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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.

UK Call For Comments on the Concept Design of a New Polar Research Vessel

The United Kingdom's Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has invited the international polar science community to submit comments on the concept design of a new polar research vessel, in terms of its science capability and capacity requirements. This new vessel, which will enter service in Fall 2019, will be operated for NERC by the British Antarctic Survey. The deadline for comments is January 31st, 2015.
For more information, and to submit any input you may have, we encourage you to visit the following link:

Arctic Offshore Conference, 27-28 November 2014

ARC logo A4 s h pos transparentThe Arctic Offshore Conference will be held 27-28 November 2014 in Aarhus, Denmark. The focus of the conference will be on regulatory governance of offshore activities, with an emphasis on risks of oil spill in the Arctic seas.

As climate change is dramatically affecting the Arctic environment, the region is witnessing substantial new development opportunities in sectors like fossil energy oil, gas and renewable energies (e.g. wind
power, hydroelectricity and geothermal power). Complex challenges simultaneously arise in terms of environmental protection, health and social issues in regions where indigenous peoples and civil participation in decision-making on public issues is still evolving.

Timo Koivurova, Director for the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law, Arctic Centre/University of Lapland, will be the keynote speaker at this event. Other presenters with expertise on the Arctic region from both Aarhus University and international institutions will be coming from a wide spectrum of disciplines such as political science, law, anthropology, bioscience, health etc. For further information on the conference, please click here.

Polar Marine Science

From Chemistry to Modelling via Biology and Physical Oceanography in the Changing Polar Systems
March 14-15, 2015
Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort
Lucca (Barga), Italy

The Gordon Research Seminar on Polar Marine Science is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The GRS will allow attendees to exchange and communicate their research within the young scientific community but also with the senior mentoring scientists present. We will evolve from small scale to the larger scale for both the Arctic and the Antarctic, the different disciplines will be covered within the different scales of study.

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by February 14, 2015. Any applicants who wish to be considered for an oral presentation should submit their application by December 14, 2014. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by December 14, 2014. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster.

The Polar Marine Science Gordon Research Seminar will be held in conjunction with the Polar Marine Science Gordon Research Conference. Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Please refer to the Polar Marine Science GRC web page for more information.

Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy Announces Upcoming Webinar

The Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP) will host a webinar titled "A Tale of Two Synthesis Efforts: The PacMARS and SOAR Programs" on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. AKST. It will be presented by Jackie Grebmeier (UMCES) and Sue Moore (NOAA/Fisheries).

Over the past 2-3 years, the PacMARS and SOAR programs have focused the efforts of a suite of researchers, Arctic residents, and resource managers on providing a synthesis of existing information regarding the state of the Pacific Arctic marine ecosystem. While the two programs have similar goals, the approach taken by each can be likened to the 'tortoise/SOAR and hare/PacMARS' story.

The Synthesis of Arctic Research (SOAR/5 year program), supported by the BOEM, Alaska Region, was initiated in 2011 with the overarching goal to increase scientific understanding of the relationships among oceanographic conditions, benthic organisms, lower trophic prey species (forage fish and zooplankton), seabirds, and marine mammal distribution and behavior in the Pacific Arctic--with results of this effort the publication of peer-reviewed papers as a 'special issue' of a science journal coupled to outreach communications to local residents, resource managers and the public (

The Pacific Marine Arctic Synthesis (PacMARS/2 year program), supported by the North Pacific Research Board (NPRB), was initiated in 2012, with the overall goal to provide guidance for scientific research needs in
the region, as well as to serve stakeholder needs for understanding this important ecosystem and its vulnerabilities--with results of this effort the publication of a final report listing all relevant data sources and the establishment of a data portal to provide efficient access to these data for scientists, resource managers and the public

Speakers: Jackie Grebmeier, UMCES and Sue Moore, NOAA/Fisheries

Tuesday, 18 November 2014
10:00-11:00 a.m. AKST

To register for the webinar, please go to:

For further information on the ACCAP Alaska Climate webinars, to
subscribe to their podcasts, and for archived webinars please go to:

For questions, please contact:
Tina Buxbaum
Phone: 907-474-7812
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IARPC requests expertise and collaboration

iarpcIARPC Collaborations is an innovative collaboration space that brings together funding agencies and Arctic scientists from Federal, State,academic, non-governmental, industry, and other organizations to share knowledge and resources on a range of topics related to U.S.-federally-funded research in the Arctic. IARPC wishes to harness talent and expertise from as many sources as possible. If you can contribute your expertise, please request an IARPC account at this link and join the conversation.

