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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.

American Geophysical Union (AGU) Conference – Arctic Sciences Meeting

Office of Polar Programs’ Arctic Sciences Section program directors will provide an overview of staffing changes, program updates, upcoming NSF opportunities of interest to Arctic scientists, and other topics from 11AM to noon on December 10 at the American Geophysical Union’s annual meeting in Washington D.C.

The brief presentation by NSF staff, with time set aside for audience questions and discussion, will be held in Duke Ellington 1 at the Cambria Hotel, Washington D.C. Convention Center (899 O Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001)

This meeting is also listed on the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States’


American Geophysical Union (AGU) Conference – Pose questions to OPP staff about Antarctic Infrastructure Modernization for Science

Stephanie Short, who heads OPP’s Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics (AIL) Section, and Ben Roth, AIL facilities engineering projects manager, will be available on Wed. Dec. 12 from 11am – 2pm at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union to discuss, and answer questions, about the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernization for Science (AIMS) project.

They may be found at the OPP booth (Number 805) at the Walter E. Washington D.C. Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Pl. NW, Washington, DC.

2019 Alpine Glaciology Meeting: call for contributions & registration

Registration for the upcoming 2019 Alpine Glaciology Meeting (AGM) is now open! We encourage you to register and book your accommodation as early as possible since Innsbruck is a beloved tourist destination this time of year. 

To register and submit a contribution, visit Oral and poster presentations are welcome, and young researchers are especially encouraged to present their work in progress! 

The meeting will be hosted in Innsbruck, Austria, 28 February and 01 March 2019, and serves as informal exchange platform for researchers working on snow, glaciers and permafrost in all regions of the world. 

Sustainability Call For Papers: Special Issue "Monitoring Arctic Sustainability: Methods, Indicators, Monitoring Systems and Experiences"

Special Issue "Monitoring Arctic Sustainability: Methods, Indicators, Monitoring Systems and Experiences"

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor 
Prof. Dr. Andrey N Petrov
Arctic, Remote, and Cold Territories, Interdisciplinary Center (ARCTICenter) and Department of Geography, University of Northern Iowa
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Guest Editor 
Dr. Tatiana Vlasova
Institute of Geography, Staromonetniy pereulok 29, Moscow 119017, Russia
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Interests: arctic sustainability, Arctic communities, sustainability indicators, benefit sharing, corporate social responsibility, extractive industries, indigenous peoples, governance of natural resources

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Arctic is among the world’s regions most affected by ongoing and increasing cultural, socioeconomic, environmental, and climatic changes. In this context, the sustainability of Arctic social–ecological systems has become a point of increased interest and attention among scholars. This Special Issue focuses on conceptual and practical approaches, methodologies, and experiences in defining, measuring, and monitoring sustainability in the Arctic regions and communities. The papers will deal with qualitative and quantitative measurement systems, indicators, observing networks, and other monitoring options devoted to tracing sustainability as both a process and outcome. Monitoring could focus on natural, economic, social, or cultural aspects of social–ecological systems with the aim to assessing the vulnerability, resilience, adaptive capacity, and overall sustainability of these systems. The development of such monitoring frameworks is especially relevant as Arctic communities embark on implementing sustainability-driven projects, including the application of the UN SDGs, the development of climate change adaptation and community resilience strategies, ecosystem stewardship principles, etc. By directing attention to sustainability monitoring, the issue will expand the knowledge base on sustainability and sustainable development in the Arctic, as well as indicators and best practices of sustainable development.

  1. Petrov, A.N.; BurnSilver, S.; Chapin III, F.S.; Fondahl, G.; Graybill, J.K.; Keil, K.; Nilsson, A.E.; Riedlsperger, R.; Schweitzer, P. Arctic Sustainability Research: Past, Present and Future; Taylor & Francis Group Ltd: Oxford, OX14 4RN, UK, 2017.
  2. Chapin III, F.S.; Carpenter, S.R.; Kofinas, G.P.; Folke, C.; Abel, N.; Clark, W.C.; Olsson, P.; Smith, D.M.S.; Walker, B.; Young, O.R.; Berkes, F. Ecosystem stewardship: sustainability strategies for a rapidly changing planet. Trends Ecol. Evol. 2010, 25, 241–249.
  3. Vlasova, T.; Petrov, A.; Volkov, S. Arctic Sustainability Monitoring within the International collaboration on Arctic Observing and Research for Sustainability. Arctic Herald 2017, 20, 124–131.

