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We invite you to submit abstracts to the session C5: Advances in Transdisciplinary Arctic Research: Progress on Building Collaborative Agendas for Research Supporting Solutions for Sustainability as part of the ISAR-4 / ICARP III Symposium within the ASSW 2015 to be held in Toyama, Japan on April 27-30 2015. The Symposium will address the overarching themes “Rapid change of the Arctic climate system and its global influence” (ISAR-4) and “Integrating Arctic Research: a Roadmap for the Future” (ICARP III).
For more information and to submit your abstract to this session please visit:
Please note the deadline for abstract submission is November 10, 2014.
Read more: ISAR-4 / ICARP III Symposium C5 session
The EU is inextricably linked to the Arctic region by a unique combination of history, geography, economics and scientific achievements (COM (2008) 763 final). Three Arctic countries are EU Member States (Denmark, Sweden and Finland) and the EU maintains close relations with Iceland and Norway through the European Economic Area. Canada, Russia and the United States are also strategic partners of the EU. The European Commission has set out the EU’s interests in the Arctic and has proposed action around three main policy objectives: 1) Protecting and preserving the Arctic in unison with its population; 2) Promoting sustainable use of resources; 3) Contributing to enhanced Arctic multilateral governance (COM (2008) 763 final). However, the best way to ensure that the EU’s interests are protected and that the policies it pursues are adopted has not been mapped out. While the EU is willing to pursue its involvement within the relevant international framework (e.g., the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and Convention on Biological Diversity) on Arctic issues such as climate change, biodiversity, ecosystem-based management, persistent organic pollutants, marine protected areas, energy, fisheries, tourism, international navigation and indigenous people (JOIN (2012) 19 final), choices must be made as to which policy avenue to pursue. How these choices are to be made and which avenues are the best to pursue its policy objectives are some of the many questions which have yet to be fully addressed by scholars.
Call for abstracts
This conference will bring together academics and practitioners from relevant disciplines such as international law, international relations, political science and marine biology, NGOs, representatives from EU institutions and international organizations to discuss the EU's potential contribution to enhance Arctic governance. A roadmap for increasing the effectiveness of the EU’s action in the Arctic will be drawn at the end of the conference. This conference is timely as the Council of the European Union recently (Council conclusions on developing a European Union Policy towards the Arctic Region, 24 May 2014) requested the European Commission and the High Representative to present proposals for the further development of an integrated and coherent Arctic Policy by December 2015.
Abstracts of no more than 400 words should be emailed to Dr. Nengye Liu (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 15 January 2015. All abstracts will be peer-reviewed. Selected speakers will be notified by 31 January 2015. It is anticipated that an edited book of papers from the conference will be published in 2016.
For more detailed information, visit: http://www.dundee.ac.uk/law/events/details/call-for-papers--the-european-union-and-the-arctic-2015-eu-arctic-conference.php
The Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) and InternationalArctic Science Committee (IASC) announce a call for input to the ArcticCalendar.
The Arctic Calendar is an online searchable calendar of conferences,lectures, webinars, and field trainings relevant to the Arctic science,education, and policy communities. It is a community resource fortracking and publicizing major Arctic events and conferences and forhelping to avoid conflicting meeting dates. The calendar is maintainedand hosted ARCUS in collaboration IASC.
To maintain the calendar's usefulness as a communication and planningtool ARCUS and IASC encourage anyone organizing a meeting to submit theevent for inclusion on the calendar. They also welcome other Arcticorganizations to link to the Arctic Calendar.
To view the Arctic Calendar, please go to:http://www.arcus.org/events/arctic-calendar.
For further information about ARCUS, please go to:http://www.arcus.org/.
For further information about IASC, please go to:http://www.iasc.info.
To submit events via the online form, please go to:http://www.arcus.org/events/arctic-calendar/submit.
The North Atlantic-Arctic Planning Workshop organizing committeeannounces that the draft North Atlantic-Arctic System Science Plan isnow available for public comment.
The international workshop, which convened in April 2014, provided aforum to discuss the state of science in the North Atlantic-Arcticsystem and begin planning the next phase of interdisciplinary research,with an emphasis on mechanisms to facilitate internationalcollaboration. A meeting report summarizing key discussions that tookplace at this workshop was published in the 2 September 2014 issue ofEos
The outcome of this workshop will be a community-vetted science planthat outlines a core vision for advancing the next phase of research onthe North Atlantic-Arctic system and strengthening internationalcollaborations within and between the European Union and North America.The science plan will be finalized by early 2015, and will be used byU.S. and international funding agencies for planning and coordination offuture North Atlantic-Arctic research opportunities.