Evaluation of the Cryosphere in CMIP5 Models session at IACS Symposium C15

IUGGAbstracts are now being accepted for a session on the representation of the cryosphere in CMIP5 modelsat the 26th International Union on Geodesy and Geophysics general assembly from 22 June - 2 July 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic.

The Fifth Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP5) provides a large multi-model ensemble of historical simulations, idealized experiments, and future projections that were used extensively in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report. Although some initial evaluation of the ability of the CMIP5 models to simulate aspects of the cryosphere was undertaken in Chapter 9 of the IPCC report, more in-depth evaluation remains to be done. This symposium invites contributions in which cryosphere components (sea-ice, snow, ice sheets, permafrost, etc) in CMIP5 models are evaluated by comparison to a range of in-situ and remotely-sensed data. Novel evaluation approaches, in which important physical processes are identified and probed, are particularly
welcome, as are contributions to understanding the link between model quality (as evaluated by comparison to historical observations) and confidence in model predictions on seasonal to interannual time scales, and in model projections of longer-term future climate. Careful evaluation of model biases and shortcomings also helps guide ongoing model development through the identification of processes or feedbacks that are not well represented. Therefore, this symposium also invites contributions in which model evaluation is applied to understanding shortcomings in the representation of cryospheric processes and linking these to improvements that have or could be made. This symposium is co-sponsored by CliC (Climate and Cryosphere, World Climate Research Programme).

Convener: Alexandra Jahn (Boulder, Colorado, USA)
Co-conveners: Gerhard Krinner (Grenoble, France) and Francois Massonnet (Louvain, Belgium)

Community Ice Sheet Model (CISM) version 2.0 released

The Los Alamos National Laboratory is pleased to announce the release of the Community Ice Sheet Model (CISM) version 2.0, a next-generation ice sheet model for use in predicting ice sheet evolution in a changing climate. CISM 2.0 is freely available to the glaciology and climate modeling communities. It serves as the ice dynamics component of the Community Earth System Model (CESM), which is one of the first global climate models to include coupled, dynamic ice sheets. The starting point for CISM 2.0 is the Glimmer ice sheet model developed at the University of Bristol and elsewhere. With CISM 2.0, the original Glimmer model has been extended to include higher-order ice dynamics and scalable parallelism. This work has been done by the U.S. Department of Energy with contributions from the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the University of Montana, the University of Colorado, New York University, the University of Bristol, the University of Edinburgh, Swansea University, and the University of Zurich. CISM 2.0 runs on a regular mesh using a mixture of finite-difference, finite-volume, and finite-element methods. While written in Fortran 90, it includes and allows for software interfaces to code written in C++. CISM 2.0 is open-source software licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL).
CISM 2.0 includes the following new features relative to the Glimmer and Glimmer-CISM models: 

*   Robust, parallel, 2D and 3D, higher-order accurate approximations to the Stokes momentum balance (Blatter-Pattyn, SSA, L1L2) 

*   3D, parallel mass and temperature transport 

*   Software interfaces to modern C++ based solver libraries (e.g., Trilinos 

*   Replacement of Autotools build system with Cmake build system 

*   Addition of new higher-order test cases, including several with analytical solutions 

*   Re-ordering of time step to be fully consistent with explicit forward Euler scheme 

*   New high-level "cism_driver", which replaces and reproduces functionality of several old drivers and allows for more flexible integration of additional and/or external dycores 

*   Re-arrangement of directory structure 

*   Modifications to Glint coupling software to support coupling to CESM and other climate models that compute the surface mass balance external to the ice sheet model 

*   New and updated documentation

CISM 2.0 will be hosted by the CISM Github organization (A download link for an archive of the code is also available from the CISM website). More information, including full documentation of the code and information on user mailing lists, can be found at the CISM website.

Two webinars

Applied Research in Environmental Sciences Nonprofit, Inc. are hosting two upcoming Web seminars using WebEx.

Webinar 1.
Topic: Coastal Erosion Workshop for Alaska's North Slope: Weather and Regional Shoreline Changes
Host: Kathleen Fischer
Date and Time:
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 10:00 am, Alaska Daylight Time (Anchorage, GMT-08:00)
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 11:00 am, Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 1:00 pm, Central Daylight Time (Chicago, GMT-05:00)
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 2:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
John Lingaas and Louise Fode, National Weather Service, on North Slope weather.
Ann Gibbs, USGS Santa Cruz, on shoreline changes using GIS.

