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Permafrost Comic released

A Frozen Ground Cartoon - An International Permafrost Association funded Action Group

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The outreach-related project aims at making permafrost science fun and accessible to children, their parents and teachers. With this project we wish to fill the gap between indigenous knowledge, complex scientific results and outreach to the general public.

How does a reindeer experience climate change? Can a turkey melt? And why is research in the Arctic better than holidays on the beach? Read more about it in a series of brand-new comics about permafrost. Two artists and twelve scientists provide a completely new perspective on the Arctic.

Get more Information and download the cartoons here: https://frozengroundcartoon.com.

 

 

Call for Community Input Arctic Observing Summit 2018




The Executive 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.

The AOS 2018 will focus on pressing issues in the implementation and support of sustained observations that can be addressed through a business-case lens. To that end, short submissions are requested that address any and all aspects of the overarching theme and sub-themes.

 For more detailed information on themes and submissions, please visit the AOS website.

Travel grant application PYRN Workshop at EUCOP5

pyrn smallThe PYRN (Permafrost Young Researcher Network) will organize a 2-day workshop June 23-24, 2018 at Chamonix (France), in conjunction with the EUCOP5 (European Conference on Permafrost). All permafrost young researchers (current students or early career, within 6 years after their PhD) are invited to attend the workshop. This workshop is entirely supported by sponsors (UFA, IPA, IASC, Petzl, Nunataryuk project, Lions club) and is free of charge for the participants! Affordable accommodations will also be available for PYRN members.

Furthermore, travel grants of up to 250 euros will be offered to a limited number of participants. To apply for a travel grant, please fill in the following form: https://goo.gl/forms/Kas7PySy2Uc1HV3M2. The deadline to submit a travel grant application is January 15, 2018. The extended deadline for abstract submission at EUCOP5 is 15th December. Travel grant recipients will be asked to submit a short video showcasing their research.

The workshop program is as follows:

Friday, June 22nd 2018: Welcoming ice-breaker

Saturday June, 23rd 2018: Introduction to PYRN activities by the PYRN ExCom, plenary lectures and breakout sessions lead by outstanding senior and junior scientists covering major permafrost topics, career planning, research perspectives, and soft-skills development.

Sunday June, 24th 2018: Local excursion lead by outstanding local researchers and land-planners to learn about environmental settings and land-planning issues in the Mont Blanc massif.

More details will be provided soon. Please, check for updates and submit your abstract on: https://eucop2018.sciencesconf.org/

All young researchers willing to participate to this workshop are invited to sign up to the PYRN: https://pyrn.arcticportal.org/join-us

Please do not hesitate to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any inquiries regarding the PYRN activities at ECUOP5.

This is a great opportunity to meet each other, learn about permafrost sciences, and draw research perspectives together. We hope to see you in Chamonix next year!!

Florence Magnin,
on behalf of the PYRN ExCom

Call to host the Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) International Project Office

CliC logoWCRP-logo-for-white-background.pngWCRP is soliciting offers to host the International Project Office for its Core Project CliC ("Climate and Cryosphere") from July 2018 onward, for a period of at least three years.

Prospective host institutions and sponsoring organizations are invited to download the full call for hosting the CliC IPO​ from: https://www.wcrp-climate.org/news/wcrp-news/1253-call-to-host-the-clic-international-project-office.

Letters of intent to host the CliC IPO should be sent by 31 January 2018 to Dr Mike Sparrow (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). A brief, 1-page form for expressions of interest is included in the above-referenced document. General enquiries are likewise welcome at the same address.

Sea Ice Prediction Network South (SIPN South) invites contributors

The Sea Ice Prediction Network South (SIPN South) is inviting contributors to participate in the first coordinated sea ice prediction experiment in the Southern Ocean, targeting February 2018.

For more information about the project and submission guidelines, please follow this link:
http://www.elic.ucl.ac.be/users/fmasson/SIPNSouth_2018_call.pdf

We kindly draw your attention to the deadline for submission of the forecasts: 15th December 2017.
Questions or feedback may be directed to François Massonnet (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

We are looking forward to receiving your contribution,

The SIPN South Leadership team

Permafrost Research Priorities ranking survey - Deadline: 20 December 2017

ipa logoClic logo1The International Permafrost Association (IPA) and the Climate and Cryosphere project (CliC) initiated a process back in 2014 to seek your input on the definition of research priorities in the field of permafrost science. It is now time to collect your opinion on the relevance of the questions that were submitted.

You can access the survey on the ranking of permafrost research priorities under the following link. The survey will be accessible until December 20th, 2017:

http://www.surveygizmo.eu/s3/90050886/prp

The initial process was very successful and as many as 359 researchers from 37 countries submitted research questions. The respondents were primarily active in the field of geomorphology, ecology, engineering and infrastructure. 79% of them had a PhD and 53.8% of them had more than 10 years of experience in permafrost research.

The core group spent a considerable amount of hours to read the research questions and to come up with a consolidated list to submit for vote. The consolidation consisted in removing duplicate questions, merge questions with very similar foci, correcting the syntax and spelling of the questions and check that the questions answered the criteria put forward in the first phase of the process.

The result is a list of 347 questions organized in 20 categories. Some questions will look very similar to each other, but the core group decided on listing the submitted research questions in a very inclusive manner and not to perform too much merging. This leads to more representativeness of the original questions, but also to a greater number of questions.

