Recipients of COMNAP Chairman’s Medal 2017 Announced

14 August 2017:

1 COMNAP logo white on red square smallThe Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP) recently announced the recipients of the inaugural COMNAP Chairman’s Medal. Patrice Godon, formerly of France’s Institut Polaire Français Paul Emile Victor (IPEV), and Henry Valentine, formerly of South Africa’s South African National Antarctic Program (SANAP), are the co-recipients of the 2017 award.
The COMNAP Medal is an award that was approved by COMNAP Members in 2016. The COMNAP Chair, upon successful completion of his or her term, chooses the awardee - who can be an individual, group of individuals or a National Antarctic Program - to receive the Medal.
COMNAP Chair Professor Kazuyuki Shiraishi completed his three-year term at the close of COMNAP Annual General Meeting, held from 31 July to 2 August in Brno, Czech Republic.  He became the first Chairman to make the award.

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Resource Available: International Arctic Observations Assessment Framework

2 August 2017:

1 SAON logoThe Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON) and the Institute for Defense Analyses Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) announce the release of the International Arctic Observations Assessment Framework.

The Framework was developed in January 2017 as STPI and SAON co-hosted a workshop, convening experts from international, state, and local governments; industry; academia; and non-governmental organizations to review and revise a framework for assessing the societal benefits derived from Arctic observations. The methodology involved a review of international Arctic strategies for common objectives that rely on Earth observations. The resulting international Arctic Observations Assessment Framework will provide the foundation and justification for future international efforts to assess the value of Arctic observations and to structure a pan-Arctic observing system.

This Framework defines 12 Social Benefit Areas (SBAs) that rely on Arctic observations, including:

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Asian Polar Science Fellowship Program 2017 launched

24 July 2017:

1 KOPRI smallThe Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI) is now accepting the Second Round of Applications for the Asian Polar Science Fellowship Program 2017.
The program is to encourage both early-career and already established polar scientists to actively engage in polar research, and provides them with the opportunity to utilize KOPRI’s expanding infrastructure and capacity. The Call for Second Round of applicants is open for those who wish to participate in the 2017 Field Research Program.
Please refer our English webpage for the details of the program and application guidelines - item number 22 on the KOPRI English News page

The deadline for applications is 31 July 2017.

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WCRP/WWRP International Prize for Model Development

24 July 2017:

WCRP logoAs the demand for more accurate regional weather and seasonal predictions as well as climate projections increases, the need to improve the weather and climate models that underpin those predictions and projections becomes more urgent.

In recognition of the essential role model development plays to weather and climate science, the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the World Weather Research Programme (WWRP) are seeking nominations for the “WCRP/WWRP International Prize for Model Development”. The prize is awarded annually to an early- to mid-career researcher for an outstanding contribution to model development of the Earth System, of its components and their coupling.

Nominations are due 1 October 2017. For more information, visit the Model Development Prize website.

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2017 APECS International Mentorship Award Recipients: Dr. Hugues Lantuit and Dr. Renuka Badhe

Hugues LantuitRenuka BadheAPECS is thrilled to announce our 2017 APECS International Mentorship Award recipients - Dr. Hugues Lantuit and Dr. Renuka Badhe! These awards were established as a meaningful way to recognize and honor the efforts of mentors within the international polar science community who have devoted significant time and energy towards building a supportive community for early career researchers (ECRs).

This year, we received several deserving nominations for both categories and it was difficult for our award committee to select the winners in both award categories:

Dr. Hugues Lantuit (Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany) is the 2017 recipient in the “APECS category”, where APECS committees were encouraged to nominate a mentor who has made an outstanding contribution to the success of APECS.

Dr. Renuka Badhe (European Polar Board, Netherlands) is the 2017 recipient in the “member category”, where we encouraged APECS members to nominate someone who has been an outstanding personal mentor to them in their career. Renuka served as the Executive Officer for SCAR from 2010-2014.

Read more about these great mentors on the APECS webpage.

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TWAS Research and Advanced Training Fellowship: 2017 Call for Applications

TWASlogoTWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world,, is now accepting applications for the TWAS Research and Advanced Training Fellowship programme.

The fellowships are offered to scientists from developing countries and are tenable at centres of excellence in various developing countries.

Eligible fields include one or more of the following: agricultural and biological sciences, medical and health sciences, chemistry, engineering, astronomy, space and earth sciences, mathematics and physics.

Please see for the latest information regarding the above programme, including eligibility criteria, guidelines, etc.

Women scientists are especially encouraged to apply. The closing date is 1 October 2017.

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Deadlines extended for CODATA 2017 Abstracts and Early Bird Registration

1codata2017confThe Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) 2017 conference will be held in St Petersburg, Russia from 8-13 October 2017. The conference will explore the fundamental issues relating to the availability, (re-)use and scientific analysis of data that relate to the most significant contemporary global challenges.

The organisers have extended the deadline for session and abstract submission. The new deadline is 28 July 2017 and session and abstract submissions may be made online at:

The deadline of the early bird registration fee has been also extended to 28 July 2017. The organisers note that there will be no further extension of this deadline.

Register online and find participation details on the Conference website:

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The National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR) launches Polar Data Journal

NIPR POLAR data journalThe National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR), which serves as Japan's key institution for scientific research and observation in Polar Regions, launched Polar Data Journal, a new data journal, this January. Polar Data Journal is a free-access and peer-reviewed online journal. It is dedicated to publishing original research data/datasets, furthering the reuse of high-quality data for the benefit to polar sciences.

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Polar Prediction School 2018: First Call for Applications

mast KopieThe EU Horizon 2020-funded APPLICATE project, in cooperation with the World Meteorological Organisation’s Polar Prediction Project (PPP) in occasion of the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP), the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and other partners are organising the second Polar Prediction School 2018 on weather and climate prediction in the polar regions from 17 - 27 April 2018 at Abisko Scientific Research Station in Sweden.

