This year the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP) will hold a joint meeting in Hobart from 9–14 July. The theme of the XXIX SCAR meeting is ‘Antarctica in the Earth System’ and will include papers addressing the close couplings between Antarctic processes and other parts of the Earth system — such as sun-earth interactions in polar regions, Southern Ocean biogeochemistry and its response to climate change, astronomy, biodiversity, and evolution of the Antarctic continent and its role in global systems.
The XVIII meeting of COMNAP will include a symposium of the Standing Committee on Antarctic Logistics and Operations on ‘Going forward together, efficiently and safely’. Topics up for discussion include search and rescue systems, processes and technologies, contingency planning, fuel management and energy reduction technologies, and new research stations.
The meetings will also include a public lecture on Antarctic science, and a trade exhibition of Antarctic equipment and service providers.