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author = {Kennicutt, MC and Chown, SL and Cassano, JJ and Liggett, D and Peck, LS and Massom, R and Rintoul, SR and Storey, J and Vaughan, DG and Wilson, TJ and Allison, I and Ayton, J and Badhe, R and Baeseman, J and Barrett, PJ and Bell, RE and Bertler, N and Bo, S and Brandt, A and Bromwich, D and Cary, SC and Clark, MS and Convey, P and Costa, ES and Cowan, D and Deconto, R and Dunbar, R and Elfring, C and Escutia, C and Francis, J and Fricker, HA and Fukuchi, M and Gilbert, N and Gutt, J and Havermans, C and Hik, D and Hosie, G and Jones, C and Kim, YD and Le, Maho Y and Lee, SH and Leppe, M and Leitchenkov, G and Li, X and Lipenkov, V and Lochte, K and López-Martínez, J and Lüdecke, C and Lyons, W and Marenssi, S and Miller, H and Morozova, P and Naish, T and Nayak, S and Ravindra, R and Retamales, J and Ricci, CA and Rogan-Finnemore, M and Ropert-Coudert, Y and Samah, AA and Sanson, L and Scambos, T and Schloss, IR and Shiraishi, K and Siegert, MJ and Simões, JC and Storey, B and Sparrow,},
doi = {10.1017/S0954102014000674},
journal = {Antarctic Science},
pages = {3--18},
title = {A roadmap for Antarctic and Southern Ocean science for the next two decades and beyond},
url = {},
volume = {27},
year = {2015}

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AB - Antarctic and Southern Ocean science is vital to understanding natural variability, the processesthat govern global change and the role of humans in the Earth and climate system. The potential for newknowledge to be gained from future Antarctic science is substantial. Therefore, the international Antarcticcommunity came together to ‘scan the horizon’ to identify the highest priority scientific questions thatresearchers should aspire to answer in the next two decades and beyond. Wide consultation was afundamental principle for the development of a collective, international view of the most important futuredirections in Antarctic science. From the many possibilities, the horizon scan identified 80 key scientificquestions through structured debate, discussion, revision and voting. Questions were clustered into seventopics: i) Antarctic atmosphere and global connections, ii) Southern Ocean and sea ice in a warming world,iii) ice sheet and sea level, iv) the dynamic Earth, v) life on the precipice, vi) near-Earth space and beyond,and vii) human presence in Antarctica. Answering the questions identified by the horizon scan will requireinnovative experimental designs, novel applications of technology, invention of next-generation field andlaboratory approaches, and expanded observing systems and networks. Unbiased, non-contaminatingprocedures will be required to retrieve the requisite air, biota, sediment, rock, ice and water samples.Sustained year-round access to Antarctica and the Southern Ocean will be essential to increase winter-timemeasurements. Improved models are needed that represent Antarctica and the Southern Ocean in theEarth System, and provide predictions at spatial and temporal resolutions useful for decision making.A co-ordinated portfolio of cross-disciplinary science, based on new models of international collaboration,will be essential as no scientist, programme or nation can realize these aspirations alone.
AU - Kennicutt,MC
AU - Chown,SL
AU - Cassano,JJ
AU - Liggett,D
AU - Peck,LS
AU - Massom,R
AU - Rintoul,SR
AU - Storey,J
AU - Vaughan,DG
AU - Wilson,TJ
AU - Allison,I
AU - Ayton,J
AU - Badhe,R
AU - Baeseman,J
AU - Barrett,PJ
AU - Bell,RE
AU - Bertler,N
AU - Bo,S
AU - Brandt,A
AU - Bromwich,D
AU - Cary,SC
AU - Clark,MS
AU - Convey,P
AU - Costa,ES
AU - Cowan,D
AU - Deconto,R
AU - Dunbar,R
AU - Elfring,C
AU - Escutia,C
AU - Francis,J
AU - Fricker,HA
AU - Fukuchi,M
AU - Gilbert,N
AU - Gutt,J
AU - Havermans,C
AU - Hik,D
AU - Hosie,G
AU - Jones,C
AU - Kim,YD
AU - Le,Maho Y
AU - Lee,SH
AU - Leppe,M
AU - Leitchenkov,G
AU - Li,X
AU - Lipenkov,V
AU - Lochte,K
AU - López-Martínez,J
AU - Lüdecke,C
AU - Lyons,W
AU - Marenssi,S
AU - Miller,H
AU - Morozova,P
AU - Naish,T
AU - Nayak,S
AU - Ravindra,R
AU - Retamales,J
AU - Ricci,CA
AU - Rogan-Finnemore,M
AU - Ropert-Coudert,Y
AU - Samah,AA
AU - Sanson,L
AU - Scambos,T
AU - Schloss,IR
AU - Shiraishi,K
AU - Siegert,MJ
AU - Simões,JC
AU - Storey,B
AU - Sparrow,MD
AU - Wall,DH
AU - Walsh,JC
AU - Wilson,G
AU - Winther,JG
AU - Xavier,JC
AU - Yang,H
AU - Sutherland,WJ
DO - 10.1017/S0954102014000674
EP - 18
PY - 2015///
SN - 1365-2079
SP - 3
TI - A roadmap for Antarctic and Southern Ocean science for the next two decades and beyond
T2 - Antarctic Science
UR -
UR -
VL - 27
ER -