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XXXI SCAR Delegates Meeting
9-11 August 2010, Buenos Aires, Argentina

SCAR XXXI WP22: SCAR and IASC Partnership

Working Paper 22
Agenda Item: 7.2
Posted/Revised: April 1
Person Responsible: Colin Summerhayes

Executive Summary

Title: SCAR and IASC Partnership

Authors: Colin Summerhayes, Mike Sparrow (for SCAR) and Volker Rachold (for IASC)

Relevant URLs or references to other reports: IP 08

Introduction/ Background: SCAR and IASC have had a formal partnership since Hobart (2006). This has led to close interactions between the Secretariats and Executive Committees and between certain of the science groups on both sides. It has underpinned the development of a progressively more bipolar approach to cryospheric and climate sciences, to the benefit of the two science communities. At this stage it is important to recognise that the two organisations will work together on certain aspects of the IPY legacy (see IP08).

Important Issues or Factors: Previously ICSU’s IGBP and ESSP programmes have not included inputs from SCAR and IASC and ICSU lacked a mechanism apart from the IPY for hearing the polar ‘voice’. However, closer cooperation with ICSU is improving this process. Currently ICSU provides the only avenue at present for polar science input from SCAR and IASC into the IPCC.

Recommendations/Actions and Justification: Delegates are invited (i) to note the significant progress made over the past 4 years, (ii) to recommend continuance of this strong relationship, pointing to specific additional interactions for the future if these can be identified in addition to what is currently taking place, (iii) to cement the proposed joint sponsorship of ISMASS and possibly of IPICS, (iv) to encourage SCAR to work with IASC to ensure effective polar representation at ICSU General Assemblies, (v) to ensure to the extent possible that SCAR and IASC are invited to contribute to ICSU’s major cross-disciplinary programmes, and (vii) to ensure that the polar voice is heard at IPCC meetings.

Expected Benefits/Outcomes: Development of a bipolar front in science, education and outreach focusing on areas where both organizations can most effectively benefit from a partnership approach will be beneficial to both SCAR and IASC.

Partners: IASC, but also ICSU and the ICSU unions

Budget Implications: Costs of attendance of Secretariat representative at annual IASC Council and ASSW meetings. Contribution to attendance of one or more SCAR representatives at relevant IPCC meetings. Continuance of BipAG.