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Arctic Observing Summit - Poster Abstract Deadline: 30 March 2018

Highlight your research, program, organization or ideas: Submit a poster abstract for AOS 2018

The fourth Arctic Observing Summit (AOS) will be held in 2018 (June 24-26) in Davos, Switzerland in conjunction with POLAR2018. Your input and contributions in the form of poster presentations are welcome to highlight important issues and to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and ideas to design, build, implement, expand, and provide long-term support for an international Arctic observing systems network. Ideally, poster presentations should focus on these key themes selected for the upcoming AOS, but other topics that are relevant for AOS are welcome:

  • Theme 1: The Business Case for a Pan-Arctic Observing System
  • Sub-Theme 1: The Need for the Observing System
  • Sub-Theme 2: Implementing and Optimizing a Pan-Arctic Observing System
  • Sub-Theme 3: Operating Observing Systems and Networks

Presentations that include research results, overviews of initiatives or programs, highlights from ongoing organizations or groups, reviews of priorities or challenges, or proposed solutions for sustained and coordinated Arctic observing, are welcome.

The submission form is now OPEN!
The abstract submission deadline is 30 March.

On behalf of the AOS Executive Organizing Committee and our partners, thank you for your contributions!

Heads Up! ARICE Calls for Ship Time 2018

arice logoFully Funded Transnational Access to the Research Icebreakers CCGS Amundsen, RV Sikuliaq and PRV Polarstern

The EU Project ARICE will open a call for ship-time proposals in early April 2018 to access the icebreakers CCGS Amundsen, RV Sikuliaq and PRV Polarstern. This call will remain open for three months. Specific information on the access to CCGS Amundsen and RV Sikuliaq (including operational areas) will be available at call opening.

The access to PRV Polarstern is offered in the frame of the Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC) Expedition, the first year-round expedition into the central Arctic exploring the Arctic climate system. Specific access regulations to PRV Polarstern in the frame of MOSAiC apply. Further information at

NOTE: Proposals submitted to ARICE for PRV Polarstern will require a Confirmation of Endorsement from MOSAiC, a process which is encouraged to be started by potential applicants as soon as possible, as the endorsement process is expected to take 3 weeks from the submission of the request for endorsement until endorsement is confirmed. Detailed information is available at

Arctic Biodiversity Through the Lens Photography Competition 2018

Arctic Biodiversity Through the Lens Photography Competition 2018 .jpgThe Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Arctic Council Working Group in celebration of the Arctic Biodiversity Congress invite you to participate in the Arctic Biodiversity Through the Lens photography Competition.

One grand prize winner will receive a trip to beautiful Rovaniemi, Finland. Selected images will be displayed at the Arctic Biodiversity Congress October 9-11, 2018 in Rovaniemi, Finland, and be exhibited across Arctic countries.

The competition welcomes entries across four categories; landscape, biodiversity, peoples of the North and business and science in the Arctic. Young photographers are especially welcome to submit and the competition has special prizes for young photographers under the age of 18. Award-winning photographers Carsten Egevang, Gyda Henningsdottir, Einar Gudmann, Krista Ylinen and Lawrence Hislop will judge winning entries.

The eyes of the world are turning northwards. Arctic landscapes, wildlife, cultures and light have inspired people since time immemorial. The Arctic Biodiversity Through the Lens photography competition is intended to celebrate the beauty of the Arctic as experienced by photographers of all skill levels. Further information can be found at the Arctic Biodiversity Through the Lens Photography Competition and in the terms and conditions.

Please share and distribute this post among your colleagues, within your institution, and with anybody that shares our appreciation for Arctic biodiversity and photography.

Thank you,
CAFF International Secretariat
Borgir, Nordurslod, Akureyri, Iceland
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SCAR appoints a new Executive Director

Chandy Nath webThe Executive Committee of SCAR is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Chandrika Nath as SCAR Executive Director.

Dr. Nath will move, from her position as Acting Director of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) in the United Kingdom, to SCAR in mid-June 2018, on a part-time basis, taking up the position full-time from the start of July.

Dr. Nath has a D.Phil. in high energy particle physics from the University of Oxford, worked as a glaciologist for the British Antarctic Survey between 1998 and 2002, and has since taken various roles in POST. Dr Nath has considerable experience in the evidence-based policy environment, capacity building in the area of research evidence for policymaking, and in the communication of science outcomes to diverse audiences.SCAR logo white background

Dr. Nath brings to the Executive Director’s position, strategic leadership, effective team-building skills, experience in the development of evidence-based policy, and a breadth of capability spanning the natural and social sciences.