Prof. Dr. Andrey N Petrov
Dr. Tatiana Vlasova
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at by  registering  and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Published Papers
This special issue is now open for submission.
Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050; CODEN: SUSTDE) is an international, cross-disciplinary, scholarly, peer-reviewed and open access journal of environmental, cultural, economic, and social sustainability of human beings. 
Sustainability provides an advanced forum for studies related to sustainability and sustainable development, and is published monthly online by MDPI. The Society for Urban Ecology is affiliated with Sustainability and their members receive discounts of the article processing charge.

Open Access - free for readers, with article processing charges (APC) paid by authors or their institutions.

High visibility: indexed by the Science Citation Index Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index (Web of Science), as well as Scopus and other databases.Impact Factor: 2.075 (2017) ; 5-Year Impact Factor: 2.177 (2017)

Request for Earth Science Informatics Incubator Proposals

The Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Lab is happy to announce the release of its Fall 2018 Request for Proposals. ESIP will provide up to $10K of seed funding for incubator-style projects that run six months and lie in the realm of good ideas ready to be tried out.

We have identified the following as areas of need in the Earth science community, and for this RFP, project proposals that address these areas will be given priority:

  • Proof-of-concept for emerging technologies slated for operational use.
  • Modernization of Earth science workflows using open source software, machine learning, and cloud computing.
  • Extension of open source software critical to collecting, distributing, or analyzing Earth observations.

The full RFP can be found here:

See a list of previously funded proposals here:

JOT call for content - Marine education

Tomorrow’s ocean explorers: learning for a marine career

V14N2 Summer 2019

The summer 2019 issue of the Journal of Ocean Technology will focus on marine education. This includes experiential learning, project-based learning, innovation literacy, creative teaching methods and student supports, collaborative practices, comparative methodologies, ocean literacy, etc. We are inviting the submission of technical papers, essays, and short articles for this issue.

Technical papers describe cutting edge research and present the results of new (i.e., not previously published) research in ocean technology, science or engineering, and be no more than 7,500 words in length. Student papers are welcome.


Essays present well-informed observations and conclusions, and identify key issues for the oceans community in a concise manner. They are written at a level that would be understandable by a non-specialist. As essays are less formal than a technical paper, they do not include abstracts or a listing of references. Typical essay lengths are up to 3,000 words.

Important deadlines

Technical paper submissions: February 22, 2019

Expressions of interest for essays or short articles: February 22, 2019 (deadline for submission of materials is April 26)



Dawn Roche, Managing Editor

The Journal of Ocean Technology

Centre for Applied Ocean Technology

Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University

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Ice Flows educational game - explainer videos released


Today the University of Exeter launched a new version of the website which hosts Ice Flows, our educational computer game, at – the website now contains new explainer videos, where the penguin characters use the game to explain all about how the Antarctic Ice Sheet works, and its relationship with climate change and sea level.  

The penguins have been voiced by some folks you may be familiar with: Twila Moon, Kenny Matsuoka, Sainan Sun, Olga Sergienko, Andres Rivera, Hartmut Hellmer and Christel Hansen – thanks to all of them for playing along!

The videos can be found either on the website at , or via the Ice Flows YouTube channel:

Please use and share these as you wish.  If you are a twitter user, Ice Flows is on twitter: @iceflowsgame and use the hashtag #iceflowsgame

If you wish to contribute subtitles in a different language please contact Anne Le Brocq and she will endeavour to add these to the YouTube subtitles.  As always, if you want to contribute to Ice Flows in any way, please get in touch with her to discuss it!


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Social scientists are welcome to participate in the "Arctic Floating University - 2019" expedition

Call for proposals: Arctic Floating University Expedition 2019

Northern (Arctic) Federal University invites researchers, PhD-students, and students to take part in the marine research and education expedition in the Arctic.

