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FrostBytesAPECS has teamed up with the WCRP Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) Project to share interesting information about the Polar and Alpine regions as well as the wider Cryosphere through FrostBytes – 'Soundbytes of Cool Research'. These 30-60 second audio or video recordings are designed to help researchers easily share their latest findings to a broad audience. On this page you will find information on how to create your own FrostByte as well as a few examples (find more examples here). For more information, or to add your FrostByte to our project, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

These FrostBytes were created during the MOSAiC School 2019 (15 September - 31 October 2019). You can also watch them on Vimeo.

Alex Mavrovic: Remote sensing of nothern environments

This FrostByte was created by Alex Mavrovic (Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada), participant of the MOSAiC School 2019. This 6-week long training course as part of the MOSAiC Expedition is organized by APECS and AWI on research icebreaker Akademik Fedorov and supported by ARICE, IASC, CliC and YOPP.

Igor Vasilevich: Current state of Arctic estuaries and methodological approach to its assessment

This FrostByte was created by Igor Vasilevich (Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, Russia), participant of the MOSAiC School 2019. This 6-week long training course as part of the MOSAiC Expedition is organized by APECS and AWI on research icebreaker Akademik Fedorov and supported by ARICE, IASC, CliC and YOPP.

Julika Zinke: Balloon-borne sampling of cloud water and chemical analysis of samples obtained in the

This FrostByte was created by Julika Zinke (Stockholm University, Sweden), participant of the MOSAiC School 2019. This 6-week long training course as part of the MOSAiC Expedition is organized by APECS and AWI on research icebreaker Akademik Fedorov and supported by ARICE, IASC, CliC and YOPP.

Francesca Doglioni: Long term variability of Arctic ocean surface circulation inferred from remote s

This FrostByte was created by Francesca Doglioni (Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Germany), participant of the MOSAiC School 2019. This 6-week long training course as part of the MOSAiC Expedition is organized by APECS and AWI on research icebreaker Akademik Fedorov and supported by ARICE, IASC, CliC and YOPP.

Ewa Korejwo: The importance of natural and anthropogenic sources of mercury in polar ecosystems

This FrostByte was created by Ewa Korejwo (Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland), participant of the MOSAiC School 2019. This 6-week long training course as part of the MOSAiC Expedition is organized by APECS and AWI on research icebreaker Akademik Fedorov and supported by ARICE, IASC, CliC and YOPP.

Carolynn Harris: Microbial decomposition of organic matter in Antarctic Lakes

This FrostByte was created by Carolynn Harris (Montana State University, United States), participant of the MOSAiC School 2019. This 6-week long training course as part of the MOSAiC Expedition is organized by APECS and AWI on research icebreaker Akademik Fedorov and supported by ARICE, IASC, CliC and YOPP.

Anika Happe: Modelling of Habitat Quality with inVEST Case Study: Bilsa Biological Reserve, Ecuador

This FrostByte was created by Anika Happe (University of Oldenburg, Germany), participant of the MOSAiC School 2019. This 6-week long training course as part of the MOSAiC Expedition is organized by APECS and AWI on research icebreaker Akademik Fedorov and supported by ARICE, IASC, CliC and YOPP.

Sean Horvath: Understanding the Variability and Predictability of Arctic Sea Ice Attributes

This FrostByte was created by Sean Horvath (University of Colorado Boulder, United States), participant of the MOSAiC School 2019. This 6-week long training course as part of the MOSAiC Expedition is organized by APECS and AWI on research icebreaker Akademik Fedorov and supported by ARICE, IASC, CliC and YOPP.

Lisa Craw: Lasagne - Understanding an ice shelf one layer at a time

This FrostByte was created by Lisa Craw (University of Tasmania, Australia), participant of the MOSAiC School 2019. This 6-week long training course as part of the MOSAiC Expedition is organized by APECS and AWI on research icebreaker Akademik Fedorov and supported by ARICE, IASC, CliC and YOPP.

Marylou Athanase: Atlantic Water in the Eurasian Arctic Basin

This FrostByte was created by Marylou Athanase (Sorbonne University, France), participant of the MOSAiC School 2019. This 6-week long training course as part of the MOSAiC Expedition is organized by APECS and AWI on research icebreaker Akademik Fedorov and supported by ARICE, IASC, CliC and YOPP.

Natalia Ribeiro Santos: Meltwater reaching Vincennes Bay polynya: What are the implications for Anta

This FrostByte was created by Natalia Ribeiro Santos (University of Tasmania, Australia), participant of the MOSAiC School 2019. This 6-week long training course as part of the MOSAiC Expedition is organized by APECS and AWI on research icebreaker Akademik Fedorov and supported by ARICE, IASC, CliC and YOPP.

