Comite Polar Espanol

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About Spain’s National Antarctic Program

COMNAP Representative (MNAP): Antonio Quesada, CPE Executive Secretary
(DMNAP): Miguel Ojeda, Marine Technology Unit, CSIC

The Spanish Polar Committee (CPE) is the Polar Authority of Spain and the body responsible for coordinating, managing and executing Spanish activities in Antarctica and the polar zones in general. Polar projects are usually funded by the National Plan for Research, Development and Innovation after a peer-review process of proposals. Since 1959 Spanish researchers have been working in Antarctica, but it was from the opening of “Juan Carlos I station” in 1988 and “Gabriel de Castilla station” during the 1989/90 campaign, when the Spanish scientific activities greatly increased. Both stations are seasonal.

Two vessels are involved in the Antarctic campaigns: the R/V Hesperides and the logistics vessel Las Palmas.​

About the Organizational Structure of the Spanish Polar Committee

The CPE was created in 1998 and has representatives of the different ministries and organisations involved in Spain’s Antarctic activities, with the Spanish Polar Technical Secretariat being the coordination body. Some of these organisations are the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, the Secretary of State of Research, Development and Innovation, Spanish National Research Council and Ministry of Defence.The CPE is responsible for general co-ordination, application of the environmental protection measures and the international relationships.

Our total annual budget for the Antarctic Program is about 7 million €, which consists of 1.5 million € in science support and 5.5 million € for the management of the stations and vessels.

Our Science Program

Spanish Antarctic scientists are mostly from different Spanish universities, National Research Council Institutes and research centres. They apply through a competitive peer-review process for science funding and logistic support through the National Plan for Research, Development and Innovation. The National Plan supports 3-year projects.

The main research topics of the Spanish Antarctic program include biology, geology, geophysics, oceanography, glaciology and atmospheric research. The research activities have been performed mainly in the South Shetland Islands, the Bransfield and Gelarche Straits, the Antarctic Peninsula and the Weddell Sea.

The Spanish Antarctic activities are opened to the international co-operation in science and logistics, following the spirit of the Antarctic Treaty.

Our Contact Details

Postal/Mailing Address

Spanish Polar Committee Technical Secretariat
Paseo de la Castellana 162 – 16th Floor
28071 Madrid

Phone, Fax other contact details
Phone: +34 91 603 79 85