Obituary: Franco Maria Talarico

12 January 2021

Dear PAIS community The Antarctic geoscience community recently lost a member of our family. It is with great sadness that we publish this obituary for our...

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04 April 2020

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PAIS: The Sound of a Community Effort

“Every contribution matters.” Anybody who ever played in a sport team probably heard this sentence at some point. Actually, this is completely true also as far as science is concerned. Whereas in the collective imagination science is about big discoveries made by a single genius, the truth is that great science is made little by little, step by step. Science is a community effort in which every contribution matters. And that is the concept from which this video was born. 


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Where PAIS activities have contributed to thinking or ideas behind a research publication it is appropriate to acknowledge SCAR PAIS, such as  “This research is a contribution to the SCAR PAIS program”. Please notify us of the paper by emailing and

SCAR Scientific Research Programme PAIS

The SCAR Scientific Research Programme PAIS (Past Antarctic Ice Sheet dynamics) aims to improve understanding of the sensitivity of East, West, and Antarctic Peninsula Ice Sheets to a broad range of climatic and oceanic conditions.

PAIS builds on the success of SCAR-ACE (Antarctic Climate Evolution), but with a new focus on the ice sheet rather than palaeoclimate reconstructions. Study intervals span a range of timescales, including past "greenhouse" climates warmer than today, and times of more recent warming and ice sheet retreat during glacial terminations.

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PAIS supports continued development of the Antarctic Data Library System for Cooperative Research (SDLS). The SDLS now contains most processed data from marine multichannel seismic surveys that have been carried out around Antarctica. The SDLS provides open access worldwide to Antarctic multichannel seismic-reflection data collected by many countries to study the structure of Earth's crust of Antarctica. The new website that now provides open access to Antarctic multichannel seismic-reflection data online is -- Operated and administered at the Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale (OGS) by Paolo Diviacco.

While PAIS does not directly support other data archiving infrastructure, it will maximize the effectiveness of it’s limited budget by encouraging responsible archiving of data and samples to established data centres and repositories. Among these databases the most relevant to the data to be generated by PAIS will be:

PANGAEA the data Publisher for Earth & Environmental Science-

This data repository holds all data from the two past ANDRILL drilling seasons will receive data from the future Coulman High drilling (Table 1), as well as a wealth of data from marine sediment cores from the Southern Ocean. The IODP data bases and core repositories also hold all cores and data obtained during past Antarctic margin and Southern Ocean drilling by the Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP), the Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) and the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP). A data portal that will become relevant for PAIS continental slope-to abyss transects will be the IPEV IMAGES Programme Sub-Antarctic and Antarctic portal -, which contains data from both marine and ice core records. Other databases included NOAA NCDC/NSIDC, and national programmes metadata systems.

For data management within PAIS, a Data Coordinator will serve on the PAIS Steering Committee. A PAIS sub-committee on Data Management, guided by the Data Coordinator, will 1) engage in cross-linkage activities and the facilitation of cross-SRP data sharing via web-based utilities, and 2) maintain ongoing communication with national funding programmes, currently expanding their emphasis on responsible and cost-effective data management, protection, archiving, and sharing.

The RAISED reconstructions of timeslices of Antarctic Ice Sheet Deglaciation are available as Supplementary Information in each of the constituent papers (see: ) 

A set of plottable datasets of grounding line positions are available as Supplementary material to the overview paper by Bentley et al (see: )