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International school-conference for young scientists “Climate, geography and environment of the Russian Arctic”

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We are pleased to announce the International school-conference for young scientists “Climate, geography and environment of the Russian Arctic” which will take place in Apatity town, Murmansk region, Russia on 4-10 September 2016.

The conference is organized by the Institute of the North Industrial Ecology Problems (Kola Science Center RAS), Institute of Geography RAS, the Faculty of Geography Lomonosov Moscow State University and A.M. Obukhov Institute of Atmospheric Physics RAS. We would like to invite you to register to our event especially if you are Bachelor, Master or PhD students or young scientists under 35 years old. The school will have a focus on research in the field of geography, palaeogeography, climatology and oceanography of polar regions of Russia within the following topics:

  1. Evolution and modern dynamics of terrestrial and marine ecosystems of the Arctic;
  2. Present conditions and projected changes of the climatic system of the Arctic;
  3. History of study and exploration of the Russian Arctic;
  4. Ecologic, economic and social problems of the Arctic;
  5. Perspectives of the development of Arctic region in the changing climate

The conference programme will be complimented by the lectures and presentations of senior scientists and experts in the field of Arctic research. The most interesting presentations of the young scientists will be considered for publication in the periodicals of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

No registration fee is required. Travel and accommodation costs are the sole responsibility of participants. Official languages of the conference – Russian and English.

Important deadlines:

1 May – Conference website launched, registration form is available online at http://apatity2016.ru

1 June – Registration deadline

For any questions, please get in touch with the Organizing Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

More information coming soon!

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Arctic-FROST travel awards

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The Arctic-FROST research coordination network announces the availability of travel awards for Early Career Researchers to attend The Third Arctic-FROST network meeting and Early Career Scholars Workshop on Arctic Sustainability in the Global Context in Vienna, Austria on 9-12 September 2016.

Application Deadline: 30 April 2016

Arctic FRontiers Of SusTainability: Resources, Societies, Environments and Development in the Changing North (Arctic-FROST) is a new NSF-funded international interdisciplinary collaborative network that teams together environmental and social scientists, local educators and
community members from all circumpolar countries to enable and mobilize research on sustainable Arctic development, specifically aimed at
improving health, human development and well-being of Arctic communities while conserving ecosystem structures, functions and resources under
changing climate conditions

The theme of the Annual Meeting and Early Career Scholars Workshop is on Arctic Sustainability in the Global Context. Papers should deal with one
of the following topics:

Sustainability and sustainable development in the Arctic or Sub-Arctic of particular relevance to the rest of the world;
Comparative studies of sustainability between Arctic and other regions;
Studies from various geographic contexts, which provide valuable insights into Arctic sustainability; and
Studies that analyze the role of outside actors in arctic sustainable development.

The main focus question of the conference is "What Can Arctic Sustainability Research Learn from or Teach the Rest of the World?"

To be Eligible, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Be an early career scholar (5 years since PhD) or current graduate student;
- Be an Arctic-FROST network member. You can register online.
-Be prepared to make an oral presentation on the subject related to sustainability and/or sustainable development in the Arctic or Sub-Arctic regions at the meeting; and
- Be available to participate in all conference and workshop activities.

Applications are being accepted from eligible applicants in all countries, disciplines and institution types. Applications from Indigenous scholars and Arctic residents are especially encouraged.

To apply please send an extended abstract of your paper (500-700 words) a short biosketch (1 page), and a statement of interest for
participating in the workshop (1 page) to Ann Crawford (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Andrey Petrov (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Arctic-FROST will cover full cost of attendance including travel and accommodations. The participants will be expected to comply with NSF travel requirements.

For more information, go to: http://uni.edu/arctic/frost/

IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme Oceans Photographer of the Year 2016

The IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme invites you to submit up to 3 photographs per category: (A) Marine Life (B) The Poles (C) Destinations (D) Human impact (E) Marine Conservation (F) Open Choice.

Please send your photos and any questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For rules and more information visit: www.tinyurl.com/2016GMPPphotocompetition. Open for entries until the 25th of May 2016

Arctic-FROST Annual Network Meeting and Early Career Scholars Workshop 2016

NSF Arctic-FROST ANNUAL NETWORK MEETING AND EARLY CAREER SCHOLARS WORKSHOP: Arctic Sustainability in the Global Context: What can we learn from or teach the rest of the world?

