TASMANDRAKE: Campaña Powell 2020

on 06 April 2020
 TASMANDRAKE: Campaña Powell 2020

The TASMANDRAKE research group will be sailing on board the BIO Hesperides in the expedition POWELL2020. Between 3rd January and 4th February 2020, 22 scientists and 10 techs will work together with t...

Thwaites Glacier

on 06 April 2020
Thwaites Glacier

Thwaites Glacier is currently losing mass rapidly, with changing ocean conditions leading to retreat, thinning and acceleration of ice flow.The International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration (ITGC)...

Mission report: A field trip across the East Antarctic Plateau to study surface mass balance now and in the last 20 000 years !

on 06 April 2020
Mission report: A field trip across the East Antarctic Plateau to study surface mass balance now and in the last 20 000 years !

During the austral summer 2019-20, a large, cross-Antarctica campaign to evaluate spatial and temporal changes of surface mass balance (SMB) with water stable isotopes was realised by Mathieu Casado f...

Michael E. Weber, Maureen E. Raymo, Victoria L. Peck, Trevor Williams, and the Expedition 382 Scientists. Iceberg Alley and Subantarctic Ice and Ocean Dynamics. International Ocean Discovery Program Expedition 382 Preliminary Report https://doi.org/10.143

on 05 April 2020

Michael E. Weber, Maureen E. Raymo, Victoria L. Peck, Trevor Williams, and the Expedition 382 Scientists. Iceberg Alley and Subantarctic Ice and Ocean Dynamics. International Ocean Discovery ProgramMi...

Karsten Gohl, Julia S. Wellner, Adam Klaus, and the Expedition 379 Scientists. Amundsen Sea West Antarctic Ice Sheet History Development and sensitivity of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet tested from drill records of the Amundsen Sea Embayment. International

on 05 April 2020

Karsten Gohl, Julia S. Wellner, Adam Klaus, and the Expedition 379 Scientists. Amundsen Sea West Antarctic Ice Sheet History Development and sensitivity of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet tested from dri...

McKay, R.M., De Santis, L., Kulhanek, D.K., and the Expedition 374 Scientists, 2019. Ross Sea West Antarctic Ice Sheet History. Proceedings of the International Ocean Discovery Program, 374: College Station, TX (International Ocean Discovery Program). htt

on 05 April 2020

McKay, R.M., De Santis, L., Kulhanek, D.K., and the Expedition 374 Scientists, 2019. Ross Sea West Antarctic Ice Sheet History. Proceedings of the International Ocean Discovery Program, 374: College S...

EUROFLEETS+ calls

on 04 April 2020
EUROFLEETS+ calls

      Co-PI Programme Call, open from 21stNovember 2019 onwards. This running call will be open for the continuous submission of proposals until beginning of 2022.     ...

PAIS will no longer support early career scientists to attend the SCAR-OSC 2020 (now cancelled)

on 04 April 2020
PAIS will no longer support early career scientists to attend the SCAR-OSC 2020 (now cancelled)

We aim to use the funds to enable researchers to attend future PAIS-facing activities and related conferences and meetings once the situation improves. These opportunities will be widely advertised. L...

Jimenez-Espejo F.J., Presti M., Kuhn G., Mckay R., Crosta X., Escutia C., Lucchi R.G., Tolotti R., Yoshimura T., Ortega Huertas M., Macrì P., Caburlotto A., De Santis L. 2020. Late Pleistocene oceanographic and depositional variations along the Wilkes Lan

on 04 April 2020

Jimenez-Espejo F.J., Presti M., Kuhn G., Mckay R., Crosta X., Escutia C., Lucchi R.G., Tolotti R., Yoshimura T., Ortega Huertas M., Macrì P., Caburlotto A., De Santis L. 2020. Late Pleistocene oc...