This school, for early career scientists, will include a combination of polar weather and climate theory lectures with exercises on modelling and field meteorology techniques as well as soft skill training. Each of these components forms a crucial pillar of the prediction problem, and the motivation for combining these is to provide participants with a complete overview of the components required to understand and predict polar weather.

The Polar Prediction School 2018 will be open to 30 early career researchers (focus on advanced graduate students, PhD students, and postdoctoral researchers) from around the world. An international set of instructors will be teaching the sessions. As during the first Polar Prediction School in 2016, classes will be held at the Abisko Scientific Research Station, in Sweden, where the instructional facilities are conveniently located in an environment well suited to Arctic observations.

More information and how to apply can be found on the Polar Prediction School 2018 website. Application deadline is 15 September 2017.

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Call for Papers Polar Record Special Issue on Education, Outreach, and Engagement

1polar recordThe Editors have announced a call for papers for a special issue of Polar Record. This special issue of Polar Record will be dedicated to education, outreach, and engagement related to polar research and will help to draw scholarly attention to this aspect of polar research.

Submission deadline: 31 January 2018.

The special issue will be published in conjunction with the tenth anniversary of the International Polar Year 2007-2008. That International Polar Year led to an upwelling of education, outreach and communication (EOC) initiatives across the polar research community. At the 2016 Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) conference in Kuala Lumpur, the Humanities and Social Science Expert Group identified science communication as a research priority.

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New map of Dronning Maud Land available

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The Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI) has recently published a new map of Dronning Maud Land at scale 1:2,500,000 and of physical size 100x70 cm.

The map can be downloaded as a PDF for free, or purchased from the NPI directly. For more info and downloads, please visit NPI Topographic maps of Antarctica.

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Several new publications available from the WCRP Climate and Cryosphere Project


The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) project has released its latest newsletter, available here.

Highlights include the 2016 CliC Annual Report, the meeting report from the 13th session of CliC’s Scientific Steering Group and the 2017-2022 CliC Action Plan.


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IAATO Appoints New Executive Director, Dr Damon Stanwell- Smith

1Iaato logo 640x640The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) has announced the appointment of Dr Damon Stanwell-Smith as Executive Director.

Damon will lead the Secretariat and work with IAATO’s Executive Committee to ensure the association is functioning according to its mission of safe, environmentally responsible private-sector travel to Antarctica.

Damon began his career as a marine biologist, gaining a PhD with the British Antarctic Survey. Before heading programmes at the United Nations Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), he has been a project manager and consultant for several multi-national organisations and commercial operators, including expedition leading in the polar tourism sector. He also has extensive practical experience as a commercial diver and contractor with an emphasis on monitoring and research.

Terry Shaller, Chair of IAATO’s Executive Committee said: “We are delighted to confirm Damon as Executive Director. He brings to the job a broad range of experience in commercial innovation, leadership and strategic planning that has involved a wide array of stakeholders and is set against a backdrop of environmental protection. Damon’s knowledge and skills will mesh very well with IAATO’s diverse group of committed operators.”

Dr Stanwell-Smith succeeds Dr Kim Crosbie who will step down on June 1, after 12 years with the association. IAATO thanked Kim for her outstanding contributions and wished her all the best with future endeavours.

IAATO has recently partnered with SCAR to develop an Antarctic Conservation Plan.

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IX Latin American Congress on Antarctic Science

IX CLCA logo1 June 2017:

The IX Congreso Latinoamericano de Ciencia Antártica / IX Latin American Congress on Antarctic Science will be held in the city of Punta Arenas, Chile, from October 4-6th, 2017.

The Congress is an opportunity to connect the growing community of Latin American polar scientists with researchers and potential collaborators from different regions of the world, and to provide a forum for sharing the latest results of research conducted in the White Continent.  For this gathering, the city of Punta Arenas was chosen because it is one of the main gateways for the National Antarctic Programs to Antarctica, and the starting point for many expeditions from the “heroic age”.

The CLCA2017 will comprise 3 different activities:

  1. Pre-congress Workshops (October 2-3, 2017)
  2. IX Latin American Congress on Antarctic Science:
        - Oral and poster presentations,
        - Keynote speeches,
        - Thematic symposia,
        - APECS meeting.
  3. Post-congress fieldtrip.

The abstract submission deadline is 20 June 2017, and Early Bird registration ends on 30 June 2017.  Students must prove their status by copying their university's regular student certificate.

For registration, payment and upload of extended abstracts, please visit the Congress website. For additional questions, please contact the Congress Secretariat.

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Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies

24 May 2017:

PCAS 2017 posterThe Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies (PCAS) is a 14-week, in‐depth, multi‐disciplinary programme of study that critically examines contemporary scientific, environmental, social and political debates focused on Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.

Jointly developed by the University of Canterbury and Antarctica New Zealand, this unique summer programme is the only programme in the world to take students to experience life in the Antarctic – at Scott Base, New Zealand’s station on Ross Island, and at a field campsite on the Ross Ice Shelf.  The 10-day visit to Antarctica is supported by Antarctica New Zealand, and participants undertake a mix of analytical and interpretive field projects and environmental monitoring projects in the vicinity of Scott Base.
The programme provides a unique Antarctic experience that is valuable for:

  • Future Antarctic researchers;
  • Employees and managers within National Antarctic Programmes;
  • Employees within government agencies involved in Antarctic policy or environmental management;
  • School teachers and university lecturers; and
  • Antarctic enthusiasts.

The programme can be used as part of a Master’s Degree.  While the University of Canterbury does not offer scholarships for PCAS, financial support may be available for participants from National Antarctic Programmes and through external funding bodies.
Please note that applications for PCAS close on 1 August 2017.
For further details, please visit the PCAS website.

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Revised International Cloud Atlas available online from WMO

1ANGWIN sunsetA new International Cloud Atlas (ICA) edition was launched on World Meteorological Day (23 March) 2017. For the first time the ICA is now in electronic format as an open-access website available at:

The ICA has many purposes, but fundamental is its role as the source of advice and mandatory instructions for cloud observing and reporting as part of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS).