In the survey, the responders are invited to review the questions by category and can choose to review only one category or several (i.e. if you are an expert in more than one category, you have the possibility to vote in several of them). The research questions are then displayed randomly to avoid a potential bias linked to questionnaire structure. Each research question is evaluated with a grade going from 0 to 10.

The evaluation period will run until December 20th, 2017. The core group will then examine the answers and come up with a list of consolidated overarching questions reflecting the selection made by the respondents.

Please feel free to share this announcement and the link with any of your colleagues who you think may be interested. Questions can be directed to Ylva Sjöberg, CliC fellow (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Hugues Lantuit, chair of the PRP Core Group (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

It’s only with the generous help of individuals like you that this global community driven list of permafrost research priorities can be successful.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Early-Career Cryosphere Event at AGU

agu logoAre you a cryospheric scientist currently in school or within 10 years of your PhD? If so, we would like to invite you to the Early Career, Early Entry event at AGU. This event is designed to help our AGU Cryosphere early career members network with program managers, senior scientists, and their peers in an informal and relatively small setting.

The event is Tuesday, 12 December 2017 from 6:15-6:45 P.M. in the Earnest N. Morial Convention Center (MCCNO), Second Floor, Room 295-296. After the event, everyone can walk over to the Cryosphere reception at Mardi Gras World and keep the party going!

Please feel free to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions about the event.

Thank you,
Ellyn Enderlin & Ryan Webb
Early Career Representatives
AGU Cryosphere Focus Group

Extended abstract deadline for EUCOP5 (June 2018): 15 December 2017

In the continuation of the International and Regional conferences convened by the International Permafrost Association, the 5th European Conference on Permafrost (EUCOP 2018) will be held in Chamonix-Mont Blanc, France, 23th June - 1st July 2018. The conference aims at covering all relevant aspects of permafrost research, engineering and outreach on a global and regional
levels.

On the EUCOP 2018 website, you'll find the description of the 26 session topics, and some preliminary information regarding the program of this exciting week, the deadlines, the excursions, the social events, and so on.

The abstract submission process has opened on September 1st.
The abstract submission deadline has been extended and is now on December 15th 2017.

You can submit your abstract on the website until December 15th, using a pre-defined template file (MS Word format, max two A4 pages, max 5000 characters, spaces included, including figures and references).

Note that only one submission as first author is allowed for each author. Exception will be made for sessions # 4, 16 and 20 that have a specific Education and Outreach objective : one more submission per first author will be allowed for (only) one of these sessions (specific instructions will be given to authors by conveners of these sessions).

If you have any question, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Local Organizing Committee of the EUCOP 2018

Call for content: Arctic Biodiversity Congress 2018

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CALL FOR CONTENT: ARCTIC BIODIVERSITY CONGRESS 2018
ROVANIEMI, FINLAND
OCTOBER 9-11, 2018

The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the biodiversity Working Group of the Arctic Council, is seeking individuals and organizations to provide abstracts, organize sessions and submit posters that will encourage a dialogue on Arctic biodiversity among scientists, indigenous peoples, policy makers, government officials, students, industry representatives and others at the Arctic Biodiversity Congress 2018.

Submit via the online submission system by March 30, 2018

CAFF in partnership with the Ministry of the Environment, Finland, is organizing the Arctic Biodiversity Congress 2018 to promote the conservation and sustainable use of Arctic biodiversity. The Congress is relevant to all who wish to make specific and significant contributions to the conservation of Arctic biodiversity.

The Congress will be held in Rovaniemi, Finland on October 9-11, 2018, and will build upon the success of the first Congress, held in Norway in 2014.

Learn more about the Arctic Biodiversity Congress program and register now.

Please submit proposals for presentations, posters and/or sessions that address the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment recommendations and implementation actions by March 30, 2018.

Thank you for your interest in participating in and contributing to the Arctic Biodiversity Congress 2018!

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

Call for Community Input: Arctic Observing Summit 2018

IASC AOSThe Executive 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.

The AOS 2018 will focus on pressing issues in the implementation and support of sustained observations that can be addressed through a business-case lens. To that end, short submissions are requested that address any and all aspects of the overarching theme and sub-themes.

For more detailed information on themes and submissions, please visit the AOS website.

P.S. Early-bird registration and accommodation are already open for Polar2018. Abstract submissions for the science conference are open until 12 November 2017.

Arctic Community Meeting Rooms Available at the AGU Fall Meeting

ARCUS Logo [No Text]The Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) announces the availability of community meeting space at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), to be held 11-15 December 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. One- to two-hour blocks will be available for reservation in Riverside Rooms I and III on the second floor of the Hampton Inn and Suites New Orleans-Convention Center (1201 Convention Center Blvd.).

The Arctic Community Meeting Rooms are hosted by ARCUS to encourage collaboration and to facilitate face-to-face meetings of opportunity, and is funded by the National Science Foundation's Division of Polar Programs. Meeting space is available in one or two-hour blocks for groups working on Arctic research and/or education activities.

Basic audio/visual equipment will be available in both meeting rooms. Catering options are also available and orders may be placed through ARCUS. The deadline to place catering orders is Thursday, 16 November 2017. Catering menus will be provided upon request.

Please check the meeting room availability prior to submitting a reservation request. Meeting room schedules and availability will be periodically updated.

To view meeting room schedules and availability, go to:

To submit a reservation request, go to:
Meeting Room Reservation Request Form

Catering order deadline: Thursday, 16 November 2017.

For further information, please contact:
Stacey Stoudt, ARCUS
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