On behalf of the entire SCAR community, the Executive Committee extends a warm welcome to Dr. Nath at a time when the Polar Regions are gaining ever more importance on the global stage.

Special Photo Call - IASC Bulletin 2018

iasc webThinking about submit your photos for the open IASC Photo Call? Do it now! 

IASC will soon be selecting pictures for the cover and contents of the 2018 IASC Bulletin. In addition to all your awesome pictures of Arctic flora, fauna, and landscapes, IASC is particularly interested in pictures where we can show our community at work, in the Arctic.

Gathering some ice samples? Interviewing an Arctic community member? Driving a snowmobile? Sharing a meal with the next door research station? Yes, these are exactly the pictures we are looking for! Just make sure the people in your picture agree to be there, too.

With each photo, IASC requests:

• a short description about what we see and background information on the project/research;
• place;
• name of photographer / Institute;
• contact information.

You can upload your pictures here, along with the information detailed above (in a standard text format). Images should be at least 3600 pixels wide.

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact the IASC Communications Manager, Federica. For more information on IASC’s publications and work, please visit

If you want your photos to be considered for the 2018 Bulletin, make sure to upload them before April 3rd 2018.

Call for Webinar Registration: Russia's Arctic Ambitions - Domestic Factors and Foreign Policy Strategies

ARCUS Research Seminar SignCall for Webinar Registration - Arctic Research Seminar Series

Date/Time: Tuesday, 6 March from 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET
Speaker: Marlene Laruelle, George Washington University
Presentation Title: Russia's Arctic Ambitions: Domestic Factors and Foreign Policy Strategies

To register for the event, go to:
ARCUS D.C. Arctic Research Seminar Series homepage

The Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) announces the next Arctic Research Seminar Series event featuring Marlene Laruelle from George Washington University. The event will be held in the ARCUS D.C. office at 1201 New York Avenue, NW Washington D.C. on Tuesday, 6 March 2018 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET.

This seminar will also be available as a webinar live-stream for those unable to attend in person. Instructions for accessing the event online will be sent to webinar registrants prior to the event.

Registration is required for this event.

The ARCUS Arctic Research Seminar Series brings leading Arctic researchers to Washington, D.C. to share the latest findings and what they mean for decision-making. These seminars will be of interest to federal agency officials, congressional staff, non-governmental organizations, associations, and the public.

This seminar, titled Russia's Arctic Ambitions: Domestic Factors and Foreign Policy Strategies, will discuss the dominant role that domestic factors play in Russia's foreign policy stances for the Arctic.

Marlene Laruelle is Research Professor of International Affairs and Associate Director of the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Marlene explores contemporary political, social and cultural changes in Russia and Central Asia through the prism of ideologies and nationalism. On Russia's Arctic, Marlene has authored Russia's Strategies in the Arctic and the Future of the Far North (M.E. Sharpe, 2013), and edited New Mobilities and Social Changes in Russia's Arctic Regions (Routledge, 2016). Marlene is co-Principal Investigator on several grants from National Science Foundation and Belmont Forum studying Arctic urban sustainability.

This event is a brown-bag lunch that will be held in the ARCUS D.C. office (1201 New York Avenue, NW Washington D.C. Fourth Floor). Cookies and beverages will be provided.

For those of you on Twitter, we also invite you to join us in live-tweeting the event using the hashtag #arcuswebinar.

For questions, contact:
Brit Myers
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Extended: Arctic Observing Summit 2018 - Call for Community Input

Call for Community Input - Arctic Observing Summit 2018

Extended deadline: 4 March

The Organizing Committee for the Arctic Observing Summit 2018 is seeking input on the topics under discussion at the Summit in the form of brief statements. More details on the AOS process and specific guidance on input sought are provided below. The theme for the Summit is The Business Case for a pan-Arctic Observing System.

Community input can highlight important data, management, or logistical needs or gaps, explore emerging opportunities, address a current challenge, present new initiatives or technology that can contribute to Arctic observing (including global programs), or review on-going observing activities or issues that are relevant for the development, application, operation, or support of a sustained Arctic observing network.

To allow for the broadest participation possible, the submission deadline has been extended even further, to 4 March 2018. In addition, funding has been made available by IASC and others for early career researcher and Indigenous researchers of any career stage at Polar2018, including the AOS. The application process is being administered by APECS, and the deadline is February 28.iasc web

For more detailed information on themes and submissions, please visit the AOS website. Instructions for short submissions are available here.