Klages, J.P., Salzmann, U., Bickert, T. et al. Temperate rainforests near the South Pole during peak Cretaceous warmth. Nature 580, 81–86 . 2020. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-020-2148-5

on 04 April 2020

Klages, J.P., Salzmann, U., Bickert, T. et al. Temperate rainforests near the South Pole during peak Cretaceous warmth. Nature 580, 81–86 . 2020. https://doi.org/10.1038/s4158...

Jordan, T.A., Riley, T.R. & Siddoway, C.S. The geological history and evolution of West Antarctica. Nat Rev Earth Environ 1, 117–133 . 2020. https://doi.org/10.1038/s43017-019-0013-6

on 04 April 2020

Jordan, T.A., Riley, T.R. & Siddoway, C.S. The geological history and evolution of West Antarctica. Nat Rev Earth Environ 1, 117–133 . 2020. https://doi.org/10.1038/s43017-019-0013-...

Carolina Acosta Hospitaleche, Marcelo Reguero. 2020 Additional Pelagornithidae remains from Seymour Island, Antarctica. International Journal of South American Earth Sciences 99 (2020) 102504. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsames.2020.102504

on 02 April 2020

Carolina Acosta Hospitaleche, Marcelo Reguero. 2020 Additional Pelagornithidae remains from Seymour Island, Antarctica. International Journal of South American Earth Sciences 99 (2020) 102504. ht...

Lindsay O. Prothro, Wojciech Majewski, Yusuke Yokoyama, Lauren M. Simkins, John B. Anderson, Masako Yamane, Yosuke Miyairi, Naohiko Ohkouchi (2020). Timing and pathways of East Antarctic Ice Sheet retreat. Quaternary Science Reviews 230 106166. https://do

on 02 April 2020

Lindsay O. Prothro, Wojciech Majewski, Yusuke Yokoyama, Lauren M. Simkins, John B. Anderson, Masako Yamane, Yosuke Miyairi, Naohiko Ohkouchi (2020). Timing and pathways of East Antarctic Ice Sheet ret...

Carolina Acosta Hospitaleche , Martín De Los Reyes, Sergio Santillana and Marcelo Reguero (2020). First fossilized skin of a giant penguin from the Eocene of Antarctica DOI 10.1111/let.12366 © 2020 Lethaia. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd

on 02 April 2020

Carolina Acosta Hospitaleche , Martín De Los Reyes, Sergio Santillana and Marcelo Reguero (2020). First fossilized skin of a giant penguin from the Eocene of Antarctica DOI 10.1111/let.12366 © 2020 Le...

Amanda Cordes-Person, Carolina Acosta Hospitaleche, Judd Case, James Martin (2020). An enigmatic bird from the lower Maastrichtian of Vega Island, Antarctica. Cretaceous Research 108, 104314.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cretres.2019.104314

on 02 April 2020

Amanda Cordes-Person, Carolina Acosta Hospitaleche, Judd Case, James Martin (2020). An enigmatic bird from the lower Maastrichtian of Vega Island, Antarctica. Cretaceous Research 108, 104314.http...

Bart, P.J., and Tulaczyk, S. (2020). A significant acceleration of ice volume discharge preceded a major retreat of a West Antarctic paleo–ice stream: Geology, v. 48, p. XXX–XXX, https://doi.org/10.1130/G46916.1

on 02 April 2020

Bart, P.J., and Tulaczyk, S. (2020). A significant acceleration of ice volume discharge preceded a major retreat of a West Antarctic paleo–ice stream: Geology, v. 48, p. XXX–XXX, https://doi.org/...

G.L. Leitchenkova,b, , Yu.I. Galushkinc , Yu.B. Gusevad, Е.P. Dubininc . Evolution of the Sedimentary Basin of the Continental Margin of Antarctica in the Cooperation Sea (from Results of Numerical Modeling). Russian Geology and Geophysics © 2020, V.S. So

on 02 April 2020

G.L. Leitchenkova,b, , Yu.I. Galushkinc , Yu.B. Gusevad, Е.P. Dubininc . Evolution of the Sedimentary Basin of the Continental Margin of Antarctica in the Cooperation Sea (from Results of Numeric...