The most significant changes for observers are additions to the classification scheme, a greatly expanded set of photographic examples and explanations, and the ability to compare pairs of images side-by-side.

Further details are available from the latest WIGOS Newsletter.

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Update to the MEaSUREs InSAR-Based Antarctica Ice Velocity Map available

1MEASURES ice velocityVersion 2 of the Making Earth System Data Records for Use in Research Environments (MEaSUREs) Antarctica Ice Velocity Map has been made available at the NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center (NSIDC DAAC). The Map provides comprehensive, high-resolution, digital mosaics of ice motion in Antarctica assembled from multiple satellite interferometric synthetic-aperture radar systems.

Major updates to the data set include data from 2011-2016 acquired from RADARSAT-2, Sentinel-1, TerraSAR-X, and TanDEM-X. Landsat-8 optical imagery also was integrated into the data to improve coverage.

More information on the update, and access to the data and documentation, can be found at:

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Public consultation for key priorities on polar research

1polarnetEU-PolarNet and a group of 50 polar experts and stakeholders are working together to develop a set of polar white papers. These white papers are intended to provide a state of the art for a range of societal relevant polar issues and outline possible approaches on how to address these. EU-PolarNet would now like to invite you to contribute to this process.

A brief anonymous online survey aims at giving you a chance to state where you see challenges and opportunities arising in the Polar Regions, which should be solved by future research. Your answers will build a fundamental basis for the white papers, which - once completed - will be given to the European Commission and other funding agencies as recommendations towards which issues need further investigation.

The questionnaire is completely anonymous and closes on 2nd June 2017.

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Nominations open for APECS International Mentorship Award 2017

1apecsAPECS have created two awards to acknowledge the time and energy that mentors dedicate to early career researchers each year, and their efforts in building a supportive community.

The APECS International Mentorship Awards 2017 categories are:

Member category: APECS members are encouraged to nominate a mentor who has been an outstanding mentor to them during their career.

APECS category: APECS members, committees (including National Committees) and project groups are encouraged to nominate a mentor who has made an outstanding contribution to their APECS committees, activities or the organisation as a whole.

The nomination deadline is 28 May 2017.

To read further details and to nominate a mentor please visit the APECS website.

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Upcoming deadline for Research Data Summer School and Workshops

7 April 2017:

1LogoCodataA series of Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) meetings to be held in July 2017 have upcoming deadlines to request participation of 25 April. Two of the meetings are being held in collaboration with the Research Data Alliance (RDA):

The CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer School will take place from 10-21 July 2017 at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy.

The CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Applied Workshops on Extreme Sources of Data, Bioinformatics and IoT/Big-Data Analytics will take place from 24-28 July 2017 at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy.

The CODATA International Training Workshop in Open Data for Better Science, will take place from 16-29 July 2017 in Beijing, China. For this meeting financial support is available for successful applicants thanks to a grant from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

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A new 3-D view of Antarctica

7 April 2017:

1ESA s ice missionA new digital model of Antarctic ice elevation is being made available, based on 250 million measurements taken by the European Space Agency CryoSat satellite. The model provides a unique 3-D view of Antarctica, offering a snapshot of the undulating surface of the vast ice sheet. This new view of Antarctica can be used for a wide range of applications as showing the surface of Antarctica in such detail means it can be used for planning fieldwork to detailed modelling the ice sheet.

CryoSat's radar altimeter detects tiny variations in the height of the ice across the entire continent, including on the steeper continental margins where the vast majority of ice losses occur.


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Online course introducing Antarctic geology and history starts 15 April


7 April 2017:

1Ventifact Knobs McMurdo Dry Valleys DWynn WilliamsA free, five week course has been developed that will help you learn about and explore more than 500 million years of geological history and 250 years of geographical discovery from Antarctica. Available as a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), “Antarctica: From Geology to Human History” launches on April 15 2017 on the edX open education platform.

The course has been produced by the Victoria University of Wellington and with support from Antarctica New Zealand, Dr Rebecca Priestley and Dr Cliff Atkins visited Antarctica in 2014 to film lectures on location on Ross Island, in the McMurdo Dry Valleys and the Transantarctic Mountains.

Dr Priestley, a science historian and writer, visits historically important places and talks to some of the people who are part of shaping today's Antarctica. Dr Atkins, an Antarctic veteran with 12 seasons on the ice, introduces some of the planet’s most remarkable landscapes and the stories they tell about the past and future of the world's climate.

For more information and to sign up for the course visit:

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Call for research proposals to the Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund

30 March 2017:

11490375540850The 3rd call for proposals to the The Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund (AWR) is now open. AWR wishes to contribute to and support the work of and the Convention on the Conservation of Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) so that the Antarctic krill fishery is managed in a sustainable manner consistent with the precautionary approach detailed in the Convention text. The aims of the call have therefore been developed to be consistent with the work of CCAMLR.

In supporting the development of a feedback management approach for the krill fishery, the AWR wishes to fund work that will increase understanding about how the Antarctic marine ecosystem operates and how it might be characterised as a set of indicators for use by managers.

AWR note that critical knowledge gaps that might be preferred in the 3rd Call for project proposals could include:

· The use of acoustic data collected from non-traditional scientific research platform.

· The role of flying birds in the krill-centric food web.

· The role of fish in the krill-centric food web.


For further details and to apply please see:

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Reprocessed Sea Ice Concentration data from satellite measurements released

1AVdP sea ice14 March 2017:

The European Space Agency Sea Ice Climate Change Initiative team has announced the release of a full reprocessing of the Sea Ice Concentration (SIC) v2.0 Essential Climate Variable (ECV). The release provides Climate Data Record (CDR) of SIC over the polar regions, derived from medium resolution passive microwave satellite data of AMSR-E (June 2002 - September 2011) and AMSR2 (July 2012 - December 2015).

The full announcement is available here.


