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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.

Workshop Available: 2018 Data Science Training for Arctic Research

The Arctic Data Center invites applications for their 2018 Data Science Training for Arctic Research. This workshop will convene 13-17 August 2018 in Santa Barbara, California.

Arctic Data CenterThis five-day workshop will provide Arctic researchers with an overview of best practices in data management, training in data science tools, and concrete steps and methods for documenting and uploading data and metadata to the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Arctic Data Center.

Workshop topics will include:

  • Arctic Data Center and NSF Standards and Policies;
  • Data management plans;
  • Effective data management for data preservation, including storing and preparing data in open source formats, stability, longevity, interoperability, and metadata;
  • Publishing data at the Arctic Data Center, including web-based submission and automating submission for large data sets;
  • Data and metadata quality; and
  • Provenance for data and software.

Space for this workshop is limited. Early career and established researchers from the Arctic research community are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must complete the online application form. The application form requests basic demographics in addition to a two-page curriculum vitae and information about research background and data science training and skills. Preference will be given to applicants who perform NSF-funded Arctic research.

Application deadline: 5:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, 30 March 2018

To apply, go to:
Workshop application form

For more information, go to:
Workshop homepage

Aktru Summer school 2018

Fifth International Summer School for Students and Young Scientists, 7-21 July 2018:

"Natural and human environment of Arctic and Alpine areas: relief, soils, permafrost, glaciers, biota and life style of native ethnic groups in a rapidly changing climate"

About the school: The Fifth International Research-Educational Summer School “Natural and human environment of Arctic and Alpine areas: relief, soils, permafrost, glaciers, biota and life style of native ethnic groups in a rapidly changing climate” will start in the cozy city of Tomsk. This famous cultural center has been named “the Siberian Cambridge”. There will be 2 days for the field excursion to the High Altai (1200 km South from Tomsk). This will cross different landscapes, such as south taiga, sub-taiga, forest-step, step, mountain taiga, mountain meadow, mountain tundra, glacial and periglacial areas. Participants will observe different geographical provinces, such as West-Siberian Plain, Piedmont Altai, North Altai, High Central Altai and High South-East Altai. All this will provide an opportunity to become acquainted with a great variety of landscapes, different types of reliefs and paleogeographical relics, well-expressed geological structures and evidences of earthquakes, amazing biodiversity in wild ecosystems, unique archaeological objects and the dynamic variety of nomadic populations. The main part of the School will be held at the Aktru Research Station of the National Research Tomsk State University. The Station was founded by M.V. Tronov, the distinguished scientist and Professor of the Tomsk State University, who is a founder of the Siberian Glaciological Scientific School. There will be various field excursions as well as lectures at the Station and in its surroundings.

The two-day journey back to Tomsk will repeat the trans-zonal excursions. Other interesting places will then be seen and elucidated in the lectures.

Please see the booklet or website for further information.


Call for Registration: Arctic Summer Institute - Arctic Law, Science, and Policy

Organizers invite registration for the 2018 Arctic Summer Institute titled Arctic Law, Science, and Policy. This pass/fail, two credit or Certificate of Completion course will take place 18-22 June 2018 in Portland, Maine.

The goal of the course is to provide students with an interdisciplinary knowledge base and the tools to practically and responsibly participate in Arctic affairs.

Climate models predict that within ten years the Arctic will be virtually ice-free for at least several weeks during the year and the pace appears to be accelerating. Abrupt climate change is producing Arctic warming and generating new shipping routes, business opportunities, and access to resources in ways that affect states, Indigenous peoples, the Arctic environment, and more. Effective participation in this new Arctic requires a unique combination of knowledge and skills.

Course topics will include:

  • Arctic scienceArctic Futures Institute
  • Law of the Sea,
  • Maritime shipping,
  • Geographic information systems,
  • Maritime history,
  • Indigenous peoples,
  • North Atlantic trade,
  • Governance and environmental Regulation,
  • Geopolitics and maritime security, and
  • Arctic Public Engagement.

Registration deadline: 15 May 2018

For more information, including how to register, go to:
Course homepage

For questions, contact:
Arctic Futures Institute
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IARPC Webinar Available: Narwhal - Revealing an Arctic Legend

Webinar date/time: Friday, 6 April 2018, 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

The Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) Collaborations invites attendance for a webinar titled Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend. This webinar will be held via Zoom Video Conferencing at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Friday, 6 April 2018.

Webinar Summary:

In this webinar, a dentist and an archaeologist team up to reveal one of the least-known animals in the world, including the purpose of its mighty tooth. William Fitzhugh, Director of the Arctic Studies Center at Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History (SMNH) and Martin Nweeia, Dentist and Clinical instructor at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, will guide attendees through Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend, both an exhibit at the SMNH and a companion book by Fitzhugh and Nweeia. In addition to an exhibit tour, the two will present collaborations between Inuit and scientific communities that are deepening our knowledge of the narwhal and revealing a picture of a changing Arctic.

For more information and instructions on how to join the webinar, go to:
IARPC Collaborations Webinar Series homepage

For questions, contact:
Jessica Rohde
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Phone: 206-931-0090

Ice Core Analysis and Techniques (ICAT) PhD school

ICAT organizers are happy to announce that they again will this year run the 2 ECTS points Ice Core Analysis and Techniques (ICAT) PhD school at the Centre for Ice and Climate, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. The PhD school will run between September 24-29th 2018.

ICAT aims to educate a new generation of ice core researchers and foster a collaborative environment for future glaciological projects. This course will educate young scientists regarding new methods developed for the analysis of ice cores with regard to climate research, with dedicated theoretical and laboratory exercise sessions.

They hope that you will help advertise this exciting PhD school to PhD students and junior postdocs who conduct ice core analysis or are users of ice core data (glaciological, oceanographic, climate modelers, earth scientists).

More information in the link: or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

LECTURERS INCLUDE Margit Schwikowski, Carlo Barbante, Johannes Freitag, Thomas Blunier, Anders Svensson, Dorthe Dahl-Jensen, Christine Hvidberg, Paul Vallelonga, Mai Winstrup, Sune Olander Rasmussen, Bo Vinther, Helle Astrid Kjær, and more…

APPLICATION: Submit your application by June 1st 2018. You will be notified of the decision of the Selection Committee by July 1st, 2018. More on the application here:

REGISTRATION FEE: The course has a registration fee of 100 euro, which will cover lectures, excursion, social and lunches.

Opening of the 3rd Sentinel North excellence scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships

Vignette_ENG-300x250[1].jpgUniversité Laval's Sentinel North program announces the opening of the third Sentinel North excellence scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships competition, from March 1 to April 10, 2018.
These grants and fellowships aim to encourage the best candidates to undertake or pursue research activities within the Sentinel North research program in a transdisciplinary environment.
New this year, Master’s scholarships add up to the Ph.D. scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships already offered in previous competitions.
Candidates who stand out by the excellence of their academic record and the innovative and multidisciplinary potential of their research project are invited to submit their application.

Deadline to apply: April 10, 2018

Learn more about all Sentinel North training programs: and see the flyer. Follow Sentinel North on Facebook and Twitter

Marie-France Gévry, Training programs coordinator
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National Science Foundation Dear Colleague Letter: Signals in the Soil

nsf logoThe National Science Foundation’s Engineering Directorate, collaboration with the Biological Sciences, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, and Geosciences directorates, has issued a “Dear Colleague” Letter (DCL) to encourage submission of Early-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposals to conduct research related to technologies, models, and methods to better understand dynamic soil processes. It also encourages proposals that include topics relevant to both the DCL and the NSF "Rules of Life" Big Idea and submissions of Research Advanced by Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering (RAISE).

The DCL notes that soils “are the foundation of terrestrial ecosystems that support economic prosperity and provide services that are essential for humanity” and that “[e]xisting knowledge of dynamic changes in soils under the Earth's surface is hampered by lack of observation capabilities for widespread measurement of key variables over large areas and long periods of time.”

Researchers who are interested in submitting a SitS EAGER or RAISE proposal must first submit a SitS Research Concept Outline, as described in the DCL. Selected submitters of these Outlines will be invited to submit full EAGER or RAISE proposals for funding consideration.

Read the DCL in its entirety here:
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KOPRI Arctic Science Fellowship Program 2018

Related imageKOPRI is pleased to announce the initiation of the KOPRI Arctic Science Fellowship Program.

The Program is designed to promote research collaboration in the Arctic, and provide future generation scientist with networking and research opportunities. They invite prospective candidates to submit applications for the fellowship.

The 2018 Arctic Science Fellowship 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 living expenses, and accommodation at KOPRI guesthouse.

 Please refer to the announcement for further details of the program.

In order to be eligible, the candidate should be from an Arctic country, i.e. Canada, the Kingdom of Denmark (including Greenland and the Faroe Islands), Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States.

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Application deadline: April 2, 2018

Call Open - 2018 Baillet Latour Antarctica Fellowship Award

logoThe call for proposals for the Baillet Latour Antarctica Fellowship award is now open. This grant, worth €150,000, offers an exceptional opportunity for a young scientist to carry out research in East Antarctica while operating out of zero emission Princess Elisabeth research station.

The Baillet Latour Antarctica Fellowship is a joint initiative of the Baillet Latour Fund and International Polar Foundation. This award aims to promote scientific excellence in Antarctica and underscores the crucial role polar science plays in furthering our understanding of the Earth and how it functions.

This fellowship is open to post-doctoral and doctoral researchers from any country in the world who are within 10 years of obtaining their PhD and working in one of four fields (1) atmospheric sciences (2) geology (3) glaciology and (4) microbiology (excluding marine).

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Deadline for applications is 15 May 2018.

Please feel free to contact the International Polar Foundation for any question about the award.

More information and how to apply, go to

Antarctica Fellowship Secretariat
International Polar Foundation
Fondation d'utilité Publique
42B, Rue des Veterinaires bte 1
B-1070 Brussels, Belgium
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Special issue "Cryosphere in and around Regional Climate Models"

This is to make you aware of a planned special issue in The Atmosphere on the “Cryosphere in around Regional Climate Models”.

atmosphere-logoIn case you’re interested in the representation of the atmosphere-cryosphere interface in either online/fully coupled or offline applications you might consider to submit your work to this special issue. A range of further applications are welcome as well. You’ll find more detailed information on

Submission deadline is 15 September 2018.

Plant Functional Traits Course 4

The TraitTrain logo of a stylised leaf leading up a mountainThe 4th TraitTrain International Plant Functional Traits Course will be held at the University Centre in Svalbard, Norway, 16-27 July 2018.

The TraitTrain International Plant Functional Traits Courses offer a hands-on experience with collecting and exploring plant functional traits data in a real-life field research project setting, along with an introduction to the use of plant trait data in climate-change research and ecosystem ecology.

The TraitTrain4 course will be held at Longyearbyen on Svalbard, Norway (in the High Arctic, at 78°N), 16-27 July 2018. The fieldwork will be carried out at different locations in and around Adventsdalen, both along local bioclimatic gradients such as elevation (0–300m a.s.l.) and in different pre-existing field experiment locations related to climate, grazing pressure, and nutrient availability in high-arctic ecosystems. Participants will be introduced to the environmental, ecological, and taxonomic diversity of the region, and will be involved in one of the following projects:

  1. Assessing the role of climate and biotic factors in determining plant community leaf trait composition
  2. Assessing how temperature variation and leaf functional traits influence leaf ecophysiology
  3. Using a trait-based approach to assess how local plant communities and populations respond to experimental climate and grazing treatments
  4. Measuring how functional trait composition influences ecosystem functioning by measuring CO2-flux within and across plant communities.

Image result for university of BergenThe course is aimed at graduate students – both MSc and PhD – and will give a broad introduction and hands-on experience with trait-based ecology. You will work with international instructors, in teams, and collect data in the field to address a specific research question. You will gain practical experience in measuring plant functional traits and learn standard protocols and several methods. You will become familiar with taking measurements using ecophsyiological equipment including the LiCor 6400 and LiCor 7500. You will learn about the structure and analysis of trait data, be introduced to best practice data management and reproducible coding, as well as having the opportunity to analyse and interpret data yourself.

To apply, send a short personal statement as to why the course fits into your goals and aspirations, as well as your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the 1st of April 2018 and rank the four projects above in the order of your interest.

Please visit the website for further information.

6th Annual Summer School on Sustainable Climate Risk Management

SCRiM: a transdisciplinary research network for Sustainable Climate Risk Management

Applications are now open for the 6th Annual Summer School on Sustainable Climate Risk Management, which will take place 30 July - 3 August 2018 at Penn State.

The Network for Sustainable Climate Risk Management's (SCRiM) annual summer school is designed to foster opportunities for collaboration between scholars and practitioners while providing a solid foundation in the broad, multidisciplinary knowledge, tools, and methods of the diverse fields participating in the network.

A key focus of the workshop will be developing a common vocabulary to help foster enhanced cross-disciplinary communication, catalyzing the potential for future research and decision support collaborations. Participants will also gain hands-on experience with key methods and tools including:

  • use of simple models in a transdisciplinary framework
  • analysis of relevant datasets
  • values-informed robust decisionmaking

This program is targeted at all postdocs, advanced graduate students, and early-career professionals in the decisionmaking and policy communities who are working on issues related to climate risk. Potential candidates representing NGOs and state or local agencies are strongly encouraged to apply.

In most cases, lodging, meals, registration, and travel costs will be fully covered for participants. International applicants are welcomed.

Apply by Saturday 8 April 2018

Program details:

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Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research
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