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.

Polar Code to curb pollution from vessels

Ships plying Arctic and Antarctic waters face specific environmental regulations for the first time, after the International Maritime Organization agreed rules to combat polar pollution on 15 May. The environmental provisions are designed to prevent pollution from oil, sewage and rubbish from vessels, and will begin coming into force in 2017. The rules are an addition to the ‘Polar Code’, which was adopted in 2014 as the first set of standards specifically regulating polar shipping (see

Carleton Offers Unique Program on Aboriginal Research Ethics

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This June, Carleton University will offer Canada's first program dealing with the ethics of engaging in Aboriginal research - a five-day course for a diverse audience of researchers, government representatives and non-governmental organizations, as well as First Nations, Inuit and Métis community members.

The intensive course on the Ethics of Research with Indigenous Peoples takes place on campus from June 8 to 12. It will equip researchers of all kinds with tools to implement ethical practices when working with Aboriginal communities or conducting research on their traditional territory.
''We want to explore the life cycle and best practices of research with Indigenous people and communities so that people can conduct effective, ethical studies to support policy change and positive action,'' said Katherine Graham, professor emerita at Carleton's School of Public Policy and Administration.

Featured speakers will have expertise in community engagement and research ethics, design and review. Participants will work together in small groups using case studies. Elders and experts will be on hand for consultations, while a model ethics review body will provide feedback.

Building on the advances of Aboriginal communities in governing their own research, Carleton has the expertise and capacity to deliver a curriculum that will provide a solid grounding in community-based research principles and academic research standards and processes. The curriculum is also intended engage Aboriginal communities and organizations to build bridges on ethical research.

The importance of the program has been widely recognized and it has received support from all faculties at Carleton, as well as the Government of Canada's Secretariat for Responsible Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

The university's goal is to share knowledge and build cultural awareness as it seeks to expand its base to community and government researchers who engage in projects that directly affect Aboriginal peoples in Canada.

Supporting Aboriginal communities, promoting cultural awareness and positioning Carleton as a university of choice for Aboriginal students and faculty is a key goal of Carleton's Strategic Integrated Plan.

To register, and for more information, please go to:

For more information:
Christopher Cline
Media Relations Officer
Carleton University
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Call for Contributions from Environmental Science researchers in the Yukon, Canada

Dear APECS Colleagues,

Wanted! Case Studies for Environmental Science research in the Yukon!

The Yukon College is currently developing an Environmental Science online course and is seeking input from researchers working in the Yukon on topics related to Environmental Science! This is an opportunity to highlight your Yukon-based research in a Yukon College online class room by either providing content for the course or through participation in an online-webinar during the course.

Background: The ENVS100 online course, a 100-level Environmental Science course, with a focus on community impacts will be offered online through Yukon College. Every second week of the course, a Case Study related to the weekly course theme will be presented to the students. This Case Study would be based in the North (ideally in the Yukon), can be conducted by communities, academics, government agencies, or private entities. Themes/topics of environmental science research can be focused on terrestrial, water (freshwater and marine), wildlife, contaminants or integrate one or more of these topics. Case studies should focus on ‘western science’ but can include traditional knowledge methods. Students enrolled in this course are not pursuing a science program but wish to learn more about the physical and biological processes that shape our environment. Students will thus appreciate high-level overviews of your important work, which introduce your subject of expertise and highlight the relevance of your research to them and their communities in an accessible way!

Ways you can contribute:

1.       Provide content (to be readied by mid-June 2015)

a.      You provide raw materials (and work with the instructor and YC staff on creating content)

b.      You provide online content (with the aid from YC staff and instructor)

2.       Participate in a webinar (dates TBD)

Length: the final content of each Case Study should be a maximum of 20 minutes in duration.

