Guide For Researchers Coming To The Territories

Each territory in the South Atlantic welcomes scientists and researchers from all over the world. Local administrations and governments take into high consideration the scientific investigation that can be conducted on the islands as it will provide invaluable evidence and support for making decisions on environmental, planning, conservation and general development issues.

Hence, scientists and researchers operate a fundamental role as they will allow the local communities to understand better factors and variables that underlie the environment and the socio-economic aspects of their islands. 

It is extremely important that the relationship between researchers and local communities thrives. Logistic and technical support is generally provided by the local governments and this is ensured for projects that contribute to the strategic objectives of the territory and where an arrangement with the local partners is made well in advance. Planning ahead is preferable and take into account time, availability and workload of local staff.

Due to the value of the data collected, it is necessary to retain them in the territories and make them available for internal re-uses. Therefore researchers are asked to leave metadata before they depart from the islands and send the data back to the islands once they have cleaned and tidied them up. The metadata form is available here

Each territory deals with research permits in a different way. Click on each territory to know more about the steps for obtaining a research permit. Photo credits: Katie Brigden (South Georgia) and iLaria Marengo.

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