Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


APECS is happy to be able to link early career researchers with organisations interested in the polar regions, and whenever possible APECS sends a APECS representative to meetings on interest.Although we can usually only send one APECS member to a meeting, it is our goal to share information meetings and workshops with our wider membership.

In this section you will find the reports and summaries submitted by our APECS reps in order to share meeting topics and outcomes with our wider membership. You can also see them in the APECS News

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AMAP Working Group Meeting - September 2013

AMAP (the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program, a working group of the Arctic Council; held its 27th working group meeting in Troshavn, Faroe Islands from September 15-18th, 2013. The meeting included delegations from each of the Arctic Council nations, as well as representations from the permanent participates, and observer nations and organisations. The group was updated on projects that are wrapping up, and discussed upcoming events and projects that the working group wants to priortize and focus on in the coming years.

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APECS at the CAFF Board Meeting – Yellowknife, Sept. 10-12, 2013

Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) is a working group of the Arctic Council that deals with issues relating to biodiversity in the circumpolar Arctic. The CAFF board meets twice a year to discuss the management of the CAFF and ongoing and future projects of the working group. I was lucky enough to be in town for this event and to participate in the discussion.

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Antarctic Thresholds – Ecosystem Resilience and Adaptation (AnT-ERA) launched at the SCAR Biology Symposium, Barcelona 2013.

Ant-ERAThe SCAR Scientific Research Programme "Antarctic Thresholds – Ecosystem Resilience and Adaptation" (Ant-ERA) was officially launched at the XIth SCAR Biology Symposium recently held in Barcelona, Spain (15-19 July 2013). This challenging programme will examine present-day biological processes in the Antarctic ecosystems and aims to define their thresholds in order to determine their resistance and resilience to change.

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APECS at the AMAP AACA-C workshop in Saint Petersburg

IMG 4427 smallerJennifer Provencher represented APECS at the AMAP AACA-C workshop in Saint Petersburg Russia. The AACA (Adaptations for Action in a Changing Arctic) workshops are a series of workshops  that seek to integrate knowledge from modelers and reserachers about the future of changing Arctic systems, and plan potental adaptations actions for the region.

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APECS Rep Yuzhe Wang Reports on EC-PORS-4

Recently, APECS member Yuzhe Wang attended the fourth meeting of the World Meteorological Organization's Executive Council of Experts on Polar Observations, Research, and Services (WMO's EC-PORS) in Lanzhou, China. He has submitted this very informational report, detailing current actions involving progress on the "Global Cryosphere Watch" and the "International Polar Initiative" as well as a large number of APECS partners. 

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APECS Representative in the Interim Planning Group for ICARPIII

Over the past two decades, the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) has been organizing forward-looking conferences focused on international and interdisciplinary perspectives for advancing Arctic research cooperation and applications of Arctic knowledge. Indeed, the IASC Founding Articles call for IASC to host such a conference periodically in order to "review the status of Arctic science, provide scientific and technical advice, and promote cooperation and links with other national and international organizations." In 2015, it will have been 10 years since the 2nd International Conference on Arctic Research Planning (ICARP II in 2005) and it is time for ICARP III (together with IASC 25th anniversary celebration will be held during ASSW 2015 in Japan). The final product of ICARP III will be a consensus statement identifying the most important Arctic research needs for the next decade.

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Report on the WWRP Polar Prediction Project Steering Group Meeting - Dec 2012

12-13th December 2012
European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (ECMWF) (Reading, England)

The World Weather Research Program (WWRP) Polar Prediction Project (PPP) is a ten year initiative aiming to promote cooperative international research into polar weather prediction at hourly to seasonal timescales. As part of this project plans are being made for a Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) in 2017-2018, this will involve an intensive observation and modelling effort to improve polar prediction.

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Meetings of Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Standing Scientific Group – Life Sciences (SSG-LS), SCAR Scientific Standing Groups plenary and of International Antarctic Institute Meeting took place in Portland, Oregon during the SCAR Open Science Conference -

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