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SCAR XXXII WP24: The Bipolar Action Group (BiPAG II) and Relationship with IASC
XXXII SCAR Delegates Meeting
23-25 July 2012, Portland Oregon, USA

SCAR XXXII WP24: The Bipolar Action Group (BiPAG II) and Relationship with IASC

Working Paper 24
Agenda Item: 7.1
Posted/Revised: June 14
Person Responsible: Sparrow/ Rachold

Executive Summary

Title: The Bipolar Action Group (BiPAG II)

Authors: M Sparrow, V Rachold, C Ellis-Evans

Introduction/ Background: The Executive Committees of SCAR and IASC created a SCAR-IASC Bipolar Action Group (BipAG) that operated for two years (2008-2010) followed by a second BipAG for 2011 to 2012. The existence of a BipAG ensures that there is a group looking at opportunities for bipolar science, with the purpose of providing annual reports to the SCAR and IASC Executive Committees and recommending which bipolar activities should be adopted by the organisations. The recommendations include not only science ideas but also opportunities for developing the next generation of polar scientists, suggestions for more effective science coordination and data management and ideas for better communicating the importance of the Polar Regions for Planet Earth. The BipAG reports are published on both SCAR and IASC websites.

Important Issues or Factors: The focus of BipAG II is to “to advise the SCAR and IASC Executive Committees on the development of instruments such as workshops, programmes and networks to address bipolar issues”. 

Recommendations/Actions and Justification:  Individual Recommendations are outlined in the report.

With regards to the group itself that the SCAR/IASC Bipolar Action Group continues but in a more advisory role, with no more than one face-to-face meeting every other year and utilising teleconferencing and email in between to facilitate communication (see also WP 29).

Expected Benefits/Outcomes:  Closer collaboration between polar communities and more efficient use of resources.

Partners: IASC (but also APECS and CliC)

Budget Implications: None for 2012; consider $5000 for 2013.