In April 2014, the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) brought together scientists and policy-makers from 22 countries to agree future Antarctic research priorities. Through discussions, debate and voting, the international Antarctic community, for the first time, formulated a collective vision.
The SCAR Antarctic and Southern Ocean Science Horizon Scan identified the 80 most pressing scientific questions. A full report will be published in August.
Summarising the scientific themes, the British Antarctic Survey has helped produce ‘Polar research: Six priorities for Antarctic science’. This Nature comment piece outlines six priorities for Antarctic science and the steps that researchers and governments must take to achieve them.