Session Sub-categoryUnion
Session IDU-21
TitleFrontiers of Antarctic Environmental Research
Short TitleAntarctic Environmental Research
Main Convener NameKenji Kawamura
AffiliationNational Institute of Polar Research, Research Organization of Information and Systems
Co-Convener 1NameCarol Finn
Co-Convener 2NameOsamu Seki
AffiliationInstitute of Low Temperature Science, Hokkaido University
Co-Convener 3NameYusuke Suganuma
AffiliationNational institute of Polar Research
Session LanguageE
ScopeAntarctica and the Southern Ocean play important roles in the global climate system, with their crucial influences on, e.g., sea level, ocean circulation and heat/carbon storage. They are also the least known components because the precise understanding of the processes requires observations of various interactions, such as those between ocean, ice shelf and ice sheet, in the harshest conditions on the Earth's surface. Recent advancements in direct and satellite observations and data analyses have suggested significant changes in the Antarctic. However, as the spatial and temporal scales of the changes are diverse (from sub-annual to over millennial), significant challenges remain in their understanding and modeling.

This session will invite several presentations that address the Antarctic environmental changes in the past, present and potential future, and the importance of interdisciplinary and international observations and modeling for better understanding and projection of the Antarctic and their influences on the global environments.
Presentation FormatOral and Poster presentation