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AMAP picAMAP (the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program, a working group of the Arctic Council; held its 27th working group meeting in Troshavn, Faroe Islands from September 15-18th, 2013. The meeting included delegations from each of the Arctic Council nations, as well as representations from the permanent participates, and observer nations and organisations. Jennifer Provencher represented APECS at the meeting. The working group was updated on projects that are wrapping up, and discussed upcoming events and projects that the working group wants to priortize and focus on in the coming years.

AMAP has a number of current projects underway including a radioactivity report, persistant organic pollutants report, a human health assessment and the Adaptation Actions in a Changing Arctic (AACA) project. Emphasis on improving outreach, the use of local and traditional knowledge and involving early career reserachers in projects was a theme heard throughout the meeting.

APECS and AMAP also agreed to continue to work together on integrating early career researchers into their program, both from an expert group and a communications perspective, especially within the AACA framwork as this program develops over the coming months. Stay tuned for more AMAP opportunities in the coming months!

INTERACT Transnational Access Call is open 1st August – 30thSeptember


The INTERACT project under EU FP7 has a Transnational Access program that offers access to 20 research stations in the northernmost Europe and Russian Federation. The sites represent a variety of glacier, mountain, tundra, boreal forest, peatland and freshwater ecosystems, providing opportunities for researchers from natural sciences to human dimension. 


Transnational Access  includes:


  • Free access for user groups/users to research facilities and field sites, including support for travel and logistic costs
  • Free access to information and data in the public domain held at the infrastructures


The call for proposals is open at the INTERACT website on 1st August – 30th September 2013 for access visits taking place between Oct 2013 and Oct 2014.


Transnational Access is available to user groups, where the group leader and majority of group members work in an institution established in a EU Member State or Associated State.The maximum amount of access per user group is 90 person-days, including previously granted INTERACT Transnational Access. You can find the eligibility rules and application instructionsstations available in the calldescriptions of stations and their facilities, and registration to the on-line application system from the INTERACT website.


For additional information, please visit the INTERACT website or contact WP4 coordinator Hannele Savela, hannele.savela(at), or WP4 leader Kirsi Latola, kirsi.latola(at)


This will be the last INTERACT Transnational Access call for the current funding period. Act now to seize the opportunity, and apply INTERACT Transnational Access to conduct research at the coolest places of the North!


The International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS) needs your assistance in putting together a high-quality scientific programme for the 26th IUGG General Assembly, to be held in Prague in 2015

IACS ( is one of 8 IUGG scientific associations that are responsible for developing the programme for this forthcoming meeting. Perhaps you attended our recent DACA-13 symposium in Davos (, Switzerland? IUGG Prague 2015 promises to offer similar opportunities in a larger setting and with more interdisciplinary links.

The scientific programme committee for IUGG Prague 2015 will meet in less than one month’s time (24th September, 2013) to discuss the programme. We have been asked to suggest three different kinds of symposia, UNION (of interest to the entire geophysical community), JOINT (IACS and one or more other IUGG organisations) and IACS-only.  At this stage we are interested in receiving suggestions from you in the first two categories.

UNION symposia provide an opportunity to highlight the most pressing geophysical issues facing humanity. Suggestions so far include -
• Detection and attribution of changes in the cryosphere.
• Mechanisms of polar amplification of climate.
• Sea level change and the cryosphere.
• Regional impacts of climate change (which might for example include the mountain cryosphere and hazards).
• Limits to predictability (or perhaps ‘communicating uncertainty’).
Note that there were 12 Union symposia in total (all fields) at the last IUGG General Assembly.

JOINT-symposia provide an opportunity to highlight important interdisciplinary science, by collaborating with one or more IUGG associations.

Examples suggested so far include -
• Joint IACS- International Association of Geodesy (IAG) symposium on GRACE measurements and the cryosphere.
• Joint IACS- International Association for
the Physical Sciences of the Oceans (IAPSO) symposium on “Ice sheet-ocean interactions”.
• Joint IACS- International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) symposium on “Tropical mountain glaciers and water resources”.
• Joint IACS- International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI) symposium on “Volcano-Ice hazards”.
• Joint IACS- International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences (IAMAS)- International Commission on Snow and Ice Hydrology (ICSIH) symposium on “Snow and ice data assimilation.”

Note that we had around 20 joint IACS symposia at the last IUGG General Assembly and that we could do with many more suggestions here.

To assist you, here are links to the other IUGG associations:

1. International Association of Geodesy 
2. International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy 
3. International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS)  
4. International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences (IAMAS), our recent partner at DACA13 
5. International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth's Interior (IASPEI)  
6. The International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans (IAPSO)  
7. International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI) 

If you would like to see what has been done previously, the scientific programme from the 25th IUGG General Assembly (Melbourne) is available here 

Please let us know if you have suggestions for Union or Joint symposia for Prague 2015, preferably by Wednesday 11th September (2 weeks from now).

Many thanks,

Andrew Mackintosh

Associate Professor 
School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences and Antarctic Research Centre
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
+64 27 563 6193 

This is a reminder that the abstract deadline for the IGS Sea Ice Symposium in Hobart ( is August 30th 2013! Immediately after the meeting there will be an ASPeCt Workshop ( ASPeCt has a small amount of funding for travel to the IGS Symposium. Those of you who are interested in travel support from ASPeCT should submit your abstract by the deadline. Once you have submitted your abstract and it is accepted, you should submit a travel request to and Early career scientists are especially encouraged to apply!!!

Greetings, Saudações, Поздрави, Tervehdys, Salutations, Saluti, Saludos, привітання, Cyfarchion, تحيات!

Thank you for contributing flags and enthusiasm for Antarctica Day 1st December 2012. In honour of your contribution we will display many of the 600 flags contributed during the 100 days from now until 1st December 2013.  

Please join the Antarctica Day (December 1) Facebook group, download the available files, and add your comments and ideas for activities for Antarctica Day 2013. Best wishes!

We hope to draw your attention to the volunteer opportunities for the upcoming International symposium on sea ice in a changing environment, holding by International Glaciological Society (IGS) March 2014, in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. 

The 5-day symposium will include oral and poster presentations from 13 topics on current sea ice research.  IGS will also organize a public science day before the symposium. The science day will consist a variety of activities in hope to raise public awareness of polar and sea ice researches. Please refer to the symposium website for more details. (

The symposium committee would like to offer early career researchers some great opportunities to get involved with symposium organization.

1). Discussion leaders for symposium sessions

2). Helper for the science day

3). General reception for the symposium

If you plan to participate in the symposium, please take a few minutes to complete a short survey ( to let us know if you are interested to help and your availability. Please provide your comments before September 25th, 2013.   

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