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Arctic Frontiers 2019 - Call for Papers

Arctic FrontiersThe Arctic Frontiers 2019 (20-25 Jan 2019, Tromsø) Call for Papers is now open for abstract submission. Please have a look on the Arctic Frontiers webpage and attached pdf version.

They welcome abstracts addressing one or more of the topics further specified in the Call for Papers.

The deadline for abstract submission is the 25 September 2018.

Where will the Ice be Tomorrow? – Polar Prediction Matters on Predictive Ice Images

In the new contribution to the Polar Prediction Matters dialogue platform, Lasse Rabenstein and Panagiotis Kountouris provide insight into a new sea-ice forecast product – Predictive Ice Images, or in short: PRIIMA.

Drift + Noise Polar Services GmbH (DNPS) is a start-up and spin-off company of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research. In the new contribution to Polar Prediction Matters, the DNPS managing director Lasse Rabenstein and its Head of Remote Sensing Panagiotis Kountouris describe their newly developed sea-ice forecast product: Predictive Ice Images (PRIIMA) may eventually become instrumental for tactical decision-making in and near ice-covered waters. The ESA kick-start project aims at combining high-resolution satellite images with lower-resolution operational sea-ice models. PRIIMA will thus be able to deliver ice forecasts with the resolution of a satellite radar image, as if the satellite recording of tomorrow would be available already today.

Read the new PPM article here.

You are most welcome to leave questions or comments to Lasse and Panagiotis in the Comment section below the article.

Cryo Connect - cryosphere science outreach gateway invite you to join Cryo Connect, a non-profit gateway facilitating information exchange between cryo scientists, journalists, policy makers and everyone else with a professional interest in the cryosphere.

We aim to provide equal exposure to all scientist groups, including those that are currently underrepresented in the media and beyond, such as aspiring young researchers, women, and scientists from non-native English speaking countries. Scientists can sign up by listing their areas of expertise and contact information. Information seekers that contact Cryo Connect with specific questions will then receive a shortlist of those scientists that can provide answers.

Additionally, Cryo Connect provides a platform to push your science news to larger audiences, much like sending out your own personal press releases (however short they may be), for instance by tweeting @CryoConnect.

Like this CryoList - Cryo Connect is and always will be free and simple. You will not be spammed, will not be obliged to act on anything, and can unlist anytime. A team of scientists runs Cryo Connect and safeguards your best interests.

For the journalists and other information seekers among you: please also visit our website!

Our partners: AGU, APECS, ICIMOD, IGS, IMAU, Isaaffik, WSL.

All the best,
Liam Colgan, Inka Koch, Faezeh Nick and Dirk van As

Cryo Connect

ASM2018 Photo Contest

ArcticNetArcticNet are pleased to announce the launch of the ASM2018 Photo Contest.

ArcticNet maintains a collection of photographs highlighting the spectacular beauty of the polar regions, and featuring scientific research, landscapes, wildlife, and northern communities. With a growing compilation of stunning images, the ArcticNet Polar Photography Gallery is now a resource for media, education and various research programs. ArcticNet remains committed to communicating the impacts of climate change in the Arctic and Antarctic to diverse international audiences and preserving a legacy of iconic and inspiring imagery for future generations.

The ASM2018 Photo Contest is a fantastic opportunity for Arctic researchers, students, partners and collaborators to share their photographic skills and most compelling images of the circum-Arctic, its peoples and their environment, flora and fauna and research activities.

We invite you to dive into your hard drives, cameras and computers, and send us your best shots!

The deadline for photo submission is Friday, 26 October 2018. Contest eligibility criteria and submission details are available on the ASM2018 website. Winners will be announced and photos showcased at the ASM2018 in Ottawa in December and over $1000 CAD in cash prizes will be awarded.

Reminder - 2018 SCAR Fellowship applications deadline approaching

SCAR logo white backgroundThe deadline for applications for the SCAR Fellowships scheme 2018 has been extended until July 25th. This two week extension will be final and no further extensions will be considered. 

The extension has been applied in response to a number of requests received from potential applicants, resulting in part from applications discussed at the recent Polar2018 meetings.

SCAR has worked with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists to provide an online form which can be used to ask questions about the application process, required documentation and eligibility etc., and which can also be used anonymously. The replies will be added to the FAQ section of the Fellowships webpages.

Financial support available for Russian Early career scientists for UArctic Congress 2018

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IASC’s International Science Initiative in the Russian Arctic (ISIRA) are pleased to announce the availability of registration fee support for UArctic Congress 2018.

