​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​COMNAP Publications​

A number of guidelines are developed by COMNAP's Expert Groups and Networks with the aim of assisting National Programs implementing common procedures and practices to enhance operational effectiveness and safety. Whenever appropriate, these guidelines are forwarded to the Antarctic Treaty bodies, which may endorse them and officially recommend that all nations signatories to the Antarctic Treaty follow these guidelines.


COMNAP publishes or supports the production and distributions of a number of manuals and handbooks that provide National Programs and others with guidance in specialist fields of activity. Some of these publications may be produced by, or in conjunction with other Antarctic or International organisations.


In support of our aim to share best practice in managing support to science, COMNAP regularly convenes workshops on topical issues. Many of these workshops result in the development of 'reference' documents such as voluntary guidelines, manuals or handbooks. Some workshops produce self-contained reports or proceedings, available here. In some cases, authors of workshop presentations have agreed that their presentations can be made publicly available. Those presentations are also available here in PDF format.


Maps and Charts of the Antarctic region produced by COMNAP. For a wide range of Antarctic maps, visit the SCAR Antarctic Map Catalog at http://data.aad.gov.au/aadc/mapcat/. For information on navigation charts, visit the International Hydrographic Organisation's web site at http://www.iho.org.​


In celebration of the 25th anniversary of COMNAP, COMNAP published in December 2013 "A Story of Antarctic Co-operation: 25 Years of the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs" by Gillian Wratt, ISBN 978-0-473-24776-8.  For information on ordering a copy of the book email: sec@comnap.aq. 

Other relevant publications

ATCM and CEP Meeting Papers & Reports

Reports of Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings (ATCMs) and of Meetings of the Committee for Environmental Protection (CEP). ​


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 Upcoming Events

COMNAP Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2016, Goa, India
The National Center for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR) will host the COMNAP XXVIII AGM 2016 in Goa, India, from 16-18 August 2016. Registration for COMNAP Members NOW CLOSED.  Members who wish to late register, please email sec@comnap.aq.
More Information: COMNAP AGM XXVIII (2016)
COMNAP Symposium 2016
The COMNAP Symposium 2016 will be hosted by the National Center for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR) in Goa, India, on 19 and 20 August 2016. The theme of this Symposium will be "Wintering-over Challenges". Call for papers has now closed.
More Information: COMNAP Symposium "Winter-over Challenges"
34th SCAR Biennial Meetings
The Biennial Meetings include the SCAR Open Science Conference, Kuala Lumpur, 20-30 August 2016.  
More Information: http://www.scar2016.com