VIENNA, AUSTRIA, SEPTEMBER 9-12, 2016

The Arctic-FROST research coordination network is pleased to announce the availability of travel awards for Early Career Researchers to attend The Third Arctic-FROST network meeting and Early Career Scholars Workshop on Arctic Sustainability in the Global Context in Vienna, Austria (September 9-12, 2016).

Arctic-FROST: Arctic FRontiers Of SusTainability: Resources, Societies, Environments and Development in the Changing North is a new NSF-funded international interdisciplinary collaborative network that teams together environmental and social scientists, local educators and community members from all circumpolar countries to enable and mobilize research on sustainable Arctic development, specifically aimed at improving health, human development and well-being of Arctic communities while conserving ecosystem structures, functions and resources under changing climate conditions

The theme of the Annual Meeting and Early Career Scholars Workshop is on Arctic Sustainability in the Global Context. Papers could deal with (1) sustainability and sustainable development in the Arctic or Sub-Arctic of particular relevance to the rest of the world, (2) comparative studies of sustainability between Arctic and other regions, (3) studies from various geographic contexts, which provide valuable insights into Arctic sustainability, (4) studies that analyze the role of outside actors in arctic sustainable development are welcome.

  • The main focus question of the conference is “What can Arctic sustainability research learn from or teach the rest of the world?”

At this first meeting the Arctic-FROST casts a wide net and welcomes papers that address one of the following broad categories:

  • Sustainable environments
  • Sustainable economies
  • Sustainable cultures
  • Sustainable regions/communities

All participants:

  1. Will present their work at the Annual Meeting (all papers/presentations will be published online and considered for inclusion in the Arctic-FROST edited volume and/or in Polar Geography)
  2. Will participate in discussions and round tables with leading sustainability science researchers
  3. Will participate in the Workshop activities immediately following the Annual Meeting

Eligibility: an applicant shall be

  1. early career scholar (5 years since PhD) or current graduate student;
  2. Arctic-FROST network member by registering at www.uni.edu/arctic/frost
  3. prepared make an oral presentation on the subject related to sustainability and/or sustainable development in the Arctic or Sub-Arctic regions at the meeting and
  4. available to participate in all conference and workshop activities.

We accept applications from eligible applicants from all countries, disciplines and institution types. Applications from Indigenous scholars and Arctic residents are especially encouraged.

Funding: Arctic-FROST will cover full cost of attendance including travel and accommodations. Normally funds will be paid after the travel is completed; based on the reimbursement claim. The participants will be expected to comply with NSF travel requirements.

Application Deadline: April 30th, 2016

Application: submit extended abstract of your paper (500-750 words), short biosketch (1 page), statement of interest in workshop participation (1 page), register as Arctic-FROST member at www.uni.edu/arctic/frost

Send your applications and inquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (copy to both emails).

Call for Papers: A European Arctic Policy: the role of non-Arctic members

The International Congress A European Arctic Policy: the role of non- Arctic Member States (June 10, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain) will discuss the role played by non- Arctic European Member States in designing a regional Arctic policy. The conference will be developed on the basis of the papers received through the call issued in April 2015.

The call for papers is open to all early careers, researchers and senior scientists whose contributions can enrich the reflection on the topic.

SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS - DEADLINE 30 APRIL 2016

More information here. 

Ph.D. Summer School univie: Vienna Arctic Summer School 2016 (VASS)

The University of Vienna, in cooperation with the European University in St. Petersburg is pleased to announce the call for a Ph.D. summer school that will take place from 08.28. to 09.09.2016 in Vienna, Austria.

VASS is an intensive mix of lectures, workshops and a field trip for Ph. D. students and young researchers, focusing on topics including tourism, resource extraction and infrastructure. The excursion to the Alps showcases a region that has many similarities with the Arctic and has faced similar challenges in the past.

Ph.D. students and early career scholars from the Arctic social sciences are encouraged to apply no later than April 04, 2016 under ilja.steffelbauer(at)univie.ac.at.

