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GEO Cold Regions Inititiative - GEOCRI

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What is GEO Cold Regions?

GEO Cold Regions Initiative (GEOCRI) coordinates global joint efforts for Earth observations and information services to provide societal benefits over the world's Cold Regions area including the North Pole, South Pole, Himalaya-Third Pole and Mountain areas.

Vision and importance

“What happens in the Poles doesn’t stay in the Poles.” More than one hundred countries around the world have cryospheric elements in their environment. Cold Regions are the most ecologically and environmentally sensitive areas, and changes to these areas comprehensively affect the dynamic Earth system, impacting the society in all parts of the world.

GEO is developing a user-driven approach to Cold Regions that will complement the current science-driven effort, and a global, comprehensive Cold Regions Information Service will strengthen the synergies among various activities across global Cold Regions.

Benefits and added-value

GEOCRI offers a global interface and platform for collaboration for existing organizations and programs, allowing them to reach communities outside their own membership domains and create synergies among different activities, which expands the outreach of, and maximize the synergies among, thematically wide GEO activities and thematically deep participant activities.

A broad range of users from both the public and private sectors, including managers and policy makers in the targeted societal benefit areas, scientific researchers and engineers, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and international bodies are benefitting from the improved Cold Regions Information Services.

Organization & Contacts

GEOCRI Management Structure

GEOCRI milestones and deliverables table

The GEOCRI community consists of contributors that are arranged into theme-specific Task Teams according to their interests. Each Task Team has a list of activities that they work on, and report their progress to the team of co-leads, consisting of nine GEOCRI members and the Point of Contact. The co-lead team works together in producing the Work Plan and the Implementation Plan for the GEO Work Programme, with the assistance from GEO Secretariat, and offer over all coordination of GEOCRI activities and efforts.

Task Teams convene when necessary, whereas the co-lead team convenes at least twice a year. All GEOCRI members are kept informed about the progress via summaries provided through an e-mailing list and by arranging face-to-face meeting where possible (e.g. as side events to GEO meetings and at major scientific conferences).

All GEOCRI contributors have a possibility to contribute to the work and implementation plans, and take part in those Task Teams where they find their contribution is most suitable. In addition, an institution or organization can join GEOCRI as an Observer, which means that they will be updated about the progress and activities, without not directly taking part in the activities.

Terms of Reference (ToR) will be developed in 2017 to verify the management and coordination structure of GEOCRI. All the management activities need to follow up the Term of Reference, which will be changed in two year, at the face to face meeting.

Leadership & Contributors (this list is being populated)

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