive maps showing the locations of all the cores that have been collected as part of the International Trans-Antarctic Science Expedition and other initiatives that includes data on the depth of the core, sampling frequency, time coverage, mean snow accumulation, chemical analysis and site elevation
a portal to oceanography data that may be of interest to those concerned with climate change at high southern latitudes, mainly focusing on temperature, salinity and current data
provides open access to all multichannel seismic reflection (MCS) data collected south of 60° S
a centralised database for information related to diet and energy flow from conventional (e.g. gut content) and modern (e.g. molecular) studies, stable isotopes, fatty acids, and energetic content fundamental to a diverse range of Antarctic and Southern Ocean biological and ecosystem studies
Former SCAR Database:
- SCAR-MarBIN (Marine Biodiversity Information Network)
SCAR MarBIN was integrated with the biodiversity databases managed by the Australian Antarctic Division to form biodiversity.aq
For earlier SCAR products and services, see the archive website.