Antarctica and climate change – representatives of 32 nations decide on research focus programmes for the exploration of Antarctica
Exploration of Antarctica is of great significance in the context of discussions about global climate change. For this reason, the international Antarctic research community has just re-defined and coordinated its scientific programmes within a recent meeting of the international committee responsible for Antarctic research coordination SCAR (Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research). In the future, all projects will be combined into five focus categories, all of which deal with effects of climate change in Antarctica and with the role the Antarctic plays within the global climate system.
Now these focal programmes were accepted and finalised by the delegates of the 32 SCAR member states. Following an invitation from the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), the delegates met for consultation in Bremerhaven at the beginning of October. Work within the focal programmes will commence in early 2005. Coordination of activities will contribute significantly to implementation of the ‘International Polar Year’ (IPY) 2007/2008.
Torsten Fischer | alfa
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