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SPRI Review 1998: Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research

Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research

Dr P.D. Clarkson

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) of the International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU) is housed within the Institute. Dr P.D. Clarkson continued as Executive Secretary; Mrs P.M. Richmond completed her contract as Secretary on 31 May 1998 after 12 years service to the Secretariat. A new administrative post was created to replace the former post of Secretary, and Mrs M.J. Hassett was appointed as Senior Clerk from 1 July 1998.

In May 1998, SCAR was represented at the Twenty-second Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (XXII ATCM) in Tromsø, Norway, by Professor A.C. Rocha-Campos, Dr D.W.H. Walton, and Dr Clarkson. Papers were tabled on various aspects of SCAR scientific research, particularly on global change research, in addition to the SCAR report to the ATCM.

The biennial meeting of SCAR (XXV SCAR) was held in Concepción, Chile, during July 1998. Dr R.H. Rutford (United States) was elected President of SCAR in succession to Professor Rocha-Campos, who had completed his four-year term of office. The Executive Secretary and Senior Clerk serviced the meeting.

The SCAR Group of Specialists on Environmental Affairs and Conservation held its annual meeting (GOSEAC X) in Bad Schauenberg, Switzerland, during September 1997. The Executive Secretary took part in and serviced the meeting.

Four issues of SCAR Bulletin (nos 127-130) were published within Polar Record and as separates during the year with the assistance of Polar Publications. SCAR Report number 15 was published in January 1998. SCAR continues to initiate, promote, and coordinate scientific research in the Antarctic and to provide scientific advice to the Antarctic Treaty System.