Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

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! If you have an article to contribute, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

KOPRI Arctic Science Fellowship Program 2018 (Second round of Call) Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI) is now accepting second round of applications for the Arctic Science Fellowship Program 2018.

The Program offers early career researchers from Arctic countries and researchers of Arctic indigenous heritage with an opportunity to cooperate with KOPRI scientists. The participants will be provided with a round-trip airfare, moderate stipend, and accommodation within the KOPRI facilities.

Application for the fellowship is open until July 27, 2018.

Further information on the program can be found on the following webpage:

For any query or submission of the application, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Request for Input: ARC-REACH (Arctic Ship Operated Low Power Data Network) Project

Researchers survey invite input, via the European Space Agency (ESA) project ARC-REACH (PDF - 168 KB), in order to evaluate feasibility to set-up a ship-based low-power long-range dynamic radio network in the Arctic, tailored for tracking of cargo and maritime activity, complemented with remote sensing of the environment. For this user survey, researchers are looking for input and cooperation from ship operators and the scientific research community active in the Arctic.

The objective of the ARC-REACH project is to have a validation of the following key questions:

  • Whether commercial shipping companies have the need of cargo tracking in the region and show a willingness to pay for the service,
  • Whether the proposed technological solution is cost-effective and is proven (on small-scale) to be reliable in a harsh environment, and
  • Whether the scientific community confirms the proposed low-power radio network has a cost positive effect on future remote sensing in the area.

For this project, researchers propose to install a small radio network on different ships (similar to a Wi-Fi router), which allows communication to different types of sensors, both on the ship as well with sensors in the close environment.

For more information and to take the survey, go to:
Survey homepage

Request for Notices of Intent: Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment Phase 2

NASA's Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment

The Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences for 2018 (ROSES-2018) National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Research Announcement (NRA) invites Letters of Intent for research for Terrestrial Ecology: Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) – Phase 2.

The Terrestrial Ecology (TE) Program uses airborne and space-based observations to understand how Earth’s carbon cycle and terrestrial ecosystems respond to environmental changes and human intervention. The goals of the NASA TE Program are to improve understanding of the structure, function, and productivity of terrestrial ecosystems across the globe, their interaction with the atmosphere and hydrosphere, and their role in cycling the major biogeochemical elements and water. The program addresses the spatial and temporal variability of terrestrial ecosystem states and processes, how terrestrial ecosystems and biogeochemical cycles respond to and affect global environmental change, and what future changes might be expected in carbon cycle dynamics and ecosystems.

ABoVE Phase 2 research is solicited in four areas:

  • Analyzing remote sensing data collected during the 2017 ABoVE Airborne Campaign (AAC) to develop the data products required to improve understanding of ecosystem dynamics;
  • Developing a better understanding of the ecophysiological basis of the relationships between surface and satellite measurements of Solar Induced Fluorescence (SIF) for northern ecosystems and its link to ecosystem productivity;
  • Continuing research on the societal impacts of changes to Arctic and boreal ecosystems; and
  • Integrating research results from ABoVE into a coherent modeling framework to diagnose and predict ecosystem dynamics and the consequent societal impacts of changes to the ecosystem.

Phase 2 also includes the opportunity for a person (or persons) to serve as the ABoVE Science Team Lead(s).

Notice of Intent submission deadline: 18 June 2018

To submit a Letter of Intent, go to:
Submission webpage

For more information, go to:
Solicitation announcement

Arctic Indigenous Youth Write Best Cookbook in the World!

Bildschirmfoto 2018-05-31 um 13.53.09.pngIndigenous reindeer herding youth win ‘Best in the World’ at 22nd Gourmand International Cookbook Award An international group of young indigenous peoples, with their food book entitled: “EALLU –Food, Knowledge and How We Have Thrived on the Margins” has won the overall Gourmand International Cookbook Award.

The winners were announced at the 2018 “Oscars of the cookbook world” in Yantai, China. In this unique and now acclaimed food book, a team of 50 young indigenous authors presented 14 different Arctic indigenous peoples´ food cultures in one volume, the first of its kind. There were hundreds of entries from entries from across the world, the EALLU food book faced stiff competition (´eallu´ means a herd (of reindeer) in the indigenous Sámi language, closely connected to the word ´eallin´ which means life), and was nominated in as many as 4 categories as well as the main prize itself - Best Food Book of the World, across all categories. The book was 1 of 16 nominees for the main prize, selected from contributions from 116 National States and was a delivery from the Arctic Council Sustainable Development Working Group project EALLU.

More information:

NSGG Postgraduate Symposium

NSGG LogoNSGG Postgraduate Research Symposium
Date: Monday 16th July 2018
Venue: School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds
Registration fee: £20 standard delegate rate, £15 concessions (students etc).

The Near Surface Geophysics Group (NSGG) invites submissions from postgraduate students for our 2018 Postgraduate Research Symposium. The event is hosted in the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds, by the School’s Institute of Applied Geosciences.