We also encourage you to submit poster presentations to the AOS. Early-bird registration and accommodation are open for Polar2018 until the end of March!

Deadline extended for 2018 SCAR Medal nominations

SCAR logo white backgroundRecognising that many of the community are still on field work, the deadline for nominations for the 2018 SCAR Medals has been extended and will now close on
6 March 2018.

The SCAR Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research is awarded for sustained research contributions over a career. Selection is based on a person's outstanding contributions to knowledge and the impact of their work on understanding the Antarctic region, the linkages between Antarctica and the Earth system, and/or observations of and from Antarctica. Nominees are welcomed in all areas of Antarctic and Southern Ocean research.

The SCAR Medal for International Coordination is awarded for outstanding and sustained contributions to international cooperation and partnerships. Nomination of persons that have advanced SCAR's mission to initiate, facilitate, co-ordinate and encourage international research activity in the Antarctic region are encouraged. Nominees should have a distinguished professional career history and a record of recognition of international activities by their peers including prizes, honorary degrees and other awards that demonstrate the person's impact.

The SCAR Medal for Education and Communication will be awarded for excellence or innovation in, and sustained commitment to, (a) communicating Antarctic research, (b) making a significant contribution to educating the next generation of Antarctic researchers, or (c) contributing to building new capacity in SCAR member countries. Nominees should have a significant record of achievement in terms of the quality, effectiveness and creativity of their engagement in one or more of these three key areas of education and communication.

To encourage nominations and ensure an open, fair and transparent selection process, recipients of the medals are selected by committee. There are no age restrictions or limits on nominees and no higher education degree requirements - everyone is eligible to be nominated. However, self-nominations are not accepted.

For further details and to nominate someone for a SCAR Medal, please go to the SCAR Medals section.

To see the past winners, visit the Awardees page.

Canada-Denmark Early-Career Scientist Exchange Program

POLAR serves as a point of contact for the international polar research community for research opportunities in Canada's Arctic and to collaborate with Canadian researchers in the Antarctic. The Canada-Denmark Arctic Research Station Early Career Scientist Exchange Program is a pilot project that could develop into a program that promotes a longer-term exchange of ideas and information, and could be used as a model for other international partnerships. POLAR is committed to inspiring, motivating, and supporting students to continue their education and pursue a career in science and technology, which includes supporting the next generation of researchers.

Where: The Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) campus in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut and Arctic Station in Qeqertarsuaq, Greenland

Who can apply: PhD-students or scientists holding a PhD degree not older than five years, employed by a university or research organization in Canada or Denmark

Included: Travel to each research station and accommodation are provided free of charge

Deadline to Apply: March 23, 2018

Check out the call on POLAR’s website for more information:

For more information:

Call for Applications
Application Form

Polar Upper Atmosphere School

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SCAR's GRAPE Expert Group (GNSS Research and Application for Polar Environment) announces the 2018 school "Polar Upper Atmosphere: from Science to Operational Issues", to be held at the International School of Space Science in L'Aquila, Italy on 17-21 September 2018.

The school is mainly aimed at graduate and post-graduate students with an enthusiastic interest in this topic. The goal of the school is to foster excitement and encourage involvement of the next generation of space researchers in studies of the geospace environment of Polar Regions. The importance of these regions is rapidly growing due to modern society’s dependence on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) services and products, strongly affected by ionospheric variability at high latitudes. Topics will focus on the infrastructures for multi-instrument monitoring, data management from sub auroral to polar latitudes, the need for specialized models of the upper atmosphere, and the development of mitigation algorithms to improve GNSS services and products.

Some financial support is available for a limited number of students. Applications, including a brief curriculum vitae, should be made through the school website's application page. The deadline for applications is 5 May 2018.

For more information, visit the International School of Space Science website:

The course is co-sponsored by SCAR’s GRAPE Expert Group.

SCAR - Celebrating 60 years of Antarctic Science

SCAR.jpgThe Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) marks six decades of successful international collaboration. Since its first meeting in The Hague on 3-5 February 1958, SCAR has grown an international network of thousands of scientists who share a common ambition to carry out Antarctic science for the benefit of society.

With a membership representing the scientific communities of 43 countries, SCAR is instrumental in initiating, developing and coordinating high quality international scientific research in the Antarctic and the Southern Ocean. As an inter-disciplinary committee of the International Council for Science (ICSU) SCAR provides objective and independent advice to international bodies such as the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Antarctica and the Southern Ocean have a fundamental role in regulating processes such as climate and carbon uptake, and research in the Antarctic is crucial to understanding processes of global significance and to advancing science. Additionally, rapid changes are occurring in parts of Antarctica that could open the continent to a new level of activities in the coming decades. Antarctic governance, administration and environmental protection must be based on scientific data.

