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

SCAR XXXII IP18: SCAR Communications and Climate Change

Information Paper: 18
Agenda Item: 10.2
Posted/Revised: June 14
Person Responsible: Griffin/Sparrow

Executive Summary

Title: SCAR Communications and Climate Change

Authors: E Griffin, M Sparrow

Introduction/ Background:

An Antarctic Treaty Meeting of Experts (ATME) on Implications of Climate Change for Antarctic Management and Governance was held in Norway in April 2010. One of the major recommendations was that the ATCM develop an Antarctic climate change communication plan to bring the findings of the SCAR’s Antarctic Climate Change and Environment (ACCE) report to the attention of decision makers, the general public and the media.

Following on from this recommendation, and underpinned by funding from Norway, the UK, and ASOC it was agreed that it would be appropriate for SCAR to lead with this initiative since it was the organisation that organized the review of the science supporting current understanding of climate change in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean region.

Based on this, SCAR has been working on a SCAR Climate Change Communications Plan and is actively implementing innovative ways to improve its communications in this area. This paper, based on a paper submitted to the ATCM, summarises progress to date.

Expected Benefits/Outcomes:  Improved communications in an important scientific area; application of lessons learnt for other areas of SCAR communications

Partners: Antarctic Treaty

Budget Implications: Funds were received from Norway, the UK and ASOC allowing the hiring on E. Griffin for 1 day a week over a period of one year to work on this initiative.