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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

UN Ocean Decade - Southern Ocean survey, deadline 18 June 2021

As you know, the United Nations have proclaimed a Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (hereafter ‘Ocean Decade’). Based on the recommendations in the global implementation plan of the Ocean Decade (2021-2030), members of the Southern Ocean community set up a Task Force to develop the Southern Ocean Action Plan. This Action Plan will provide a framework for Southern Ocean stakeholders to formulate and develop concrete activities that support the Decade vision.

Coordinated by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), the Southern Ocean Task Force launched a series of workshops & meetings to identify key research priorities for the Southern Ocean – the first of which was held in February 2020 in San Diego (USA). The full report of this first workshop can be found here

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Polar ECR opportunity: ICED-CLIOTOP workshop

Are you interested in gaining experience of working with established researchers to organize and deliver a conference session on ‘Connectivity of the West Pacific and Southern Ocean’?

Integrating Climate and Ecosystem Dynamics in the Southern Ocean (ICED) and Climate Impacts on Oceanic Top Predators (CLIOTOP) (two regional programmes of Integrated Marine Biosphere Research (IMBeR) are seeking ECRs to assist in organizing and delivering a proposed joint session on ‘Connectivity of the West Pacific and Southern Ocean’ at the forthcoming virtual West Pacific Symposium, November 2021. This session will be mainly predator focussed, taking into account the strong atmospheric teleconnections linking both regions. It will consider predator migration patterns and the connections/dependencies between summer/winter in different ecosystems between the west Pacific ocean through to the Southern Ocean (e.g. though to the East Antarctic and the Ross Sea regions). This session is a new approach and will contribute significantly to our understanding on the interaction between the Southern Ocean and Temperate Oceans.

If you are interested please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 18th June 2021.

EGU Cryoblog - call for authors

EGU CryosphereThe summer is fast approaching and we are all mostly thinking of how/where/when we'll take that long sunny break we all need!

The EGU Cryoblog will also be taking its break mid-summer to come back refreshed and motivated as ever! And so... we are already planning ahead for after the break and we are looking for guest authors to contribute to the blog starting on the 13th of August!!

For a bit of context: the EGU Cryosphere Division blog publishes a post every Friday to divulge scientific news and fun cryo-facts to the larger scientific community but also the general public. Most of our posts are written by guest authors who are free to write about any topic related to the Cryosphere Division.
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ICASS X - Northern Notes Issues 55 has been published!

iassa logo1LINK: Northern Notes #55

Letter from the President
12th Arctic Ministerial IASSA Statement
ICASS X Updates
ICASS X Moderator instructions
ICASS X Presenter instructions

Opening Plenary Program
Presidential and ICASS XI bid
IASSA Council Election Corner

IASSA Awards
Outgoing IASSA Secretariat 2017-2021
Outgoing Council: 2017-2021

***New date*** Final ASM3 webinar: Post-Ministerial Review, Joint Statement and Actions - register now!

3rdASMLogoSmall*** NEW DATE - the webinar will now be held on Wednesday 16th June, 13:00-14:00 UTC ***

The 3rd Arctic Science Ministerial (ASM3) webinar series is designed to increase transparency of the Arctic Science Ministerial science process and to provide additional opportunities for scientists, Indigenous Peoples and Arctic research stakeholders to further engage with the science and proposed actions leading up to the Third Arctic Science Ministerial in Tokyo, Japan in May 2021. The webinar series is a joint cooperation between the ASM3 Organizers in Iceland and Japan and the European Polar Board.

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Multidisciplinary Internships on Applied Marine Conservation - Remote & Onsite in the Aegean

Archipelagos Institute of Marine ConservationWe are currently offering on-site and remote internship opportunities at Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation in Greece. Undergraduate and postgraduate students can apply for an internship experience in the field of Applied Marine Conservation, with the objective of further developing their knowledge using practical work and hands-on field research and conservation projects.

Both types of internships also aim to develop leadership and role model skills for participants to gain a variety of useful key skills that are vital to a career in environmental research and conservation. Costs associated can normally be covered for by Erasmus+ fundings, universities studentships or any other equivalent programmes, but we also accept self-funded positions.

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Pan-Arctic Report on Gender Equality in the Arctic

Authors announce their recently published report, Pan-Arctic Report: Gender Equality in the Arctic, is available online. The report was published in tandem with the Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting held 19–20. May 2021 in Reykjavík, Iceland.

The report is a part of an international project under the Arctic Council Sustainable Development Group on Gender Equality in the Arctic (GEA). The GEA project is an international collaborative project dating back to 2013. Lead and co-leads include Iceland, Sweden, Finland, Canada, the United States, the Saami Council, and the Aleut International Association.

This report provides an overview of gender-related issues in the Arctic, including law and governance; security; gender and environment; migration and mobility; indigeneity, gender, violence, and reconciliation; and empowerment and fate control. It contributes to identifying gaps in knowledge when it comes to gender in the region and provides three recommendations specifically for the Arctic Council in addition to almost 70 policy relevant highlights.

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Training Course on Hyperspectral Remote Sensing in Svalbard

SIOS logo ORIGINAL rgbThe Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System (SIOS) invites applications for a training course on the use of hyperspectral remote sensing in Svalbard. This online course will take place 6-10 September 2021 via Zoom.

The goal of the course is to teach participants the basic skills needed to acquire, analyze, and visualize hyperspectral data sets derived from aircraft and satellites. The training course will cover various aspects of hyperspectral remote sensing, ranging from fundamental data parameters and processing tools, to applications and calibration/validation techniques. The course material will be delivered through a mixture of lectures and hands-on sessions from leading experts in the field. No prior knowledge is assumed.

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Experience Antarctica like never before in the first 360 video filmed at all three U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP) research stations

337 U.S. Antarctic Program USAP
USAP supports dozens of research projects and hundreds of scientists traveling to the frozen continent every year. Working out of the three year-round stations, two research vessels and numerous field sites, scientists are studying everything from astronomy to microbiology to understand the nature of life on Earth, the future of the climate and our place in the cosmos.

Online seminar week, and IACS early career award winners 2021

IACS logo The International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS), the International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences (IAMAS), and the International Association of the Physical Sciences of the Oceans (IAPSO) are pleased to announce a week of online seminars, 19-23 July 2021. Registration is FREE. Details of the programme can be found here, and an outline is given below.

The programme of invited speakers includes Early Career Scientist award recipients. From IACS, we are delighted to present our 2021 awardees David Bigelow and Giulia Mazzotti. The IACS Early Career Scientist award is a cash prize of €1000 awarded every two years to two early career scientists who have published the best scientific papers on a cryospheric subject as assessed by an ad-hoc evaluation committee. Information of the IACS ECS awardees of 2021 can be found in our newsletter.

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