Since 1958, SCAR has been central in defining the vision and goals of science in Antarctica and has facilitated the implementation of Antarctic science by promoting international and transdisciplinary collaborations. The provision of scientific advice, identification of opportunities, and the facilitation of collaboration are the core elements of SCAR’s essential mission.

SCAR President, Steven Chown said: “In the last 60 years, Antarctic scientists have made astonishing discoveries that have changed how we view our changing world. These discoveries have influenced global policies to ban the use of ozone-depleting chemicals; to protect Southern Ocean ecosystems while managing commercial activity; and have informed international discussions on climate change. No one nation can achieve this alone and SCAR is proud of its international leadership role in shaping the Antarctic research agenda.”

Sixty years ago, the International Geophysical Year drew world attention to the importance of continuing international Antarctic collaboration. Today, governments around the world are working together to combat climate change and adapt to its effects. SCAR is very well placed to inform and enable intergovernmental initiatives to chart a new course (in the global climate effort) through its continued ambition for a coordinated international approach to Antarctic science.

Chown added: “Antarctica is changing rapidly. An iceberg of about 5800 square km broke off from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in September 2017: a prelude to the shelf’s eventual disappearance. The Pine Island Glacier continued its rapid retreat, along with that of some 80% of the glaciers of the Antarctic Peninsula. Melting land ice contributes to global sea level rise. Antarctica may contribute more than a metre of sea level rise by 2100 and 13 metres by 2500.

“The area of Antarctic sea ice decreased by 20% below the mean for 1981-2010 in 2016, and stayed 10% below the mean in 2017. The shells of the plankton at the base of the food chain are at risk from spiralling concentrations of carbon dioxide, potentially harming Southern Ocean food-webs. These current, worrying observations make SCAR’s international research collaboration more urgent that ever, as we continue our journey into the Anthropocene.”

SCAR is moving into its seventh decade and has grown substantially in membership – from 12 original members in 1958 to 43 currently. It is now well-established as an internationally recognized and influential organization. This has only been possible through the engagement and support of thousands of researchers from around the world that comprise the
SCAR Antarctic scholarly community, together with the support of the SCAR member organizations. SCAR invites everybody to celebrate its 60th birthday!

SCAR will celebrate its 60th year at its 35th Meeting and the Open Science Conference (POLAR2018) at Davos in Switzerland from June 15-26 June 2018.

For more information on SCAR, see the 60th Anniversary Fact Sheet (104 KB), and browse the SCAR website.

For versions of this press release in languages other than English, please go to the 60th Anniversary folder in the SCAR Library.

Quantarctica 3 Released

cv3 outnowThe Norwegian Polar Institute is proud to announce the release of Quantarctica 3, the latest version of its free, cross-platform compilation of GIS software and high-quality Antarctic scientific data.

Quantarctica 3 is the result of a two-year dedicated development effort. Thanks to the work of the Quantarctica Project Team, Editorial Board, and feedback from hundreds of users around the world, this version is Quantarctica's biggest release yet, adding:

  • Eight new themes with over 50 new datasets in over 100 new layers: Atmospheric Science, Biology, Environmental Management, Geology, Ice Cores, Oceanography, Sea Ice, and Social Science
  • New additions and updates to the pre-existing Geophysics and Glaciology categories
  • The Quantarctica Data Catalog (, where you can view preview images, metadata, and citation information for every dataset
  • Northward expansion of Quantarctica's project boundary to 40°S, including subantarctic islands
  • Improved and expanded basemap, terrain, and satellite imagery layers
  • Updates, resolution improvements, and stability enhancements to datasets from v1 and v2
  • New features in QGIS and significant enhancements to project stability, speed, and usability

Quantarctica was developed with the feedback, assistance, and experience of dozens of early-career researchers. It's not an exaggeration to say that you are by far our most enthusiastic group of users. We hope that version 3 gives you the tools you need to stand out from the crowd.

Visit to download the latest version. And please consider sharing the news and your own Quantarctica-made creations on social media- #quantarctica, #qgis , and @norskpolar are good things to tag!

And as always, if you have any questions, comments, bug reports, or cool maps, send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Quantarctica is made for and by the Antarctic community - we could not have created this new version without you. We look forward to seeing Quantarctica in use on the ice and in many figures in the years to come!

Happy Mapping,
The Quantarctica Project Team
George Roth
Anders Skoglund
Kenichi Matsuoka

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