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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.

EarthCube is Soliciting Challenging Use Cases in Polar Sciences

Is your research hindered by a technical or computational problem? Is
managing your data an overwhelming challenge? Are you spending your
research dollars on servers instead of science?

We're building EarthCube to help scientists like you do your work and make
discoveries. EarthCube's goal is to transform geosciences research by
developing and leveraging computer-based technologies (cyberinfrastructure)
to address the computational challenges that can tax even basic research.
We want to know what you need the EarthCube cyberinfrastructure to do for

Adding your use case(s) to our library will ensure that your community's
requirements are considered by the EarthCube technical planning effort.
Please sign up here: for a 90-minute interview to
discuss what you need EarthCube to do.

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For more information on the EarthCube Use Case Working Group effort,
including examples of completed use cases, please see

Call for Papers: Journal Advances in Polar Science

Dear Colleagues,
We would like to draw to your attention and request that you consider submitting a manuscript to Journal Advances in Polar Science (APS) sponsored by Polar Research Institute of China and Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration.
We are now soliciting papers on relevant polar research topics for of APS Vol. 27 No. 1, No. 2 to be published towards the March, June of 2016 respectively. APS accepts four types of manuscripts:
(1) Reviews: Summarizing results and achievements in a particular topic or an area, commenting on the current situation, and advising on research directions.
(2) Articles: Reporting important original results in any area of polar science.
(3) Letters: Briefly presenting novel and innovative findings related to polar science.
(4) Trends: Reporting important scientific news, information, and academic affairs, as well as major international programs in all areas of polar science.
We hope that you might consider submitting a paper to this issue which will have a quick review and publication time.
Submission of new manuscripts can be made online at and should follow the format given in the "Instructions" for authors at the journal website
We welcome your involvement in this and future editions of Advances in Polar Science. We look forward to the submission of new manuscripts and for any suggestions of future ?Special Issues? (which can be made via email to the editorial office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). We encourage you to share this announcement broadly with interested colleagues.

Mr. Xiaoliang Ling

Associate Editor
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Submission Online:
Tel 86-21-58713642
Editorial Office of Advances in Polar Science
Polar Research Institute of China
451 Jinqiao Road, Pudong New Area
Shanghai 20136

Cryospheric Sciences" section of "Frontiers in Earth Sciences

Dear colleagues,

the "Cryospheric Sciences" section of "Frontiers in Earth Sciences" was launched in June 2015, and the first papers have been published.

"Cryospheric Sciences" aims for rapid publication of original, innovative, high-quality research on all aspects of the cryosphere. So far a total of 10 papers including topics on glaciers, ice sheets, sea-ice and permafrost have been published with an average of 3.5 months between first submission and acceptance (when the paper instantaneously is available online).
Around a dozen papers are currently in review.

Selected features of the journal include:
- a wide range of article types
- Submitted or rejected papers are not online at any time.
- an innovative online review system enabling direct discussions between authors, editors and reviewers
- innovative system of impact metrics
- Special issues (so-called 'Research Topics') can be initiated by anybody (Special issues have 25% lower fees).
- FEES are independent of number of pages or use of color, depending only on the article type. Rejected articles are not charged any fees.
Original research papers: $1900; Mini Reviews, Perspectives ... : $875; Opinion ...: $250; Book Review, Commentary ...): free
- COPYRIGHT is retained with the authors.
- Currently there are 17 Associate Editors covering the breadth of cryospheric sciences, and >100 so-called 'Review Editors' who constitute a pool of primary 'go-to reviewers'.

We hope this new journal complements the existing ones in our field. Looking forward to your submissions.

New grid of terrestrial gravity anomalies in Antarctica released

New grid of terrestrial gravity anomalies in Antarctica released

Announcing the release of a gridded dataset of terrestrial
(free-air and Bouguer) gravity anomalies in Antarctica. It is for the
first time that a gravity anomaly dataset comprises almost the entire
Antarctic continent. It is based on 13 million data points and covers an
area of 10 million km**2 corresponding to 73% of the Antarctic continent.