Donda F., Leitchenkov G., Brancolini G., Romeo R., De Santis L., Escutia C., O'Brien P., Armand L., Caburlotto A., Cotterle D. 2020. The influence of Totten Glacier on the Late Cenozoic sedimentary record. Antarctic Science page 1 of 13. doi:10.1017/S0954

on 02 April 2020

Donda F., Leitchenkov G., Brancolini G., Romeo R., De Santis L., Escutia C., O'Brien P., Armand L., Caburlotto A., Cotterle D. 2020. The influence of Totten Glacier on the Late Cenozoic sedimentary re...

The II Ross Sea Region Collaboration and Coordination workshop has been postponed until a later date due to the COVID-19 emergency and cancellation of the SCAR-OSC 2020.

The II Ross Sea Region Collaboration and Coordination workshop has been postponed until a later date due to the COVID-19 emergency and cancellation of the SCAR-OSC 2020.

The II Ross Sea Region Collaboration and Coordination workshop has been postponed until a later date due to the COVID-19 emergency and cancellation of the SCAR-OSC 2020. 

II. International Ross Sea Region Collaboration and Coordination Workshop 01 August 2020, 9am to 4:30pm Rydges Hotel, Hobart, Tasmania

II. International Ross Sea Region Collaboration and Coordination Workshop 01 August 2020, 9am to 4:30pm Rydges Hotel, Hobart, Tasmania

II. International Ross Sea Region Collaboration and Coordination Workshop 01 August 2020, 9am to 4:30pm Rydges Hotel, Hobart, Tasmania   Workshop Purpose The international science community has a...

AGU Session: Southern Ocean climate and Antarctic Ice Sheet dynamics and media round table

AGU Session: Southern Ocean climate and Antarctic Ice Sheet dynamics and media round table

AGU Session: Southern Ocean climate and Antarctic Ice Sheet dynamics For the 2019 meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) lead scientists of recent expeditions of the International Ocean Disc...

SENECA - SourcE and impact of greeNhousE gasses in AntarctiCA

on 10 January 2020
SENECA - SourcE and impact of greeNhousE gasses in AntarctiCA

A team of scientists* from Italy, New Zealand, Norway and Switzerland are collecting data in the Dry Valleys in Antarctica as part of a two-year programme to investigate the natural gas emissions...

European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD) is sponsoring merit-based awards

on 23 December 2019
European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD) is sponsoring merit-based awards

European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD) is sponsoring merit-based awards http://www.ecord.org/education/research-grant/

Release of the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate

on 23 December 2019
Release of the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate

release of the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate https://www.ipcc.ch/srocc/

Call for proposals for funding for Ship-time or access to Marine Equipment EUROFLEETS PLUS

on 23 December 2019
Call for proposals for funding for Ship-time or access to Marine Equipment EUROFLEETS PLUS

Call for proposals for funding for Ship-time or access to Marine Equipment EUROFLEETS PLUS also in Antarctic waters https://www.eurofleets.eu/access/sea-call-regional/  

Grants to support travel for early-career researchers (ECRs) planning to attend SCAR2020 are offered by PAIS.

on 11 December 2019
Grants to support travel for early-career researchers (ECRs) planning to attend SCAR2020 are offered by PAIS.

Grants to support travel for early-career researchers (ECRs) planning to attend the SCAR 2020 Open Science Conference https://www.scarcomnap2020.org/ are offered by PAIS The grants will be a...

International Ross Sea Region Collaboration and Coordination Workshop. 21 July 2019 Songdo Convensia. Incheon, Korea

The workshop "International Ross Sea Region Collaboration and Coordination Workshop" was held prior to the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) XIII International Symposium on Antarctic E...

The ECORD Summer School: Downhole Logging for IODP Science will run from the 4th July to the 10th of July 2020 at the University of Leicester (UK)

on 02 December 2019
The ECORD Summer School: Downhole Logging for IODP Science will run from the 4th July to the 10th of July 2020  at the University of Leicester (UK)

“ECORD Summer School: Downhole Logging for IODP Science” focuses on the downhole-logging within the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) and the applications of downhole measurements in variou...