Types of material sought:

1.       Voice over power point slides (or alike presentation platform)

2.       Video explaining theory being applied in research (during field work / lab work / etc)

3.       Online short-courses or virtual labs or demonstrations etc

4.       Interactive online teaching tools or Social Media interactions

Themes / topics: Water, Terrestrial, Wildlife, and Contaminants

If you are interested in contributing to ENVS100 or wish to receive more detailed information on how, please respond to this email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or contact Dr. Nikolaus Gantner at (250) 532 9780 by April 30th 2015.

All contributions must be confirmed by May 15th 2015 to allow for timely inclusion in the course curriculum.


Note: You received this email as you have been identified as a leader or member of a relevant organization or research project. Should you or a member of your organization or project team not be able to contribute, we would appreciate if you could suggest colleagues that might be interested in contributing to us or pass this invitation on to a colleague on our behalf. Apologies for cross postings.

We look forward to hearing from you!


Nikolaus Gantner


Dr. Nikolaus Gantner
Curriculum Developer
Yukon College
500 College Drive, PO Box 2799
Whitehorse, Yukon  Y1A 5K4 Canada

Phone: (250) 532 9780 (off campus)
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Announcement for the 9th Graduate Climate Conference

The 9th Graduate Climate Conference will assemble a broad range of talks and posters featuring high-quality student research focused on past, present, and future climate, its changes, and their impacts. Students at all stages of their graduate career are encouraged to apply. Abstracts are sought on climate research from a variety of disciplines from the sciences, engineering, and humanities, including: oceanography, atmospheric sciences, biology, geosciences, environmental science and engineering, geography, public policy, economics, law, ethics, and anthropology.

The conference will be held November 6th-8th in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The abstract submission period opens April 15th and closes June 1st. Lodging and meals are provided for all participants, and limited travel funds are also available. Please see the conference website for more information and to submit an abstract:

"The Lena Delta region from different points of view" workshop


LenaD Workshop

The workshop "The Lena Delta region from different points of view" will take place 26-30 June 2015 in Tomsk, Russia. The workshop will be a part of the conference on Computational Information Technologies for Environmental Sciences CITES-2015 (26-30 June, 2015, Tomsk, Russia), which is already announced here . Workshop section is 'Complex study of the state and climate variability of the East Siberian sector of the Arctic.

This workshop is the first one in a series of four workshops in frame of BMBF Russian-German project 'Die Entwicklung von numerischen Modulen für die Lena Delta Region' (The development of Numerical Modules for the Lena Delta region). Particular focus of the workshop is the analysis and simulation dynamics in the Lena Delta region. Accordingly, the round table 'Development of numerical modules for the Lena Delta Region, theoretical and data gaps, possible solutions' will be organized.

The main purpose of the workshop is engaging of all available information about morphology, hydrodynamics features, temperature regime, permafrost conditions, chemical composition of water, concentration of organic material in different freshwater channels in the Lena Delta and etc. Early career researchers are especially encouraged to participate. The travelling and other grants for young scientists are possible. 


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Glacier Photographs Wanted!

In an attempt to better represent the Glaciers that make up the Fluctuations of Glaciers database in the Glacier Photograph Collection (GPC) we are looking for photos (including aerial pictures) of the following glaciers in particular (see list below), but will welcome any photo of FoG glaciers.

If you are willing to share photos that you took, please send your best high-resolution photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include your name, the date the photo was taken, glacier name and coordinates if possible. Your name will appear as the photographer along with other metadata, if the photo is added to the GPC. Photos can be sent until April 17th, 2015. Some of the best high-resolution photos will be displayed in a UNESCO COP21 poster exhibit. It might turn out to be one of yours - so send us your photos now!


