Hydrography Priorities Working Group

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. (Please see the Scheming and Production of INT Charts and ENCs in Region M.)


Chair Mr. Lee Truscott (Lee.Truscott@UKHO.gov.uk), United Kingdom
in 2004 Argentina, Australia, Chile, Germany, Greece, South Africa, Spain, United Kingdom, USA, COMNAP (observer) and IAATO (observer).
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 Reference


Guidelines and Forms

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


HPWG Letters



01/2022 Letter from SHN, Argentina dated 4 April 2022 - Decepción Island
e-01/2021 HPWG MSR Review & Peninsula Survey Plan.  HCA17 Documents 07.2A & 07.2B
01/2013 Request for details of planned surveys - Action 12/15 from HCA12
01/2012 Decisions and actions Item No HCA11/14
01/2011 Decisions and actions Item No HCA10/27
01/2009 Revision of the HCA Survey Short List and the HCA Long Term Survey Plan
02/2005 IHO Hydrographic Committee on Antarctica. HCA4. Decisions and actions Item No 8
01/2005 HCA Statement of Survey Requirements and Survey Plan for the International Polar Year (IPY) (2007-08)
01/2004 HCA Statement of Survey Requirements and Survey Plan for the International Polar Year (IPY) (2007-08)

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