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IASCĀ“s southern hemisphere partner, the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), is embarking on a unique and exciting project to identify the most important and compelling questions in Antarctic and Southern Ocean science over the next two decades.

A collective, community-based vision of the 100 highest priority scientific questions will be developed to assist in strategic planning; influence future directions in Antarctic research; highlight opportunities for collaborations and synergies; identify future critical infrastructure, logistical, and technological needs; and inform international decisions about investments in the Antarctic scientific enterprise.

For this project to be successful organizers need the opinions and insights on what are or will be THE scientific questions that once answered, will measurably improve our understanding of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean and its connections to the Earth and climate systems and beyond.

Outputs will include a high-profile, summary paper published in a leading journal and various other documents and products that will be widely disseminated to the community. Public responses will be the "raw material' to identify the most compelling and timely questions for Antarctic and Southern Ocean science in the future.

This project will only be successful if the communities and individuals choose to participate!

Please encourage your colleagues to submit questions as well. The first round solicitation will close on 15 June 2013.

For more detailed information and to submit your questions, please visit SCAR Website.


Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research