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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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Northern Sustainable Development Forum this fall in Yakutsk

The Northern Sustainable Development Forum will be launched in the city of Yakutsk, September 24 -28, 2019. From this year on, the Forum is an annual event and is aspiring to become one of the main collaborative grounds for solving and discussing challenges and possible perspectives of sustainability in the North/Arctic regions.

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UK Sea Ice Group Meeting - 19-20th September 2019

The UK Sea Ice Group Meeting 2019 will be hosted by the Met Office in Exeter in the afternoon of Thursday 19th and the morning of Friday 20th September 2019.
Lunch will be provided on both days as well as tea and coffee breaks. Refreshments have been part-funded by the Challenger Society as part of the Sea Ice Special Interest Group.

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Invitation to participate in Antarctica PhD project "Use of Weather and Climate Information"

You are invited to participate in a research study examining weather-related decision-making and how people use, think about, and interpret climate and weather information in Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic. We are interested in how different people perceive and use weather and climate information in their decision-making processes and roles, and the effects weather has on their daily routines. The information collected in this study will help provide evidence-based recommendations for improvements in weather and climate products for use in Antarctica and inform best practice weather-related decision-making.

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Call for Community Input - Arctic Observing Summit 2020

The Executive Organizing Committee for the Arctic Observing Summit (AOS) 2020 is seeking community input in the form of white paper and short statements on the topics under discussion at the Summit. The 5th biennial AOS will be held in 31 March-2 April 2020 in Akureyri, Iceland as part of Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) 2020. The overarching theme of the 2020 Summit is Observing for Action.

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Reminder for 2019 SUMup Call for Field Observations

The SUMup database containing over 2,000,000 community observations of snow/firn density on ice sheets, snow accumulation on ice sheets, and snow depth on sea ice is available at the Arctic Data Center. This year we plan to add a 10 meter ice core temperature dataset. We continue to expand this database annually through contributions of field observations from the community. If you would like to submit any measurements of snow/firn density, annual snow accumulation, 10m ice core temperatures, or snow depth on sea ice for the SUMup August 2019 release, please contact or Lynn Montgomery (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Lora Koenig (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by July 31, 2019 to contribute or for more information.

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