Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

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.

Glacier App launched

The new wgms Glacier App has been launched! This new information system for mobile
devices is jointly launched with UNESCO in the forefront of the UN Climate
Conference in Paris and aims at bringing glacier fluctuation data to
decision makers at governmental and intergovernmental levels as well as
reaching out to the interested public. With the glacier change data, the
app provides information on the latest observers for all glaciers with
available information. In this way, we want to increase the visibility of
the hundreds of investigators sharing their data with the international
community. For more details see the media release.

You can download the wgms Glacier App for:

Arctic Council Scorecards project

In consideration of the 20th birthday of the Arctic Council next year, the WWF Canada aims at creating Scorecards, to monitor to what degree recommendations of the Arctic Council have or have not been implemented by the Arctic Council member states and to also see whether or not other international fora have drawn upon the recommendations of the Arctic Council. 

Please contact Marc-André Dubois (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) – who is working for the WWF Canada if you would like to help to collect and analyze the data on which these Scorecards shall be based.

Ice Bits Newsletter

U.S. Ice Drilling Program Ice Bits Newsletter: Fall 2015
Ice Drilling Program Office - Ice Drilling Design and Operations

The U.S. Ice Drilling Program Office announces that the Fall 2015 Ice Bits newsletter of U.S. Ice Drilling Program activities is now available at:

Topics include:
- Scientific Drilling in the Polar Regions AGU Town Hall Meeting
- Subglacial Access Drilling: IDPO Science Planning Workshop
- Applications Sought for IDPO's School of Ice 2016
- Field Support to Antarctic Projects
- 2015 Technical Advisory Board Meeting

Northern Forum General Assembly: Resolution

IMG 8473For the first time since 1997, the 12th Northern Forum General Assembly was held in Yakutsk (November 4-6, 2015) .

This General Assembly’s agenda focused on environmental impact on Northern regions’ sustainable development. Whereas the main panel discussion has reviewed Adaptation of regional administrations to climate change, discussion sections were dedicated to Biodiversity and environmental protection in the regions, development of business cooperation in the North, development of infrastructure in the North and the most attended section – Positive Life strategy. The latter section has indicated both high level of awareness of social and physical health issues common with the Northern regions and interest of moderating bodies – Sakha Strategic Research Center and Russian Ministry for Economic development.

One of the most important propositions of this General Assembly was creation of working groups on entire directions of project work, according to Resolution 177. This measure must link work of project participants to local and interregional authorities, what increases its effect on actual, visible results. Previous system of projects united into programs was not enough efficient, due to its distance from the actual decision-makers; this time, this gap gets smaller.

Therefore, in administrative terms – the main expectation now rests with future of membership in the Northern Forum, as more regions are actively observing decisions taken on the General Assembly and are considering to join. Such signals are coming from the State of Alaska, Northern provinces of Canada, Finnish Lapland, Chinese Heilongjiang and several Russian Arctic regions. The issue of last two resolutions may indicate a path of future development of the Northern Forum that was discussed during the General Assembly agenda.

You can check out the working documents and resolution of the Assembly here.

Request for Participation in the 2015 Arctic Freshwater Science Survey

If you are a freshwater scientist or have been involved in freshwater research you are invited to participate in a survey to help shape the science priorities for Arctic freshwater science over the next decade.

Dr. Philip Blaen, of University of Birmingham, UK, and Paschale Bégin at Universite Laval, are conducting an online survey to identify future priorities for Arctic freshwater science from an early-career researcher perspective. This follows an interactive discussion, held during the latest Arctic Science Summit Week (Toyama, Japan; May 2015), in which delegates were invited to suggest important topics in Arctic freshwater science.

This survey is designed to understand which of these topics are considered most important by the next generation of Arctic researchers. We expect to submit the results for publication in the new open-access journal Arctic Science in early 2016.

Please click on the following link:

For more information please feel free to contact Dr. Blaen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Online Course: Remote Sensing of High Latitude Landscape Changes Associated with a Warming Climate

NRM641 Remote Sensing Applications Using ArcGIS 

Spring 2016 3 credits

Dave Verbyla will be teaching s a distance-delivery class, primarily via taped video sessions and weekly ArcGIS assignments.