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  • Praviy Aktru
  • Tseya
  • Marukhskiy
  • Koryto


  • Shumskiy
  • Molodezhniy
  • Manshuk Mametova
  • Igli Tuyuksu
  • Mayakovskiy
  • Ordzhonikidze
  • Partizan
  • Visyachiy-1-2
  • Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya
  • Muravlev


  • Abramov
  • Suek/Suyok Zapadniy
  • Khakel


  • MeraPokalde
  • Rikha Samba
  • DX080
  • Kongma Tikpe
  • Kongma
  • EB050
  • AX030
  • Gyajo
  • Thulagi
  • Amphu Laptse
  • Lhotse
  • Lhotse Nup
  • Rolwaling
  • Kyimoshung


  • Xiao Dongkzmadi
  • Meikuang
  • Qiyi


  • Shaune Garang
  • Chhota Shigri
  • Gara
  • Gor Garang
  • Neh Nar
  • Changmekhangpu
  • Chorabari
  • Tipra Bank


  • Tbilisa
  • Koiavgan
  • Viatau
  • Visyachiy

Special Issue "Limnological processes in permafrost environments", deadline extended until 30th June 2015

Special Issue focused on “Limnological processes in permafrost environments” will published in the journal Sedimentary Geology (IF: 2.134).

Given that permafrost lakes and ponds have effects that extend far beyond the Cryosphere, such as the implications of their greenhouse gas emissions on the global carbon cycle, and that these lakes and ponds, in turn, affect landscape evolution in permafrost regions, we seek to include papers touching on diverse topics in permafrost environments to underline the importance of these regions in global change studies. We welcome manuscripts that encompass temporal scales ranging from hours to millennia, focus on highly variable physical, biological and geochemical conditions, and consider the importance of the sedimentary records of permafrost lakes as archives of past climate and environmental conditions.

The aim of the special issue is to highlight the state of the art in understanding limnological and paleolimnological processes in permafrost areas.

Papers can be submitted from now until 30th June 2015.

The Elsevier Editorial System is currently open for article submission. Instructions for submission:

Ocean Acidification Workshop

 UKOA-NERC are hosting an international workshop:


Deadline for contribution: 30 April 2015

A limited number of travelling fellowship will be offered to support the participation of PhD students and junior researchers who otherwise in raising funds (deadline for application 15 April 2015).

The international pteropod workshop will take place at the British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge between 1st and 3rd of June 2015, prior to the open meeting "Ocean acidification: what's it all about?" that will be held at the Royal Society, London on 4 and 5 June, providing outcomes of the UKOA and BIOACID research programmes.

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The second decade of the 21st century is marked by transformation of the Arctic into the one of prioritized directions of the Russian Federation’ social-economic policy, spatial development and international cooperation. A primary provisions and practical activities of Russia, including those on account of the current international situation, suppose an intensive realization of human, natural and transport-logistical potential of the Arctic zone coastal areas’ for purposes of the long-term national progress. At that an actual activities held by other sub-Arctic states demonstrate a crucial significance of scientific research for national competitiveness and geopolitical positions.

Actualization of agenda and elaboration of practical measures for effective collaboration between public authorities, business, science and communities within economic projects and implementation of innovative macro-regional development models are stated as goals for the international scientific conference «NATURAL RESOURCES and INTEGRATED COASTAL AREAS DEVELOPMENT in the ARCTIC ZONE» (Conference), which is to be held on 29 September – 01 October, 2015 in Arkhangelsk.

More information could be found at conference's website.

1st European Snow Science Winter School, Sodankylä, Finland

European Snow Science Winter SchoolThe 1st European Snow Science Winter School (ESSWS) took place in Sodankylä, Northern Finland, from 8. - 14. February 2015. Organized by Juha Lemmetyinen from the Finish Meteorological Institute FMI and Martin Schneebeli from the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF from Davos, Switzerland, the snow school aimed at teaching graduate students in modern snow measurement techniques. In addition to the lectures, different measuring instruments are available for the students to get hands-on experience in the field. The list of instruments was long, ranging from hand lenses and crystal plates for traditional snow pits up to high-resolution lasers and penetrometers.

