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Bipolar Action Group (BipAG)

Please note that, as of 2011, BipAG has been superseded by BipAG II.


One key outcome of discussions between SCAR and IASC was the identification of a need for a joint Bipolar Action Group to assist in taking joint initiatives forward, and to assess how SCAR and IASC might contribute to the development of a strong legacy for the IPY. This proposal was approved by the SCAR Executive Committee and IASC Council, and taken forward as an information paper for the meeting of the IPY Joint Committee in Quebec in October 2007. View the proposal to form the joint Bipolar Action Group.

The terms of reference for BipAG are:

  1. to advise the SCAR and IASC Executive Committees on the development of instruments such as workshops, programs and networks to address bipolar issues (i.e. the first priority is to see how and where we could work, more closely together).
  2. to advise the SCAR and IASC Executive Committees on the development of mechanisms to nurture the IPY 2007/2008 legacy, with a special focus on the roles of IASC and SCAR.

The Proposal for the Action Group was distributed to SCAR Members in SCAR Circular 767 in November 2007, and in parallel to IASC Members, to solicit national nominations or membership of the Action Group. BipAG was formed at the end of December 2007 under the chairmanship of Heinrich (Heinz) Miller of AWI. Members include:

The following briefing note sets out the context, and suggests tasks for BipAG that will enable it to address its terms of reference. View the BipAG Briefing Note (19 February 2008).

Reports of BipAG Meetings

1st meeting of SCAR-IASC Bipolar Action Group (BipAG)

BipAG met in St Petersburg, Russia, on July 8, in the margins of the XXX SCAR Science Week. The report of the BipAG meeting was tabled for the SCAR Delegates as Working Paper WP 21(ii).

Delegates at XXX SCAR adopted the following actions following discussion of the BipAG report:

Actions D20: EXCOM, IASC and the Secretariat and BipAG and IASC to implement the following actions as appropriate:-

  1. establish links between SAON and PAntOS to ensure that they develop in a compatible way and learn from the best practice of each other;
  2. SCAR and IASC to consider applying for observer status with the IPCC;
  3. SCAR and IASC to prepare themselves as the existing polar coordination structures to take a prominent role in ensuring that IPY project data goes into national and international databases, to ensure the IPY Data Legacy;
  4. charge JCADM with the responsibility for liaising with bipolar or Antarctic IPY programmes and national IPY committees to ensure that IPY data goes into appropriate databases (e.g. NADCs) and that metadata end up in the AMD;
  5. keep IASC informed about the development of the SCAR data and information management strategy, with a view to the two adopting the same strategy so as to facilitate interoperability between the two hemispheres;
  6. SCAR and IASC programmes to have a clearly specified data and information management plan that follows the IPY data policy of making all data eventually available to all, and a clearly specified education and outreach plan; and
  7. support the development of open access data journals.

2nd meeting of SCAR-IASC Bipolar Action Group (BipAG), 15-16 October 2009, Oslo, Norway

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