Joint PAIS-PRAMSO-AISSL Meeting at 13th ISAES, 20 – 21 July 2019

Joint PAIS-PRAMSO-AISSL Meeting at 13th ISAES, 20 – 21 July 2019

Venue: Room 305, 3F Songdo Convensia (see attached map). We invite you to attend a two-day PAIS-PRAMSO-AISSL workshop at ISAES. During the first day (July20) we will update the community on PAIS activ...

Check the new JOIDES Resolution schedule

on 25 March 2019
Check the new JOIDES Resolution schedule

Click the Joides Resolution schedule After the successful Antarctic expeditions 374 in the Ross Sea in early 2018 https://iodp.tamu.edu/scienceops/expeditions/ross_sea_ice_sheet_history.html in t...

The March issue of Oceanography

on 20 March 2019
The March issue of Oceanography

The March issue of Oceanography https://tos.org/oceanography/issue/volume-32-issue-01 is  a special issue on Scientific Ocean Drilling. Under the Theme 1. Climate and Ocean Change, you...

EU-PolarNet White Papers release

on 12 March 2019
EU-PolarNet White Papers release

EU-PolarNet White Papers release https://www.eu-polarnet.eu/news-and-events/conferences-and-workshops/white-paper-workshop/ White Paper No. 1: The coupled polar climate system: global context, pr...

PhD in Polar Science and PhD in Science and Management of Climate Change

on 12 March 2019
PhD in Polar Science and PhD in Science and Management of Climate Change

PhD in Polar Science and PhD in Science and Management of Climate Change call for application. University of Venice (Italy).  http://www.unive.it/phd-degrees    applicati...

PAIS-IODP Antarctic School

on 07 February 2019
PAIS-IODP Antarctic School

Dates: 10–14 June 2019 Location: IODP Gulf Coast Repository, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA Deadline to apply: 27 February 2019 Website: https://usoceandiscovery.org/antar...

ECORD PROCEED Workshop

ECORD PROCEED Workshop

ECORD PROCEED Workshop - http://www.ecord.org/science/proceed/. The workshop will be held in Vienna on 6-7 April, just before the EGU 2019.  Registration is due by Februa...

ISAES 2019

on 23 January 2019
ISAES 2019

The XIII International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Science https://www.isaes2019.org:12090/home/ abstract submission deadline is 27 April 2019   Abstract submission for the XIII Intern...

Travel grants available

on 23 January 2019
Travel grants available

Submit here your travel grant request to attend conferences, workshops and schools related to PAIS

De Santis, L., F. Colleoni, A. Bergamasco, M. Rebesco, D. Accettella, V. Kovacevic, J. Gales, K. Sookwan, and E. Olivo. 2018. Exploring the unknown of the Ross Sea in sea ice–free conditions, Eos, 99, https://doi.org/10.1029/2018EO106159. Published on 11

on 11 October 2018

De Santis, L., F. Colleoni, A. Bergamasco, M. Rebesco, D. Accettella, V. Kovacevic, J. Gales, K. Sookwan, and E. Olivo. 2018. Exploring the unknown of the Ross Sea in sea ice–free conditions...

DRILLING FOR PAST ANTARCTIC CLIMATE - THEN AND NOW

on 14 June 2018
DRILLING FOR PAST ANTARCTIC CLIMATE - THEN AND NOW

  This collection of videos captures talks on this topic on the evening of 8 March, 2018, at the Lyttelton Arts Factory, New Zealand, after the return of the JOIDES Resolution from IODP...

CELEBRATING 60 YEARS OF ANTARCTIC SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND 50 YEARS OF SCIENTIFIC OCEAN DRILLING

on 06 February 2018
CELEBRATING 60 YEARS OF ANTARCTIC SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND 50 YEARS OF SCIENTIFIC OCEAN DRILLING

Guest post by co-chief scientist Laura De Santis from Instituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale (OGS): This year the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and&n...