The NSGG is a special interest group of The Geological Society, with a remit of advancing, encouraging and supporting the study and practice of near-surface geophysics throughout the industrial and academic sectors. Our postgraduate symposia offer students of near-surface geophysics the opportunity to present their research to their peer group, plus a network of academic and industrial practitioners, in a relaxed and supportive environment.

We solicit abstracts from postgraduate students working in any aspect of near-surface geophysics, including environmental investigations, engineering, archaeology, forensic science, mineral exploration and geological processes. To mark the Geological Society’s “Year of Resources”, we will hold a special session featuring near-surface geophysical methods as applied to the characterisation of subsurface resources (e.g., energy, minerals, water) and their sustainable development (e.g., waste disposal, time-lapse monitoring).

The deadline for the submission of a 500-word abstract, plus 1 optional figure, is 17:00 on Friday 1st June 2018. Abstracts should be emailed to Dr Adam Booth (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.); a preference for oral (15+5 mins) presentation will be assumed unless poster format is requested. All presenters will be considered for the NSGG Best Presentation Award.

Delegates are required to register in advance, but payment can be taken on the day. Your registration fee includes lunch and refreshments, generously sponsored by Geomatrix Earth Science Ltd, and a post-symposium reception at the end of the day.

The detailed scope of the event can be found in the second entry on the NSGG meetings page -

We look forward to welcoming you to Leeds!

REQUEST for INPUT: ESA project ARC-REACH (Arctic Ship Operated Low Power Data Network)

Bildschirmfoto 2018-05-31 um 13.46.00.pngVia the ESA funded ARC-REACH project we are investigating the feasibility to set-up a ship-based low-power long-range dynamic radio network in the Arctic, tailored for tracking of cargo and maritime activity, complemented with remote sensing of the environment. The proposed service will use GPS for asset tracking, and the ship's’ satellite communications for linking the local radio network to the internet.

So, what do we actually propose?
We propose to install a small radio network on different ships (which is similar to a Wifi router), which allows to communicate to different types of sensors, both on the ship as well with sensors in the close environment. The radio network can range up to 10 km (!) and it provides connection to wireless sensors which work for many years without charging. The technology is proven as +5 M sensors are already connected in Europe.

Benefits of the new service for research and protection of the environment are multiple:

  • Tracking of individual containers and/or cargo for reduced risk in the fragile Arctic environment;
  • Cost-effective access for environmental research to remote data, which normally requires a much more expensive individual communication network.;

What do we ask you
At this stage, we are in a feasibility study, to evaluate if this proven technology can bring value to you. For this user survey we need the input and cooperation of ship operators and the scientific research community active in the Arctic .
In a second phase we target a small-scale validation of the concept during the summer 2018. Your participation in this validation phase is also important to us.

As a research platform of young researchers active in the Arctic, we would like to ask you 15 minutes of your time to complete the online survey that will allow us to evaluate the need, technical feasibility & economic viability of such a low-power long-range dynamic radio network through an analysis of:

  • your possible interests
  • your possible needs
  • your usability constraints

The online survey can be accessed via the following link:

Off course you can forward this mail and our request to your partners, members.
Your and their input is valuable to us!

We will integrate all needs into the feasibility and demonstrator to show the global community we can make a difference in the Arctic region. Through cooperation, we can make a change. So do not hesitate and support us in the change.

Here you find a summary and presentation of the project, with an overview of the rationale behind the study and the possible benefits of the service.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have remaining questions or need additional input.

Polar Region Geosystems: G-cubed Call for Papers

Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems branding banner“Polar Region Geosystems,” a new Theme in Geochemistry, Geophysics,
Geosystems (G-cubed)

Submissions are now open to “Polar Region Geosystems,” a new Theme in the journal Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems (G-cubed):

A G-cubed Theme is like a special issue, except that every paper is published without delay, as soon as it is accepted and typeset, following G-cubed speedy review process. Past G-cubed Themes have been successful in bringing together and highlighting state-of-the-art research on an important topic. (The Themes are now also referred to as G-cubed Special Collections or Special Sections.) The “Polar Region Geosystems” runs for two years, with submissions currently open until 1 May, 2020.

The Theme will include papers on the Arctic, Antarctica and their surroundings from all disciplines of geochemistry, geophysics and geosystems, with topics ranging from the structure and dynamics of the lithosphere and underlying mantle to tectonics and crustal dynamics, nature and origins of intra- and inter-plate volcanism, and ice-sheet dynamics, among others. Submissions will undergo normal external peer review, and the accepted manuscripts will be up to G-cubed usual high standards: technically solid, of broad interest and with a focus on understanding the Earth as a system. This Theme/Special Collection aims to serve as a focal point for important new papers in Polar research.

Fausto Ferraccioli (British Antarctic Survey)
Carmen Gaina (University of Oslo; CEED)
John Goodge (University of Minnesota)
Sergei Lebedev (Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies)
Douglas Wiens (Washington University)

Request for Community Input - Draft 2018 Long Range Science Plan

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Will you need an ice core or an access hole drilled in a glacier or ice sheet in the coming decade? If so, please read on and send us your input!

