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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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Your input needed: potential users asked to provide feedback on QGreenland

Imagine being able to explore data about Greenland animals, ice and communities all in one place. Through the new QGreenland project, this can become a reality. QGreenland, a free geographic information system (GIS) mapping tool that is in development at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), will be available for download later this year. However, to make the project as useful and relevant as possible, the QGreenland development team needs help from potential users, who are encouraged to provide input via a survey

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USPA solicitations

Please, consider there are a couple of solicitations that the USPA is interested in getting young permafrost researchers involved in.  The first is that the planning committee for the 2021 RCOP is looking for PYRN members to help with the conference organization. The second is that the USPA is looking for US based PYRN members to serve on the USPA Communications Committee. 

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MSc(Res) Polar & Alpine Change at the University of Sheffield, UK

This one-year MSc(Res) programme should interest students seeking Masters-level research training and experience within the broad subject area of cold-regions science. Its research areas include glaciology, geomorphology, climate change and reconstruction, Quaternary science, geochronology, and oceanic and atmospheric processes.The programme targets those wishing to gain an intensive research experience and expand their knowledge and skills before progressing to a PhD. Training is provided via a research apprenticeship within the Ice and Climate Research (ICERS) cluster of academic and postdoctoral staff and research students. Our students carry out a major Research Project under supervision by ICERS staff. Another key feature of the programme is a summer Field Course module. Its provisional destination is Western Greenland, although alternative field locations may be considered that reflect the interests and experience of our staff.

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Girls on Ice in Switzerland

Girls on Ice Switzerland offers two expeditions per year: one in German and one in French. You can now apply for both expeditions, but we are currently only partly funded and are seeking funding to make sure that we can run both expeditions in 2020 and beyond. 

More information can be found here:

Apply for CESM (Community Earth System Model) tutorial - Funding available

The 2020 CESM Tutorial will take place 3 - 7 August 2020 at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO.

The CESM Tutorial will consist of 1) lectures on simulating the climate system, and 2) practical sessions on running CESM, modifying components, and analyzing data. While the CESM Tutorial is targeted at the graduate student level, and postdocs, research scientists, and faculty members are also welcome to apply. The committee can accept a maximum of 80 students with partial financial support (shared lodging and ground transportation) for some students. We are unable to cover airline tickets. Whether or not you apply for travel funds has no bearing on the selection process.

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Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies

We offer a selection of postgraduate qualifications in Antarctic Studies including the limited entry Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies – the only programme in the world that provides students with the real-world experience of undertaking Antarctic research in Antarctica and the Master of Antarctic Studies (MASt). Both of these are our flagship programmes that include an Antarctic fieldtrip.

A brochure to provide more information is attached, and the application material and further details are available through:

Application deadline is 9 April 2020.


Questionnaire about Arctic Connectivity

The CWC research unit at the University of Oulu, leader of the UArctic Thematic Network on Arctic Telecommunication and Networking, and Luleå Technical University (LTU) have started a joint Interreg Nord project called Arctic 5G Test Networks.

One aim of the project is to collect examples and experience what poor connectivity means for daily life, school work, using e-services, using e-payments, business opportunities and where (which kind of environment) the problems occur. In the later phase of the project, some solutions will be demonstrated and the availability of solutions to the public will be enabled. By poorly working connectivity we mean, e.g., that you can see that your mobile phone or modem is connected but the quality is so poor that voice and especially data connectivity (internet connectivity) fails to allow using digital services.

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Summer school on sustainable leadership in Iceland in July-August 2020

Bifröst University's summer course "Sustainable Leadership in the 21st Century" (8 ECTS) takes place July 18 – August 8, 2020. Application deadline: June 1, 2020.

Leaders of the future will be faced with challenging tasks in an increasingly complex and interconnected world. The 2020 summer school organized by Bifröst University will explore emerging ideas about leadership and provide practical training in leadership. 

The Nordic leadership model and servant leadership will be in special focus. Sustainability and social responsibility will be discussed and the role of social entrepreneurs will be examined. The course will include both academic lectures, discussion periods and more practical approaches that will include assignments, group work and field trips.

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U.S. Ice Drilling Program Ice Core Science Community Planning Workshop

The U.S. Ice Drilling Program Ice Core Working Group (IDP-ICWG) will hold a U.S. ice core science community planning workshop on April 2-3, 2020, at the Residence Inn Alexandria Old Town South at Carlyle in Alexandria, Virginia.

Purpose: The purpose of this workshop is to articulate driving scientific questions in ice core research for the coming decade and beyond, and identify drilling sites and technological and logistical requirements needed to answer those questions, for contribution to the U.S. Ice Drilling Program (IDP) Long Range Science Plan.

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Workshop for Early Career Geoscience Faculty, Summer 2020

Join us for a multi-day workshop in a stimulating and resource-rich environment where you will participate in sessions on topics including effective teaching strategies, course design, establishing a research program in a new setting, working with research students, balancing professional and personal responsibilities, and time management. Applications due March 23, 2020.

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