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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

International Arctic School, HIT, eSummer 2021

IAS-HIT-eSummer School - 12-25 July 2021, Harbin, China

The theme of the 2021 Arctic Summer School of the School of environment is "POPs and CEACs in the Arctic under Climate Change". Through the study of relevant courses, students can understand the pollution characteristics and sources of POPs and CEACs in various environmental media in the Arctic, as well as the impact of Arctic environmental pollution on human and biological health in the Arctic. 

Harbin Institute of technology is located in the northeast of China and has obvious geographical advantages. In February 2019, the "UArctic-HIT-Training Center" was established, which is the first UArctic regional center outside the eight Arctic countries.

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Call for abstracts - Arctic Frontiers 2022 "Pathways"

Arctic Frontiers conference entitled "Pathways" will take place on 31 January - 3 February 2022. On behalf of the Arctic Frontiers Session Committees, we have great pleasure in inviting you to submit one or more abstracts to any of the following five science sessions:

  • Pan-Arctic Infrastructure Development
  • Food from the Ocean and Ocean Science for Sustainable Development – Bridging the UN Decades
  • Arctic Coasts in Transition
  • The Arctic, ocean conflicts, and pathways to sustainability
  • Experiences from the science-policy interface in the Arctic
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Field summer school opportunity

Registration for the summer school "DEPThS: Field-based summer school on subduction forearc dynamics" (6-10 September 2021) is now open.

The course is aimed primarily at PhD students in the various fields of Earth Sciences and addresses the dynamics of subduction forearcs through a highly multidisciplinary approach, with particular emphasis on exhumation processes and the deep carbon cycle. It includes one day of classroom lectures in Milan and four days of field lessons based on geological observations along key transects across the Western Alps, one of the best-studied fossil subduction zones on Earth. Lectures will integrate petrological, tectonic, and stratigraphic evidence along the analyzed transects with the results of recent geophysical experiments on the deep tectonic structure of the Alps. Geologists, petrologists, and seismologists from University of Milano-Bicocca, ISTerre Grenoble, and University of Torino will interact all together with the students both in the classroom and in the field while hiking and discussing in front of intellectually stimulating outcrops in the breathtaking alpine landscape.

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Group to discuss strategies for Antarctic Ice sheet simulations and paleo data-model comparison (within INSTANT)

SCAR logo white backgroundStrategies for Antarctic Ice sheet simulations and paleo data-model comparison

The INStabilities & Thresholds in ANTarctica (INSTANT) is a Scientific Research Programme of SCAR that aims to quantify the Antarctic ice sheet contribution to past and future sea-level change. This type of program has the capacity to organise workshops and other collaborative activities.

There is a need to discuss strategies of ice sheet models simulations within INSTANT and we propose a group to do so. It could be an across theme subcommittee of INSTANT but several points, especially data-model and paleo-climate, could be tagged as "Hub discussion" (platform of interactions between themes) because they really involve other communities than ice sheet modellers. This group should be also connected to the expert group ISMASS (Ice sheets mass balance and Sea level). We would like to know who is interested in getting involved in this group.

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SIOS Hyperspectral Remote Sensing Training Course (HSRS), 6-10 September 2021

SIOS logo ORIGINAL rgbThis autumn, SIOS offers an online training course on how to effectively use hyperspectral remote sensing data acquired from satellites, from airborne campaigns and from the ground, and their associated tools and software in the context of research in Svalbard. The course is intended for scientists, master/Ph.D. students and technicians with no or little experience with hyperspectral remote sensing techniques.

This training course will be conducted on fully online mode and there is no cost involved. More information is available here.

Deadline to apply for this course is 30th June 2021.

The Frederik Paulsen Arctic Academic Action Award

*Deadline for nominations is 30 June 2021*

The Frederik Paulsen Arctic Academic Action Awards are awarded to action-oriented scientific initiatives to improve and reverse the dramatic effects of climate change in a concrete way.

Applicants are invited to propose solutions to improve and reverse the effects of climatic change in one or more of the following categories:

  • Preventing and reversing climate change through technological developments that can be accomplished through concrete and practical implementation.
  • Containing and mitigating climate change through concrete actions and plans.
  • Proposals for regulatory and policy change by way of legislation.

Call for Abstracts: Polar Climate and Environmental Change in the Last Millennium

The organizing committee invites abstracts for the 3rd International Conference on “Polar Climate and Environmental Change in the Last Millennium.” This hybrid conference will take place 30 August -1 September 2021 online and in Toruń, Poland.

The aim of the conference is to present scientific achievements and to identify gaps in the field of the historical climatology of the polar regions based on early meteorological observations, history, dendroclimatology, paleolimnology, geophysics, geomorphology, and other sources.

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Training School on Methods in Applied Earth- and Aquatic Sciences

Contemporaneously carried out in South Africa and Germany / 18-25 September 2021
Application deadline: 11th July 2021

Participants of the Summer School will be trained in bio- and geoscientific fieldwork sampling, applied in terrestrial and aquatic environments. Water samples will be analysed in the field or field lab with both inexpensive and simple methods such as e.g. pH- indicator paper or salinity refractometer, as well as more costly field methods, such as the application of handheld multi-parameter probes or portable spectrophotometers with analytical rapid tests. Biological field methods will include plankton hauls and benthos samples, while geo techniques will focus on surface sampling of soils and sediments and long sequences of deeper soil / sediment layers with different coring equipment.

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Marine Monitoring during the Anthropause

The pandemic influenced our way to live and our way to make science. It also gave to the scientific community the biggest experimental pool ever recorded to study the impact on the natural environment of reduced human activities. Studies reported wildfires diminishing, fisheries pausing, transport and commerce shrinking; people witnessed more wildlife sighting close to inhabited areas.

Within a case study that is part of the EU H2020 project RELIANCE (, we are building an inventory of all existing monitoring efforts of the marine environment that have been put in place in the seas and oceans, to assess the impact (or de-impact) of the Covid-19 - related lockdowns. The activities that we are focussing on have the specific aim to assess how the marine environment was (de)impacted by the absence/reduction of anthropogenic disturbances.

With this in mind, we have prepared a very short questionnaire (7 mins) and we would be very grateful if you could fill it in and/or disseminate it through your marine sciences networks.

Many thanks indeed for your time.

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