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Data set update: MEaSUREs Greenland Ice Velocity: Glacier Site Velocity Maps

The MEaSUREs Greenland Ice Velocity: Selected Glacier Site Velocity Maps from InSAR, Version 1 data set, accessible through the NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center (NSIDC DAAC), has been updated to include data from December 2018 and January 2019. Access to the data and documentation is provided on the data set web page at the NSIDC DAAC.

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Call for abstracts AGU 2019: 'Vulnerability of Permafrost Carbon to Climate Change'

The AGU Fall Meeting 2019 abstract submission deadline is 31 July. Please consider submitting your abstract to the session 'Vulnerability of Permafrost Carbon to Climate Change (B128)'. Session conveners are Christina Schaedel and Elaine Pegoraro. For submitting your abstract to our session you can use the following link:

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New 4-year report on Permafrost in Switzerland available

A new report reveals that permafrost conditions have warmed and rock glaciers have accelerated since 2009 in the Swiss Alps - with a temporary interruption following the snow poor winter 2016/2017. Continuously decreasing electrical resistivities point to a persisting loss in ground ice. The report (PERMOS Report no. 16-19) is available online:

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Save the date: ASSW and Arctic Observing Summit

logo assw2020The Arctic Science Summit Week 2020 is hosted by the Icelandic Centre for Research, Rannís, and the University of Akureyri, the ASSW 2020 will be an important part of the Icelandic Chairmanship of the Arctic Council.
Program Overview
27 March 2020 | Open Science Day
28 - 30 March 2020 | IASC Business Meetings & Partners Meetings
31 March - 2 April 2020 | 5th Arctic Observing Summit (AOS)

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Workshop: Remote Sensing of Land Ice and Snow

The 9th Workshop on Remote Sensing of Land Ice and Snow of the European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories (EARSeL) will be held at the Institute of Geography, University of Bern, Switzerland, from 03 - 05 February 2020. The theme of the 2020 workshop is: Remote Sensing of the Cryosphere: Monitor what is vanishing.

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New beginner Elmer/Ice course

2-day beginner Elmer/Ice course will take place the 28 and 29 of October 2019 in Reykjavik (Iceland), just before the North Branch IGS meeting held in Iceland this year. This 2-day course is dedicated to students or researchers aiming to start working with Elmer/Ice. It is sponsored by the University of Iceland, the Icelandic Meteorological Office, CSC and IGE.

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Call for Abstracts: Third Polar Data Forum (PDF III)

We are pleased to announce that the Third Polar Data Forum (PDF III) will be hosted by the Finnish Meteorological Institute at their Dynamicum campus in Helsinki from November 18th to 22nd, 2019. PDF III will be a two-day, conference-style meeting in support of information exchange, with the remainder of the week using a “hackathon” approach that will build on the development work done in previous meetings. More information is available on the conference website:

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Registration Available: Arctic Data Science Training Workshop

The Arctic Data Center invites registration for their Arctic data science training workshop. This workshop will convene 7-11 October 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. The Arctic Data Center provides training in data science and data management, as these are critical skills for the stewardship of the data, software, and other research products that are preserved in the Arctic Data Center. A goal of the Arctic Data Center is to advance data archiving and promote reproducible science and data reuse.

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Phd program on Earth System Modeling for outstanding students

The PhD program of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, is looking for new PhD students. Topics will be officially be decided during/after the interviews. The institute has a strong focus on earth system modeling. I’d recommend talking with potential supervisors before applying. Application deadline is September, 15. Start of the PhD would be in 2020. The semester fee mentioned in the pdf currently is about 650 Euros per year (includes local public transport).

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