The support includes registration for 10 Russian Early career scientists (320 Euro per student). The costs will be reimbursed after the congress based on receipts that the selected student provides (unfortunately, upfront payment is not possible).
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Requirements for the funding:

  • Bachelor, Master and PhD students from the Russian institutions should have a proof of full-time student status (ID card or letter from your institution or program director) provided with the registration
  • Accepted abstract to present at the Scientific Program
  • The applicant should not have received IASC support in the past 18 months

Please submit your application or related questions to the email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In the Email Subject please state “Your name, IASC student fellowship application”. Free form application should include the title of your accepted abstract and your contact information. Please attach a short 1 page CV with information about your education, working experience, and the number of publications with your application.

Application deadline is July 8th, 2018 at 23:59 GMT. Late applications will not be considered. No exceptions will be made.

Scientific Committee of the UArctic Congress 2018

YOPP Arctic Science Workshop – Call for Abstracts

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Submit an Abstract

 Further information at the workshop website.

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New IASC Strategic Plan, Executive Committee, and 2018 Bulletin

“2018-2023: Enhancing Knowledge and Understanding of the Arctic”
3e61a0d4-03de-4614-9ad2-0f169d4fd2bb.jpgAt their annual meeting, the Council of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) approved a new strategic plan.

IASC’s core mission is to encourage and facilitate cooperation throughout the Arctic research community. Working to achieve this mission, this new plan is based on three scientific ‘pillars’ that provide direction for a necessary progression from knowledge production, to exchange, to action: Facilitating Arctic Research Cooperation, Promoting Engagement, and Ensuring Knowledge Exchange.

“Considering the profound changes currently taking place in the Arctic, a greater scientific understanding of the region and its role in the Earth system is needed. Importantly, this information must be passed on to policy and decision makers. IASC’s Strategic Plan will assist in this endeavor,” former IASC President Dr. Susan Barr said.

IASC‘s leadership and scientific working groups will now begin implementation of the plan. As IASC aims to serve the whole Arctic science community, IASC encourages the community to reach out to the members of the IASC Council and Working Groups to provide input and suggestions.

The full plan is available for download on the IASC website:

New IASC Leadership

In addition, the IASC Council elected a new president and two new vice-presidents to its Executive Committee. Congratulations to:

  • Larry Hinman (President, USA)
  • Henry Burgess (Vice-President, UK)
  • Paula Kankaanpää (Vice-President, Finland)

Vice-President Vladimir Pavlenko (Russia) was re-elected, and Vice-President Huigen Yang (China) continues.

As they begin and continue their four-year terms, the IASC Executive Committee operates as a board of directors and manages IASC’s activities between Council meetings; this group meets twice a year to discuss and evaluate science initiatives, look at new opportunities for international cooperation, prepare the agenda for Council meetings and review the budget.


2018 Bulletin
iasc webLast, but not least, IASC released its 2018 Bulletin, reporting on the IASC-supported activites over the past years. In it, the five IASC Working Groups (Atmosphere, Cryosphere, Marine, Social & Human, Terrestrial) share exciting scientific highlights of their international and interdisciplinary work, IASC partners share their synergistic activities, and IASC leadership and Fellows share their perspectives on working with IASC.

You can download the new Bulletin, as well as previous issues, here:

All of these announcements are coming from the annual Arctic Science Summit Week, which is part of Polar2018 this year – an international science event bringing together the world’s leading experts and decision makers working in the Arctic and Antarctic, 15-26 June in Davos, Switzerland.

WMO/IOC Satcom Forum meeting invitation

ImageThe World Meteorological Organisation and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, invites you to a meeting of the Satcom Forum, 9th-11th October 2018 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Satcom 2018 is a free event for scientists and engineers working in all areas of environmental science - including meteorology, hydrology, marine and polar science - who make use of satellite communications technology to collect or distribute data. It brings together people from the satcom industry, scientific equipment manufacturers, and scientists using the equipment in the field. It is a great opportunity to learn about what is available, and to share best practice.

They have already lined up a number of industry speakers, including representatives from Eumetsat, Orbcomm, Rock7 (specialist Iridium reseller) and Inmarsat, and hope to have as many of the commercial satellite networks represented as possible.

To register to attend the event, please use the following form:

They are also looking for papers or posters on the use of satellite communications within environmental science. These could include descriptions of existing systems, suggestions for the industry for new products or services, or good or bad experiences and learnings from setting up satellite data collection systems.