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Expedition begins conservation and restoration programme at historic Base Y, Horseshoe Island

13 March 2017:

1Imagegen.ashxThe UK Antarctic Heritage Trust (UKAHT) has led a crucial conservation effort to carry out detailed survey and sampling work at Base Y, on Horseshoe Island in Marguerite Bay. From 1955 to 1960 the site was used for a pioneering mapping project and also to capture geological and meteorological data. It was recognised and designated a Historic Site & Monument (No. 63) under the Antarctic Treaty in 1995. The team undertaking the work was made up of top polar conservators: UKAHT’s Mike Powell and Liesl Schernthanner; Al Fastier, programme manager from the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust and Sophie Rowe from the University of Cambridge’s Scott Polar Research Institute.


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GEOTRACES Summer School announced

6 March 2017:

1 GeoTraces Summer SchoolThe first GEOTRACES Summer School will be held in Brest, France, between 20 and 26 August 2017. The school will bring together more than 60 students and 20 world-leading instructors.

GEOTRACES is an international programme of SCOR (the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research) which aims to improve the understanding of biogeochemical cycles and large-scale distribution of trace elements and their isotopes in the marine environment. Scientists from approximately 35 nations have been involved in the programme, which is designed to study all major ocean basins over the next decade.

The 2017 summer school aims to teach the skills and knowledge necessary for a good understanding of the biogeochemical cycles of trace metals in the ocean. It will allow PhD students and early-career researchers to learn how their work fits within the international community of GEOTRACES.

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Asian Polar Science Fellowship Programme 2017

21 February 2017:

1 KOPRI logoThe Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI) is pleased to announce that its Asian Polar Science Fellowship Programme 2017 is open for applications until 17 March 2017.

The fellowship programme was initiated in 2015 with the aim of enhancing research collaborations in the Asian region, and to provide future generations of polar researchers with networking opportunities. The programme also encourages both early-career and already established polar scientists to actively engage in polar research, and provides them with the opportunity to utilize KOPRI’s expanding infrastructure and capacity. To be eligible for the fellowship, the candidate should be from a country in Asia.

Full details of the programme and how to apply are available on the KOPRI website.

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Conference on Climate Impacts on Glaciers and Biosphere in Fuego-Patagonia, sub-Antarctic islands and Antarctic Peninsula

21 February 2017:

1 Glacier Fuego PatagoniaA conference and workshop on Climate Impacts on Glaciers and Biosphere in Fuego-Patagonia will be held at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in Berlin, Germany from 14 to 19 July 2017.  It is organised by the GABY-VASA project, a joint project from Chile and Germany with the University of Magallanes (Punta Arenas), the Instituto Antártico Chileno (INACH), the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg and RWTH Aachen University.  The project studies dendrochronology, climatology and glaciology in Southern Patagonia and the Cordillera Darwin mountains.

The regional focus of the Conference and Workshop will be Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego and adjacent islands, the sub-Antarctic islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. There will be ample possibilities to discuss contributions and to elaborate on open scientific issues as well as new project ideas.

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2017 Call for SCOR Working Group Proposals

1 SCORlogo14 February 2017:
The 2017 SCOR Annual Meeting will take place in Cape Town, South Africa on 4-6 September 2017. Details about the meeting will be posted on the meeting Web site as they become available.    
The SCOR Secretariat will accept proposals for new working groups from now until 15 April 2017.  The guidelines, a template, and word limits are available at, including a PowerPoint presentation explaining the proposal process.  

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Halley VI Research Station slides to its new home

14 February 2017:

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has successfully relocated its Halley VI Research Station to a new home on the Brunt Ice Shelf. The move was required to position the station upstream of a previously dormant ice chasm that began to show signs of growth in 2012. The base was designed to be relocatable, with a hydraulic leg and ski system, and operational teams have recently spent 13 weeks moving each of the station’s eight modules 23 km to the new location. The UK has operated a research station on the Brunt Ice Shelf since the late 1950s. The discovery in October 2016 of a new and unpredictable ice crack on the Brunt Ice Shelf some 17km to the north of the original station location meant the Director of BAS, Dame Jane Francis, took the decision not to winter a team at Halley VI in 2017 as a safety precaution. Halley will be re-opened in November - the start of the next Antarctic summer season.

Video of the large red living module being towed to its new location

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Call for Abstracts: International Symposium on Polar Science

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The Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI) is pleased to announce that registration and abstract submission for the 23rd International Symposium on Polar Sciences in Incheon, the Republic of Korea on May 17-18, 2017 is now open. Abstracts submission will be closed on March 17th and registration will be closed on April 17th 2017.

The 2nd circular can be downloaded here.

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ICSU, GenderInSITE and the ISSC join forces towards applying a gender lens to international scientific research production and coordination

1 Wikibomb group13 February 2017: Contributed by ICSU
On the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, GenderInSITE organized a workshop with the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) at the UNESCO ICTP Campus (7-8 February 2017). The workshop aimed to discuss ways to develop a gender-lens for large international scientific research production and coordination initiatives within the context of new modalities for producing and coordinating scientific research. The workshop looked at conceptual frameworks such as the Pathways approach to applying a gender lens to international research initiatives. Also discussed were current best practices by international organizations and individual experiences of women scientists in leadership positions. 

Highlighted among these best practices were the activities of the ICSU Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) including the 2016 Women in Antarctic Research Wikibomb, the INASP GenderMainstreaming in Higher Education Toolkit, and SciDevNet's free online course Integrate gender into your scientific researchand GenPort.

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Summer School on “Antarctic Climate Variability and Ice Dynamics”

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The National Center for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR) and Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI) are organizing a summer school on “Antarctic climatevariability and ice dynamics”at NCAOR, Goa, during 08-11 May 2017. The targeted participants of the summer school are early-career scientists (MS/MTech/PhD students and postdoctoral scholars) who are studying earth science as a subject in any disciplines, who are at an early stage in glaciology and climate change studies.

The proposed summer school is organized in conjunction with the project workshop of the Indo-Norwegian research project “MADICE”, which just successfully completed its first field campaign to investigate mass balance, dynamics, and climate of the coastal Dronning Maud Land, East Antarctica ( Apply by 20 March 2017!