Webinar 2.
Topic: Coastal Erosion Workshop for Alaska's North Slope: Monitoring Basics and Online Tools
Host: Kathleen Fischer
Date and Time:
Thursday, October 30, 2014 10:00 am, Alaska Daylight Time (Anchorage, GMT-08:00)
Thursday, October 30, 2014 11:00 am, Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-7:00)
Thursday, October 30, 2014 1:00 pm, Central Daylight Time (Chicago, GMT-05:00)
Thursday, October 30, 2014 2:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Orson P. Smith, University of Alaska Anchorage College of Engineering (retired) on North Slope coastal erosion causes, responses, and related data needs.
Nicole Kinsman, Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, on online tools developed by her agency.

For more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Polar Law Symposium Livestream

From 29th October to 31st October 2014, the Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania, Australia will be hosting the 7th Polar Law Symposium. In a time of rapid change in both geographical and geopolitical arenas, the way we manage the polar regions through international legal mechanisms are of critical importance.

We invite APECS members to follow the proceedings of the conference which will cover various aspects of polar law; including human rights, environmental law, territorial law, with a special focus on the role of Asian states in polar affairs. The program can be found here: polarlaw2014/program

The live streamed event, which is accessible all over the globe, can be found at This stream will also be linked with social media, where you can ask questions of the speakers:
Facebook: polarlawsymposium
Twitter: @polar_law or #polarlaw
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Abstracts Now Being Accepted For the Worlds Symposium on Climate Change Adaption (WSCCA-2015)

wsccaClimate change is among the major challenges of modern times. As the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has shown, there are still many challenges ahead and many needs to be met, calling from action not only from government, but also from various stakeholders.

Apart from the knowledge offered by modelling and forecasts which allows us to understand the problem and how it develops in the future, we need to know more about approaches, methods and tools, which may help us to cope with the social, economic and political problems posed by climate change now. In order words, we need to speed up developments in the field of climate change adaptation.

It is against this background that the "World Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation" is being organised. The event is a joint initiative by Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), the Research and Transfer Centre "Applications of Life Sciences" of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and the Baltic University Programme in Uppsala (Sweden), in cooperation with the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP) and the United Nations University initiative "Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development" (RCE). The Symposium will be a truly interdisciplinary event, covering some of the key areas in the field of climate change adaptation.

The "World Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation" will focus on "innovative approaches to implement climate change adaptation", and will contribute to the further development of this fast-growing field.

Details of the Symposium are available here.

An abstract submission form and guidelines are available here

The abstract submission deadline is 20 December 2014
The early bird registration deadline for the symposium is 30 January 2015
The deadline for submission of full papers is 30 March 2015
The symposium registration deadline is 30 May 2015


ISAR-4/ICARP III Symposium C5 Session

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We invite you to submit abstracts to the session C5: Advances in Transdisciplinary Arctic Research: Progress on Building Collaborative Agendas for Research Supporting Solutions for Sustainability as part of the ISAR-4 / ICARP III Symposium within the ASSW 2015 to be held in Toyama, Japan on April 27-30 2015. The Symposium will address the overarching themes "Rapid change of the Arctic climate system and its global influence" (ISAR-4) and "Integrating Arctic Research: a Roadmap for the Future" (ICARP III).

For more information and to submit your abstract to this session please visit:

Please note the deadline for abstract submission is November 10, 2014.

Read more: ISAR-4/ICARP III Symposium C5 Session

Call For Comments - North Atlantic - Arctic System

The North Atlantic-Arctic Planning Workshop organizing committee
announces that the draft North Atlantic-Arctic System Science Plan is
now available for public comment.

The international workshop, which convened in April 2014, provided a
forum to discuss the state of science in the North Atlantic-Arctic
system and begin planning the next phase of interdisciplinary research,
with an emphasis on mechanisms to facilitate international
collaboration. A meeting report summarizing key discussions that took
place at this workshop was published in the 2 September 2014 issue of

The outcome of this workshop will be a community-vetted science plan
that outlines a core vision for advancing the next phase of research on
the North Atlantic-Arctic system and strengthening international
collaborations within and between the European Union and North America.
The science plan will be finalized by early 2015, and will be used by
U.S. and international funding agencies for planning and coordination of
future North Atlantic-Arctic research opportunities.

Deadline for submitting comments: Friday, 17 October 2014.

Comments may be submitted via email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For further information and to download the draft science plan, please
go to:

To read the EOS meeting report abstract, please go to:

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