Development of the Science/Politics Interface in the Antarctic Treaty and the Role of Scientific Advice

Part of the Environment and Assessment book series (ENAS, volume 3)


Nigel Bonner noted how some expeditions early on, fired mainly by nationalist ambitions and prestige, tended not to yield much in the way of scientific results. The Amundsen expedition was explicitly named in this connection. We were also reminded how British revenue accruing from taxation on whale oil production was used to finance research, especially hydrology and biological research pertaining to the welfare of whaling stocks in the southern ocean. The British Discovery expeditions which led to an accumulation of much data and new knowledge was basically motivated by resource management concerns. Thus the economic motive fed the scientific one.


Independent Advice British Antarctic Survey Antarctic Treaty Antarctic Science ANTARCTIC Treaty System 
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