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APECS: Antarctic Thresholds – Ecosystem Resilience and Adaptation (AnT-ERA) launched at the SCAR Biology Symposium, Barcelona 2013

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The SCAR Scientific Research Programme “Antarctic Thresholds – Ecosystem Resilience and Adaptation” (Ant-ERA) was officially launched at the XIth SCAR Biology Symposium recently held in Barcelona, Spain (15-19 July 2013).  This challenging programme will examine present-day biological processes in the Antarctic ecosystems and aims to define their thresholds in order to determine their resistance and resilience to change.

The Ant-ERA programme and its steering committee were introduced to the scientific community during a public meeting held during the Symposium. The Chief Officer, Dr. Julian Gutt, explained that the programme will study biological processes on ecological time scales. The main outputs will include comprehensive scientific review papers relating to the overall theme. AnT-ERA will work closely with other SCAR programmes including State of the Antarctic Ecosystem (AntEco) and Antarctic Climate Change in the 21st Century (AntClim).

AnT-ERA also aims to build capacity by involving APECS, as well as other emerging national programmes. There will therefore be great opportunities for early career scientists to get involved and contribute to the programme.  Additionally, some financial support will be available for Early Career scientists to aid in their professional development (e.g. to support attendance to conferences etc.). Further details will be made available (via the APECS, SCAR and AnT-ERA websites) in the near future. 

More information about the AnT-ERA programme can be obtained on the SCAR website (http://www.scar.org/...s/progplanning/). The programme is open to all Antarctic researchers with an interest in contributing .To join the mailing list, please e-mail Dr. Julian Gutt directly (Julian.Gutt@awi.de). 


By Trevor McIntyre & Coleen Suckling (APECS representatives for Ant-ERA);

tmcintyre@zoology.up.ac.za / coleen.suckling@cantab.net

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