Research in Polar Regions

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On June 28, the Moscow Headquarters of the Russian Geographical Society hosted a meeting of the Technical Committee for standardization No. 187 (devoted to research in the Polar Regions) of the Federal Agency for Technical Regulation and Metrology (Rosstandart). 

The Technical Committee for standardization №187 (TC187) is an expert committee in the field of standardization for the Polar Regions. Its task is to design technical requirements and national standards, normative and technical documents necessary for the development of the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation. TC187 coordinates the Research and Information Center "Polar initiative". The committee includes more than 40 organizations, including the Murmansk and St. Petersburg branches of the Russian Geographical Society, The Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, a number of universities and institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences and others.

Arthur Chilingarov, First Vice-President of the Russian Geographical Society, Hero of the Soviet Union and Russia addressed the meeting with a welcoming speech.

"The idea that has been in the air for the last few years has led to the establishment of the Technical Committee №187. We can certainly say that the goals you are facing today are the priorities of Russia, which are important for the development of world science," he said.

At the meeting, Nikita Kuprikov, the deputy chairman of TC 187, a member of the Polar Commission of the Russian Geographical Society presented the final version of the national standard of the Russian Federation – GOST R "Research in the polar regions. Terms and Definitions". This document defines the concepts necessary for the legal regulation in the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation, as well as the terms "polar performance", "polar stations" and others.

The adoption of the national standard is a significant achievement of world science. For 2019-2020, the Committee schedules to develop five more national standards and technical regulations.