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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

Models and paleo-observations communities input to SCAR INSTANT paleo-proxy subcommittee

SCAR logo white backgroundWe would like your input in designing the tasks and work plan of a new subcommittee of the SCAR/INSTANT program, aiming to foster studies on improving knowledge of paleo-environmental proxies, facilitate the accessibility of paleo-proxy information needed for better interpreting paleo-records and further constrain model simulations.

We kindly ask you to fill the form by March 31st. It will take only a few minutes of your time.

We expect input from both the modelling and observation communities

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Workshop announcement: Using models to improve our understanding of Antarctic krill and their ecological role in the Southern Ocean

Individual sessions throughout May 17 - 28, 2021 (subject to change)

The Integrating Climate and Ecosystem Dynamics in the Southern Ocean program (ICED) is pleased to announce a virtual workshop targeted at researchers with broad interests in modelling Antarctic krill and/or their ecology. These modelling projects can include, but are not limited to: the krill life cycle; food-web interactions; environmental impacts on distribution; population processes, movement and retention; or feedback processes. A diverse group of participants from every stage and area of research is strongly encouraged to apply, with special emphasis on the participation of early career researchers (ECRs).

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New short glacier film: AFTER ICE

We want to share the release of a new short film about Iceland's glaciers: AFTER ICE.

AFTER ICE features images from the 1940s and 1980s that were painstakingly reconstructed in 3D and overlaid with current day drone footage to show how greenhouse gas emissions are causing glaciers on the south coast of Iceland to retreat by tens and sometimes hundreds of metres every year. AFTER ICE was produced by Þorvarður Árnason and Kieran Baxter, written and narrated by M Jackson.

The film is free to use and share:

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Looking for MPA managers for global survey on MPA operating costs

We are conducting an online survey to collect information on the costs of operating Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in order to guide future management and sustainable financing. The objective of this research is to produce a global overview of MPA costs and funding requirements to benefit MPA planners and managers in the future. 

We would like to invite marine protected area (MPA) managers or representatives to complete this survey (10-20 minutes). We would appreciate if you could help us by distributing the questionnaire to MPA managers/representatives in your network.

Hercules Dome Ice core Project - Community Workshop and Science meeting

316 Eric Steig Hercules Dome Ice Core ProjectThe first community workshop and science planning meeting for the Hercules Dome ice core project will take place on May 10-11, 2021. This is both a planning meeting and an open science meeting, which will provide an opportunity to hear about some of the latest Antarctic ice core research, and to begin to develop new collaborations. The Hercules Dome project is a major investment by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), and represents a community platform for research.

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IASC's Action Group on Carbon Footprint (AGCF) seeks your input!

logo iascWe need your input on how IASC should mitigate climate change!

Acknowledging the link between anthropogenic carbon emissions and rapid changes in the Arctic, including the Arctic amplification of climate change, IASC has recently convened an Action Group on Carbon Footprint (AGCF). The remit of the AGCF is to facilitate a full organisational response to the climate crisis and to explore ways to minimise the carbon footprint of IASC-related activities themselves. As an organisation promoting research and transnational access in the Arctic, we have a duty to mitigate the impacts of our activities, as well as to lead the way.

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Support for national representatives of PYRN

pyrn smallPYRN ExCom will continue with the funding support of your activities. We should be able to offer you up to 200 EUR/year for activities like workshops or meetings organised in your country or in the frame of multiple countries. The funding application form and process remains the same as in the previous years, and you can find it here:

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Contact APECS

APECS International Directorate
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research
Telegrafenberg A45
14473 Potsdam
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