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The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP) are pleased to announce the 2013 Fellowship Awardees.

Two Antarctic organisations have joined forces to launch Fellowships for early career researchers. The Fellowships are worth up to $US15,000 each and six Fellowships (4 SCAR, 1 COMNAP and 1 joint SCAR/COMNAP) were awarded in 2013 (one more than the previous year). The SCAR Fellowships are awarded to: Paula Casanovas, Bella Duncan, Reny Tyson and Luis Huckstadt. The COMNAP Fellowship is awarded to: Charlotte Havermans. A co-funded SCAR/COMNAP Fellowship was awarded to: Luis Rodriguez.

This year, twenty-six applications were received. The winners of the Fellowships will carry out a range of scientific research in areas including marine biology, climatology, remote sensing and understanding terrestrial ecosystem complexity. Candidates come from a wide geographic spread of countries, including Argentina, Belgium, New Zealand, Russia, Spain, Venezuela and USA.

For further details please see

The Committee on "Emerging Research Questions in the Arctic" of the National Research Council (NRC) is looking for your assistance. This committee is charged to provide guidance on future research questions in the Arctic over the next 10-20 years, identifying the key scientific questions that are emerging (i.e., only now becoming possible to ask or address) in different realms of Arctic science and exploring both disciplinary realms (e.g., marine, terrestrial, atmosphere, cryosphere, and social sciences) and cross cutting realms (e.g., integrated systems science and sustainability science).

To help us accomplish our goals, the committee would like to draw widely on the expertise and experience of the Arctic science community. We kindly request your assistance by filling out a short questionnaire:

Thank you for taking time to provide input to this study. We request your contribution by Friday, August 23, 2013. Please feel free to share this email and the survey link with your colleagues.

If you would like to be kept abreast of the study and notified when the Committee's report is available, please provide your contact information here:

Thank you,
Stephanie Pfirman, Barnard College, Committee Co-Chair
Henry Huntington, Pew Charitable Trusts, Committee Co-Chair
Maggie Walser, National Research Council, Study Director

Questions can be directed to Lauren Brown at the NRC:

We are happy to announce that the Thematic Network on Permafrost is officially established as part of the University of the Arctic’s (UArctic) range of activities. Briefly, while the Thematic Network on Permafrost does not fund the network, it does support permafrost educators and researchers working under IPA and UArctic to develop stronger international relationships with other schools and scientists including the International University Courses on Permafrost (IUCP). We will use and further improve the IUCP catalog, a project also cooperatively supported with the UArctic: The IUCP catalog can advertise your class and program information, aiding your organization in recruiting more diversified and qualified students. The Thematic Network on Permafrost can share data archives and serve as a dissemination point for similar data collected by scientists and teachers at your organization. This information sharing can also feed back to your local schools and communities.

The Thematic Network on Permafrost can be a part of many international activities between northern institutions, both with and without partnerships that are part of institutions participating in the University of the Arctic. We would like to discuss a more detailed plan for supporting your education and outreach activities with your institute. At minimum, we offer collaboration and support for your activities on the following three topics.

1. Research cooperation
2. Knowledge sharing in education
3. Curriculum development and class/summer school cooperation

If you have identified funding opportunities that incorporate outreach components for research projects, or if you are participating in an exchange program (undergraduate or graduate level) please contact us. We can help make your applications stronger and extend the scope of your existing programs. Please visit more information @ our SNS and web site:

Your comments are always welcome!

The ESA Climate Change Initiative (CCI) Program ( aims to fully exploit the long-term global Earth Observation (EO) satellite data archives that ESA and its member states have acquired over the last 30 years. The goal of the CCI is to provide stable, long-term, error characterised, satellite based essential climate variable (ECV) data products derived from multiple satellite datasets for use by scientific and stakeholder communities.

