The ANTOSTRAT legacy: Science collaboration and international transparency in potential marine mineral resource exploitation of Antarctica

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Abstract

The Antarctic Offshore Stratigraphy project (ANTOSTRAT; 1989–2002) was an extremely successful collaboration in international marine geological science that also lifted the perceived “veil of secrecy” from studies of potential exploitation of Antarctic marine mineral resources. The project laid the groundwork for circum-Antarctic seismic, drilling, and rock coring programs designed to decipher Antarctica’s tectonic, stratigraphic, and climate histories. In 2002, ANTOSTRAT evolved into the equally successful and currently active Antarctic Climate Evolution research program. The need for, and evolution of, ANTOSTRAT was based on two simple tenets within SCAR and the Antarctic Treaty: international science collaboration and open access to data. The ANTOSTRAT project may be a helpful analog for other regions of strong international science and geopolitical interests, such as the Arctic. This is the ANTOSTRAT story.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title The ANTOSTRAT legacy: Science collaboration and international transparency in potential marine mineral resource exploitation of Antarctica
DOI 10.5479/si.9781935623069.223
Year Published 2009
Language English
Publisher Smithsonian Institution
Publisher location Washington, D.C.
Contributing office(s) Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
Description 7 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title Science Diplomacy: Antarctica, Science, and the Governance of International Spaces
First page 223
Last page 229
Other Geospatial Antarctica