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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:
  • Facilitating international and interdisciplinary networking to share ideas and experiences and to develop new research directions and collaborations;
  • Providing opportunities for professional career development; and
  • Promoting education and outreach as an integral component of polar research and to stimulate future generations of polar researchers.


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FACS - Frederick A. Cook Society


The Frederick A. Cook Society is a non-profit, educational organization which holds an annual meeting, publishes a membership newsletter three times a year, and an annual journal of professional papers and scholarly work. The Society maintains the Frederick A. Cook Collection and exhibit in Hurleyville, NY and assists writers, scholars, and individuals seeking information on the life and work of Frederick Albert Cook (1856-1940).

FARO - Forum of Arctic Research Operators



FARO aims to facilitate and optimise logistics and operational support for scientific research in the Arctic. The forum encourages international collaboration on information exchange, establishment of cooperation, and development of new ideas among the national logistics operators in countries with Arctic research activities.

FC - Falklands Conservation



Falklands Conservation is a charity that looks after the spectacular environment of the Falkland Islands, a very special place in the South Atlantic, renowned for its vast seabird colonies and so much more. Falklands Conservation is regulated by its Articles of Association and Memorandum of Understanding. These comply with its status as a UK company limited by guarantee and a registered, non-profit charity. Falklands Conservation is a Partner in BirdLife International, where it represents the Falkland Islands and is a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

FCO - Foreign and Commonwealth Office (United Kingdom)


Antarctica is a unique environment. It's one of the most heavily protected places on earth and all visitors are required to adhere to strict environmental management requirements. These pages provide information on how the FCO is protecting Antarctica, legislation governing the area, and how you can obtain permits for expeditions and tourism in Antarctica.

FCSNS - The Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies



Trent University has a well-established reputation for excellence and innovation in the field of Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies. The Canadian Studies Ph.D. and the M.A. in Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies is embedded in that legacy, drawing on faculty from the humanities, social sciences and other interdisciplinary fields. The richness that such diversity provides fosters the interdisciplinarity that lies at the heart of the programs. Trent University prides itself on developing a collegial and collaborative atmosphere between students and faculty, something readily fostered by the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies, which draws together scholars and students from the local, national and international community.

FERA - Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team



The Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team (FERA) informs the management of natural resources through research and development in fuels and combustion science, fire and landscape ecology, and integration of the physical and ecological sciences. This group was responsible for FROSTFIRE, a successful experimental burn in the boreal forest. This landscape-scale prescribed research burn in the boreal forest of interior Alaska was a success for both Forest Service Research scientists and fire managers. Planning over the previous 5 years culminated in a safe and successful burn July 8-15, 1999. Within the 2200-acre perimeter, fire mimicked natural conditions by burning 900 acres of mostly black spruce, leaving the hardwoods standing. Further information on the FROSTFIRE burn can be found at: http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/fera/research/targeted/frostfire/index.shtml.

FERHRI - Far Eastern Regional Hydrometeorological Research Institute

** website available in


English: http://www.ferhri.ru/

Russian: http://rus.ferhri.ru/

FERHRI is the state institution of the Russian Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring (ROSHYDROMET). FERHRI's responsibility zone covers Primorskiy, Khabarovskiy, Sakhalinskiy, Kuril Islands, Kamchatkskiy, Chukotskiy, Kolymskiy, Amurskiy, Irkutskiy, Buriytskiy and Chitinskiy regions, Republic of Sakha, and the Far Eastern seas. Mainly, FERHRI's research and applied activities are confined to research and development in the field of hydrometeorology and oceanography and related areas, environmental monitoring, Environmental Impact Assessment and other corresponding scientific and technical works.

FGER - Foundation for Glacier and Environmental Research



The FGER is currently coordinating and managing a research project called the Juneau Icefield Research Program. The mandate of FGER is to:

  • Continue glacio-climatic research and the effective monitoring of Alaska's glacier sensitivities to global climate change and the superimposed effects of global warming;
  • Provide education and field training in scientific understanding and relevant methodology through a wide range of hands-on geoscience education and field work in a unique outdoor environment;
  • Develop individual character and teamwork for participants in a physically demanding and intellectually stimulating natural environment;
  • Continue to enlarge and enhance the cadre of young earth system scientists engaged in fieldwork and group investigation efforts in the interest of the United States;
  • Stimulate interaction of international scientists in glacier and environmental research.