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IAATO seeks applicants for Executive Director

IAATO23 book4 February 2017:

The International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO) is currently recruiting a new Executive Director and invite all interested parties to please download the job description here and employment application here. The position closes February 24, 2017.

IAATO is a member organization founded in 1991 to advocate and promote the practice of safe and environmentally responsible private-sector travel to the Antarctic. To learn more about the history of Antarctic tourism and IAATO, check out their commemorative booklet (3.3MB) or this short historical film, courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions.

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Update from the Polar Cyberinfrastructure Research Coordination Network on Antarctic Needs

1 polar cyber rcn diagram2 February 2017:
- Contributed by Heather Lynch, Stony Brook University, Polar RCN Co-PI

The Polar Cyberinfrastructure Research Coordination Network (Polar RCN) aims to connect the Polar Science, Data and High-Performance and Distributed Computing (HPDC) communities to enable deeper penetration of computing methods and cyberinfrastructure into the polar sciences.

On August 21, 2016, the Polar Cyberinfrastructure RCN held a side meeting on polar cyberinfrastructure at the SCAR Open Science Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. As elsewhere in science, the availability of 'big data' in Antarctic science is proving to be both a blessing and a curse, and requires advances in cyberinfrastructure to effectively manage the ever increasing requirements for data storage, transmission, and processing. Our discussion focused on the following main areas: computing, storage, networking and transmission of data, training, and metadata standards.

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Call for Guest Scientists on Antarctic Expedition

1 Quixote Expeditions30 January 2017:

Quixote Expeditions has a Guest Scientist Program where scientists can join any of regularly scheduled trips in order to help carry out research. This can be anyone working on a master’s or PhD thesis, professors and researchers at universities, and scientists associated with non-profits. Quixote offers free space onboard any of their scheduled trips for scientists to perform their research. They sail in remote places that are often hard for scientists to get to and for those with limited funding, impossible due to the expensive nature of working in remote areas. They hope that by offering these spaces – one per trip, that amazing and interesting science can be continued here at the end of the world.

***Application are now open for Jan 27 – Feb 27 2018 Trip to ANTARCTICA.***
Applications due: April 3, 2017. Scientists will be informed of a final decision by May 1 2017.

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WIGOS and OSCAR - two acronyms that you might want to know more about…

1 oscar concept30 January 2017:

We all know that observations and sharing data are very important to our work in Antarctica - and beyond. SCAR is working to strengthen our partnership with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to help make long term observations of, in and from Antarctica more sustainable. Our partnership can help to make national programs responsible for operationalizing Antarctic observations more aware of the importance of our scientific needs and their global relevance. To this end, we would like to call your attention to the WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS).

An important building block of WIGOS is OSCAR (Observing Systems Capability Analysis and Review Tool) - a resource developed by WMO in support of Earth Observation applications, studies and global coordination. It contains quantitative user-defined requirements for observation of physical variables in application areas of WMO (i.e. related to weather, water and climate). OSCAR also provides detailed information on all earth observation satellites and instruments, and expert analyses of space-based capabilities.

Learn more about these topics and many other issues in the latest WIGOS newsletter.

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EU-PolarNet January Newsletter

30 January 2017:

The EU-PolarNet team would like to wish you a happy new year and hope that it will bring you interesting challenges, successful projects and valuable new encounters! They are looking forward towards an exciting 2017 and would like to share their overview on what this new year will bring to the EU-PolarNet consortium - and you! Stay tuned for high-level events, new extensive deliverables and the preparation of their first white papers!

1 EU Polarnet logo 768x115Main topics of the January 2017 EU-PolarNet newsletter:

You can also download the entire newsletter as a pdf file.

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Antarctic Science Bursary Support for Early Career Scientists

1 AntarcticBursary26 January 2017:

Applications are now being accepted for grants up to £6000 to support the career development for promising early career scientists worldwide, working in any field of Antarctic science, from any country. Applications close on 31 March.

Grants are awarded to extend the scope of an existing research project, through:

  • funding extra field or laboratory work
  • purchasing/contributing towards the cost of a key piece of equipment, or
  • funding international collaboration or the learning of new skills

Projects can run for up to two years. See case studies for examples of funded projects.

Find more information here:

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Antarctic Course in Biological Adaptations to Environmental Change

1 usap logoNSF Advanced Training Program in Antarctica for Early Career Scientists: Biological Adaptations to Environmental Change

This US National Science Foundation sponsored Antarctic Biology Course will be held during January 2018 in Antarctica, at the United States Antarctic Program’s McMurdo Station. The training program is designed to provide early-career scientists with opportunities to work in Antarctica and to study polar biology. Applications are invited from graduate students currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program and researchers who have completed a Ph.D. within the past five years. This is an international training program, open to all nationalities. Partial support is available to cover the cost of travel from each participant’s home institution. While in Antarctica, full support is provided for room & board and science activities. The emphasis of the Antarctic Biology Course is on integrative biology, with laboratory- and field-based projects focused on adaptations to extreme polar environments. This program will also provide opportunities to understand and appreciate the complexities and logistical challenges of undertaking successful science in Antarctica. A diverse instructional faculty will offer participants the opportunity to study a wide range of Antarctic organisms (bacteria, algae, invertebrates, fish), using different levels of biological analysis (spanning molecular biology, physiological ecology, species diversity, and evolution). 

Deadline for receipt of completed applications is April 17, 2017. More information and the on-line application form are at and

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Polar prediction and sea ice modelling workshops

10 January 2017:

1 AVdP sea iceThe Polar Prediction Workshop 2017 (PPW 2017) and the 2nd Sea Ice Model Intercomparison Project Meeting (2nd SIMIP Meeting) will be held at Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum in Bremerhaven, Germany from 27 to 30 March 2017. Both events are jointly organized by the Polar Climate Predictability Initiative (WCRP-PCPI), the Polar Prediction Project (WWRP-PPP), the Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN), and the Sea Ice Model Intercomparison Project (SIMIP).