Deadline for submitting comments: Friday, 17 October 2014.
Comments may be submitted via email to: email@example.com.
For further information and to download the draft science plan, pleasego to: http://www.whoi.edu/website/NAtl_Arctic/.
To read the EOS meeting report abstract, please go to:http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2014EO350007/abstract.
SAVE THE DATE
Sea Ice Prediction Network Webinar
Sea Ice Outlook: Post-season Discussion
Thursday, 9 October 2014
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. AKDT
For further information about the Sea Ice Outlook or Sea Ice Prediction
Network, please go to: http://www.arcus.org/sipn
The Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN) announces an open webinar focused
on post-season analysis and discussion of the 2014 Sea Ice Outlook
(SIO). The SIO produces reports in June, July, and August that
synthesize a variety of predictions and perspectives on the arctic sea
ice minimum. More information about SIO, including this year's reports,
is available at: http://www.arcus.org/sipn/sea-ice-outlook.
This webinar will provide a venue for discussion of the 2014 SIO,
including processes that influenced sea ice melt this year and a review
of the differing approaches to predicting the sea ice minimum extent.
The webinar is open to all interested participants, including sea ice
researchers, students, decision-makers, and others.
The webinar is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. AKDT
(12:00-1:00 p.m. PDT, 1:00-2:00 p.m. MDT, 2:00-3:00 p.m. CDT,
and 3:00-4:00 p.m.EDT) on Thursday, 9 October 2014. More details,
including registration instructions, will be announced closer to the event.
The webinar will be archived and available online after the event.
Network, please go to: http://www.arcus.org/sipn.
For questions, please contact Betsy Turner-Bogren at ARCUS
The new US National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Research Coordination Network (RCN) - Sustainability Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES) network, entitled "Arctic-FROST: Arctic FRontiers Of SusTainability: Resources, Societies, Environments, and Development in the Changing North" announces a call for membership.
Arctic-FROST is an international interdisciplinary collaborative network and platform for research exchange, developing interdisciplinary synthesis, and international research about Arctic and sub-Arctic sustainability. The network teams together environmental and social scientists, local educators, and community members to enable and mobilize research on sustainable Arctic development. The research is specifically aimed at improving health, human development, and the well-being of Arctic communities while conserving ecosystem structures, functions, and resources under changing climate conditions. The network is based at the Arctic Social and Environmental Systems Research Laboratory at the University of Northern Iowa under the direction of Andre Petrov.
Over the next five years Arctic-FROST will fund multiple meetings and workshops on various subjects pertaining to sustainability and sustainable development in the Arctic. Community members with academic or practical interests in these areas are invited to become Arctic-FROST members. Arctic-FROST membership is free and open for all. Membership benefits include:
For further information and to register, go to: http://www.uni.edu/arctic/frost.
For questions, contact: Andrey Petrov; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Two practical multidisciplinary ship-based training courses for European Graduated and Postgraduated Students of Marine Related Sciences are organized within the EUROFLEETS programme, and will be held in summer 2014:
Multidisciplinary Ship-based training for European graduates and postgraduates students of marine related sciences - 4th - 9th July 2014, Messina- Italy
The practical ship-based training course on board R/V Urania is designed to enable Postgraduates and Graduate Students to acquire the practical skills necessary to conduct offshore multidisciplinary marine science research through the core disciplines of Physical and Chemical Oceanography, Marine Biology and Geosciences.This 6 days course will comprise four days of multidisciplinary ship-based training, and two shore-based day of RV logistic and survey planning (pre-survey day), data processing, analysis and integration (post-survey day).Please note the course is funded through Eurofleets and the National Research Council of Italy, including onboard accommodation and subsistence. All other expenses, including travel and on land accommodation will be paid for by the student.
Practical onboard training course for the PhD students on using new technologies for multidisciplinary oceanographic research - Tallinn, Estonia, August 17th-22nd, 2014
The practical ship-based training course on board R/V Salme is designed to enable PhD Students to acquire advanced practical skills for using new technologies for multidisciplinary oceanographic research (including gliders, autonomous profilers, ferryboxes, and towed instruments).These 6 days will include two days of multidisciplinary ship-based training, shore-based training of RV logistic and survey planning, data processing, analysis and integration. Students will be accommodated in an academic hostel free of charge.Travel expenses to and from Tallinn will have to be paid by the students.