Each year in the spring the Ice Drilling Program Office (IDPO) of the U.S. Ice Drilling Program works with its Science Advisory Board and with the research community to update the IDPO Long Range Science Plan. This Plan identifies the science in the coming decade that will require the use of ice drilling technology and expertise for the community. This also drives the formation of other plans, for example the IDDO Long Range Drilling Technology Plan. The plans provide the basis for multi-annual planning for the actions and drill development projects of IDPO-IDDO and others, and the plans give the funding agencies advance notice of upcoming community science needs.

If you will need an ice core or a hole drilled in a glacier or ice sheet in the coming decade, or a rock core from under shallow glacial ice, please make sure that the high-level articulation of your science is captured in the current draft update of the IDPO Long Range Science Plan!

Please read through the draft Long Range Science Plan and send corrections, updates, or additions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ASAP or not later than May 30, 2018.

Submission deadline: 30 May 2018

To download the working draft, please visit:

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Ice Drilling Program Office (IDPO)

Call for Nominations and Applications: North Slope Science Initiative Science Technical Advisory Panel

The North Slope Science Initiative (NSSI) invites applications and nominations for its Science Technical Advisory Panel. Panel members are appointed for a three-year term.

The 15-member panel of scientists and technical experts plays a critical role for the NSSI and its Oversight Group by providing advice and other forms of assistance concerning scientific research and monitoring activities related to energy development on Alaska’s North Slope.

Panel membership may include representatives of the oil and gas industry, subsistence users, holders of traditional ecological knowledge, conservation organizations, academia and other research institutions, and other entities.

Panel members may possess technical expertise in one or more of the following areas: North Slope traditional and local knowledge, landscape ecology, petroleum engineering, civil engineering, geology, botany, hydrology, limnology, habitat biology, wildlife biology, biometrics, restoration ecology, sociology, cultural anthropology, economics, ornithology, oceanography, fisheries biology, climatology, or other relevant areas of expertise.

Application and nomination deadline: 27 May 2018

For instructions and the nomination form, select 2018 from the Year drop-down list at:
Documents webpage

For more information, go to:
NSSI News Release (PDF 61 KB)

For questions, contact:
Lisa Gleason
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Phone: 907-271-3335

Extended deadline to 31 May 2018 for submission to special issue ‘Polar Climate Change: Driving Processes, Extreme Events, and Global Linkages’

We have extended the deadline of the submission to special issue ‘Polar Climate Change: Driving Processes, Extreme Events, and Global Linkages’. The new deadline is on 31 May 2018.

Although we have received five papers and another five manuscripts will be coming this May. We need more manuscripts for this special issue. You are welcome to contribute to this issue.

Advances in Polar Science (APS) will publish a special issue with the theme ‘Polar Climate Change: Driving Processes, Extreme Events, and Global Linkages’ as a lasting outcome of the workshop, held in October 2017 at Hohai University, Nanjing, China. This issue will be part of APS Volume 29 and will be issue number 3 of 2018 (Series no. 72) as general issue.

We have four Guest Editors for this issue, Zhaomin Wang (Hohai University, China), Kent Moore (University of Toronto, Canada), Annette Rinke (Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Germany) and John Turner (British Antarctic Survey, UK). Assistant Editors are Mr. Xiaoliang Ling and Dr. Jing Huang (full time staff of Editorial Office). English editing service will be provided free of charge if needed.

This is a thematic issue so we must insist on strict adherence to the following deadlines.

  • 31 May 2018 ― deadline for submitting a manuscript for this issue.
  • 31 July 2018 ― deadline for the submission of final accepted paper.
  • Accepted papers will be published online for open access as soon as authors have returned their proofs and all corrections have been made.
  • The hard copy is scheduled for publication in September 2018

For more information, please go to APS website:

All the best

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Editorial Office of Advances in Polar Science

UK Antarctic Science Conference 10-12th September 2018

Durham University will be hosting this year's UK Antarctic Science Conference on 10th-12th September 2018 (the conference will run from Monday lunchtime to Wednesday lunchtime). The conference will include oral and poster presentations, and abstracts are invited on any aspect of Antarctic Research.

Further information can be found on the conference website, which will be updated shortly with details of registration, abstract submission, and accommodation booking:

The conference dinner will take place in Hatfield College on the evening of Tuesday 11th September. Accommodation has been reserved in nearby Collingwood College. Other accommodation options are available for those who wish to make their own arrangements.

Durham is a spectacular cathedral city with a rich heritage. Narrow cobbled streets wind their way around the rocky peninsula to the majestic Norman cathedral and castle, which are a designated World Heritage Site. The city is well served by motorway access, Durham railway station and Newcastle International Airport (30 minutes by car, 1 hour by rail).

Save the date in your diary!

We look forward to seeing you in September.

Mike Bentley, on behalf of the local organising committee

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