The Polar Prediction Workshop 2017 will start on 27 March with the public Alfred Wegener Lecture where, every other year, a distinguished climate scientist is invited to report on emerging fields of research for scientific exchange. This time, the lecture entitled “A Decade of Sea Ice Prediction“ will be given by Cecilia Bitz (Atmospheric Science Department, University of Washington) who is going to review rapid advances in predicting skills of Arctic sea ice conditions since The Sea Ice Outlook began collecting and reporting predictions in 2008.

The focus of the subsequent Polar Prediction Workshop is on environmental prediction in the polar regions on subseasonal to interannual timescales, thereby helping to build a "seamless“ polar prediction community. As in previous years, sea ice prediction will play a central role. Desired outcomes include the compilation of recommendations for the 2017 Sea Ice Outlook season, as well as the stimulation of collaborations in the context of the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP; mid-2017—mid-2019).

The SIMIP workshop, which follows PPW from midday on 29 March,  is devoted to discussions about the sea ice simulations from the upcoming CMIP6 experiments (SIMIP), with three distinct aims:

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A free virtual field trip to Antarctica

1 image012It’s not every day you get the opportunity to explore Antarctica, but Victoria University of Wellington’s first massive open online course (MOOC) will allow anyone, anywhere, to do just that—and for free.

Enrolments are now open for Antarctica: From Geology to Human History on the global edX platform—a nonprofit, open-source technology platform founded by prestigious United States universities Harvard and MIT and governed by universities for universities.

With support from Antarctica New Zealand, Dr Cliff Atkins and Dr Rebecca Priestley filmed lectures on location on Ross Island and in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica.

Together, they explore more than 500 million years of geological history and 250 years of geographical discovery and scientific endeavour on the coldest, driest, windiest continent on Earth.

“It’s not easy to take students to Antarctica, but by filming the lectures on the ice, we can introduce students around the world to this incredible continent,” says Dr Priestley.

Dr Atkins is an Antarctic veteran, having spent 12 seasons on the ice. He introduces students to some of the planet’s most remarkable landscapes—the Dry Valleys, the Transantarctic Mountains and the world’s southernmost volcanic island.

Dr Priestley, a science historian and writer who has written extensively about Antarctica, visits Captain Scott’s huts on Ross Island and interviews conservators from the Antarctic Heritage Trust and scientists and logistics staff working at Scott Base and McMurdo Station.

Antarctica: From Geology to Human History starts on Saturday 15 April. Enroll now, for free, online:

For more information contact Kristina Keogh on 04-463 5163 or

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The 23rd International Symposium on Polar Sciences at KOPRI

1 KOPRIsymposium2017Life at the Extremes: Resilience, Adaptation and Application Potential

The Korean Polar Institute is pleased to announce the 23rd International Symposium on Polar Sciences in Incheon, the Republic of Korea on May 17-18, 2017. The International Symposium on Polar Sciences has been held once every year since the launch of our Antarctic research. This Symposium serves not only to bring polar scientists together, providing an international forum to exchange views and ideas, but also provides an opportunity to discuss collaborative research with colleagues. Symposium Theme: Antarctic Horizon Scan identified, 'learning how Antarctic life evolve and survived' as one of the six most important research questions for the next 20 years and beyond. Polar genomics is also one of the research initiatives KOPRI recently selected to pursue. In this regard, the theme of the 23rd International Symposium on Polar Science is timely set; "Life at the Extremes: Resilience, Adaptation and Application Potential." We cordially invite you to share your knowledge and understanding towards living organisms in the polar region.

Abstract Deadline: March 17, 2017. Find out more from the symposium website:

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Global survey on shipping in polar regions

14 December 2016:

1 World Ocean Council logoThe World Ocean Council (WOC) and EU-PolarNet are reaching out to the global polar and ocean business community to identify opportunities to collaborate on data collection in support of improved science and sustainable development.

To advance this collaboration, the polar and ocean business community from all over the world is invited to participate in the WOC/EU PolarNet SURVEY on vessels in polar regions. If you are part of the polar and ocean business community which includes shipping but also fishing, tourism, extractive industries (minerals, oil & gas) and other activities, whether or not you are in the EU, your input to this survey will be precious. We also invite you to spread the word if you know companies and industries in the Polar regions!

EU-PolarNet is the world’s largest consortium of expertise and infrastructure for polar research, representing 22 research institutions from 17 European countries, supported by Horizon 2020. The WOC is the EU-PolarNet industry partner, working to foster and facilitate private sector interaction with the polar research community.

Expanding the scope and scale of polar ocean and atmosphere observations is essential to improved understanding, modelling, and predicting of conditions in these areas. This will in turn reduce risks to industries operating in polar areas.

There are important opportunities for science and industry to collaborate in the use of ‘ships of opportunity’ to facilitate data collection and achieve the mutual benefits of increased and improved information from polar areas.

The present survey builds on the discussions on “Polar Region Sustainable Development: Business and Science Collaboration in the Arctic and Antarctic” at the recent WOC Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS). The survey also contributes to the WOC Smart Ocean-Smart Industries program, which is working to systematically scale up industry involvement in data collection worldwide.

Take the survey now.

For more information, visit the WOC website.

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APECS Annual Report 2015-2016 released

7 December 2016:

1 APECS logo lowresAPECS (the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists) has released its Annual Report for the period of October 2015 to September 2016.

The report covers the APECS leadership and National Committees in 2015-16, APECS event highlights, and reports on APECS projects, publications, webinars and other online activities.

Access the full report via the APECS website.

APECS has extended a special ‘thank you’ to the Research Council of Norway, UiT The Arctic University of Norway and the Norwegian Polar Institute for supporting and hosting the APECS International Directorate in Tromsø. From February 2017, it will be hosted by AWI (the Alfred Wegener Institute) at their research centre in Potsdam, Germany.


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ICSU to merge with the International Social Science Council

1 ICSU merger mtg 201624 October 2016: Article from ICSU, SCAR's parent body

World’s top bodies representing the social and natural sciences vote to pursue a merger, forming a single organization representing all social and natural sciences by 2018

At a landmark joint General Assembly of two leading international science councils, their members voted to merge, launching a process to form a single global entity that represents all social and natural sciences.

