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SPRI Review 1995: SPRI Review 1995

SPRI Review 1995

Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) of the International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU) is housed within the Institute. Dr P.D. Clarkson and Mrs P. Richmond continued as Executive Secretary and Secretary, respectively, throughout the year.

In April 1995, Dr Clarkson represented SCAR at a workshop on 'Air transport networks in Antarctica,' and presented a paper on Air transport needs for science in Antarctica.' The workshop was organised by the Standing Committee on Antarctic Logistics and Operations (SCALOP) of the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programmes (COMNAP) in Washington, DC.

In May 1995, SCAR was represented at the XIXth Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (XIX ATCM) in Seoul, North Korea, by Professor A.C. Rocha-Campos, Dr D.W.H. Walton, and Dr Clarkson. The meeting welcomed the offer made by SCAR and the COMNAP to hold two workshops on the subject of environmental monitoring in the Antarctic. The Executive Secretary attended and serviced the first of these workshops held in Oslo, Norway, during October 1995.

Also during May 1995, Dr Clarkson serviced a workshop on Vostok Lake, hosted by the Scott Polar Research Institute on behalf of the French, Russian, and United States National Committees for SCAR.

The SCAR Group of Specialists on Environmental Affairs and Conservation held its meeting (GOSEAC VII) at the New Zealand Antarctic Programme headquarters in Christchurch, New Zealand, during June 1995. Dr Clarkson took part in and serviced the meeting.

The Executive Secretary also serviced the meeting of the SCAR Executive Committee in Siena, Italy, during September 1995. A major item for the meeting was the redrafting of the SCAR Constitution and Rules of Procedure.

Four issues of SCAR Bulletin (nos 115-118) were published within Polar Record and as separates during the year with the assistance of Polar Publications.

SCAR continues its principal functions to initiate, promote, and coordinate scientific research in the Antarctic, and also provides scientific advice to the Antarctic Treaty System.