The new dataset is given as grid with a resolution of 10 km and
comprises free-air gravity anomaly, Bouguer anomaly as well as an
accuracy measure. The data are available at:

The derivation of the data grid is described by an article entitled "New
Antarctic Gravity Anomaly Grid for Enhanced Geodetic and Geophysical
Studies in Antarctica" by M. Scheinert et al., published in "Geophysical
Research Letters" (accepted article online at since 8 January 2016, proofreading
still in progress).
Please cite this paper whenever you publish results of your work using
these data.

I would also like to acknowledge the huge efforts by numerous colleagues
at many different institutions worldwide, who managed to accomplish
gravity measurements in Antarctica and contributed data. This fruitful
international cooperation is coordinated in the framework of IAG
(International Association of Geodesy) Subcommission 2.4f ?Gravity and
Geoid in Antarctica? (AntGG) and SCAR (Scientific Committee on Antarctic
Research) ?Expert Group on Geodetic Infrastructure in Antarctica?
(GIANT), which I?m delighted to chair. With more data to be compiled,
updates of the Antarctic gravity grid are planned to be released in the
near future.

Mirko Scheinert

MBAL and GMBANAL: Newly released compilations of mass-balance data

Dear colleagues - Some of you may be interested in the recent appearance of new
releases of GMBAL, a compilation of global data on the annual and multi-annual
mass balance of glaciers, obtained by direct (glaciological) and geodetic methods;
and GMBANAL, a continuation of GMBAL in which regional and global estimates are
provided by means of arithmetic averaging of the data and also by spatial
interpolation to unmeasured glaciers.

These new releases, each labelled as R1501, are now downloadable from (click Global Glaciology, then Mass
Balance of Small Glaciers for GMBAL or Global Analysis of Mass Balance for
GMBANAL). They supersede the previous release R1301 of two years ago and feature
continued steady growth of in-situ glaciological measurements and continued rapid
growth of geodetic measurements, especially regional-scale geodetic measurements.

As before, most of the glaciological measurements are drawn from the Fluctuations
of Glaciers database of the World Glacier Monitoring Service, but GMBAL includes
some that are not (yet) in that database. However GMBAL is currently by far the
most complete source of geodetic measurements. GMBANAL relies on version 5.0 of
the Randolph Glacier Inventory for its description of global glacier geography.

Canadian Northern Studies Trust (CNST) award application process for 2016-17 is now open

The Canadian Northern Studies Trust (CNST) is the student awards program of the Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies (ACUNS). It was established in 1982 to further the Association’s mandate to advance knowledge and understanding of Canada’s North by offering student awards for exceptional northern-based research. The purpose of the CNST is to foster scholars and scientists with northern experience and at the same time to enhance educational opportunities available for northern residents to obtain post-secondary education at Canadian colleges and universities.

The following awards are offered:

  1. CNST Scholarship $10,000
  2. Polar Knowledge Canada Scholarship $10,000
  3. The W. Garfield Weston Award for Northern Studies (Doctoral) 10 x $50,000
  4. The W. Garfield Weston Award for Northern Studies (Masters) 15 x $15,000
  5. Northern Resident Scholarship (graduate) 4x $10,000
  6. Northern Resident Award (undergraduate) 8x $5,000
  7. Caribou Research and Management Award $1,500 - $5,000
  8. Arctic Co-operatives Award $2,500
  9. Research Support Opportunity in Arctic Environmental Studies
  10. The W. Garfield Weston Postdoctoral Fellowship in Northern Research 4 x $50,000 + up to $10,000 in travel/conference expenses

To be eligible for a CNST award you must be:

  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Enrolled in full time post-secondary education at a recognized Canadian University or College
  • For the majority of the awards, you must have an aspect of northern or circumpolar fieldwork included as part of your research that is conducted within the term of your award. (ACUNS defines “northern” Canada as on or north of the line indicated on our Northern Boundary Map. To view the map, please consult our website.