Neil Aellen: Impact of turbulent surface fluxes on Arctic mixed-phase clouds

This FrostByte was created by Neil Aellen (ETH Zurich, Switzerland), participant of the MOSAiC School 2019. This 6-week long training course as part of the MOSAiC Expedition is organized by APECS and AWI on research icebreaker Akademik Fedorov and supported by ARICE, IASC, CliC and YOPP.

Pierre Priou: Borealization of the Arctic pelagic ecosystem

This FrostByte was created by Pierre Priou (Memorial University of Newfoundland / Fisheries and Marine Institute, Canada), participant of the MOSAiC School 2019. This 6-week long training course as part of the MOSAiC Expedition is organized by APECS and AWI on research icebreaker Akademik Fedorov and supported by ARICE, IASC, CliC and YOPP.

Rosalie McKay: Experimental and modelling study of subsea releases of oil

This FrostByte was created by Rosalie McKay (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway), participant of the MOSAiC School 2019. This 6-week long training course as part of the MOSAiC Expedition is organized by APECS and AWI on research icebreaker Akademik Fedorov and supported by ARICE, IASC, CliC and YOPP.

Ryleigh Moore: The Evolution of Melt Pond Geometry

This FrostByte was created by Ryleigh Moore (University of Utah, United States), participant of the MOSAiC School 2019. This 6-week long training course as part of the MOSAiC Expedition is organized by APECS and AWI on research icebreaker Akademik Fedorov and supported by ARICE, IASC, CliC and YOPP.

Sam Cornish: The Arctic Ocean's memory of atmospheric variability

This FrostByte was created by Sam Cornish (University of Oxford, United Kingdom), participant of the MOSAiC School 2019. This 6-week long training course as part of the MOSAiC Expedition is organized by APECS and AWI on research icebreaker Akademik Fedorov and supported by ARICE, IASC, CliC and YOPP.

Tatiana Matveeva: Reduction of Arctic sea ice at the first half of the 20th century

This FrostByte was created by Tatiana Matveeva (Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia), participant of the MOSAiC School 2019. This 6-week long training course as part of the MOSAiC Expedition is organized by APECS and AWI on research icebreaker Akademik Fedorov and supported by ARICE, IASC, CliC and YOPP.

Thea Schneider: The Impact of Improved Turbulence Parameterization for Polar Conditions in a Regiona

This FrostByte was created by Thea Schneider (University of Potsdam, Germany), participant of the MOSAiC School 2019. This 6-week long training course as part of the MOSAiC Expedition is organized by APECS and AWI on research icebreaker Akademik Fedorov and supported by ARICE, IASC, CliC and YOPP.

Mauro Herrmann: About the Mass Balance of South Greenland Glacier

This FrostByte was created by Mauro Herrmann (ETH Zurich, Switzerland), participant of the MOSAiC School 2019. This 6-week long training course as part of the MOSAiC Expedition is organized by APECS and AWI on research icebreaker Akademik Fedorov and supported by ARICE, IASC, CliC and YOPP.

Tips for Making An Award-Winning Frostbyte

When I started making my Frostbyte, I kept a few things in mind. I wanted it to be fairly simple (easy to make, easy to follow). I wanted it to be fun (both for myself and for viewers). And I wanted it to have some sort of a storyline (in this case, I followed the arc of my poster). As for tools, I had the figures already created for my poster, I took timelapse video of myself writing on a whiteboard using my iPhone and the Hyperlapse app, I got some free/rights-free music via Vimeo, and I put it all together using iMovie.

Fun & Simple: It is crucial for a video format that your video be fun and simple! Unless it is engaging, people can and will easily skip through a video or just not watch it. Also, if I’m going to spend time making a video (it took most of an afternoon to put together 2 minutes of Frostbyte!), I definitely want to be having fun doing it. Look around for other science communication videos that you like for ideas. Think about what makes your project unique. It is hard to make narration over figures interesting (and really hard to be heard in a poster hall – so don’t rely on audio!), so think outside the box.

Storyline: Almost all good communication (science or not) relies on a storyline. Some sort of arc hooks in your viewer, gives them information, and leaves them with a message. The narrative actually helps them remember details. The storyline you choose (and, to be fair, mostly everything about your video) will depend on your audience. So think about how to hook in and lead your colleagues through your research. How would you do it in person? What can you do uniquely with video on top of that?

Putting it all together: When you have an effective storyline backed up by a fun and simple aesthetic, you should be good to go! If you have text, make sure to leave it on screen for longer than you think you’ll need it. Ensure that you have visually pleasing visuals and transitions. Most importantly, get feedback from colleagues and friends to help you edit and improve your concept!

Above all, Frostbytes are efforts to share your science and improve your science communication skills. Tell a story, have fun doing it, and you’ll be successful!

By: Allen Pope (winner of the International Glaciological Society (IGS) Frostbyte competition at the IGS Cambridge sympoisum on Contemporary Ice Sheet Dynamics and recipient of a free publication in an IGS journal)

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