At an extraordinary General Assembly of the International Council for Science (ICSU) and a General Assembly of the International Social Science Council (ISSC), the two organizations’ members voted overwhelmingly that the two organizations should merge. This in-principle decision followed a recommendation by the two organizations’ executives, setting the two councils on a trajectory to become one by October 2018.

For the plans to go ahead, the majority of both councils’ voting members needed to vote in favour. 76% of the ICSU members and 87% of the ISSC members voted in favour of a merger of the two organizations, thereby setting the merger process in motion.

Read more on the ICSU website here.

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IASC Progress Special Issue 2016

1 IASC Progress 2016 AWI31 October 2016:

We are pleased to share with you a very special newsletter edition from the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC). After being located in Potsdam (Germany), hosted by the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) and co-financed by the German Science Foundation (DFG) since 2009, the IASC Secretariat will move to Akureyri (Iceland) beginning of next year.

This special issue of the IASC Progress highlights IASC´s major achievements during the past eight years.

The new IASC Secretariat, under the leadership of our new IASC Executive Secretary Dr. Allen Pope, will be hosted by the Icelandic Research Council (RANNIS).

IASC Progress Fall 2016 edition

SCAR would like to take this opportunity to thank the IASC Staff, Heike, Susan, Maja, Mare, Ursula, Yoo Kyung, Tetsuo and Volker, for a great cooperation thus far, and we look forward to many more years of a productive partnership with the new staff in Iceland.

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Future of the Ocean and its Seas: Non-governmental input to the G7

1 FutureOceanG7Report31 October 2016:
The International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans (IAPSO), SCAR Union Member International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), and SCAR partner the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) --three groups of the International Council for Science (ICSU)--prepared input for the  G7, which is available at

Topics in the report include:

  • Cross-cutting issues
  • Plastic pollution of the marine environment
  • Deep-sea mining and its ecosystem impacts
  • Ocean acidification
  • De-oxygenation
  • Ocean warming
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Marine ecosystem degradation

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SCOR Approves New Sea Ice Working Group

1 BJourdain seaice31 October 2016:

The Scientific Committee on Ocean Research (SCOR), a close partner of SCAR’s, has recently published a newsletter containing updates from their annual steering committee meeting. There are a number of items of interest to the Antarctic community in this addition and we encourage you to take a look.

Of particular note is the approval of a new working group on "Measuring Essential Climate Variables in Sea Ice (ECV-Ice)". The group is described as follows: Observations over recent decades suggest that sea ice plays a significant role in global biogeochemical cycles, providing an active biogeochemical interface at the ocean- atmosphere boundary. However, a pressing need exists to perform methodological intercalibration experiments in sea ice in order to obtain reliable measurements of basic biogeochemical properties, including many of the Essential Climate Variables of the Global Climate Observing System. With newly emerging techniques, and pressed by the rapid changes in sea ice, the time has come to evaluate and improve our approach to studying sea-ice systems. An international working group is required to synthesize past intercalibration exercises and to design and coordinate new experiments.

For more information on this group and other SCOR updates, please download their newsletter:

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New satellite images of Antarctica now available

6 October 2016:

RADARSATRADARSAT continental mosaics and high-resolution tiles of Antarctica from 1997 and 2000 are available at the Polar Data Catalogue (PDC).  These images have been converted into updated, more easily accessible formats (GeoTiff) and can be compared to the 2008 Antarctic mosaics from RADARSAT-2 which were released on the PDC in 2014.  All three datasets can be found under the "RADARSAT Mosaics of Antarctica" collection in the PDC, and all imagery can be freely downloaded.

Many thanks to MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. and the Canadian Space Agency for making this possible and to the Byrd Polar Research Center for online provision of the mosaics in their original formats.  See below for further information on all three mosaics.  We hope these images are useful to you!

The RADARSAT-1 Antarctic Mapping Project (RAMP) and RADARSAT-2 Antarctic Mapping Initiative were undertaken to provide snapshots of the Antarctic continent over a span of more than a decade, to document the state of the ice cover in Antarctica and to show changes over time in the land and sea ice around the southern continent. 

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IASC's 2017 Fellowship Program launched

5 October 2016:

IASC logo 07The International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), in cooperation with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), invites Early Career Scientists (ECS) to apply for the IASC Fellowship Program 2017.

The IASC Fellowship Program is meant to engage ECS in the work of the IASC Working Groups (WGs): Atmosphere, Cryosphere, Marine, Social & Human and Terrestrial. Each year, one Fellow per WG is chosen. IASC Fellows are doctoral or postdoctoral researchers who actively participate in selected activities of the IASC WGs. They are expected to scientifically contribute but also to help organize specific activities and to coordinate the reporting to the IASC Secretariat. Thus, the Fellowship Program provides the opportunity for ECSs to become involved in leading-edge scientific activities at a circumarctic and international level, to build an international network or contacts and also to develop management skills.

The total duration of the IASC Fellowship Program is 1+2 years. In their first year, selected Fellows will receive travel support to attend two consecutive Arctic Science Summit Weeks (ASSWs) where the annual WG meetings are held. After the first year, Fellows have the opportunity to stay involved for up to 2 more years without dedicated funding support from IASC and the further involvement is individually decided by the WG Steering Group and the Fellows.

For more information please see the IASC Fellowship Program page or contact the IASC Fellowship Coordinator Maja Lisowska or the APECS Executive Director Gerlis Fugmann.

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SCOSTEP Annual Report released

5 October 2016:

SCOSTEP logoThe Scientific Committee On Solar-TErrestrial Physics (SCOSTEP) Annual Report for 2015 has been released.  It includes summaries of SCOSTEP's 2015 scientific meetings and workshops, award schemes and publications:

acrobatSCOSTEP Annual Report 2015

Previous Annual Reports are available on the SCOSTEP website.