Additional, award-specific requirements are included in award guidelines. The awards and amounts offered may change depending on availability.

Award deadline: January 29, 2016

For more information, applications and guidelines please visit:

New website launched

imageыва provides current information about the Arctic in English and Russian. The information is presented in an interesting, interactive format, including videos, photos, interactive maps and infographics.

The website features the following thematic sections: geography, climate change, infrastructure, population, natural resources, wildlife and environment, and economy, among others. It offers news, analysis, a calendar of events, photos and videos. publishes a large amount of exclusive material. Staff members attend Arctic-related events, go on trips, and obtain accurate and up-to-date information about the Russian Arctic while interacting with reputable organizations in the field: the Polar Explorers Association, the Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and Far East, the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, Northern (Arctic) Federal University, the Arctic Regional Public Foundation for the Support of Expeditionary Activity, and the Expedition Center of the Russian Geographical Society.

Check it here: 

Arctic Yearbook 2016 Call for Abstracts

Arctic Yearbook 2016
Call for Abstracts (deadline): 1 March 2016 (250-400 words)
Draft papers (deadline): 15 June 2016 (4000-6000 words)

The Arctic Yearbook ( is calling for abstracts for the 2016 edition.

The Arctic Yearbook is an international and peer-reviewed volume which focuses on issues of regional governance, circumpolar relations, geopolitics and security, all broadly defined including global aspects. It is an open access, online publication. The Arctic Yearbook is an initiative of the Northern Research Forum (NRF) and University of the Arctic's joint Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security.

This year's theme is "The Arctic Council: 20 Years of Regional Cooperation and Policy-Shaping". This theme is meant to evaluate the structure, impact and influence of the Arctic Council, within the context of the circumpolar region as well as a model of international organization. Many facets of the Arctic Council remain underexplored and scholars are invited to propose pieces that provide critical analysis and expand our knowledge and understanding of the organization and its role.

Topics may include, but are not limited to: analysis of the form and function of the Arctic Council, including the Ottawa Declaration in retrospect; a history of the Arctic Council including the Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy (AEPS) and different proposed models in retrospect; assessment and evaluation of the progress and impact of Arctic Council deliverables and agreements; the Senior Arctic Officials, Permanent Secretariat, Task Forces, Working Groups, Permanent Participants, Observers, chairmanships and/or funding structure; the role of non-Arctic Observer states and NGOs in relation to Permanent Participants and/or Working Groups; funding mechanisms and capacity-building efforts for the Permanent Participants; the Arctic Council's interaction with other international bodies and the international system (e.g. IMO, IHO, WMO, UN etc.); media perceptions/representations of the Arctic Council; the role and impact of the six Working Groups, either in combination or separately; the role and function of ancillary organizations such as the Arctic Economic Council and/or the Arctic Coast Guard Forum; the role (or lack of) of sub-national organizations in the Arctic Council; theoretical perspectives on the Arctic Council within an international relations context; the role and limitations of the Arctic Council in regional policy-shaping/policy-making; and future directions of the Arctic Council.

Other topics of contemporary significance to regional development, northern peoples, circumpolar relations, Arctic geopolitics and security will also be welcome.

Abstracts should be 250-400 words and include author name(s), institutional affiliation and article title, to be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The deadline for abstracts is March 1, 2016. Notice of acceptance will be provided on March 15, 2016. Articles must be submitted by June 15, 2016. Publication will occur in Fall 2016.

We also welcome proposals for commentaries (1-3 page opinion pieces) and briefing notes (4-7 page analyses) from experts and policymakers on current issues and events.


