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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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IASSA Election Candidates Announced

iassa logo1IASSA Announces Candidates for President and Council (2021-2024)

IASSA will elect a new President and Council at the online General Assembly on June 16, 2021. Electronic voting by active IASSA members (whose fees are paid through June 16, 2021) will take place between June 16 and June 19, 2021. Results will be announced at the online ICASS X Closing ceremony on June 20, 2021. A President and seven Council members will be elected.

You can find candidates' bids and biographies here.

UArctic Survey of Arctic Studies Offerings

UArctic logo newThe University of the Arctic is interested in understanding the extent to which UArctic members and other universities and organizations are offering Arctic studies courses and degree programs jointly across two or more institutions. We also want to understand the barriers to and supports needed for developing and offering joint educational programs. And, finally, we want to highlight best practices in collaboratively delivering Arctic studies programs. 

The survey results will be used to support UArctic's efforts to grow and strengthen offerings for our students, and will provide a baseline so we can evaluate our progress.

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GIV feature tracking toolbox

GIV is an open source tool for creating high-resolution glacier velocity maps through feature tracking of optical satellite images. In particular, GIV is aimed at:

- Processing large temporal datasets (for example, all Sentinel-2 images of a particular glacier) into velocity timeseries
- Pre and post-processing imagery to improve velocity map quality, all in one workflow
- Being quick and easy to use (no coding needed, adjust all of the parameters through a user interface)
To find out more, we have a recent paper in The Cryosphere ( that discusses some examples. Links to download the source code and user interface, along with a user manual and video tutorial are available on my website.
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ROAD TO ICASS X, JUNE 15-20, 2021 - important updates



IASSA is pleased to announce that we were able to secure funds to cover REGISTRATION for ICASS X participants, whose papers were accepted to the online program and who have registered by May 16, 2021. The funding is administered by the ARCTICenter, University of Northern Iowa through a National Science Foundation grant. Although we expect that the funds will be sufficient to cover all eligible participants, they will be distributed on the first come, first serve basis with the first priority given to Indigenous, early career and U.S. participants.

ICASS X will be held online on June 15-20, 2021.

PLEASE NOTE THAT REGISTRATION WILL BE CLOSED AFTER MAY 16. Unregistered participants will NOT be able to attend ICASS X.

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Workshop on attribution of multi-annual to decadal changes in the climate system

Registration and abstract submission are now open for the Explaining and Predicting Earth System Change Lighthouse Activity Workshop on 'Attribution of multi-annual to decadal changes in the climate system'. The workshop will take place online, from 22-24 September 2021. The aim of this workshop is to document current research, identify challenges, and explore potential pathways towards building an operational capability to attribute multi-annual to decadal changes in the climate system on global-to-regional scales. 

To learn more about the workshop and to and register and/or submit an abstract, visit the workshop website.

The deadline for abstract submission is 30 June 2021.

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Enhancing Fieldwork Learning - Showcase event: Diversity, Inclusivity and Employability

The Enhancing Fieldwork Learning project team coordinates an annual Showcase event that brings together fieldwork educators from a range to disciplines to share innovations in field teaching and learning with a particular focus on the use of technology. This Showcase event is relevant to those early in their teaching career as well as those more experienced academics looking to upskill and innovate their teaching practice in the field.

We are delighted to announce that the 11th Enhancing Fieldwork Learning Showcase will focus on the themes of Diversity, Inclusivity and Employability; “Fieldwork Skills for All”.

The Showcase Event will be held online on the 8/9th September 2021.

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ASSW2022: Call for Community Meetings / Workshops

The Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) was initiated by IASC in 1999 to provide opportunities for coordination, cooperation and collaboration between the various scientific organizations involved in Arctic research and to economize on travel and time. ASSW is now an annual venue for meetings of Arctic organizations, scientific collaborations, and more.

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Ant-ICON Logo Contest

328 Ant ICON Logo CompetitionThe SCAR Scientific Research Programme Integrated Science to Inform Antarctic and Southern Ocean Conservation (Ant-ICON) is inviting YOU to participate in a LOGO CONTEST.

Deadline: June 6th, 2021

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