FIA - Falkland Island Association


The Falkland Islands Association exists to assist the people of the Falkland Islands to decide their own future for themselves without being subjected to pressure direct or indirect from any quarter. It is open to everyone who supports the right of the Falkland Islanders to self-determination.

FIDC - Falkland Island Development Corporation


The Falkland Islands Development Corporation (FIDC) is responsible for encouraging the economic development of the Islands. The organisation works at national, business sector and individual levels. FIDC was set up in 1984 in response to the recommendations of Lord Shackleton's Report and is currently funded from its own reserves and income streams, with no core input from the Falkland Islands Government (FIG). Key policy decisions are made by the Falkland Islands Development Board, which comprises representatives of each of the key economic sectors and FIG. FIDC works closely with different economic sectors to further their interests. These activities have included employing an aquaculture specialist to explore the potential for fish farming in the Islands, appointing consultants to investigate the possibilities for expanded tourism facilities, and working with others in the Islands to add value to wool. Finally, FIDC is a key resource for individual companies, offering business development advice and providing loans and targeted grants.

FJMC - Fisheries Joint Management Committee



Canada's Minister of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) established the Fisheries Joint Management Committee (FJMC) in 1986, as required by the Inuvialuit Final Agreement (IFA). The FJMC has the following responsibilities: (1) to assist Canada and the Inuvialuit in administering the rights and obligations related to fisheries under the IFA, (2) to assist the Minister in carrying out his responsibilities for the management of fisheries and marine mammals in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR), and (3) to advise the Minister on all matters relating to Inuvialuit and ISR fisheries. The mission of the FJMC is to ensure that the renewable marine, anadromous, and freshwater resources of the Inuvialuit Settlement Region are managed and conserved for the wise use and benefit of present and future generations.

FMI - Finnish Meteorological Institute

** website available in


English: http://www.fmi.fi/en/

Finnish: http://www.fmi.fi/

Swedish: http://www.fmi.fi/vader/

The Finnish Meteorological Institute produces high-quality observational data and research knowledge about the atmosphere, combining its know-how into services to benefit of mankind and environment. The Finnish Meteorological Institute:

  • observes the physical state of the atmosphere, its chemical composition and electromagnetic phenomena
  • produces information on the past, present and future state of the atmosphere
  • Conducts research of high standard in the fields of meteorology, air quality, space physics, remote sensing and geomagnetism
  • carries on competitive commercial activities based on the providing of expert services both in Finland and abroad
  • Takes an active part in national and international cooperation
  • Actively disseminates information about matters related to the atmosphere

FNA - Fuerza Naval Antártica
Argentine naval aviation agency, focused on Antarctic support. Naval agency providing logistics support to the Argentine national Antarctic programme. Operates icebreaker ARA Almirante Irizar and maintains the all-year Antarctic scientific station Orcadas (60.40'S; 44.44'W).

FNI - Fridtjof Nansen Institutt

** website available in


English: http://www.fni.no/

Norwegian: http://www.fni.no/norsk-index.html

FNI is an independent foundation engaged in research on international environmental, energy and resource management politics. Within this framework the institute's research is mainly grouped around six focal points:

  • Global governance and sustainable development
  • Marine affairs and Law of the Sea
  • Biodiversity and biosafety
  • Polar and Russian politics
  • European energy and environmental politics
  • Chinese energy and environmental politics

FNMOC - Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center

The FNMOC, known prior to 1995 as the Fleet Numerical Oceanography Center (FNOC), is a meteorological and oceanographic center located in Monterey, California. A United States Navy facility, it provides worldwide weather and oceanographic model and forecast data every six hours, which are made available to the public by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

FNS - Foreningen for Nordatlantiske Studier (Center for North Atlantic Studies)


Seeks to promote general interest in the North Atlantic region by organising lectures and publications, and by distributing information among members concerning this region.

