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Antarctic science and policy for a changing world

SCAR logoNearly 1,000 leading researchers from around the world are gathering in Portland, Oregon, for the biennial Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and Open Science Conference, July 15–19, 2012, sponsored by Portland State University.

This year's conference, “Antarctic Science and Policy Advice in a Changing World,” kicks off with a morning of free public lectures that will address issues showcasing prominent work in Antarctic research and policy advice with key themes in ice mass and sea level change, deep sea marine biodiversity, and Antarctic Circumpolar Current. (See sidebar, right.)

Presentations will be held 8:30 to 11 a.m. on Monday, July 16, at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower in the Hilton Portland Ballroom (921 S.W. 6th Ave., Portland, Ore.).

SCAR Organization logoResearchers at Portland State University are leading efforts to understand what's happening to Earth's largest ice masses, and what those changes portend for the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Members of PSU’s Center for Life in Extreme Environments are investigating how plant and animal life has adapted to survival in the harsh Antarctic environment.

SCAR is charged with initiating, developing, and coordinating high quality international scientific research in the Antarctic and providing independent scientific advice to the Antarctic Treaty System.

Follow updates from the conference on Twitter by using the hashtag #SCAR2012.

Learn more: glacier and ice research at PSU

8:30 - 11:30 a.m., Monday, July 16, 2012

Robert Bindschadler,
What Ice Sheets Hate
Angelika Brandt, Marine Biodiversity and the Role of the Southern Ocean in its Evolution
Sanjay Chaturvedi, Policy Advice in a Changing World
Stephen Rintoul, The Southern Ocean and Climate

7 p.m., Tuesday, July 17

Ted Scambos, Antarctica in the Palm of Your Hand: A Science Tour of the Ice Sheet