Established in 1958, the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) is an independent, inter-disciplinary committee of the International Council for Science. SCAR is charged with initiating, developing and coordinating high quality international scientific research in the Antarctic region. The Committee also provides objective and independent scientific advice to the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings and other organizations on issues of science and conservation affecting the management of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.
This grant is supporting SCAR to create a comprehensive picture of the pressing issues in Antarctic science through the initiation of the 1st Antarctic and Southern Ocean Science Horizon Scan. Horizon scanning is an established, iterative approach to processing hundreds of scientific questions posed by the community through a series of methodical steps that lead to the development of a prioritized list of the most important and compelling scientific questions. In this case, a scan will produce a common vision of the most important, emerging scientific questions pertaining to the Antarctic continent and the Southern Ocean over the next two decades.