Lassi Heininen (Professor of Arctic Politics at the University of Lapland, Finland & Chair of the Northern Research Forum (NRF) Steering Committee, Head of NRF/UArctic Thematic Network on Geopolitics & Security) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Heather Exner-Pirot (Strategist for Outreach and Indigenous Engagement, University of Saskatchewan, Canada) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Joël Plouffe (PhD Candidate, École nationale d'administration publique (ENAP), Montréal, Québec, & Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lawson Brigham, Chair (Distinguished Professor of Geography & Arctic Policy, University of Alaska Fairbanks; Senior Fellow, Institute of the North, United States)
Alyson Bailes (Visiting Professor, University of Iceland Faculty of Political Science, United Kingdom)
Gail Fondahl (Professor of Geography, University of Northern British Columbia, Canada)
Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson (President of Iceland)
Hannu Halinen (former Arctic Ambassador, Finland; Special Advisor to the IIASA Director General and Chief Executive Officer Exploratory and Special Projects)
Steven E. Miller (Director of the International Security Program; Editor-in-Chief of International Security, Harvard University, United States)
Alexander Pelyasov (Russian Academy of Sciences; Director of the Center of Northern and Arctic Economics; Ministry of Economic Development & Trade, Russia)

An NSF Advanced Training Program in Antarctica for Early Career Scientists: Biological Adaptations to Environmental Change

This US National Science Foundation sponsored course will be held in Antarctica at Palmer Station (Antarctic Peninsula) in July 2016. The course is designed to train scientists who are interested in the study of extreme environments and the biology of Antarctic organisms. Applications are invited from graduate students currently enrolled in a PhD program and researchers who have an earned Ph.D. within the past five years. This is an international course, open to all nationalities. Partial scholarships are available to cover the cost of travel from home institution and full support is provided for room/board and science activities while in Antarctica. The emphasis of the Antarctic Biology Course is on integrative biology, with laboratory- and field-based projects focused on adaptations in an extreme polar environment. This program will also provide opportunities to understand and appreciate the complexities and logistical challenges of undertaking successful science in Antarctica. A diverse teaching faculty will offer students the opportunity to study a wide range of Antarctic organisms (bacteria, algae, invertebrates, and fish), using several different levels of biological analysis (molecular biology, physiological ecology, species diversity, and evolution). Deadline for receipt of completed applications is January 25, 2016. For more information and the on-line application see and

71st Juneau Icefield Research Program

Applications are now being accepted for the 71st annual Juneau Icefield Research Program (JIRP). The 2016 field season will take place June 24 - August 19.

Please submit applications by February 15 for priority consideration. Applicants will be notified by March 1.


The Juneau Icefield Research Program's mission is to provide an unrivaled educational and expeditionary experience in the stunning Coast Mountains of Alaska and British Columbia. We give students a wide range of training in Earth sciences, wilderness survival, and mountaineering skills, and provide unique opportunities for team building and personal growth.

The Juneau Icefield Research Program (JIRP) is an eight-week immersion in the wilderness of the Juneau Icefield, during which participants (undergraduate, graduate, and high school juniors and seniors) traverse from Juneau, Alaska to Atlin, British Columbia.

Please explore the JIRP website for more information:

Moscow Youth International Model Arctic Council

Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO) cordially invites you to the Moscow Youth International Model Arctic Council (MAC-2016).
MAC-2016 is to take place in Moscow, February 17-19, 2016. MAC-2016 is a simulative “business game”, which involves modelling the work of:

  • Arctic Contaminants Action Program (ACAP) Working Group;
  • Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP) Working Group;
  • Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Working Group;
  • Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response (EPPR) Working Group;
  • Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) Working Group;
  • Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG);
  • Arctic Economic Council;
  • Senior Arctic Officials’ Meeting;
  • Ministerial Meeting.

The event will also have a varied educational program, which includes lectures, seminars and workshops led by distinguished experts from Russia, as well as other Arctic States. At MAC-2016 you will also be able to meet Vladimir Barbin, Ambassador at Large, Senior Arctic Official of the Russian Federation, members of the Arctic Council Secretariat, representatives of businesses, members of Russian polar expeditions.

For more information, please read the information letter.

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