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SC-HASS Research Project: The impact of COVID-19 on Antarctica

AVdP SCAR 0231 ice swathe webAbout:

This WP examines the impact of the pandemic on Antarctic researchers and decision-makers, drawing on results from a survey as well as relevant impacts-related literature.

Research questions:
  1. What are the impacts of COVID-19 on Antarctic researchers and anyone contributing to Antarctic research?
  2. How do the impacts vary according to demographic?
  3. What do researchers need? What strategies have been, or could be adopted, to meet those needs?

Ilan Kelman (Co-Lead)
Cristian Lorenzo (Co-Lead)
Jennifer Pickett (Co-Lead)
Yelena Yermakova (Co-Lead)
Katelyn Hudson
Won Sang Lee
Pedro Marques Quinteiro
Meredith Nash
Diego Navarro
Miranda Nieboer
Fernando Saavedra
Morgan Seag


In progress: Liggett, D. et al.: "Researchers on ice? How COVID-19 impacted on Antarctic scientists."

Liggett, D., A. Herbert, R. Badhe, G. Charnley, K. Hudson, I. Kelman, W. S. Lee, C. Lorenzo, P. Marques Quinteiro, M. Nash, J. Pickett, & Y. Yermakova (2021): "COVID-19's Impacts on People Doing Antarctic Research." Presentation given at 2021 SC-HASS Conference "The Global Antarctic", Kobe, Japan, 18 & 19 November 2021.

Charnley, G., D. Liggett, A. Herbert, I. Kelman, W. S. Lee, C. Lorenzo, M. Nash, Y. Yermakova, K. Hudson, P. Marques Quinteiro, M. Nieboer, J. Pickett, R. Badhe (2021): "Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Antarctic researchers through a gendered lens." Presentation given at 2021 SC-HASS Conference "The Global Antarctic", Kobe, Japan, 18 & 19 November 2021.

Kelman, I. (2021). "Profiles of Norwegian Science: COVID-19 affecting Antarctic research". The Norwegian American, 18 June 2021.

Kelman, I. (2021). "Antarctic Research Has Been Hard-Hit by COVID-19." Psychology Today, 28 April 2021.

Liggett, D. et al. (2021). “Antarctic research at a time of crisis: The impact of COVID-19 on the Antarctic research community.” Presentation given at the 2021 New Zealand Antarctic Science Conference.

SCAR XXXVI Paper 35: Antarctic COVID-19 Project - pdf Final Report (1.57 MB) .

Lorenzo, C., D. Liggett, B. Frame, A. Herbert, I. Kelman, J. Pickett, & Y. Yermakova (2020). “Antarctica and the COVID-19 pandemic. Taking a Social Sciences and Humanities perspective.” Environment Coastal & Offshore (ECO).

Liggett, D. (2020): "Small glimmers of hope amidst the turmoil of a pandemic? The implications of COVID-19 for Antarctic research and governance.” 5 August 2020, SCAR2020 Online.

Liggett, D. (2020): Contribution to panel discussion on the Impact of Covid-19 on Antarctic research.