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POLAR18 Data Hack for the Southern Ocean (June 17, 2018) the past two years, the SOOS Data Management Subcommittee (DMSC) has pursued projects to increase the visibility of and access to all types of Southern Ocean data. These projects include the successfully-launched SOOSmap and popular DueSouth, which aid in the discovery of circumpolar datasets and upcoming field plans.

The SeaView Team is has produced a Southern Ocean data package which brings together critical Southern Ocean datasets in combination with key oceanographic analysis tools. To do this, the team is hosting a workshop and would like to partner with you over the next two months to make this project a success. You, as a member of APECS, are invited to collaborate on this Southern Ocean data aggregation and exploration effort with the goal of supporting the next generation of scientific research. We need your help and expertise to make this project a success.

Benefits for your participation include a jump start on new collaborations, data support for especially interdisciplinary oceanographic research towards faster publication, and expert support and tools built for data intensive analyses based on your research questions. Successful outcomes from this workshop include initiating collaborative research among participants resulting in one or more publications.

The one day workshop will be held in association with the POLAR18/Davos Meeting on Sunday, June 17. Activities will include hands-on evaluation and use of the Southern Ocean data package (including SOCCOM and newly-discovered Antarctic mooring data) in the context of your research questions. Oceanographic data managers will be available for personalized and expert support. Once this project is complete, the aggregated datasets will be re-published through SOOSmap with all participating scientists credited as co-authors.

Limited travel support is available for participating scientists, students are encouraged to apply.

SeaView is an NSF-funded consortium of ocean data repositories making integrated, science-ready data collections in common formats. To date, driven by input from end-user workshops and interviews, SeaView has produced three data collections, each available as ODV collections, and via a THREDDS server to support R, Matlab, and Python users. Each includes data from multiple repositories around different themes (the Pioneer Array/Mid Atlantic Bight region, the Bermuda Atlantic Time Series, and the Hawaii Ocean Timeseries.)

If this is of interest, please reply to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your questions or comments by Friday, April 6, 2018.

- On behalf of the SOOS DMSC and SeaView Team

Limited funding available to support early-career researchers to attend POLAR2018 in Davos

SCAR logo white backgroundThe SCAR Remote Sensing Action Group has limited funds available to support one (or more) early-career researchers working with drones in Antarctica and presenting the results at the POLAR 2018 Conference (XXXV SCAR Biennial Meeting) in Davos/Switzerland.

In addition to the Open Science Conference, we are organizing a meeting to discuss the use of drones and satellites for Antarctic biology.
The meeting will take on Sunday, 17th June 2018, 8am to 11am, House A, Room Schwarzhorn.

If you would like to apply, please send the following information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by 15th April 2018:

  • Name and affiliation
  • Status (graduate student or PhD student)
  • Title of the presentation
  • Motivation for participating

More information can be found here:

Canada-Finland Bioenergy Researcher Exchange Program

As part of POLAR’s function to enhance research opportunities in Canada's Arctic and to collaborate with the international research community, POLAR is seeking applicants for the Canada-Finland Bioenergy Researcher Exchange Program. This exchange is a pilot project that could develop into an ongoing longer-term exchange program. Below are the details of the exchange, and links to the Call for Applicants document and Registration Form.

What: An exchange program between bioenergy early career scientists in Canada and Finland

Where: Yukon College, Whitehorse, Yukon and Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) in Joensuu, Finland.

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 Finland

Deadline to Apply: March 23, 2018

For more information:

Call for ApplicationsCall for Applications
Application FormApplication Form

Focus group discussion on extreme events in the Arctic @POLAR2018

iasc webWe are seeking to fill a few more positions for an IASC-funded focus group discussion at the POLAR2018 meeting in Davos, Switzerland. See details below:

Improving our understanding of extreme events in the Arctic using a cross-disciplinary approach.
IASC-funded focus group discussion at the POLAR 2018 conference in Davos, Switzerland (19th-22nd June, 2018).

The dramatic changes in the Arctic over recent decades have attracted widespread scientific and public attention. An increasingly important issue related to this is the rising prevalence and severity of extreme events in the Arctic.

To reconcile the gap between the needs and current efforts of the scientific community surrounding extreme events in the Arctic, and how they relate to various Arctic science sub-disciplines, we are hosting a multi-day focus group discussion at the POLAR 2018 meeting in Davos, Switzerland in June 2018: Improving our understanding of extreme events in the Arctic using a cross-disciplinary approach.

A side meeting room has been booked for the evening of Tuesday 19th (6.30pm - 8pm), and lunchtime on Thursday 21st (12.30pm - 2pm) and Friday 22nd (12.30pm - 2pm) June (in A Sertig, at the conference center). A free lunch will be provided!

We wish to encourage applications only from those who can attend all three meetings, although we do appreciate some people might need to leave early or arrive late because of other commitments. The focus group discussions will be written up shortly after the meeting. We thus expect some input (email correspondence) from participants before and after the meeting.

We are looking to recruit scientists whose expertise span the field of Arctic science including, but not limited to, the themes of the IASC working groups: Atmospheres (e.g. extreme weather event attribution), Cryosphere (e.g. sea ice/land ice response), Marine (e.g. rapid shifts in Arctic circulation/ecosystems), Social & Human (e.g. impacts on indigenous Arctic communities), Terrestrial (e.g. rapid permafrost thawing, coastal erosion). The discussion group will be kept small (~12-15 participants) to encourage active involvement from all participants in the discussions.

We encourage interested applicants to email Alek Petty (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) ASAP with the short application form ( completed and attached. Brief statements will suffice!

The discussion group has received funding from the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), however we expect that the majority of participants were already planning on attending the POLAR 2018 meeting and have funding to do so.


Alek Petty (Cryosphere WG)
Thomas Armitage (Marine WG)
Manisha Geneshan (Atmospheres WG)
Jim Overland (Marine WG)

15th International Circumpolar Remote Sensing Symposium

CRSS logoHosted by AWI15th International Circumpolar Remote Sensing Symposium — September 10-14, 2018 - Potsdam, Germany

This symposium deals specifically with remote sensing applications in the polar environments, both Arctic and Antarctic.

The theme of the 15th ICRSS in Potsdam, Germany, is Polar Regions in Transformation - Climatic Change and Anthropogenic Pressures.

This symposium will be of interest to scientists, scholars, and industry and government professionals involved in studying and quantifying Arctic and Antarctic Change, renewable and non-renewable resource management, and development of new technologies and methods targeting remote sensing observations of polar environments. The symposium will provide a platform for the exchange of current applied research and best practices, the presentation of new technology and further innovation, and the advancement of international co-operation in the circumpolar regions of the world.

Please see here the flyer with the first call for papers as well as the website for details.

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!

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