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The development of the Asian Forum for Polar Sciences (AFoPS)

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The development of the Asian Forum for Polar Sciences (AFoPS)
Kim, Yeadong
Jeong, Jihoon
Environmental Sciences & EcologyGeology
The Asian Forum for Polar Sciences (AFoPS)Polar scienceAntarctic researchArctic researchInternational cooperation
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Kim, Yeadong, Jeong, Jihoon. 2015. "The development of the Asian Forum for Polar Sciences (AFoPS)". Polar Science, 9: 338-344.
The Asian Forum for Polar Sciences (AFoPS), an international forum of Asian polar research institutes, was established for the advancement of polar sciences among its members in 2004. The Forum has served as an important medium of Asian collective endeavors for polar affairs in human and information exchange, research collaboration, and logistics cooperation for the last decade. The historical development of the AFoPS in retrospect can be divided into four phases: inception and establishment (2003-2004), growth and expansion (2005-2007), review and restructuring (2008-2011), and achievements and further measures (2012-2014). The progress of the AFoPS has not been linear and this trend will continue into the next decades. The Forum, however, clearly made achievements in this period of time, realizing multilateral research and logistics cooperation that would have been previously unimaginable; by doing so, it has laid the foundation for the future. Responsible for a great portion of the world's polar activities, the AFoPS will rise to meet the expectations of the world by producing notable research output, initiating international cooperative programs, and supporting non-polar Asian countries with education and research collaboration. These are the tasks of the AFoPS for the next decade and they require strategy that promotes and facilitates collaboration in a practical way and draws attention of non-polar Asian countries to the polar sciences.
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