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APECS is an international and interdisciplinary organization for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, early faculty members, educators and others with interests in Polar Regions and the wider cryosphere. Our aims are to stimulate interdisciplinary and international research collaborations, and develop effective future leaders in polar research, education and outreach. We seek to achieve these aims by:
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The Greenland ice sheet is likely to be more vulnerable to global warming than previously thought. The temperature threshold for melting the ice sheet completely is in the range of 0.8 to 3.2 degrees Celsius of global warming, with a best estimate of 1.6 degrees above pre-industrial levels, shows a new study by scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Today, already 0.8 degrees of global warming has been observed. Substantial melting of land ice could contribute to long-term sea-level rise of several meters and therefore it potentially affects the lives of many millions of people.

The time it takes before most of the ice in Greenland is lost strongly depends on the level of warming. "The more we exceed the threshold, the faster it melts," says Alexander Robinson, lead-author of the study now published in Nature Climate Change. In a business-as-usual scenario of greenhouse-gas emissions, in the long run humanity might be aiming at 8 degrees Celsius of global warming. This would result in one fifth of the ice sheet melting within 500 years and a complete loss in 2000 years, according to the study. "This is not what one would call a rapid collapse," says Robinson. "However, compared to what has happened in our planet's history, it is fast. And we might already be approaching the critical threshold."

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KimJochumUniversity of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) & Anchorage (UAA)

APECS Virtual Poster Session Chair
APECS Research Activities Committee Member

I am a Wildlife Biologist with major interests in wildlife management and global environmental issues, where it becomes important to include human perceptions and thinking into management strategies. I started my PhD in Alaska in 2009 with the Biology and Wildlife Department at UAF and the Resilience and Adaptive Management Group at UAA, combining social science and natural science approaches to discuss changes impacting wildlife in Northern urban areas. Already my Master thesis was carried out as collaborative project between the Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Institute for Wildlife Research at the University for Veterinary Medicine in Hannover, Germany. In Hannover, I lived, studied and worked happily between 2004 and 2009. I love travelling and field work, especially in remote areas. It is great to work with local people and experience different cultures and thinking. Next to wildlife domestic to Germany, I worked with Howling Monkeys in Nicaragua, bat species in Costa Rica, Humpback Whales at the Pacific Coast of Canada, Polar Bears in Canada as well as Brown Bears in Alaska and the Russian Far East. Spending time with friends and getting exercise is crucial for me to enjoy life.

My sympathy to Polar sciences and APECS I discovered through the polar bear research I got involved with in 2006. Currently, I am a chair of the Virtual Poster Session Working Group (VPS WG), and a member of the Research Activities Committee (RAC) of APECS. For me, most inspiring to put effort towards APECS activities are the energy and confidence within this group of Early Career Scientists to make a difference.

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