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SCAR XXXV WP28: Standing Committee on Antarctic Geographic Information (SCAGI)

SCAR XXXV Delegates Meeting, Davos, Switzerland, 25-26 June 2018

SCAR XXXV WP28: Standing Committee on Antarctic Geographic Information (SCAGI)

Agenda Item: 5.2.

Person Responsible: A. Fox & J-Y. Pirlot

 

Executive Summary

Authors

Adrian Fox (UK) and Jean-Yves Pirlot (Belgium)

Summary of activities from 2016-18 and other important matters

SCAGI continues to deliver a range of geographic information products through its various SCAR Products: Antarctic Digital Database (ADD); Air Operations Planning Maps; Composite Gazetteer of Antarctica (CGA) and SCAR Map Catalogue. Usage statistics show that these SCAR Products are used and valued by the Antarctic Community. SCAGI seeks to continue to develop and improve the existing products and develop appropriate new ones to support evolving activities in Antarctica. SCAGI held an inter-sessional meeting in June 2017 which was kindly hosted by Antonie Haas at AWI, Bremerhaven. It was attended by 11 delegates including new attendees from Bulgaria and Czech Republic. SCAGI continues to try to build engagement with countries without a delegate or a named contact. The SCAR Air Operations Planning Maps series is now completed and 16 1:1M scale maps and an overview map were available for Antarctic Operations planning in 2017-18. Emerging themes are the increasing use of UAVs for geospatial work and the impact of the forthcoming US Reference Elevation Map of Antarctica (REMA).

Recommendations

Delegates are asked to:

• ensure familiarity with the work of SCAGI and encourage their National Representatives to become involved with and contribute all new data to SCAGI,

• replace retiring national representatives and notify SCAGI co-Chairs of any changes, and

• endorse a strategic view of web-interfaces to ensure that products work together effectively and coherently and to minimize duplication and cross-cutting between products.