To register for a poster or oral paper, please use the following form.

They hope to make decisions about which will be selected by the beginning of August.

Satcom 2018 is held in conjunction with the Meteorological Technology World Expo, at the RAI exhibition centre in Amsterdam. WMO can provide formal invitations to assist with visa applications if required. We regret that we cannot provide funding for travel costs for speakers or attendees.

Further details can be obtained from the WMO meeting page here

Arctic Biodiversity Through the Lens Photography Competition 2018

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As the Arctic Biodiversity Congress moves closer we would like to remind 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.

Deadline for entries: August 1, 2018 by 24:00 GMT.

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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Quantarctica User Showcase at POLAR 2018

Bildschirmfoto 2018-05-31 um 11.10.15.pngThe Quantarctica Project ( at the Norwegian Polar Institute would like to invite you to an open side meeting at POLAR 2018 in Davos, Switzerland on Thursday, 21 June from 12:30-14:00 in 'A Dischma'. You can view the full POLAR 2018 Side Meetings schedule here:

In this meeting, we will briefly show some of the many new layers, features, and improvements in the recently-released Quantarctica version 3, before handing the floor to a series of Antarctic researchers at various career stages in diverse scientific disciplines who will demonstrate how they use Quantarctica for planning, fieldwork, analysis, map and figure design, and education. This meeting will also offer an opportunity to engage with the Quantarctica Project Team and other Quantarctica users to ask questions, give feedback, and brainstorm or develop new map ideas.
Quantarctica was developed by and for the Antarctic community, and this meeting is open to all current and - (we hope!) - future users.

Quantarctica enables anyone to analyze high-quality open-access scientific data, plan logistics, and create production-quality maps and figures - on any operating system, free of charge. Quantarctica version 3 was released in early 2018 and adds new features and over 150 new data layers spanning the breadth of Antarctic research and operations, from glaciology and geology to environmental management and social science.


Information to EGBAMM and Life Sciences

POLAR2018Polar wildlife – connecting ecology, health and disease issues in a changing world
Side meeting, Polar 2018, Davos, June 15th 8:00-17:00

Thierry Boulinier (CEFE CNRS-Université Montpellier, France), Susan Kutz (University of Calgary, Canada), Andres Barbosa (CSIC – Natural History Museum-CSIC Madrid, Spain), Meagan Dewar (AHEaD, Federation University, Australia)

Wildlife species are of critical ecological and socio-economic and importance in Polar Regions, yet in the current context of global change they are experiencing increasing health challenges and the persistence of many species is uncertain. A better understanding of wildlife health status, including the diversity of pathogens and ecology of infectious and non-infectious diseases (e.g. toxins, immunity, and stress), is critical in order to anticipate, manage, and mitigate wildlife health issues at the poles.

The aim of this workshop is to identify key scientific knowledge gaps in wildlife health and disease and to foster new research initiatives and collaborations at the interface between ecology and diseases in Polar Regions, (Arctic, Antarctic and sub-Antarctic). We will discuss the importance of including parasites and disease issues in biodiversity observatory networks in polar areas. The implications of some wildlife diseases for human populations in polar areas will also be addressed. Twenty years ago the first workshop about wildlife diseases in Antarctic provided several recommendations on research and monitoring needs. Main outputs of this workshop will include updating the recommendations from the 1998 Antarctic wildlife disease workshop, discussion of protocols for wildlife disease and health surveillance in both Arctic and Antarctic, and identification of major research and monitoring gaps for wildlife health in both regions.

Workshop outline:
The workshop is open to anybody with interest on the topic. It will include invited contributions and time for discussions. Some of the participants, notably some invited early career scientists, are supported by funding from the Terrestrial Working Group of IASC.
08:00- 08:15 Welcome
08:15-10:30 Monitoring wildlife diseases in polar areas: why, what and how?
10:30-11:00 The/coffee break
11:00-12:00 Wildlife Health and ecology - global issues and case studies
12:00-13:30 Break for lunch
13:30-16:00 Break-out groups and general discussion

1) The conservation of polar wildlife biodiversity for the health of the poles
2) Priority concerns and knowledge gaps with respect to polar wildlife health: threats to polar wildlife health and sustainability
3) Solutions: How do we address these concerns to ensure healthy and sustainable polar wildlife?

16:00-17:00 Conclusion-Perspectives

The meeting organized with support from IASC (Terrestrial Working Group) and SCAR-EGBAMM Working Group of Health Monitoring of Birds and Marine Mammals

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