Brazilian Antarctic Program

Brazilian Antarctic Program



The Brazilian Antarctic Program (PROANTAR) was created in 1982, since then, Brazil is part of the select group of only 29 countries that define the future of the White Continent. The most important requirement for this position is to carry out quality scientific research, that is, a country that does not produce quality science cannot decide on Antarctica as to its occupation and use of natural resources in the future. Over the course of its 36 years, the program has maintained its constant scientific and technological development, which today is part of the global research context at the poles. These are years in which, despite fiscal constraints, the program has been uninterrupted. The main objective of PROANTAR is the production of scientific knowledge about Antarctica and its relations with the Earth System, involving the cryosphere, the oceans, the atmosphere and the biosphere. It is in this context that the National Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation (ENCTI), in force until 2022, foresees the “Implementation and Promotion of the Antarctic Science Action Plan for Brazil – 2013-2022”, which implies an expansion of researches of international excellence on the Antarctic region and the adjacent area, in order to understand present and past polar phenomena, their interactions, global influences and interrelations, as well as their effects on the Brazilian territory. PROANTAR supports research in the following thematic programs: 1) The role of the cryosphere in the Earth system and its interactions with South America; 2) Biocomplexity of Antarctic ecosystems, their connections with South America and climate change 3) Climate Change and the Southern Ocean; 4) Geodynamics and geological history of Antarctica and its relations with South America; 5) Dynamics of the Antarctic upper atmosphere, geospace interactions, and connections with South America; 6) Chemistry of the oceans, marine geochemistry and marine pollution; 7) Human and Social Sciences; 8) Human Biology and Polar Medicine; and 9) Innovation in new technologies.


Belem statement areas
Climate Variability
Ocean Observation
Ocean Resources
Polar Research
Time frame
1982 - Ongoing


Paulo Cesar Galdino de Souza
Comissão Interministerial para os Recursos do Mar