For further information see the attached long call or visit our website at:
https://ksa.univie.ac.at/forschung/projekte/enmote-research-group/univie-vass-vienna-arctic-summer-school/

New Polar Challenge Launched

Wanted: Autonomous vehicle for 2,000 kilometre mission under sea-ice
Reward: 500 000 Swiss francs

The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation have launched a new Polar Challenge to develop an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) capable of a 2,000 km mission under the sea-ice in the Arctic or Antarctic.

The aim is to stimulate innovation into new monitoring tools for the Polar oceans, to complement satellite observations and ultimately expand scientific research capabilities and climate services in both the Arctic and Antarctic.

The Polar Challenge – with a prize of 500 000 Swiss francs – is being announced during the Arctic Science Summit Week, 12-18 March in Fairbanks, USA.

“With the Polar Challenge, we hope to open new horizons in under-ice navigation, endurance and environmental monitoring,” said WCRP Director David Carlson. “This is vital to improve our understanding of the polar oceans which are key indicators of environmental change and which have major influences on global climate.”

“The reliability of long-term climate change outlooks in Polar regions is severely limited by the scarcity and cost of in-situ systematic observations of the sea-ice and below,” emphasized WCRP Senior Scientist Michel Rixen.

“New generation AUVs such as underwater gliders provide a potential cost-effective option for scaling up observing networks for the Polar regions. The Polar Challenge seeks to stimulate innovation in new technology to help scientists unravel some of the mysteries hidden under sea ice,” said Mr Rixen.

The WCRP and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation hope the competition will promote technological innovation towards a future cost-effective, autonomous and scalable observing network for ice-covered ocean regions based on a fleet of such platforms, similar to what ARGO, a global network of more than 3,500 free-drifting floats, has accomplished for the open ocean.

AUVs are already used in an operational context around the world in ice-free zones, and they surface on a regular basis to get a GPS fix and to transmit environmental data. They are able to collect crucial and high quality oceanographic observations (such as temperature, salinity, chlorophyll and acidity) at much lower cost compared to conventional observing systems.

But under the sea-ice, the operating range, positioning and data transmission represent major challenges for current underwater vehicles. The integration of recent progress regarding power systems, and navigation and communication techniques for example, would expand the scope of applications of such vehicles, currently mainly limited to the open ocean.

The Polar Challenge will be at least three-fold, in terms of under-ice navigation, endurance and environmental monitoring. It will include a set of specified and required scientific measurements. The challenge offers new potential to develop data sets of ice and under-ice properties in unexplored territories. Eventually these vehicles will help scientists monitor ocean heat, fresh water inputs and exchanges, and ocean acidification in those regions.

The WCRP is inviting contributions from all relevant stakeholders to this important and exciting initiative. This effort advances WCRP research priorities in polar oceans. It will also contribute to the World Meteorological Organization’s Polar initiatives and is expected to benefit the wider stakeholder community (weather, ocean, environment, safety, transport, energy, tourism, etc).

The World Climate Research Programme is sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO.

For further details, including competition rules and registration, see the Polar Challenge website.

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World Heritage potential in the Arctic

Marine science experts from around the world gathered at UNESCO’s Headquarters in a two-day working meeting to explore possible new marine World Heritage sites in the Arctic. Experts discussed unique and exceptional Arctic features that could potentially merit inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage list for their nature conservation values.

The Arctic is home to geological features and animals found nowhere else in the world. It is also ground zero for climate change, warming at twice the rate of the rest of the world. As sea ice retreats and the area becomes increasingly accessible to shipping and oil and gas development, the need for conservation of the area’s Outstanding Universal Values grows.  At present, there are just two World Heritage sites in the region: Ilulissat Icefjord and Natural System of Wrangel Island ReserveEarlier work by the World Heritage Centre and International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) determined that the Arctic region is underrepresented on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

Participants debated the Arctic regions’ most unique natural features that are currently underrepresented on the World Heritage List, including distinctive geological processes, iconic species and high densities of endemic biodiversity found nowhere else. They also studied potential new sites that could meet the World Heritage criteria and compared them with sites that are currently listed on the tentative World Heritage List.

A key conclusion of the meeting centered on the intimate interaction between local communities, traditional cultures and the Arctic’s natural environment and agreed that the Outstanding Universal Value of the Arctic region should be considered from both its cultural and natural perspectives.