The FMI facilities at Sodankylä were a perfect spot for this event and for hosting the 27 students. The FMI campus offers next to the main institute building with lecture rooms and offices, a canteen and guest houses for the students, and, most important, tons of undisturbed snow to measure! After the usual morning lectures, most of the time was spend outside. After the first day of introduction, the students were using the instruments on their own by groups of 3-4, and studied different kinds of snowpacks (forest, open area, tundra) with different instruments. The last day was then an excursion to Saariselkä, as Tundra site, with a highly wind-influenced snowpack. The task was to characterize the snowpack as detailed as possible using all the available instruments over a distance of 7 km starting from our hotel to a weather station in the middle of the tundra area. Skis, some pulkas and two skidoos for material transport and safety were provided, and the rest was left to the students. Thus the exercise was to plan a small "expedition", with everything which has to be considered: environmental conditions (cold temperatures and wind, time of daylight...), transport of equipment, where and what to measure, sampling design, but also non scientific issues such as group dynamics, personal wellness of group members, hypothermia and fatigue had to be considered. A really open exercise, which was well addressed by the students, but also lots was learned!

Overall, the 1st ESSWS was a big success, with highly motivated students which managed to infect also the lectures with their positive vibes. The throughout professional FMI organization, plenty of social events (Sauna!), the fantastic weather and of course the northern lights made this snow school a great event for all participants. A 2nd ESSWS is thought to take place in Davos next year, so stay tuned!

70th Anniversary of the Arctic Institute of North America Photo Contest

The Arctic Institute of North America (AINA) is turning 70 in 2015, and invites the Arctic community to be a part of the celebration! Through 31 October 2015, AINA will be running a 70th anniversary photo contest.

Help illustrate the magnificent beauty of the Arctic by submitting photos for the chance to be featured on the cover of the December 2015 issue of ARCTIC, a journal with a long legacy of publishing the latest in northern research, events, people, and places. If you want to be a part of the milestone anniversary, get out there, take some photos, and send them in. Each person can submit a total of 5 photos so be sure to pick the best ones for your chance to be on the cover. There will be one grand prizewinner and several honorable mentions that will be featured on the AINA Flickr page.

Submission deadline: 31 October 2015.

Full contest information can be found at:

Fulbright Arctic Initiative

Co-leads Drs. Ross Virginia (Dartmouth College) and Mike Sfraga (University of Alaska - Fairbanks) are hoping to attract a diverse team of scholars, applied researchers, and leaders who will work together to advance knowledge useful to solving problems facing the North. The deadline for international applicants is February 2 and for US scholars, February 16.

The basics of the program are:

Fulbright Arctic Initiative will bring together a network of scholars, professionals and applied researchers from the United States, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia and Sweden for a series of three seminar meetings and a Fulbright exchange experience. The Initiative will provide a platform for scholars from across the Arctic region to engage in collaborative thinking, analysis, problem-solving and multi-disciplinary research in one of four areas: Energy, Water, Health, and Infrastructure.
Sixteen outstanding scholars from the U.S. and abroad will be selected to participate in the program as Fulbright Arctic Initiative Scholars through an open, merit-based competition. Co-Lead Scholars Dr. Michael Sfraga and Dr. Ross A. Virginia will provide intellectual leadership throughout the Program, in addition to mentoring program participants and facilitating discussion and collaboration among the Arctic Initiative Scholars. Program activities will commence in spring 2015 and conclude in fall of 2016.

Program Activities
At its core, the Fulbright Arctic Initiative will create a network to stimulate international scientific collaboration on Arctic issues while increasing mutual understanding between people of the United States and the people of other countries. Using a collaborative model to translate theory into practice, program participants will address public-policy research questions relevant to Arctic nations' shared challenges. Program activities will commence in spring 2015 and conclude in fall of 2016.

Candidates must be from one of the eight Arctic Countries (United States, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia and Sweden). Successful candidates will include scholars at all career stages, to included applied researchers, professionals, and indigenous and traditional knowledge experts active in academic, public or private sectors that demonstrate outstanding qualifications and a record of experience and accomplishment in an a area clearly related to the program research themes: Energy, Water, Health and Infrastructure.

For more information on how to apply and eligibility requirements, please visit our website or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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