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SCAR EXCOM 2019 Paper 16: Report from SCAGI

SCAR Executive Committee Meeting
30-31 July, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

SCAR EXCOM 2019 Paper 16: Report from SCAGI

Standing Committee on Antarctic Geographic Information (SCAGI), 2018-19 Report

Agenda Item: 8
Person Responsible: Adrian Fox / Jean-Yves Pirlot

Report Authors: Adrian Fox (UK) and Jean-Yves Pirlot (Belgium), co-Chief Officers, SCAGI


SCAR SCAGI Meeting 2019: The SCAGI group held a successful meeting in June 2019 hosted by Professor Carlo Baroni, at the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Pisa, Italy. There were thirteen attendees, including delegates from Australia and New Zealand who joined by skype. The meeting included presentation of nine National Reports from Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, UK and USA. National reports are an important part of the SCAGI meeting – they are an opportunity to inform delegates from other organisations about current and planned activities, which can highlight opportunities for collaboration and sharing of resources.

Progress with SCAGI Products: The SCAR products can only be as good as the data that are in them. National Mapping Agencies and other organisations producing maps and geospatial data should offer this for inclusion in the SCAR Products.

SCAR Map Catalogue: Hosted by the Australian Antarctic Division. AAD and the US PGC are actively scanning historical and recent maps for listing in the MapCat. SCAGI Delegates were asked to check their nation’s entries in the MapCat for completeness and update if needed.

Antarctic Digital Database: There was a December 2018 release with updated data for some areas, including the coastline around the Thwaites Glacier region – the focus of a large international science programme. Work at BAS on data QA and structures aims to ensure the continued usefulness and relevance of the ADD.

Composite Gazetteer: There are now 37,893 place names referring to 20,078 features. New names entered included 56 from Bulgaria and 57 from Norway. There are 77 names from the UK, 4 from Argentina and 3 from France in process.

Air Operations Planning Maps: This comprises a series of 16 maps at 1:1M scale with and an overview map. Contours and spot heights are in feet and the maps present information relevant for Air Operations to a standardized specification. The maps are a collaboration between Belgium, with Australia, and Norway, UK and USA. All the maps were freely available as PDF and iPad app compatible geotiff download for the beginning of the Antarctic Air Operations Season.

Review of SCAR principles and procedures for Antarctic place names: A working Group within SCAGI, Chaired by Jean-Yves Pirlot, has been reviewing the existing document from 1994. A side meeting at the annual meeting of UN Group of Experts on Geographic Names developed a draft document, which was further refined at a workshop at the Pisa SCAGI meeting.