Who are we ?

The southern Ocean Task Force

Coordinated by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), the Southern Ocean Task Force was set up to develop the Southern Ocean Action Plan.

The SCAR Antarctic Biodiversity Portal (Biodiversity.aq) gathers a community of researchers, data custodians and developers from around the world which support the mobilisation, publication, retrieval and analysis of biodiversity data.

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) is a thematic organisation of the International Science Council (ISC) which is in charge of initiating, developing and coordinating high-quality international research in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean region.

The Southern Ocean Observation System (SOOS) facilitates the collection and delivery of essential observations on dynamics and changes of Southern Ocean Systems.

The European Polar Board’s (EPB) work involves improving coordination in polar research at the European level by promoting knowledge and data sharing, enhancing infrastructure and technological capacity, and optimising joint initiatives between its Members.

Developed by SCAR, SCOR and IGPB, ICED is now a regional programme of SCOR and IMBeR, which fosters a coordinated circumpolar approach to better understand and integrate climate and ecosystem interactions, and to support conservation and sustainable management of resources.

The International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) is a programme launched by the International Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO. IODE’s mission is to make progress in marine research, exploitation and development.

As part of the International Science Council (ISC), the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) aims to promote international cooperation in  conducting interdisciplinary oceanographic research.

Clivar is one of the five core projects of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP). It aims to facilitate the observation, analysis, and predictability of the Earth’s climate system. Together with CliC and SCAR, Clivar also co-sponsors the Southern Ocean Region Panel (SORP).

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) is a member organisation that advocates and promotes the practice of safe and environmentally responsible private-sector travel to the Antarctic.