This week’s scientific meeting was part of an innovative multi-year project led by IUCN in partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the World Heritage Centre’s Marine Programme. It is made possible through the generous support of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. The results are expected to be launched at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawaii, September 2016.

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POLAR ECOLOGY CONFERENCE

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Polar Ecology Conference is organised by the Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia from September 19th to September 21st 2016 - see program for more info. Main focus of the conference is the recent dynamics of Arctic ecosystems. Geographically the conference aims to the Arctic with special emphasis on Svalbard. However studies from Antarctica or high mountainous regions are highly appreciated as well.

During last decades the Czech Republic is slowly becoming an important member of the scientific community in the Arctic. We feel that the opportunity of meeting new people and creating new partnerships is especially appreciated by our young scientists and students. Therefore, the main goal of the conference is to welcome especially young researches from both fields of biological and Earth sciences. This conference is supposed to be an ideal place for exchanging knowledge and experiences.

Special attention will be paid to young scientists. The best poster and best oral presentation will be awarded a special prize by the scientific committee. Young scientist category is defined by being a student at the time of the conference or having the PhD finished less than 5 years ago.

APECS PANEL

In cooperation with Yulia Zaika(APECS) and Maja Lisowska (IASC) we will organize an APECS panel on "International scientific cooperation and fundraising". Practical tips from our experienced mentors would certainly help you to proceed in your future career, plan your research stays and prepare all whats necessary! The meeting is intended especially to young scientists but all the others are welcomed as well!


For more information please visit the conference website: http://polar.prf.jcu.cz/pec/pec2016/pec2016.html

“Arctic Floating University-2016” Expedition Project «Exploring the Novaya Zemlya mysteries»

вымывмывямыApplication deadline is 15 Febuaryплав

Expedition Dates: June 05-24, 2016

Expedition Duration: 20 days

Expedition Organizers: Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after M. V. Lomonosov, Roshydromet, Russian Geographical Society

Expedition Route: Arkhangelsk – Kolguev Island – Matveev Island – Dolgy Island – Belyi Nos Meteostation – Varnek Settlement (Vaygach Island) – Meteostation named after Fedorov (Vaygach Island) – Malye Karmakuly Settlement (Novaya Zemlya) – Russkaya Gavan’ Bay (Novaya Zemlya) – Mac Bay (Novaya Zemlya) – Inostrantsev Bay (Novaya Zemlya) – the Zhelaniya Cape (Novaya Zemlya) – Sosnovets Island – Arkhangelsk.

Expedition participants: 56 people (students, post-graduate students, research fellows of both Russian and foreign scientific and academic institutions)

RESEARCH PROGRAM:

- assessment of the conditions and degree of contamination of the local island territories of the former industrial activity zones in the areas of work for elimination of the accumulated environmental damage in Novaya Zemlya;

- study of the species diversity and populations at Novaya Zemlya archipelago and adjacent waters in the context of climate change;

- comprehensive monitoring of changes in the vegetation of the Arctic tundra transition zones in the context of climate change;

- study of the historical and cultural heritage of the Russian Arctic national park in order to develop tourism and educational activities;

- study of human body adaptation mechanisms to the conditions of high latitudes in the Arctic;

FINANCING

An organization of the expeditions is carried out by means of co-financing by the organizations participating in the project.

A participation fee per person is 280 thousand rubles. The fee covers: accommodation (the bed in the cabin, meal, and network connection), the transport expenditures and administrative costs during expedition.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION
February 15, 2016

Application should be send to e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CONTACT PERSON:

Elena Kalinova,

assistant of project leader, NARFU

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Application form 1 and form 2

PACES Workshop during ASSW 2016

During this year’s ASSW meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska, the air Pollution in the Arctic: Climate, Environment and Societies (PACES) project will hold a meeting entitled “Arctic air pollution: A collaborative framework for natural and social science” to which we would like to invite you.

The purpose is to draw together researchers active in the physical/chemical science of air pollution with those active in social science topics (e.g., development, sustainability, risk, adaptation, policy, health and more). We would like to explore common interests and begin to outline joint research objectives under PACES.