SCAR PAIS obituary for Gene Domack

on 06 December 2017
SCAR PAIS obituary for Gene Domack

Dr. Eugene Domack, Professor of Geological Oceanography at the University of South Florida College of Marine Science, died on Nov. 20, 2017 after a brief illness. Gene earned his Ph.D. in Geology from...

Katabatic winds diminish precipitation contribution to the Antarctic ice mass balance

on 13 October 2017
Katabatic winds diminish precipitation contribution to the Antarctic ice mass balance

A new field work study evaluates how katabatic winds can reduce the amount of precipitation actually reaching the surface. PNAS from Grazioli et al, 2017 Accumulation of precipitation is the principal...

East Antarctic ice sheet most vulnerable to Weddell Sea warming (Golledge et al., 2017)

on 28 April 2017
East Antarctic ice sheet most vulnerable to Weddell Sea warming (Golledge et al., 2017)

The Recovery drainage basin in the eastern Weddell Sea will more likely be the first contributor of future ice loss from EAIS due to ocean warming. Geophysical Research Letters by Golledge et al. Anta...

Sabrina seafloor survey

on 22 March 2017
Sabrina seafloor survey

https://sites.google.com/site/sabrinaseafloorsurvey This site follows the voyage of Australian, Italian, Spanish and American scientists on Australia's research vessel Investigator. Our voyage departs...

Obliquity-paced climate change recorded in Antarctic debris-covered glaciers

on 06 March 2017
Obliquity-paced climate change recorded in Antarctic debris-covered glaciers

Some high-latitude glaciers are found to remain sensitive to 41 000 years obliquity variations despite a global climate paced at roughly 100 000 years. Nature communications by Mackay and Marchant. Th...

Mission report : Evaluation of the warm marine air intrusion at the French Antarctic station Dumont d’Urville using water stable isotopes as an atmospheric tracer

on 01 March 2017
Mission report : Evaluation of the warm marine air intrusion at the French Antarctic station Dumont d’Urville using water stable isotopes as an atmospheric tracer

The first results of water vapour monitoring at the coastal station Dumont d'Urville will help to link the isotopes records from ice cores to the ice-ocean-atmosphere interactions. During the austral...

Antarctic last interglacial isotope peak in response to sea ice retreat, not ice-sheet collapse

on 30 January 2017
Antarctic last interglacial isotope peak in response to sea ice retreat, not ice-sheet collapse

Models evaluate the impact of the collapse of the West Antarctic ice sheet and of sea ice reduction on the isotopic composition of precipitation on the East Antarctic Plateau, compared to isotopic rec...

Antarctic ice sheet discharge driven by atmosphere-ocean feedbacks at the Last Glacial Termination

on 19 January 2017
Antarctic ice sheet discharge driven by atmosphere-ocean feedbacks at the Last Glacial Termination

A new ice core record provides clues on the evolution of the ice sheet in the Wedell sea during the last glacial termination which could improve the understanding of the ice-ocean-atmosphere feedback...

IODP Antarctic expeditions 2018-20

on 16 January 2017
IODP Antarctic expeditions 2018-20

We want to make you aware of upcoming opportunities for Antarctic research with the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP). Two expeditions are scheduled for the 2017–2019 Antarc...

Blogs and weekly reports of the upcoming Polarstern cruise (with MeBo)

on 16 January 2017
 Blogs and weekly reports of the upcoming Polarstern cruise (with MeBo)

Blogs and weekly reports of the upcoming Polarstern cruise (with MeBo) The Research Vessel Polarstern is the most important resource for German polar research and the flagship of the Alfred Wegener In...

PAIS provides funding for 1-2 students

on 13 January 2017
PAIS provides funding for 1-2 students

PAIS provides funding for 1-2 students to attend the Urbino Summer School in Paleoclimate: http://www.uniurb.it/ussp/ or other schools related to PAIS. Interested persons should contact Laur...