Arctic Floating University is an annual scientific and education marine expedition, which brings together young people and experienced researchers in order to study the Arctic. For scientists it is an opportunity to conduct research in the high-latitude Arctic. For students it’s a unique educational programme containing a multidisciplinary course of lectures and practical training together with experienced researchers.

Expedition Dates: June 22 – July11, 2019

Expedition Duration: 20 days

Expedition Route: Arkhangelsk - "Kola meridian" transect - Barentsburg (Spitsbergen) - Longyearbyen - Pyramid - Nu-Alesund - Nu-London - Admiralty peninsula (Novaya Zemlya) - Arkhangelsk (as agreed with the organizers, corrections can be made upon request of participants beforehand)

Expedition participants: 60 people (students, post-graduate students, researchers from both Russian and international scientific and academic institutions).

The expedition programme includes research and educational sections. See the detailed programme attached.

Participation fee: 5600 EUR per person (covers accommodation, 4 meals a day, educational programme, landings, use of laboratories on board).

How to apply: Application form is available at Completed application forms and CVs should be sent to the following e-mails: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Results will be known in January 2019. 

Application deadline: December 15, 2018

Contact persons:

Alexander Saburov,
Director of the Arctic Center for Strategic Studies, Northern (Arctic) Federal University
Telephone: +7 8182 21 89 39 / +7 950 660 68 58
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Natalia Avdonina, 
Arctic Center for Strategic Studies, Northern (Arctic) Federal University
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Arctic Yearbook 2018

The Arctic Yearbook 2018 is now online at!

This year’s Arctic Yearbook focuses on the theme of Arctic Development: In Theory and In Practice. The six thematic sections include:
Thinking About Arctic Development
Finding Sustainability in Development
Research, Education & Arctic Development
Governance & Regulation of Arctic Energy Installations
Russian Arctic Development & the Environment
The Polar Silk Road & Arctic Maritime Development 
In addition, for the first time we have published a guest edited Special Section, on China & the Arctic, available at
Altogether, AY2018 is a collection of 33 Scholarly Articles, paired with 7 Briefing Notes to provide succinct explanations of Arctic phenomena and issues of contemporary significance; as well as a Commentary by Arctic Yearbook Editorial Board Chair Lawson Brigham – his seventh straight, one for each Arctic Yearbook to date! The preface this year was written by Tero Verauste of the Arctic Economic Council.
You can now access and share AY2018 in various ways:

  1. AY2018 flipbook (ideal for tablets and smart phones) via:
  2. At that same web address, you also have the option to download the full 523-page PDF, or share it on social media or via email. 
  3. Access individual PDFs of the articles, commentaries or briefing notes directly via our AY2018 Table of Contents at our website  

The call for papers for AY2019 will be issued in mid-December.  
Lassi Heininen, Editor
Heather Exner-Pirot, Managing Editor

National Science Foundation EarthCube solicitations released

EarthCube is a community-driven activity to transform the conduct of geosciences research and education, sponsored through a partnership between the NSF Directorate of Geosciences and the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure in the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering.

EarthCube aims to accelerate the ability of the geosciences community to understand and predict the Earth system by enabling access to geosciences data. EarthCube will require a long-term dialog between NSF and the interested scientific communities to develop new modes for sharing data that is thoughtfully and systematically built to meet the current and future needs of geoscientists.

'Data Rescue' for the International Polar Year 2007-2008 - Submit your data paper

Paper submissions are invited, by 1 March 2019, for a Special Issue of the Polar Data Journal on "Data Rescue" for the International Polar Year (IPY 2007-2008), published by the National Institute of Polar Research.