1) To explore changes in Alaska associated with climate warming in Alaska including greening of the arctic, browning of the boreal forest, mapping wildfire severity and hotspots, mapping shrinking lakes and coastal erosion, etc

2) To learn basic image processing methods using ArcGIS including panchromatic and color image display, image fusion, image georeferencing, change detection methods, supervised and unsupervised classification, and accuracy assessment methods.

3) To learn about sensors especially applicable to vegetation applications in Alaska including color infrared aerial photography, LIDAR, IFSAR,Landsat, MODIS, and AVHRR sensors and data products..

If you are interested please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


An NSF Advanced Training Program in Antarctica for Early Career Scientists: Biological Adaptations to Environmental Change – July 2016

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

Arctic Yearbook 2015 now online

The 2015 edition of the Arctic Yearbook is now online at . The theme of this year's edition is "Governing and Governance", including a comprehensive collection of peer-reviewed articles under the following sections: local, sub-national and national governance; Arctic regional governance; and international and global governance. Topics include issues such as energy resources, sustainable development, maritime affairs, foreign policy making, identities and indigenous self-determination, environmental regimes, Arctic Council politics, multi-level institutions, state and non-state cooperation, and security and defense policy.

The 2015 Arctic Yearbook includes 19 scholarly articles, 16 expert commentaries, and 7 briefing notes, from 68 authors from 18 countries. It is open access.

You can access AY2015 in various ways:

1. AY2015 Flip Book (ideal for tablets and smart phones). You can read the yearbook and share it via:
2. At that same web address, you also have the option to download the full 455 page PDF.

3. Access individual PDFs of the articles, commentaries or briefing notes directly on our website at

ICOP 2016 - Call for Abstracts and registration opens

The 11th International Conference on Permafrost (ICOP 2016) will be held in Potsdam, Germany, 20-24 June 2016. The conference aims at covering all relevant aspects of permafrost research, engineering and outreach on a global and regional level. Check out the conference trailer here:

We hereby open the call for abstracts. Abstracts should be submitted online until 1 December 2015 via the external conference registration system ConfTool ( For this system you have to register (as user) to be able to start with the registration for the conference (as participant), to upload abstracts, register for local excursions and field trips and other events and meetings. Payments can be carried out by bank transfer, credit card (MasterCard and VISA) and via Paypal.

A list of sessions and their descriptions are available at Please note that a maximum of two abstracts can be submitted per first author, out of which only one can be a submission for oral presentation. Particularly, early-career researchers are encouraged to submit abstracts.

By 1 February 2016, authors will be informed about the decision on submitted abstracts. Depending on the number of accepted abstracts, sessions may be subject to cancellation or combination with other sessions. The final conference program will be released 15 April 2016.

Please note that the hotel registration is NOT included in the conference fee and needs to be done following the instructions on the website or via

We look forward to receiving your submissions and registrations and to seeing you in Potsdam next June!

The ICOP 2016 Local Organizing Committee

Call for Organizing Committee Nominations for workshop "Advancing Integrated, Cross-cutting Practices for Arctic Flux Observations in Terrestrial Environments"

Call for Organizing Committee Nominations by November 6, 2015
Advancing Integrated, Cross-cutting Practices for Arctic Flux Observations in Terrestrial Environments

Please submit nominations to: Eugenie Euskirchen This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Additional questions may also be directed to: Sandy Starkweather, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Luca Belelli Marchesini, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

An international workshop is being proposed to bring together the expertise and resources of the Atmospheric, Cryospheric and Terrestrial communities that conduct energy, moisture and carbon flux observations in Arctic terrestrial environments. A series of formal and informal discussions and previous terrestrial flux workshops have identified the following topics where progress could be made:

  1. Frame pan-Arctic synthesis science questions to address as an interdisciplinary community considering in particular what can be done with the existing set of Arctic flux observations.
  2. Identify inter-operable data products (and the collaboration infrastructure that will support their development) that could address these questions; focusing across the current pan-Arctic infrastructure of Arctic flux observations; considering Arctic-specific constraints; involving the relevant range of disciplines as well as the modeling and satellite community in data product design. Develop strategies for data product design that promotes data sharing, but also facilitates spatial-temporal scaling. Address how data will be documented and accessed.
  3. Develop consistent practices for site (land surface and subsurface) characterization across the current locations where flux measurements are made; consider consistent practices for up-scaling.
  4. Identify and champion expansion of observational capacity of terrestrial cryosphere, ecosystems and atmosphere in under-sampled processes and regions.

For further background on the initiative, see:

A starting point for developing collaborative research objectives and refining community interest would be an open workshop in 2016. Given the complexity and interdisciplinarity of this challenge, the initiating group would like to solicit nominations from the international science community for organizing committee members for this workshop. Relevant expertise for this committee would include:

  • A background in acquiring, processes or applying “flux” observations
  • Experience with characterizing Arctic landscapes and addressing up-scaling issues
  • A background in cryospheric observations of the surface and sub-surface, including a background in permafrost physics
  • An interest in using terrestrial flux observations to validate model outputs
  • Experience with the following projects: PAGE21, ICOS, Ameriflux, Fluxnet, GTN-P
  • A background in data management related to flux or permafrost observations
  • Early career nominations welcome

Time line: 
November 2015 – February 2016: Teleconferences (3) to broadly establish workshop objectives
March 2016: Half day in-person organizing committee meeting in conjunction with Fairbanks-2016, Arctic Summit Science Week/Arctic Observing Summit meetings
April – October 2016: Workshop development & logistics
November 2016: Workshop

Northern Forum and 12th General Assembly

Северный форум ввввоThe Northern Forum is a non-profit, international organization composed of sub-national or regional governments from eight northern countries.

Northern regions share characteristics that set them apart from other areas of the world. These include:

  • Economies based upon the extraction of natural resources.
  • Lack of internal capital resources.
  • Limited infrastructural development.
  • Harsh climates and vulnerable ecosystems.
  • Diverse and relatively strong indigenous cultures.
  • Sparse populations.

Such complex factors create unique challenges for regional Governors and other executives.

From throughout the North, the Northern Forum brings these leaders together to address common political, environmental and economic issues.

The Northern Forum developed from a Northern Regions Conference held in 1990 in Anchorage, Alaska, attended by more than 600 delegates from 10 countries.

The Forum was formally established in November 1991.

For more information please check the Northern Forum's website or visit its Facebook page.

This year Northern Forum will host its 12th General Assembly in Yakutsk, November 4-6. The main goal of the meeting is to discuss and outline main perspectives and challenges for interregional cooperation in the changing World realities, all aimed to a same goal - to maintain and achieve new heights in making the North a convenient, friendly and safe place to live.

The General Assembly is attended by Governors and representatives of the Northern Forum member regions from State of Alaska (USA), Sakha Republic, Khanty-Mansiyskiy AO, Yamalo-Nenetskiy AO, Chukotskiy AO (Russia), Kamchatskiy Kray; Town of Akureyri (Iceland), Gangwon Province (Republic of Korea), Lapland (Finland); business partners, project coordinators and participants. Representatives from other regions, the Arctic Council observer organizations, other international organizations and Arctic business circles are also invited to the event.

For more information on Assembly please check this page.


New 6-week "Antarctica Online" course

A new six-week online course 'Antarctica Online', hosted by Victoria University of Wellington, is available to enrol with now.

The fully online course is offered by the Science in Society group. The course starts on Monday 28th September and finishes on Friday 6th November. Fee is $120.

Featuring lectures that were filmed on the ice over 10 days around Scott Base, this course examines contemporary Antarctic scientific research, placing it in a wider scientific, historical, social and cultural context and includes three two-week modules, on Antarctic Science History, Geology and Palaeoclimate and Constructing Antarctica.

To enrol go to Or to enrol by phone: +64-4-463 6556


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