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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

Call for Freeze-up photos

The timing and process of freeze-up is changing in Alaska. The changes are poorly understood, making it hard to plan for our winter activities and community safety on the ice. Your photos of river freeze-up can help! Please contribute photos of a river near you. Repeated photos of the same location are especially needed. 
You may contribute photos 3 different ways:
- Upload at
- Download the GLOBE Observer App to your phone and take photos using the landcover tool.
- Post a photo with a date and detailed location notes at
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MSc(Res) Polar & Alpine Change at the University of Sheffield, UK

MSc(Res) Polar and Alpine Change Programme
Department of Geography, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

This one-year MSc(Res) programme should interest students seeking Masters-level research training and experience within the broad subject area of cold-regions science. Its research areas include glaciology, geomorphology, climate change, Quaternary science, and oceanic and atmospheric processes.

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ARCUS Annual Meeting

arcuslogonotext 2018The Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) invites registration for this year’s ARCUS Annual Meeting. This virtual event will take place Thursday, 4 November 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. via Zoom.

The ARCUS Annual Meeting is an important opportunity for ARCUS' Members, Board of Directors, staff, and other interested individuals to meet, talk, and connect with one another around key Arctic research and education issues and collaboration opportunities.

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NSF Launches Outreach Effort to Help Shape the USAP Sexual Assault/Harassment Prevention and Response Program

USAP New Logo transparent background Terri EdillonThe National Science Foundation (NSF) has established Agency-wide policies and requirements to help ensure research environments are free from sexual assault, sexual harassment, and other forms of harassment. At the same time, NSF realizes that the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP) is a unique research environment, with participants from a wide variety of institutions and backgrounds. With the recognition that more work is needed to develop a robust Sexual Assault/Harassment Prevention and Response (SAHPR) program to support the entire deployed community, regardless of affiliation, NSF is launching an extensive outreach effort consisting of an online survey and a series of focus groups to gather feedback that will guide efforts going forward.

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GEM-GeoNorth Multidisciplinary - Call for Proposals (29 October)

We are pleased to inform you that the GEM-GeoNorth program has launched a call for proposals for grants and contribution.

Over the next six years, the program is looking to support innovative proposals to help develop long-term capacity building to facilitate use of GEM-GeoNorth data and knowledge for land use decision-making needs in the North. The GEM-GeoNorth Program is currently seeking proposals for multidisciplinary projects to be completed with 18 months after official approval (expect period covered from November 2021 to March 31st, 2023).

For more information, please consult this webpage.

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COP26 photography countdown

The cryosphere is strongly represented in the Earth Project’s COP26 photography countdown: COP 26 Gallery 2 - THE EARTH PROJECT

Stunning images from South Georgia, Svalbard, the Swiss Alps and the Himalayas feature amongst the 26 images in Gallery 2. Enjoy the stunning photos and stories, and vote for your favourites to help give nature a voice at COP26.

Please circulate widely – incl children, school classes and other young people who would surely relish a chance to have their say!


Call for Abstracts: Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) Final Summit

YOPP LOGO beb4effb3cOrganizers invite abstracts for the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) Final Summit. This conference will take place 1-4 May 2022 in Montreal, Canada.

The YOPP Final Summit is the apex of the decade-long Polar Prediction Project (PPP) initiated by the World Meteorological Organization’s World Weather Research Programme in 2013. The conference aims to review progress, share key findings and success stories, and discuss and shape the legacy of the Polar Prediction Project. The summit will bring together polar science experts from operational prediction centers, academia and research institutes, government, and corporate representatives as well as northern communities and users of polar prediction services.

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Soliciting Nominations for the 2022 IASC Medal

logo 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 to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., demonstrating the nominee’s excellence (see evaluation criteria) and sustained contribution to the understanding of the Arctic. Visit the website for more information.

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