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IP035: Antarctic Climate Change and the Environment – 2016 Update

ATCM XXXIX and CEP XIX 2016, Santiago, Chile

Working Paper

IP035: Antarctic Climate Change and the Environment 2016 Update

Submitted: 19/04/2016

Summary:

This paper provides an update on recent significant advances in our understanding of climate change across the Antarctic continent and the Southern Ocean, and the impacts on the terrestrial and marine biota. It builds on material included in the Antarctic Climate Change and the Environment (ACCE) report, which was published by SCAR in 2009 (Turner et al., 2009), with an update of the key points appearing in 2013 (Turner et al., 2013). At the request of the ATCM, SCAR agreed to provide regular updates on the original report (e.g. ATCM Resolution 4 (2010)) and that activity is coordinated by the SCAR ACCE Advisory Group. The scope of the group is to keep abreast of recent advances in climate science, with a particular focus on Antarctic climate change and the biological implications of such changes. The paper highlights changes changes in the Antarctic physical environment and in the Antarctic biological environment.

ATCM - Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting
CEP - Committee for Environmental Protection
39th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting
23 May 2016 - 01 Jun 2016