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The COMNAP "Antarctic Roadmap Challenges" (ARC) Project




In 2014, the first SCAR Antarctic and Southern Ocean Science Horizon Scan assembled Antarctic scientists, policy makers, leaders, and visionaries to identify the most important research questions that will likely be addressed by research in and from the Antarctic over the next two decades.? The result was the publication of a list of 80 of the most important Antarctic research questions identified by the community. The list was published in Antarctic Science? (Kennicutt et al, 2014) as "A roadmap for Antarctic and Southern Ocean science for the next two decades and beyond".


Many of the national Antarctic programs are now developing their own strategies on how they will deliver their science programmes in the future. Delivery of such a  "roadmap" is not without its challenges. 


Therefore COMNAP is leading the second stage in the process within the ARC Project in order to assist national Antarctic programs to understand the challenges and develop ways to address the challenges, and share any innovation or access to such technology.  The ARC project focuses on answering the question: "How will national Antarctic programs meet the challenges of delivery of their Antarctic science in the next 20 to 30 years?"


Using the SCAR Horizon Scan roadmap as an indication of future Antarctic science, a review of the 80 questions proposed reveals a number of challenges for national Antarctic programs of a practical and technical nature. The COMNAP ARC Project will focus on three of the challenges identified: Technology, access and extraordinary logistics requirements.


HOW YOU CAN PROVIDE YOUR by way of two community surveys.


The first survey is ready for your input. It is focused on understanding critical technology challenges.  We invite wide input from a range of disciplines (science and non-science) and backgrounds.


To take the survey, go to:
Enter your responses by the deadline of 15 April 2015.


A second survey will be launched in May 2015 which will focus on the remaining challenges.  
You can participate in both surveys, or only one, but please participate.


Any questions?


Email one of the COMNAP ARC Project co-conveners: 
Chuck Kennicutt
Yeadong Kim

-Please distribute this email widely-

Dr Mike Sparrow, Executive Director of SCAR,
a body of the International Council for Science
Tel.: +44 1223 336542
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