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VRyabinin- International Polar Initiative


The Concept Note was initially presented to Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) in Montreal and the Montreal IPY 2012 Conference “From Knowledge to Action” (April 2012).  In December 2012, an IPI Town Hall at the AGU Fall 2012 Meeting in San Francisco was held.  In April 2013, the updated IPI will be considered by the ASSW 2013 (Krakow, Poland).  The expressed support from the science community is the initial prerequisite for proposing IPI for consideration by international agencies represented through members on the Steering Group.

It is proposed to start IPI in 2017-2018 if there is sufficient support for it. This gives time to generate resources.  IPI should ”start small” and pick up momentum and resources through convincingly demonstrating its value and success.  This hopefully will bring funding agencies onboard (and, of course, they should be approached at a very early stage of IPI development). The IPI should be not only research- but very much observations- and service- oriented.  

One of the IPY lessons was related to the importance of public engagement in and support to such campaigns, the crucial role of the capacity building, education and outreach and involvement of young generations and local people.  These requirements are well reflected in the IPI Concept, which helps to continuously accumulate support for the potential initiative.

IPI is a very large-scale initiative.  It is not guaranteed that it will be eventually endorsed by main international organizations. But if this happens, IPI has the potential to help coordinating many polar activities, focus them on achieving useful goals, and generate resources to attain the goals.  In particular, it may help to achieve the objectives of WCRP, CliC, WCRP Grand Challenges on Cryosphere and Regional Climate Information. WMO considers the Global Cryosphere Watch and the Global Integrated Polar Prediction System, to which the WCRP Polar Climate Predictability Initiative contributes, as building blocks for an IPI.

Presented by Vladimir Ryabinin, World Climate Research Programme, at the 9th CliC Scientific Steering Group meeting in Potsdam, Germany 2013.

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