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

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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)


- 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;


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.

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.


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

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
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
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

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)

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