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Guest post by co-chief scientist Laura De Santis from Instituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale (OGS):

This year the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) mark six and five decades, respectively, of successful international scientific achievements.

SCAR, with a membership representing the scientific communities of 43 countries, is an international network of thousands of scientists who share a common ambition to carry out Antarctic science for the benefit of society. SCAR scientific programs cover geological, biological, and physical sciences and are instrumental in initiating, developing and coordinating high quality international scientific research in the Antarctic and the Southern Ocean https://www.scar.org/general-scar-news/60-years/

The SCAR/Geoscience PAIS (Past Antarctic Ice Sheet dynamics) program https://www.scar.org/science/pais/pais/ has carried out coordinated action for the past 5 years to design depth and longitudinal transects of deep drilling expeditions along the West Antarctic Ice Sheet margin in collaboration with IODP. IODP scheduled drilling activities over the next two years include the ongoing Expedition 374 in the Ross Sea (2018), and in 2019, Expedition 379 in the Amundsen Sea and Expedition 382 in “iceberg alley” in the Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean and on the South Falkland Slope Drift. IODP Proposal 732 proposes to drill along the Antarctic Peninsula and is available to be scheduled in 2021. Mission Specific Platform Expedition 373 along the George V Land coast will also be rescheduled in this timeframe. These IODP expeditions are tightly linked and highly complementary to obtain continental-scale understanding of how different sectors of the Antarctic ice sheets have responded to elevated levels of CO2 and warming climates in the past. The results will provide much-needed constraints to models for simulating past and future global sea level rise.

SCAR coordination has helped to design and carry out Antarctic cruises by many nations since the 1980s, with the aim of collecting site survey data for ODP and IODP expeditions. 2018 is also the 30th anniversary of the Italian Antarctic Research Program’s (PNRA) first marine geophysical survey in the Ross Sea in 1988 with the OGS Explora research vessel. IODP Expedition 374 is using some of these initial seismic profiles as well as those collected all the way through last year’s 11th survey, for locating drill sites. The huge amount of data collected in the Ross Sea by many Nations and favourable logistic conditions has also led to 40 years of successful international deep drilling projects in coastal areas led by the New Zealand Antarctic CRC, which employ custom-designed platforms on fast ice.

The first DSDP leg to Antarctica successfully collected cores in the Ross Sea 45 years ago in 1973, resulting in the discovery of the age of the Antarctic glaciations and the link between ice sheet volume and global sea level fluctuations. Since 1973, several Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP 1968-83), Ocean Drilling Program (ODP 1985-2003) and IODP (2003-current) expeditions were successfully carried out along other sectors of the Antarctic margin. Twenty years ago, ODP Expedition 178 demonstrated the crucial importance of drilling depth transects across the Antarctic margin from the continental shelf to the continental rise and also revealed the role of ice sheet volume fluctuations in governing and interacting with the global circulation during past climate changes. This was followed by successful ODP and IODP expeditions to Prydz Bay (2001) and Wilkes Land (2010) that were based on transects from the continental shelf to the abyssal plain.

IODP Expedition 374 has returned to the Ross Sea after 45 years to core below the seafloor seeking evidence of the influence of a warming ocean on ice sheet instability by investigating the past sedimentary record. IODP Expedition 374 has been very successful, with unprecedented recovery from the Antarctic continental margin, thanks to the efficient IODP organization, the professional skill of the technicians and the crew gained through 50 years of collective experience, and to the enthusiasm motivation and determination of the science party members and the science planning community, along with some much needed assistance from Mother Nature in keeping the sea ice away from the JOIDES Resolution and the waves calm!

The SCAR President Steven Chown recently stated: “The collaboration between SCAR and IODP with the support of National Antarctic Programs is an example of international best-practice coordination and optimization of logistic and human resources for addressing important scientific issues of global and societal relevance, with significant contributions also to technological development, outreach and education.

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