Understanding and protecting the world’s biodiversity: the role and legacy of the SCAR Programme “Evolution and biodiversity in the Antarctic”

global changes are prompting scientists and governments to consider the risk of extinction of species inhabiting environments influenced by ice. Concerted, multidisciplinary, international programmes aimed at understanding life processes, evolution and adaptations in the Polar Regions will help to counteract such an event by protecting polar life and ecosystems. There is a long tradition of international scientific cooperation in Antarctica that provides a strong foundation for such approaches. While basic understanding is emerging, we still largely lack predictive biological models, and need to achieve further integration amongst biological and non-biological disciplines. The ongoing SCAR Science Research Programme, “Evolution and Biodiversity in the Antarctic (EBA)” has successfully carried out its crucial role of providing an overarching umbrella for SCAR research in Life Sciences. Now is the time for aiming to progress beyond this important role, and the Antarctic biology community is proposing two programmes, focussed on distinct but complementary aspects of polar biology and working across marine, freshwater and terrestrial environments: “State of the Antarctic Ecosystem (AntEco)”, and “Antarctic Thresholds — Ecosystem Resilience and Adaptation (AnT-ERA)”. These programmes are the legacy of EBA, and they are key to understanding and protect Antarctic biodiversity.


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Authors: Di Prisco, Guido, Convey, Peter ORCIDORCID record for Peter Convey, Gutt, Julian, Cowan, Don, Conlan, Kathleen, Verde, Cinzia

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1 January, 2012
Marine Genomics / 8
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