As a fellow interdisciplinary committee of ICSU, SCOSTEP is a partner organisation of SCAR and has a SCAR Representative, Dr Annika Seppälä of the Finnish Meteorological Institute, on its Bureau or governing body.

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Announcing the APECS Leadership 2016-2017

4 October 2016:

APECS logo lowresAPECS is excited to announce that another leadership term has begun on 1 October 2016!

APECS Executive Committee 2016-2017:

APECS’s tenth Executive Committee (ExCom) is now in place and ready to continue to shape the polar world. 

  • Alice Bradley (University of Colorado Boulder, United States)
  • Josefine Lenz (Alfred-Wegener Institute, Germany)
  • Hanne Nielsen (University of Tasmania, Australia)
  • Alex Thornton (University of Alaska Fairbanks, United States)
  • TJ Young (University of Cambridge/British Antarctic Survey, United Kingdom)

have been elected to form the ExCom, the main leadership body of APECS. Ruth Vingerhagen (UK), Heather Mariash (Canada), and Tristy Vick-Majors (Canada/United States) will serve as ex-officios and support the new ExCom over the coming year. And of course, Gerlis Fugmann, the APECS Executive Director will continue to support and foster the group from the International Directorate in Tromsø, Norway (and from February 2017 from our new location in Potsdam, Germany).  More information on the APECS 2016-2017 Executive Committee can be found on the APECS website.

Alice Bradley APECSAPECS President 2016-2017:

With a new term comes a new president, and this year Alice Bradley will be taking on this role. Alice is currently finishing her PhD research at the University of Colorado Boulder. She uses in situ and remote sensing observations of upper ocean heat and sea ice to study how the annual cycle of first-year ice growth in the Arctic is changing. She has been involved in APECS leadership for the past two years and is on the board of the US APECS committee.

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New scientific data portal on satellite based products for ice sheets, glaciers and seasonal snow

4 October 2016:

Cryoportal logoENVEO IT GmbH would like to advertise the newly released scientific data portal at, which provides convenient functionality for searching, viewing, visualising and downloading satellite based products for ice sheets, glaciers and seasonal snow.

Products include:

  • ice velocities and velocity time series of outlet glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica
  • calving fronts of outlet glaciers in Greenland (Antarctica in preparation)
  • annual ice sheet wide velocity maps of Greenland (Antarctica in preparation)
  • grounding lines of several ice shelves in Antarctica
  • ice velocity maps of ice caps (South Georgia, Alexander Island, Svalbard; further ice caps will follow) and mountain glaciers (Pamir, Karakoram)
  • snow services: near real time service on daily snow products from optical and microwave data covering the pan-European domain.

1 IceSheet SurfaceElevationProducts are freely available for download after simple registration. We will frequently update and extend the data sets on the portal.

The products are generated by ENVEO and several partners in various projects, funded by ESA, EC and national agencies. In order to further improve the portal and its usability, your feedback is very welcome.

For more information, contact Thomas Nagler and the ENVEO Team (




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Dr. Allen Pope Appointed New IASC Executive Secretary

1 AllenPope30 September 2016:

Following a competitive hiring process with various highly qualified candidates, the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) is happy to announce that Dr. Allen Pope will be IASC´s new Executive Secretary as of 01 January 2017.

Before coming to IASC, Dr. Allen Pope held positions as a research scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (University of Colorado Boulder) and the Polar Science Center (University of Washington) where he researched remote sensing of glaciers. He also was a visiting scientist at Dartmouth College where he taught a course on Polar remote sensing. Allen holds a Ph.D. and a M.Phil. in Polar Studies from Cambridge University where he worked on multispectral remote sensing of Arctic glaciers and conducted glaciological fieldwork in Antarctica, Iceland, Svalbard, Sweden, Alaska, Canada, and Nepal. He has worked extensively with a range of international scientific organizations, including as a council member of the American Geophysical Union and president of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists. You can find out more about Allen and his research at He also enjoys sharing and discussing polar science with the public and tweets @PopePolar.

2 VolkerRacholdDr. Pope has also worked with SCAR in a number of ways over the past few years and we look forward to working with him and IASC in his new capacity.

SCAR would also like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing IASC Executive Secretary, Dr. Volker Rachold, for his many years of service to IASC and the Arctic Research Community. Under Volker’s leadership we continued to develop a great working relationship between SCAR and IASC and accomplished much together. Volker helped to spur many of the International Polar Year activities together with SCAR and we wish him well in his new endeavors.

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APECS International Directorate to be hosted by AWI from February 2017

28 September 2016:

APECS logo lowresThe Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research are pleased to announce that the APECS International Directorate will be hosted by AWI at its research centre in Potsdam, Germany for five years from February 2017. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between both this week. The staff of the APECS International Directorate at AWI will include the APECS Executive Director, Dr. Gerlis Fugmann, and Heike Midleja as new half-time APECS Administrative Assistant (currently Administrative Assistant for the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC)).

The APECS is an international and interdisciplinary organization for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, early faculty members, educators and others with interests in the polar and alpine regions and the wider cryosphere. By providing networking and career development opportunities, APECS’ activities aim to: a) raise the profile of polar research; b) develop effective leaders in research, education and outreach; and c) stimulate interdisciplinary and international research collaborations. To achieve this, APECS works with many partners in the international polar research community and has, among others, close connections with IASC and SCAR, with whom it has had a Memorandum of Understanding since 2008.

SCAR would like to take this opportunity to thank UiT The Arctic University of Norway, the Norwegian Polar Institute and the Research Council of Norway for their years of support in hosting the APECS International Directorate.

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Asian Forum for Polar Sciences August Newsletter Available

AFoPS 08 20167 September 2016:

We are pleased to share with you the publication of the latest issue of the Asian Forum for Polar Sciences (AFoPS) newsletter. Highlights in this issue include an update on a special meeting to discuss AFoPS in the next decade, APS’ New Website, CHINARE32, JARE58 Training, Thailand’s New MOUs, and Korea-Chile Cooperation.

Download the newsletter here. For more information on AFoPS, visit their website.



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