Action Group on Geosciences

IASC Action Groups

Actions Groups are established by the IASC Council to provide strategic advice concerning both long-term activities and urgent needs. They are expert groups typically with a one or two year mandate and conclude their task with a report to the Council.

IASC is currently maintaining two Action Groups:


Communicating Arctic Science to Policymakers (CASP)

To reinforce IASC’s commitment to providing objective and independent scientific advice on issues of science in the Arctic and communicating scientific information to the public, in April 2017 IASC Council decided to establish the action group on Communicating Arctic Science to Policy Makers (CASP). Based on the review of the objectives and activities of IASC and its Working Groups, CASP is tasked with the development of a set of recommendations for IASC to enhance its provision of advice on issues of science in the Arctic and the communication of scientific knowledge to policymakers. Read more about the CASP Members here.

Contact: IASC Fellow Malgorzata (Gosia) Smieszek


Arctic Science and Business/Industry Cooperation (ASBIC)

This Action Group will facilitate discussions on how Arctic science can facilitate business and how business can facilitate Arctic science, whether through financing, data, or collaboration. In particular, this group is convening sessions that the 2017 Arctic Circle Assembly.

Contact: IASC Vice-President Larry Hinzman


Scoping Group on Indigenous Involvement

In addition, the IASC Council approved a scoping group on the subject of advising on better involvement of indigenous people and incorporating traditional knowledge into the full breadth of IASC activities. This group will work, over the course of the next year, to develop Terms of Reference for a full Action Group.

Contact: IASC SHWG Member Gail Fondahl


Past Action Groups were:

SCAR/IASC Bipolar Action Group (BipAG) (2008-2012)

The group was jointly established with the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) with the initial mandate to explore options for effective cooperation concerning bipolar issues and the development of mechanisms to nurture the International Polar Year legacy. The two-year mandate for BipAG was prolonged in 2010 and BipAG II concentrated first and foremost on bipolar scientific opportunities of cooperation.

Action Group on Geosciences (2012-2013)

This Action Group had been mandated to provide strategic advice to the IASC Council and WGs on both long-term opportunities and priorities in the field of Geoscience research in a broader sense.

Data Policy Action Group (2012-2013)

The group was formed to develop and recommend a data policy, including steps toward implementation of the policy, that to provide guidance for IASC supported activities.