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In our Polar and Alpine Community News we feature news from the many partners that APECS is working with, as well as other news from a variety of sources related to research in the Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine regions as well as the wider Cryosphere. Many thanks to APECS members and the wider Polar research community for contributing to this shared resources!  

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We keep only the news of the last 3 months on this page. Older news can be accessed in our Polar and Alpine News Archive

Soliciting Nominations for the 2021 IASC Medal

IASCThe IASC Medal is awarded in recognition of exceptional and sustained contributions to the understanding of the Arctic. A maximum of one award is made each year, assuming that there is a nominee of appropriate quality. The whole IASC community, from all countries and career stages, is encouraged to submit a nomination by sending this form to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., demonstrating the nominee’s excellence and sustained contribution to the understanding of the Arctic (see evaluation criteria). Nominations for the 2021 IASC Medal, which is expected to be awarded at the ASSW 2021, can be submitted to the IASC Secretariat until 31 December 2020.

Input for webinar series wanted: Breaking the Ice Ceiling

In 2021, a coalition of organizations including The Arctic Institute, Women in Polar Science, and Women of the Arctic will be organizing a webinar series, "Breaking the Ice Ceiling". The aim is to highlight research, experience, and stories of polar women researchers. Please fill out this form if you would like to present in this webinar series and the organizers will reach out and follow up on coordination.

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ASSW 2021: Call for abstracts is now open

unnamedThe call for abstracts for the science days of the Arctic Science Summit Week 2021 (24-26 March 2021) under the overarching topic “The Arctic: Regional Change Global Impacts” is now open. Despite the focus on the Arctic, several sessions accept contributions on the Antarctic, aiming at fostering networking and advances on research on both poles. Abstracts text is limited to 1500 characters and the title should not be longer than 150 characters. Deadline for abstract submission is 30 November 2020. Read the 2nd circular.

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Combined Antarctic palaeo reconstructions for community use

We are pleased to present newly combined high-resolution reconstructions of Antarctic palaeotopography and Southern Ocean palaeobathymetry for five time intervals between the Eocene–Oligocene boundary (ca. 34 Ma) and the present-day. The grids were produced by merging separately published reconstructions of palaeotopography and palaeobathymetry from two recent studies (Paxman et al., 2019; Hochmuth et al., 2020), and are a key output of the Past Antarctic Ice Sheet dynamics (PAIS) Antarctic palaeotopography and palaeobathymetry working group of SCAR. The grids are freely available to download here.

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Launch of the UArctic Læra Institute

logo uarctic horWe are delighted to announce today the launch of the Læra Institute for Circumpolar Education (Læra Institute), a new institute within the international University of the Arctic (UArctic). Læra Institute lead partners Trent University and the University of Northern British Columbia are privileged to be joined in this initiative by the Arctic State Agrotechnological University in Russia, Nord University in Norway, and Lakehead University and Yukon University in Canada.

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Ice core sodium and sulfate data call - Antarctica 2k

CLIVASH2k initiates a data call of published and unpublished Antarctic ice core records of Na+ and SO42-, ideally as both flux and concentration, at the best available resolution (seasonal to decadal) spanning the past two thousand years. To submit data, please fill in the excel template (download here) by 1 December, send it to Elizabeth Thomas: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Diana Vladimirova: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact us if you wish to be involved in the data interpretation or analysis. Thank you. 

New ESA–EGU Earth Observation Excellence Award

New digital technologies such as big data and artificial intelligence are leading to a major transformation in Earth observation and opening up a wealth of opportunities for science and business alike. Embracing this new era, ESA and the European Geosciences Union (EGU) have opened a competition for an award in Earth observation excellence. Do you know someone who is in the early stages of their career, but already deserves recognition for their innovative use of Earth observation? If so, there is now a unique opportunity to nominate them for the new ESA–EGU Earth Observation Excellence Award. The deadline for submitting nominations is 2 November 2020.

New book: Arctic Hydrology, Permafrost and Ecosystems

A new book entitled “Arctic Hydrology, Permafrost and Ecosystems”, co-edited by Dr. Daqing Yang of Environment and Climate Change Canada and Prof. Douglas Kane of Univ. of Alaska Fairbanks, has been published in September 2020 by Springer. This book, drawing on the latest research results from across the circumpolar regions, provides a comprehensive, up-to-date assessment of the key terrestrial components of the Arctic system, i.e. hydrology, climatology, permafrost, and ecology. With an integrated system approach, the book’s 30 chapters, written by a diverse team of leading scholars (86 authors from 12 countries), carefully examine Arctic climate variability/change, large river hydrology, lakes and wetlands, snow cover and ice processes, permafrost characteristics, vegetation/landscape changes, and the future trajectory of Arctic system evolution.

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Arctic Winter College - call for registrations

The Ecologic Institute, Migration in Harmony Research Coordination Network (MiH-RCN), and The Arctic Institute invite applications for the Arctic Winter College. The Arctic Winter College is a series of web-based seminars (webinars) that will take place on Tuesdays, 18:00-20:00 Central European Time from 12 January to 23 March 2021. Weekly webinars, featuring diverse experts and hosted by MiH-RCN Principle Investigator Victoria Herrmann, will focus on the theme “Arctic on the Move.” Urbanization, globalization, and the impacts of climate change are activating the simultaneous migrations of species, ecosystems, settlements, and cultures across Arctic coastlines.

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