Please visit www.eurofleets.eu for more information.
Online application forms (for one or both courses) are available to access at the following links: http://eurofleets.sp.ismar.cnr.it/ or http://126.96.36.199/Eurofleets_Training_2014.html
Online applications must be received by Friday May 23rd at 17:00 hrs (CET)
The Belmont Forum has released a call for proposals on Arctic Observing and Research for Sustainability as part of its 2014 International Opportunities Fund to encourage interdisciplinary and trandisciplinary science. The call seeks to bring together integrated teams of natural scientists, social scientists, and stakeholders to develop projects that utilize existing Arctic observing systems, datasets and models to evaluate key sustainability challenges and opportunities in the Arctic region.
This funding opportunity will support projects that advance research utilizing and developing both the relevant information streams and the sustainability science necessary to assess, predict, inform, and communicate resilient pathways. The call focuses on four themes relevant to observing and sustainability that hold particular urgency in the Arctic: the natural and living environment, the built environment and infrastructures, natural resource management and development, and governance. Recognizing that the Arctic is a highly interdependent system, these themes are not unrelated and projects may address interactions amongst these themes.
Three types of submissions are being sought – small collaboration grants, synthesis projects, and research proposals. Available funding for meritorious projects is 13 million euros, comprising contributions from Canada, China, France, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, the Nordic Council of Ministers, Norway, Russia, the United States of America, and the World Ocean Council. Possibilities for collaboration with non-participatory countries exist as well. All proposals require collaboration amongst three or more countries and integrate across natural and social sciences while also including end-users, policy-makers, or other relevant stakeholders in the project. A researcher matching tool is available on the Belmont Forum website to better enable connection between interested international proposers.
For more information about research themes, national priorities and agency contacts, proposal submission documents, and to access the researcher matching tool, please visit the funding website: http://igfagcr.org/cra-2014-arctic-observing-and-research-sustainability . Proposals for this funding opportunity are due 31 July 2014.
by Katriina O'Kane
Profiles from the Arctic, a web-documentary series about research in the Canadian high Arctic, was released today at http://www.arcticprofiles.ca. Distributed over the next several months as a set of 25 profiles, it will bring life to science and field stories from the Arctic, and discuss the importance of conducting research in this challenging environment.
The series will feature interviews conducted with prominent scientists, students, and staff who work around Resolute Bay’s Polar Continental Shelf Program (PCSP), an important research facility and logistics’ centre in the Canadian high Arctic. New profiles will be released regularly, in which the audience can engage with audio clips, short videos, and photographs.
A key message of the series is the urgent need for more research in the Canadian Arctic. As the Arctic warms, there is growing interest in developing resources and introducing other forms of economic activity such as shipping. Yet questions remain unanswered about how landscapes and animals across the North will respond. Researchers are helping to answer those questions, studying subjects like contaminants, bacteria, permafrost, glaciers, sharks, lakes, a meteor impact, narwhals, and more. Their field work exposes them to encounters with polar bears and wolves, and offers them a chance to visit some of the most spectacular landscapes in Canada. This web-documentary series is a rare chance to get an intimate view of what researchers do, and the challenges they face.
To explore, visit: www.arcticprofiles.ca
1 - Catherine Girard is a master’s student at the University of Montreal, studying contaminants in food and their digestion by the body. She will be one of the researchers profiled for the web-documentary series: www.arcticprofiles.ca (Katriina O’Kane / Canadian Polar Commission)
2 - The PCSP (pictured) is an important research station and logistic's centre in the Canadian high Arctic, located near Resolute Bay, Nunavut (Katriina O’Kane / Canadian Polar Commission).
3 - Marie-Claude Williamson (right) prepares to have her photograph taken, while Katriina (left) holds up a reflector to balance out the strong Arctic sun (Evan Hall / Canadian Polar Commission).
4 - George Benoit (left) is the warehouse manager at the PCSP, and has been working up in Resolute Bay for 40 years. Christopher Omelon (right) is a scientists studying bacteria-mineral interactions. Both will be profiled in the web-documentary series (Evan Hall / Canadian Polar Commission).