The International Polar Year (IPY 2007-2008) was the world’s most diverse international science programme which explored the polar regions through observation, research and analysis.  Several different aspects of polar scientific data have great significance for global environmental research in this century.  The huge amount of scientific data accumulated during IPY should be its most important legacy, but only if they are preserved and made available.
A considerable number of scientific results from IPY have emerged and numerous scientific papers have already been published.  However, this has not always been true of the data behind the papers.  So, a decade on from the end of IPY, a special issue on the "Data Rescue" of IPY projects has been proposed.  This special issue covers topics on recent developments in all disciplines of scientific data collected in and around the polar regions during IPY and beyond.  You are invited to submit articles addressing the process of polar data collection, acquisition, processing, and management so that these data will be (re)used by other researchers and add value to the preliminary published results from them.  
The Editors are taking a broad view of data “rescue” so that, in addition to identifying and revealing closed, hidden, and at-risk data, they also want to formalize, highlight, and better steward currently open data.  This could include moving data from a project website to a formal archive, or providing detailed descriptions of ongoing data streams that make the data more useful, or provide lessons learned for other data providers on how to make data more discoverable, open, linked, useful, and safe or fair. 
Full information on the Special Issue, including details of the Editors, the scope of the issue, and the topics and keywords for submissions, are available on the Polar Data Journal website and can be downloaded as a pdf.
Submissions should be made via the PDJ submissions page by the deadline of 1 March 2019.

Juneau Icefield Research Program Informational Webinars

Juneau Icefield Research Program (JIRP) Academic Director Seth Campbell and Program Manager Annie Boucher invite you to a series of informational webinars for prospective applicants to the 2019 JIRP Field Season. There will be two sessions: the first geared toward both returning and prospective new faculty and researchers, and the second geared toward those interested in the student program.

Academic and Research Program: We are offering an informational webinar about JIRP for returning and prospective new staff/faculty on November 15th at 1:00 pm EST. Our goal is to explain the current program and outline some changes designed to better meet both the academic needs of our students and the research goals of the program and the broader community.  We invite both returning and new/prospective faculty and researchers to join us for the webinar at 1:00 pm EST to learn more. The webinar format will allow for some questions during the broadcast, but participants are encouraged to submit questions beforehand to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The webinar will be recorded and posted afterward at

Student Program: We are hosting an additional webinar for students and faculty interested in the JIRP student program. Our student program has grown significantly in the last five years and continues to evolve as we look toward Summer 2019. Moving forward with an eye to toward focusing student learning objectives, we are both solidifying our academic curriculum and expanding the research opportunities open to JIRP students. Both interested students and faculty/professionals/mentors who may steer students toward the program are invited to a webinar on November 20th at 1:00 pm EST to learn about plans for the academic program in 2019 and moving forward. The webinar format will allow for some questions during the broadcast, but participants are encouraged to submit questions beforehand to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The webinar will be recorded and posted afterward at

Applications are now open for the students and field staff interested in the Juneau Icefield Research Program 2019 Expedition. Please contact Program Manager Annie Boucher (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with questions.

Students: If you haven't already, check out the Student Informational Webinar at to learn more about the JIRP student program. You can find application information at All application material is due January 4th for first consideration.
Field Staff: You can find a job description and information about the field program at, and information about how to apply for a staff position at In previous years we have only accepted applications from student alumni, but this year we are welcoming qualified applicants without previous experience at JIRP. All application material is due January 4th for first consideration. 

2019-2020 Awards & Scholarships: Call for applications

The Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies (ACUNS) is pleased to announce exciting award opportunities made possible by the generous support of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation.

The 2019 Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research
We are now accepting nominations for the Weston Family Prize, which celebrates extraordinary and inspiring individuals who have devoted their career to natural science research and have demonstrated leadership and mentorship in the Canadian North.

  • The award includes a prize of $50,000 cash and over $50,000 to support a research fellow, with additional funds available for travel and research expenses as well as First Nations and Inuit engagement.

The deadline to submit nominations and/or applications is January 31, 2019. 
Full details on the Weston Family Prize can be found on our website.


The W. Garfield Weston Awards for Northern Research and Northern Archaeological Research
Applications for the W. Garfield Weston Awards are now being accepted.

  • Awards are available to postdoctoral fellows and graduate students (PhD and Masters) in northern science and northern archaeology whose research includes a fieldwork component. 

The deadline to submit nominations and/or applications is January 31, 2019. 
For full details on all our awards, please visit the website.

See here: W. Garfield Weston Foundation flyer

How to apply:

Contact APECS

APECS International Directorate
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research
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