When: 14 March, 3-5h30 pm

Where: ASSW, Fairbanks, Alaska (room information will be circulated shortly before the meeting)

If you are unable to attend ASSW but would like to join remotely (please note the shift to Alaskan time), we would be happy to arrange this. Please let us know by 1 March if you plan to attend remotely.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us in case of questions (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

We are looking forward to seeing many of you.

The organizing committee
Sandy Starkweather, Kathy Law, Julia Schmale, Steve Arnold, Chuck Brock

Field-based bachelor courses in Arctic Geophysics at 78degrees North

Concurrent bachelor courses are available in The Middle Polar Atmosphere, Polar Meteorology and Climate, and Polar Ocean Climate at the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) in Autumn 2016 (August-December). Together, these courses provide students with a rigorous and hands-on introduction to geophysical processes and feedbacks between components of the Arctic atmosphere and ocean. The courses are available for any bachelor student enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education in Norway or internationally. Master's students can also be eligible for these courses. All instruction is in English.

The application deadline for these Autumn 2016 courses is February 15, 2016. More information on these courses, other course offerings, and UNIS in general can be found at www.unis.no

AGF-210, The Middle Polar Atmosphere
http://www.unis.no/course/agf-210-the-middle-polar-atmosphere/
This course will lead to basic understanding of key processes controlling the stratosphere and mesosphere in the polar regions. These include radiation, chemistry, dynamics and circulation, particle precipitation, aerosol physics and wave activity in the middle atmosphere. The formation and effect of planetary and gravity waves will be described. The importance of waves in connecting the middle atmosphere to the troposphere will be discussed. Special attention will be paid to how radar, lidar, optical and rocket instrumentation can be used to investigate the middle layers of the atmosphere.

The students will get an introduction to the physics of dust/aerosol particles and their role in formation of the noctilucent clouds, polar stratospheric clouds and mesospheric radar echoes. The fieldwork at the Kjell Henriksen Observatory (KHO) will be connected to airglow observations. Radar and lidar measurement techniques will be introduced during a trip to And?ya Space Center (ASC).

AGF-213, Polar Meteorology and Climate
http://www.unis.no/course/agf-213-polar-meteorology-and-climate/
The course covers a variety of themes important for the weather and climate in polar areas: small and local scale meteorology; boundary layer meteorology; turbulence; local wind phenomena such as katabatic and mountain winds; dynamic meteorology; radiation and remote sensing; atmospheric chemistry; numerical modelling and weather forecasting; climate processes and climate change. Emphasis will be on the differences between the polar atmosphere and the atmosphere at mid-latitudes and on understanding the physical processes involved.

The field component of the course provides an introduction to a number of meteorological observational techniques. Special attention will be paid to exchange processes between the atmosphere and diverse surfaces, local meteorological processes typical of polar regions and the challenges of weather forecasting in the Arctic.

AGF-214, Polar Ocean Climate
http://www.unis.no/course/agf-214-polar-ocean-climate/
The course gives an overview of the water masses and current systems in the Arctic Basin, the Greenland, Norwegian, and Barents Seas, and a comparison with the Southern Ocean around Antarctica. Convection associated with cooling and freezing of surface water influences the vertical structure of the water masses. The thermobaric effect on the compressibility of seawater has its relevance for determining the deep circulation in the world?s oceans. The small-scale double diffusion also has an impact on convection in regions where the conditions for this process are favourable.

The dynamic theory is associated with the circulation and current systems in the different Polar Regions, in particular the Arctic Basin, the Greenland Sea, and the circulation around Antarctica. Essential processes here are the wind-induced circulation, including rotational effects, upwelling and downwelling associated with wind-induced divergence and convergence, and also tidal currents. Frontal dynamics and the topographic impact on current systems are also covered.
Fieldwork will take place during a scientific cruise with a research vessel. Students make reports from selected field measurements.

The University Centre in Svalbard
The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) is the world's northernmost institution for higher education and research, located in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen at 78?N. UNIS offers high quality courses at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate level in Arctic Biology, Arctic Geology, Arctic Geophysics and Arctic Technology. There is no tuition fee at UNIS, but in order to do a course at UNIS all students need to pay a semester fee of NOK 500 (ca. EUR 58).

-- Marius O. Jonassen Associate Professor Department of Arctic Geophysics The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) +47 7902 3300

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