Hydrographic Commission on Antarctica (HCA)

HCA Hydrography Priorities Working Group (HPWG)

Last update: 3 August 2016

At its 4th Meeting (Kythnos, Greece, Sept. 2004), the HCA established a new Working Group: HCA Survey Programme Working Group with the specific aim is to establish co-operation and collaboration between hydrographic organisations and scientific institutions in hydrographic surveying in Antarctica. The WG was renamed HCA Survey Prioritisation Working Group at HCA-8 (Niteroi, RJ, Brazil, Oct. 2008), then HCA Hydrography Priorities Working Group (HPWG) at HCA-12 (Montevideo, Uruguay, Oct. 2012) with revised Terms of Reference. As a result, in addition to addressing hydrographic surveying in Antarctica, HPWG is also in charge of coordinating INT chart and ENC schemes.

Mr. Andrew Willett (andy.willett@ukho.gov.uk), United Kingdom

Membership (in 2004):
Argentina, Australia, Chile, Germany, Greece, South Africa, Spain, United Kingdom, USA, COMNAP (observer) and IAATO (observer).

Membership (since HCA-14, June 2016): The HCA Chair proposed that, because of its key coordinating role in the HCA, all HCA Members and Observers should be considered as participants in the HPWG in future (Decision&Action HCA14/16).

Terms of References 

The WG conducts its work by correspondence, through HCA-HPWG Letters

Guidelines and Forms: The following documents have been developed and/or are being maintained by the HCA HPWG: