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In our Polar News we feature 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..       

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Students participate in Fourth UArctic Model Arctic Council

logo uarctic horTwenty-seven students from universities in the circumpolar north and beyond participated in the Fourth UArctic Model Arctic Council. Although organizers had been planning for months to hold the program face-to-face in Akureyri, Iceland, they moved it online, owing to the coronavirus pandemic. Students and organizers videoconferenced through the Zoom platform. The program opened on Friday, March 20, and continued Monday, March 23 through Thursday, March 26, 2020.

My Northern Project call for Nordic proposals for UArctic Congress 2020

uarcticcongress2020 logo webThe goal is to identify six Nordic (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Greenland, Faroe Islands and Iceland) finalists that UArctic will select to represent UArctic at the international science popularization contest during the UArctic Congress held in Reykjavik  (6-8 Oct 2020 in Reykjavik, Iceland). The call is open until May 1, 2020 to enrolled MA and PhD students from UArctic Nordic member institutions working in the field of northern or Arctic research. Find out more and how to apply here.


Call for Applicants: Data Science Training for Arctic Reserachers

The Arctic Data Center will host a 5-day data science training workshop October 19 - 23, 2020 at NCEAS in Santa Barbara, California. This 5-day workshop will provide researchers with an overview of best data management practices, data science tools, and concrete steps and methods for more easily documenting and uploading their data to the Arctic Data Center.

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Arctic Circle 2020 postponed

unnamedDue to the COVID-19 situation, the Arctic Circle has decided to postpone the Forum in Berlin, Germany, which had been scheduled for June 30 - July 1st. Proposals for Sessions will remain valid and our international partners are encouraged to continue their dialogue and preparations for the Forum. A new date for the Forum will be announced in the coming months. Please keep an eye on for updates.

Virtual Fieldwork? VR Glaciers and Glaciated Landscapes

If you are looking for some virtual fieldwork, VR Glaciers and Glaciated Landscapes may be of interest. Our virtual field trips allow you to explore the fascinating and often spectacular world of glaciers and glaciated landscapes. Look all around and zoom-in on features of interest – rather like Google Streetview  – and see how the landscape changes from one location to the next. This free and easy-to-use resource from the University of Worcester provides ground-level virtual fieldwork to locations in Switzerland, California and the English Lake District.

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WWF magazine "The Circle" features Arctic Youth

wwfToday's young people will be disproportionately affected by what we do to our planet. But what issues matter most to youth in the Arctic, and how can we move forward together? In this issue of The Circle, we examine what matters to youth in the Arctic and how they think we can move forward.

The Circle is a magazine produced by the WWF Global Arctic Programme. Our goal is to inform decision-makers, scientists and the interested public about Arctic environmental and development issues.

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