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1 Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research

2 Expert Group on Human Biology and Medicine Group concluded it would operate more effectively if it amalgamated with MEDINET (COMNAP) (recommendation) Development of Human Biology and Medical Research involvement during IPY (recommendation) Collaborative research of medics and bios: Microbial flora of seal mouths Transmission of Lyme disease by Ixodes ticks in birds Do human viruses affect indigenous animals

3 Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research Expert Group on Seals Document produced for delisting Fur Seals APIS report delayed. LSSSG requested CO-EGS to do all that is required to ensure that the outcomes of the APIS programme, and especially population data on Antarctic seal species, are made available as soon as possible.

4 Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research Expert Group on Birds Guidelines on aircraft approach distances adopted by COMNAP ratification of ACAP (Agreement for the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels) (recommendation) identify Antarctic IBAs (Discussion with SC- ATS) produce assessment of the status of Southern Giant Petrels (for CEP 2005) detrimental effects of flipper bands on penguins, reports now indicating adverse effects (recommendation) initial discussions on the need for marine ecosystem reference areas in the Southern Ocean (SCAR-CCAMLR-CEP)

5 Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research Progress report on the EASIZ programme Final Symposium 27 Sept. to 1 Oct Korčula, Croatia

6 Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research Progress report on the EVOLANTA programme Proceedings of the workshop on Adaptive Evolution of Antarctic Marine Organisms (Siena, It.) were published in Antarctic Science vol 16, no.1 (2004)

7 Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research Progress report on the RiSCC programme Field work highlights: NL, GB, G: Peninsula Transect (Falklands, Signy I., Anchorage I., Mars Oasis) I, NZ, US, SA: Latitudinal Gradient Project (Victoria Land) F, AUS, SA, B, NL: Four-Islands Project (Marion I., Kerguelen A., Crozet A., Heard I.)

8 Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research Progress report on the RiSCC programme RiSCC related activities have now produced over 100 papers Recent highlights include: Frenot, Y. et al. (2004) Biological invasions in the Antarctic: extent, impacts and implications. Biological Reviews (in press) Huiskes, A.H.L. et al. (2004) Stable isotope ratios as a tool for assessing changes in carbon and nutrient sources in Antarctic terrestrial ecosystems Plant Ecology (in press) Robinson, S.A. et al. (2003) Living on the edge - plants and global change in continental and maritime Antarctica. Global Change Biology Walther, G.-R. et al. (2002) Ecological responses to recent climate change. Nature 416:

9 Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research Progress report on the RiSCC programme Vth RiSCC workshop in Varese (I, 2003) Results: 1. Volume of Terra Antarctica Reports 2. Draft Code of Conduct (recommendation) VIth RiSCC workshop in Paimpont (F, 2004) Result: Life acros the Frigid Biome: Biogeographical patterns in the Antarctic Region draft for Science(?)

10 Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research Special Research Programme Evolution and Biodiversity in the Antarctic Collaboration of Marine, Terrestrial, and Limnetic Biologists Describe the past, understand the present, predict the future. (recommendation) More about EBA under item 5.3 of the agenda

11 Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research Evolution and Biodiversity in Antarctica Within EBA: AG for the Circum-Antarctic Census of Marine Life (recommendation) Comprises also SCAR-MarBIN

12 Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research Special Research Programme Subglacial Antarctic Lake Exploration The LSSSG endorses and strongly supports the SALE SRP (recommendation)

13 Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research Special Research Programme Antarctic Climate Evolution LSSSG urges EBA SPG and ACE SPG to explore the apparent connections in the mutual objectives of the programmes

14 Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research Specially Protected and Managed Area plans LSSSG elected four members to assist the SC-ATS in the assessment and adoption of ASPAs and ASMAs: E. Fanta, Brazil J. Valencia, Chile E. Woehler, Australia L.G. Sancho, Spain

15 Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research Action Group on Biological Monitoring Membership increased: AEON, E. Fanta (liaison CCAMLR). Open workshop at College Station (TX, USA), – , outcome: working paper for ATCM, Stockholm. Establish connection with ICG-CEP

16 Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research Antarctic Conservation in 21st Century Workshop in March 2005 Plenary discussion on the workshop report during SCAR IXth Biology Symposium, Curitiba, Brazil

17 Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research IXth SCAR Biology Symposium

18 Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research IPY activities Circum-Antarctic Census of Marine Life Biodiversity of remote areas (in combination with traverse by glac./clim.) Arctic-Antarctic research (with ITEX?/ Northern RiSCC) Quantifying human-carried propagules Programme on human biology and medical research

19 Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research Strategic Plan for SCAR LSSSG meeting was very supportive. 2 Concerns: Is there financial room to support 5 major research programmes? Why are the financial implications of a renewed agreement with SCOR and SO-GLOBEC put on the budget of the LSSSG?

20 Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research Open Science Conference LSSSG positive despite earlier reservations Include one session with few keynote speakers on a hot topic followed by lots of discussion

21 Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research Office Bearers A. Huiskes (Netherlands), Chief Officer succeeded S. Chown (South-Africa) K. Conlan (Canada), Secretary succeeded A. Huiskes L. Palinkas (United States of America), Deputy Chief Officer Position of second Deputy Chief Officer lapsed


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