The April 15, 2014 deadline to nominate a title for the William Mills Prize is fast approaching.
The William Mills Prize for Non-Fiction Polar Books was established in memory of William Mills, a core member of Polar Libraries Colloquy during its middle years and a consummate polar librarian as well as author.The book prize honors the best Arctic or Antarctic nonfiction books published throughout the world. The prize consists of $300 US and the right to use the William Mills Prize logo when advertising the winning book.Qualifications for Nomination1. The book must be nonfiction, about the Arctic or Antarctic.2. The book may be any type of substantive work of nonfiction, or reference resource. Textbooks, anthologies, edited works, and other small-scale efforts will not be considered unless they are truly outstanding contributions to polar literature.3. The book must have been published for the first time within the two calendar years before the Colloquy at which the award will be given. The timeframe for the 2014 award is January 2012 to December 2013. Re-releases, translations of older materials, and updated editions will not be eligible.4. The official language of the Colloquy is English. For this reason books must be published in an English language version to be eligible.Nominations should include information such as the title, author(s), publisher and date of publication, as well as a statement from the nominator explaining why the the book should be considered for the prize and what value the title brings to polar literature.For more information about the William Mills Prize, or to submit nominations, please email email@example.comThe deadline to submit a nomination is April 15, 2014.A list of previous William Mills prize winners is available at http://arcticcentre.ulapland.fi/polarweb/plc/mills.asp
The editors of "Witness the Arctic" invite article suggestions for future issues, including the spring 2014 issue that will be published in mid-June. Welcomed topics include Arctic sciences, data management, related agency updates, and policy or international news.
"Witness the Arctic" is a newsletter that serves an audience of Arctic scientists, educators, agency personnel, and policymakers. It provides information on current Arctic research efforts and findings, significant research initiatives, science education, national policy affecting Arctic research, international activities, and profiles of institutions with major Arctic research efforts. The Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS) publishes three issues of the newsletter per year with funding from the NSF's Arctic Sciences Section.
"Witness the Arctic" editors welcome suggestions for news items or short articles appropriate for the newsletter and relevant to its audience. Articles should provide information of interest to a broad cross-section of the Arctic and climate change research community. Editors will work with individuals to develop articles based on the suggestions received."
To provide suggestions for articles, please email Betsy Turner-Bogren( firstname.lastname@example.org).
For further information about Witness the Arctic, please see: http://www.arcus.org/witness-the-arctic.
Or contact:Betsy Turner-BogrenEmail: email@example.com
To provide suggestions for articles, please email Betsy Turner-Bogren( firstname.lastname@example.org).
For further information about Witness the Arctic, please see: http://www.arcus.org/witness-the-arctic.
Or contact:Betsy Turner-BogrenEmail: email@example.com
Young researchers interested in conducting research in the atmospheric sciences, glaciology, geosciences and microbiology (excluding marine microbiology) at, or near, the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica station (located in Dronning Maud Land in East Antarctica at 71.57°S 23.20°E) are encouraged to apply.
Applicants must be either doctoral researchers or researchers who have completed their PhD within the past 10 years and should submit an original research proposal for a project which will include field campaigns operating from the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica station during two austral summers (2014–15 and 2015–16). Please note that the successful applicant will continue to work at their current research organisation.
The deadline for applications is Thursday April 10, 2014.
A joint initiative of the InBev-Baillet Latour Fund and the International Polar Foundation, the €150,000 research grant aims to promote scientific excellence in Antarctica and underscores the crucial role polar science plays in furthering our understanding of the Earth and how it functions.
Detailed information and application documents are available at: http://www.polarfoundation.org/projects/detail/inbev_baillet_latour_fellowship
For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The International Summer School at the University of Oslo Norway has launched a new interdisciplinary course in Arctic Studies.
The course combines Natural Sciences, Law and Social Sciences to explore the environmental, legal, and political changes in the Arctic region. Participants will learn about current issues involving the Arctic's changing environment and how this impacts the legal framework provided by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The course also explores how this may generate new opportunities, risks, and governance challenges for Arctic states, companies and non-Arctic stakeholders.
Scholarships Available:A limited number of participants will be eligible for financial support to attend this six week course from 21 June - 1 August 2014.
Apply now!Request an application by 10 March 2014 to see if you qualify for financial support.
ContactContact the International Summer School at email@example.com or (+47) 22 85 63 85 for more information.A full course description can be found on our website at http://www.uio.no/english/studies/summerschool/new-courses/index.html.
