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GeoHeritage Action Group Report 2020

SCAR Action Group on Geological Heritage and Geoconservation 2018-2020 Report

Action Group of the Geosciences Group  

Report Author(s): Kevin A. Hughes (Secretary; UK), Marcelo Reguero (Chair; Argentina) and Luis Carcavilla (Vice-chair; Spain) Jerόnimo Lόpez-Martínez (Spain)

 

Summary of activities from 2018-20

  • Output: Preparation of a SCAR Working Paper for ATCM detailing a new methodology for the identification of Geological Heritage within Antarctica. The methodology was tested with the identification of:
    • (i) nine Antarctic Geological Frameworks (or themes); and
    • (ii) a Geosite for the Geological Framework ‘Cretaceous-Paleogene Transition’ on Seymour (Marambio) Island.

NB: The SCAR Working Paper for ATCM XLIII (Helsinki, 2020) was not submitted by SCAR due to the cancellation of this meeting, but may be submitted at ATCM XLIV (Paris) expected to be held in 2021.

  • Output: SCAR Environmental Code of Conduct for Geosciences Field Research Activities in Antarctica. A final draft of the CoC was produced following the production of a SCAR Information Paper for ATCM XLII (Prague, 2019) and detailed consultation with COMNAP. A SCAR Working Paper detailing the CoC was to be presented by SCAR to ATCM XLIII in Helsinki (2020) for approval, but was not submitted due to the cancellation of the meeting.
  • Output: List of national repositories (museums, universities, institutes, etc.) housing Antarctic geological and palaeontological specimens. The list was updated and now included 33 repositories in 17 countries. The list of repositories was to be presented by SCAR to ATCM XLIII in Helsinki (2020) for approval, but was not submitted due to the cancellation of the meeting.
  • Four Action Group meetings and workshops were held: July 2018 (Davos), November 2018 (Madrid), March 2019 (Cambridge) and March 2020 (Cambridge).
  • In 2018, Marcelo Reguero (Argentina) was appointed as Chair, Luis Carcavilla (Spain) as Vice-Chair and Kevin Hughes (UK) continued as Action Group Secretary.
  • In 2019, support was given to an Early Career Researcher to attend the XIII ISAES in Korea.
  • The activities and progress of the Action Group were presented in the XIII ISAES (Korea, 2019) through a Keynote and two posters.
  • The preparation of the Action Group outputs included broad consultation with the AG members and the Geosciences community.
  • The Action Group outputs have been submitted to the SCAR Standing Committee on the Antarctic Treaty System (SCATS) for review and presentation by SCAR to the ATCM.