Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnicas – CONICET (Argentina)
Centro Austral de Investigaciones Científicas (Austral Scientific Research Centre) was founded in 1969, and belongs to CONICET (National Scientific and Technological Research Council). It is located in Patagonia at Ushuaia city (Tierra del Fuego). CONICET funds interdisciplinary research, employing over 5000 people (3000 are scientific researchers) in different research centres across the country. The main objectives of CADIC include the study of the natural ecosystems of South Patagonia and Antarctica (geology, marine biology, UV-radiation, agro-forestry), including also anthropological and archaeological studies. The Forest Resources laboratory of CADIC that will participate in OpenNESS has international expertise in forest ecology, forest biometrics, silviculture and forest management. The group has important databases on tree species, mammals and flora (superior, mosses, lichens and fungi). Since 1995, the research group has a close working relationship with forest private companies.
Permanent forest plots, some of them from 1968 are installed in different forest types along Patagonia gradients and are annually measured. Part of that research is finance by SME’s within the region. The main findings have been published in more than 200 papers and scientific communications. Research and education are organised in a number of research and expert networks in tandem with other Argentinean research institutions and universities. At present, CADIC has more than 10 projects funded by different national and international organisations (i.e. ANCyT, CONICET, PNUD) in collaboration with researchers at the national and international level.