first_imgThe Antarctic is the windiest continent on Earth,with many of the coastal research stationsaffected by strong katabatic winds. The strengthand persistence of the near-surface winds was noted bymany of the early explorers (Fig. 1), and this feature hasbeen perhaps the most intensively studied climatologicalelement since then. In recent years there have beenmany advances in our understanding of the wind fieldboth through the availability of data from automaticweather stations (AWSs) in remote locations and inimprovements in numerical models.For the last four years the Scientific Committee onAntarctic Research (SCAR) has been assessing ourknowledge of the Antarctic wind field and trying toimprove the representation of the winds in climateand numerical weather prediction (NWP) models.This meeting consisted of invited and submittedpapers on many aspects of the Antarctic wind field.During the final morning there was a panel discussionthat summarized our current understanding andconsidered the gaps in our knowledge.last_img read more