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XXXII SCAR Delegates Meeting
23-25 July 2012, Portland Oregon, USA

SCAR XXXII WP18: Report of Astronomy and Astrophysics in Antarctica (AAA)

Working Paper 18
Agenda Item: 5.3.4
Posted/Revised: June 1
Person Responsible: Storey

Executive Summary

Title: Astronomy and Astrophysics from Antarctica (AAA)

Authors: John Storey (Chief Officer) and the AAA Steering Committee

Introduction/ Background:

Broadly stated, the objectives of Astronomy & Astrophysics from Antarctica are to coordinate astronomical activities in Antarctica in a way that ensures the best possible outcomes from international investment in Antarctic astronomy, and maximizes the opportunities for productive interaction with other disciplines.

The SCAR AAA SRP Planning Group was proposed at the Hobart XXIX SCAR in 2006.  Creation of the AAA SRP was approved at the Moscow XXX SCAR Delegates meeting in 2008. AAA held its first formal meeting as a Scientific Research Program in August 2010 in Buenos Aires, followed by a kick-off meeting in Sydney in June 2011.

Important Issues or Factors: At this stage, AAA is functioning well and is putting in place the structures and processes outlined in the implementation plan. There have been no significant problems.

Recommendations/Actions and Justification:  No action required.

Expected Benefits/Outcomes:  The AAA SRP will continue implement the structures and processes previously advised.

Partners: No formal partners, although the International Astronomical Union (IAU) is a Union Member of SCAR

Budget Implications: Continuing funding is requested at the approved level.