Welcome to the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP) website


COMNAP is the international association, formed in 1988, which brings together its Members, who are the National Antarctic Programs. National Antarctic Programs are those organizations that have responsibility for delivering and supporting scientific research in the Antarctic Treaty Area on behalf of their respective governments and in the spirit of the Antarctic Treaty​.

COMNAP’s purpose which can be found in its Constitution is to "develop and promote best practice in managing the support of scientific research in Antarctica". It does this by:

  • Serving as a forum to develop practices that improve effectiveness of activities in an environmentally responsible manner;
  • Facilitating and promoting international partnerships;
  • Providing opportunities and systems for information exchange; and
  • Providing the Antarctic Treaty System with objective and practical, technical and non-political advice drawn from the National Antarctic Programs' pool of expertise.

Download the printable COMNAP brochure.

About our Members

COMNAP consists of 31 National Antarctic Program Members. Each Member program is represented by the Manager of that National Antarctic Program and/or the Deputy Manager of that program. National Antarctic Programs collectively have the greatest first-hand experience of living and working in the Antarctic. Many of the National Antarctic Programs have operated in the Antarctic since the International Geophysical Year (IGY) of 1957/58.

Learn more at Our Members​.

About the COMNAP Executive Committee

The COMNAP Executive Committee (EXCOM) is composed of the elected officers of COMNAP and the Executive Secretary (as an appointed, non-voting member). There is a Chair and up to five Vice Chairs, each with a term of three years. The officers are elected at the Annual General Meetings (AGM).

Antonio Quesada, Comite Polar Espanol, Spain – Chair
Charlton Clark, Australian Antarctic Division, Australia – Vice Chair
Gen Hashida, National Institute of Polar Research, Japan – Vice Chair
Pavel Kapler, Masaryk University, Czech Republic – Vice Chair
Dragomir Mateev, Bulgarian Antarctic Institute, Bulgaria – Vice Chair
Patricia Ortuzar, Direccion Nacional del Antartico, Argentina – Vice Chair

About the COMNAP Secretariat

The headquarters for COMNAP is the COMNAP Secretariat, hosted by the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. The Secretariat is staffed by the Executive Secretary & the Research and Project Development Manager and receives administrative support from Gateway Antarctica. The COMNAP Secretariat had two previous locations: initially at the American Geophysical Union Headquarters, Washington D.C., USA (1989-1997) and then at the State Government of Tasmania Department of Economic Development and Tourism, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia (1997-2009).

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News & Events

The COMNAP Antarctic Flight Information Manual (AFIM)

A new revision of AFIM has been released, current release is 21-01. More information are available in the Members' Area.

Deploying RPAS in the Antarctic Treaty Area this season?

COMNAP recommends referring to the updated COMNAP RPAS Handbook 15 September 2021 that includes guidance in relation to environmental aspects of RPA operation in the Antarctic Treaty Area.

The Executive Committee will hold its next meeting on UTC 22 & 23 September 2021.

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Access practical resources here:

COMNAP COVID-19 Guidance for Members only.
COMNAP Antarctic Station Catalogue.​
Antarctic Roadmap Challenges (ARC) publication.
The COMNAP/SCAR Non-native Species Voluntary Checklists for Supply Chain Managers checklists.
Information on the COMNAP Antarctic Flight Information Manual (AFIM).
Information on the COMNAP Asset Tracking System (CATS).
Rescue Co-ordination Centres (with Antarctic co-ordination responsibility) points of contact.