FPS - Federal Public Service (Foreign Affairs, Belgium)


**website also available in French, Dutch, and German through the following site: http://diplomatie.belgium.be

Belgians first went to Antarctica at the end of the 19th century as part of the scientific overwintering expedition led by Adrien de Gerlache on the ship Belgica. More than 50 years later, in the context of the International Year 1958-1959, it was decided to build the King Baudouin station there. The Princess Elisabeth station, a CO2-neutral structure, signifies a resumption of the traditional Belgian presence in Antarctica. Also from a historical perspective, if one looks at the country's past activities on that continent, it is no surprise that Belgium is one of the 12 original participants in the Antarctic Treaty signed in Washington in 1959.

FRAM - Fram Arctic Climate Laboratory

** website available in

English: http://www.fram.nw.ru/

Russian: http://www.fram.nw.ru/indexrus1.html

The overall direction of the Fram Arctic Laboratory (FAL) is to carry out joint Norwegian-Russian research on Arctic climate change. Thematically the focus is on studies of long-term changes in the physical system including the marine system (ocean and sea ice), the atmosphere and the terrestrial system (glaciers and fresh water). Geographically the focus is on the Euro-Arctic region, with special emphasis on Svalbard and the Greenland- and Barents Seas. The collaboration will include joint research programmes implemented in Barentsburg, Ny-Alesund and Longyearbyen.

FRCGC - Frontier Research Centre for Global Change

** website available in


English: http://www.jamstec.go.jp/frsgc/eng/

Japanese: http://www.jamstec.go.jp/frsgc/jp/index.html

To protect the Earth's environment and ecosystems and to help human societies to develop in harmony with nature, it is essential to understand the mechanisms of the global environment and to observe and predict global change. The National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) (the present Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency [JAXA]) and the Japan Marine Science and Technology Center (the present Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology [JAMSTEC]) established the Frontier Research System for Global Change in October 1997. The aim of the system was to implement process research (modeling) for predicting global changes. In July 2004, following the restructuring of the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, the Frontier Research System for Global Change became the Frontier Research Center for Global Change (FRCGC) and began research activities based on a new five-year mid-term research plan. The FRCGC aspires to become a center of excellence in global-change research, and to actively contribute to international cooperation in science and technology. It will focus on international joint research and participate in evaluation projects such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the World Climate Research Project (WCRP).

FRISP - Forum for Research into Ice Shelf Processes


FRISP was started in 1984. It is a subcommittee of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Working Group of Glaciology. For several years the work of the FRISP parties was focused on the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf (FRIS). But meanwhile the geographical restriction to FRIS was widened and other ice shelves have been included in the investigations. FRISP started out as an European forum, but now welcomes any scientist working on ice shelves and related issues. FRISP remains a focus on glaciology, but the scope is extended to include continental shelf oceanography, meteorology, and quaternary paleoclimatology to encourage discussion between these disciplines.

FWI - Freshwater Institute (Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada)



The Freshwater Institute (FWI) located in Winnipeg, Manitoba is comprised of five buildings totalling 24,375 m². The Freshwater Institute is the Regional Headquarters of the Central and Arctic Region. Activities include freshwater and arctic science, science oceans initiative, fish habitat management, fisheries management, small craft harbours, corporate services, communications and regional senior management. The federal Fish Inspection program, recently transferred to the new Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), continues to operate out of the FWI.


Featured Member

MaevaGauthierCoastal and Ocean Research Inc., Canada

Recently graduated from the University of Victoria with a Masters in marine ecology, Maeva is interested in projects encompassing ocean sciences, filmmaking & outreach, and coastal communities. She is currently working as a marine ecologist and outreach coordinator at Coastal and Ocean Resources Inc. Her background is in biology and tourism, and experience ranges from event organization, to fundraising, to educational projects (i.e. underwater webcasting, educational dives), and project coordination. In her spare time, she enjoys sailing, diving, hiking, and doing yoga. Field expeditions brought her to both poles in 2009 to learn about the Antarctic with Students on Ice and study seafloor species in the Arctic with the Census of Marine Life & the Canadian Healthy Oceans Network. Maeva is also an active member of the Explorers Club and has been involved in film production since 2009, which won the TD Go Green Challenge 2011 (3rd national position) and Best Cinematography & Best Editing awards at the UVic Film Festival 2011. Recently, she led a project combining a film workshop with youth and documenting traditional knowledge of the coast in two arctic villages on the North Slope.

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