Currently 13 different thematic ESA CCI projects exist including 3 cryosphere related CCI projects, namely 'Sea Ice', 'Glaciers' and the 'Greenland Ice Sheet'. In order to complement these existing activities ESA have launched a scoping study to determine the user requirements for satellite data products that should be developed as part of an Antarctic CCI project. Examples of possible Antarctic satellite data products include ice velocity, surface elevation change and grounding line location and we require information from the scientific community about which products would be most valuable.

To assess the user requirements for satellite based Antarctic ice sheet data products we have produced a short on-line survey (link below) which we would be very grateful if you could complete. The questionnaire is short, containing just 16 multiple choice questions which take only 10 minutes to complete. The survey will remain open until 16.09.2013. We invite you, as a possible future user of these data products, to provide recommendations and feedback about what products you think it would be most useful for an Antarctic CCI project to focus on.

Your feedback will be used to help us prioritise which Antarctic CCI products should be produced, along with what the geographical and temporal distribution should be in order to maximize the scientific and societal outcome of the project.

Thank you for your feedback,
Yours sincerely,

The Antarctic CCI Scoping Study consortium

Andrew Shepherd, University of Leeds, UK (PI)
Anna Hogg, University of Leeds, UK
David Vaughan, British Antarctic Survey (BAS), UK
Steve Baker, Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL), UCL, UK
Rene Forsberg, Technical University of Denmark (DTU-S), Denmark
Martin Horwath, Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany
Dana Floricioiu, Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft und Raumfahrt (DLR), Germany
Veit Helm, Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), Germany
Thomas Nagler, ENVIronmental Earth Observation IT GmbH (ENVEO), Austria

GeoMapApp is a free, map-based data exploration and visualization tool developed at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory by the IEDA database group.

We will be running a short series of GeoMapApp hands-on webinars over two afternoons in late July:

Webinar 1: Wednesday 24th July at 2:00pm EDT: Introduction to GeoMapApp
        Layout, tools and functionality. Built-in data sets. Import and manipulate your own data.
        Register for Webinar 1:

Webinar 2: Wednesday 24th July at 3:30pm EDT: GeoMapApp and GeoPRISMS
        Brief introduction to functionality. Built-in GeoPRISMS-relevant data sets. Importing data.
        Register for Webinar 2:

Webinar 3: Thursday 25th July at 2:00pm EDT: GeoMapApp: Polar applications
        Brief introduction to polar projections and functionality. Built-in polar data sets. Importing data.
        Register for Webinar 3:

Webinar 4: Thursday 25th July at 3:30pm EDT: GeoMapApp Portals
        Brief introduction. Explore the enhanced functionality of GeoMapApp portal data sets. We'll cover multi-channel seismic data, various earthquake data sets, geochemistry, multibeam bathymetry, ocean drilling, and more.
        Register for Webinar 4:

Each hands-on webinar will last about 45 minutes and will be stand-alone so you can pick and chose which ones to join. We strongly encourage webinar participants to follow along by using GeoMapApp on their own computer and we'll answer participant questions in real time as the webinars progress.

Please register for the free webinars using the URLs above.

A few days before the webinars, we'll send details to registered participants about downloading and installing GeoMapApp (, along with the logistics of connecting to the webinars.

The webinars will recorded and placed on the GeoMapApp YouTube Channel, here:

At the beginning of June, the Climate and Cryosphere Project (CliC) initiated a sea ice modeling and observing workshop that brought together Arctic and Antarctic sea ice scientists to discuss the gaps in knowledge found with sea ice data (  Sea ice database representatives for the Arctic (Ice Watch) and the Antarctic (ASPECT) developed targeted activities in conjunction with sea ice modelers and invited APECS members.  Working groups were developed during this workshop and will carry out the developed action items within time frames established by each group.  This multifaceted approach to resolve challenges with combining sea ice observations and models will ensure continued efforts in both communities for CliC's sea ice initatives.  CliC and APECS will also implement Frostbytes from the early career scientists (  CliC also has many opportunities for early career scientists in several research disciplines.  For more information go to:  and become a member today!! 

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