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

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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


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.

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. et al. “Antarctic research at a time of crisis: The impact of COVID-19 on the Antarctic research community.” Abstract submitted to the 2021 New Zealand Antarctic Science Conference.

The results from the 2020 community survey can be accessed in the pdf Final Report (1.57 MB) .