Study Areas

Antarctic and subantarctic regions.


Chile’s southern Patagonia has one of the largest freshwater reserves in the world and its many fjords and channels are considered a key region. This region has a unique ecosystem that is constantly changing




The coast of the Antarctic Peninsula is characterized as an area of high biodiversity and biomass production. It has experienced a large increase in temperature and a decrease in the concentration, extent and duration of sea ice cover.


Scientific expeditions

Throughout the six years of operation, the IDEAL Center has carried out various scientific tasks in its two areas of study. Among them stand out:


scientific expeditions

high latitude science

Our work in the field embodied in numerous articles

Prestigious scientific journals have published the results of the IDEAL Center’s research.

Giant Kelp

(Macrocystis pyrifera)

Antarctic and subantarctic marine biodiversity

They can reach up to 70 meters in height and provide shelter and food for countless species.

Chilean King Crab

(Lithodes santolla)

Antarctic and subantarctic marine biodiversity

In Chile, its distribution goes from Valdivia to the south. It does not exceed 60 centimeters and can reach up to six kilos.

Purple Sea Star

(Cosmasterias lurida)

Antarctic and subantarctic marine biodiversity

It exists throughout Chilean and Argentine Patagonia. It is considered one of the most important predators at the benthic level of the central zone.


(Euphausia superba)

Antarctic and subantarctic marine biodiversity

It is the most abundant animal in Antarctica, and is considered the basis of the food webs of the white continent

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