National Committee for Antarctic Research

The National Committee for Antarctic Research (NCAR) aims to foster Antarctic science in Australia and serve as an effective link between Australian and overseas scientists working on Antarctic issues. It liaises with the International Council for Science (ICSU) Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and other international bodies, and promotes, supports and, where appropriate, coordinates active Australian involvement in the planning, implementation and management of international programs within SCAR and other ICSU bodies.

NCAR seeks to ensure that research programs of Australian national importance are supported within SCAR subcommittees and at delegates' meetings. It promulgates the national value and benefits of Antarctic and Southern Ocean science, and provides, as required, independent, in-depth and expert reviews of the national Antarctic scientific program.

The scope of research covered by NCAR reflects that identified in the Australian Antarctic Science Plan.


Reports and activities

Related groups and organisations


  • Chair: Professor Nerilie Abram FAA
    • Australian National University, Professor of Climate Science, Associate Director (Research)
    • Research expertise: Paleoclimate science, natural climate variability, human-caused climate change impacts from the tropical oceans to Antarctica
  • Committee member: Professor Steven Chown FAA
    • Monash University, Securing Antarctica’s Environmental Future (SAEF)
    • Research expertise: Antarctica biogeography, biological invasions, climate change
  • Committee member: Professor Nicole Webster
    • Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies, Executive Director.
    • Research expertise: Marine microbial ecology, environmental science, climate science.
  • Committee member: Emeritus Professor John Alexander Church
    • University of New South Wales, Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Research Centre
    • Research expertise: Oceans and seas, climate change, sea level
  • Committee member: Dr Tony Travouillon
    • Australian National University, Instrumentation Scientist
    • Research expertise: Interspace craft metrology for formation-flying nanosats
  • Committee member: Dr Melita Keywood
    • CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, Senior Principal Research Scientist, Climate Science Centre
    • Research expertise: Aerosol research, chemical and microphysical properties of atmospheric aerosols
  • Committee member: Professor Matt King
    • The University of Tasmania, Director of the Australian Centre for Excellence in Antarctic Science (ACEAS)
    • Research expertise: Geodesy, GNSS/GPS positioning, ice-sheet change, sea-level change, tidal deformations of Earth
  • Committee Member: Distinguished Professor Sharon Robinson
    • University of Wollongong Australia, School of Earth, Atmospheric and Life Sciences
    • Research expertise: Climate change, ecological impacts of climate change, ecological adaptation, ecological physiology

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