In summer 2014 the University of Innsbruck and the European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano (EURAC) will for the first time organise a summer school on the topic "Mummies and Glacial Archaeology".
This two-week course taking place in the Schnalstal / Val Senales region of South Tyrol and the EURAC laboratories will encompass practical experiments and in-depth scientific study in the fields of glacial archaeology and interdisciplinary mummy research. Areas covered will include anthropology, paleopathology, glacial archaeology, paleoecology, archaeobotany and climate research as well as modern scientific and medical methods in mummy research. Led by the University of Innsbruck, this course will for the first time offer participants the chance to acquire multidisciplinary university-level knowledge relevant for high-level university work as well as for activities at state monument offices and research-oriented museums.
The course will bring together leading international scientists presenting state-of-the-art knowledge and the latest research results and methods.
The summer school is aimed in particular at (international) students who have graduated from Master's study programmes in the field of natural sciences and are keen to deepen and expand their existing knowledge through interdisciplinary work. Participants must have completed a Master's in a natural sciences subject or in archaeology. All applicants must submit a letter of motivation, a CV and proof of graduation from a Master's study programme. Decisions on admission to the course will be taken by the Rectorate based on recommendations made by the course directors.Attendance fee: 1.850€ (excl. accommodation)
The upcoming CUAHSI cyberseminar series will focus on snow
Friday, February 7, 2014 (3:00pm ET)
Title: The World of Arctic Snow Presenter: Dr. Matthew Sturm, University of Alaska, Faribanks, Geophysical Institute
Friday, February 14, 2014 (3:00pm ET)
Title: Assessing Snow and Snowmelt Runoff in Remote Mountain Ranges Presenter: Dr. Jeff Dozier - University of California, Santa Barbara, Bren School of Environmental Science Management in conjunction with Dr. Anne Nolin - Oregon State University, Department of Geosciences
Friday, February 21, 2014 (3:00pm ET)Title/Topic: Snowmelt processes in forests: Apparent paradoxes and implications for advancing hydrologic understanding in complex terrain Presenter: Dr. Timothy E. Link - University of Idaho, Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences
Friday, March 7, 2014 (3:00pm ET)
Title/Topic: Large-scale Snow Extent over Northern Hemisphere Lands Presenter: Dr. David A. Robinson - Rutgers University, Department of Geography
Details, including instructions on how to connect, can be found here:
The Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP) will be hosting three webinars.
February 18, 2014 at 10am (AKDT ): Historical Sea Ice Atlas For Alaska Waters
Speaker: John Walsh of the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Lena Krutikov of the Scenarios Network for Alaska and Arctic Planning (SNAP)
Register and more information
March 11, 2014 at 10am (AKDT): What Do Alaskans Need?: A Review of Documents Addressing Research Needs Related to Climate Change
Speaker: Corrie Knapp (Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy - ACCAP)
April 22, 2014 at 10am (AKDT): NOAA Climate.gov: An Audience-Focused Approach to Public Communication
Speaker: David Herring, Director of Communications & Education, NOAA Climate Program Office
If you have any questions please contact Tina Buxbaum at 907-9-474-7812 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
9-20 September 2014Karthaus, Italy
The course will provide a basic introduction to the dynamics of glaciers and ice sheets with a focus on ice-climate interactions. The course is meant for Ph.D. students that work on (or will soon start working on) a glaciology-related climate project. The registration fee will be € 600. This includes lodging, full board, course material and excursion.
Lecturers include: T. Blunier, E. Bueler, D. Dahl-Jensen, A. Fowler, H. Gudmundsson, A. Jenkins, F. Navarro, F. Nick, A. Stroeven, C. Tijm-Reijmer, W. van Pelt, R. van de Wal, J. Oerlemans (convenor).
Send your application to the convenor (email@example.com), before 10 May 2014.You will be notified about the decision of the Selection Committee by 13 June 2014.Your application should include:• A short statement why you want to partipate in this course• Affiliation and name of supervisor• A description of your research project (~200 words)• A curriculum vitaePlease supply this information as a single PDF file.
Karthaus course website:http://www.projects.science.uu.nl/iceclimate/karthaus/
The Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research, Utrecht UniversityNetherlands Earth System Science CentreThe Niels Bohr Institute, University of CopenhagenSVALI (Nordic countries)
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