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SCAR is an official Observer to the Antarctic Treaty and provides independent, objective scientific advice in a variety of fields, particularly on environmental and conservation matters.  The Standing Committee on the Antarctic Treaty System (SCATS) is the body within the SCAR structure tasked with developing SCAR’s scientific advice to the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) and its Committee on Environmental Protection (CEP), the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Seals (CCAS), and the Advisory Committee to the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP). 

SCAR’s role in the ATCM and CEP includes provision of Working Papers and Information Papers on:

  • Emerging policy-relevant issues;
  • Reviews of the state of knowledge; and
  • Scientific and technical advice. 

SCAR also provides a yearly Lecture on science topics SCAR believes will be of most interest to the Treaty Parties.


Members:

  • Dr Aleks Terauds - Chief Officer, Australia, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 2014 - 2018
  • Dr Kevin Hughes - Deputy Chief Officer, UK, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 2010 - 2018 
  • Dr Thomas Bracegirdle - Physical Sciences Group Representative, UK, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 2016 - 2020
  • Dr Mark Hindell - SCAR-CCAMLR Liaison, Australia, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 2008 - 2018 
  • Dr Daniela Liggett, New Zealand, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 2014 - 2018 
  • Dr Anton Van de Putte - Standing Committee on Antarctic Data Management Chief Officer, Belgium, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 2016 - 2020
  • Dr Marcelo Reguero - Geosciences Group Representative, Argentina, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 2016 - 2020 
  • Dr Yan Ropert-Coudert - Life Sciences Group and Expert Group on Birds and Marine Mammals Representative, France, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 2014 - 2018 
  • Dr Akinori Takahashi, Japan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 2014 - 2018 
  • Dr Jenny Baeseman, Secretariat, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,  2015 -

 Past Members - coming soon 


Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference for the Standing Committee on the Antarctic Treaty System (SCATS), which are laid out in the Rules of Procedure for SCAR Working Groups, are to:

  1. Develop and provide independent scientific advice to the Antarctic Treaty System (ATS);
  2. Respond to requests for advice from the Antarctic Treaty System;
  3. Coordinate these tasks across SCAR’s subsidiary groups, the Executive Committee, and, where required, National Committees and the SCAR Delegates;
  4. Co-represent SCAR at the various meetings of bodies that make up the ATS, and primarily the Committee for Environmental Protection (CEP) and the formal meeting of the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Parties;
  5. Adhere to a set of guiding principles as follows:
    - Ensure that its advice is accurate, independent, current, and traceable to source,
    - Rely on peer-reviewed, publicly-available science,
    - Formulate advice on a broad, inclusive, open-consultation basis to provide the most
       appropriate advice no matter where the expertise on which it rests resides,
    - Provide timely advice with the proviso that accuracy takes priority;
  6. Report to the SCAR Delegates or the Directors (Executive Committee) as appropriate.