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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:

"THE RESPONSE OF PTEROPODS TO OCEAN ACIDIFICATION AND CLIMATE CHANGE"

http://www.oceanacidification.org/Events/pteropod_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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International scientific conference «NATURAL RESOURCES and INTEGRATED COASTAL AREAS DEVELOPMENT in the ARCTIC ZONE»

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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:
http://arctic.ucalgary.ca/70th-anniversary-photo-contest

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.

Eligibility
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..

UK Call For Comments on the Concept Design of a New Polar Research Vessel

The United Kingdom's Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has invited the international polar science community to submit comments on the concept design of a new polar research vessel, in terms of its science capability and capacity requirements. This new vessel, which will enter service in Fall 2019, will be operated for NERC by the British Antarctic Survey. The deadline for comments is January 31st, 2015.
For more information, and to submit any input you may have, we encourage you to visit the following link:
http://www.nerc.ac.uk/about/whatwedo/engage/consultations/nprv/

Arctic Offshore Conference, 27-28 November 2014

ARC logo A4 s h pos transparentThe Arctic Offshore Conference will be held 27-28 November 2014 in Aarhus, Denmark. The focus of the conference will be on regulatory governance of offshore activities, with an emphasis on risks of oil spill in the Arctic seas.

As climate change is dramatically affecting the Arctic environment, the region is witnessing substantial new development opportunities in sectors like fossil energy oil, gas and renewable energies (e.g. wind
power, hydroelectricity and geothermal power). Complex challenges simultaneously arise in terms of environmental protection, health and social issues in regions where indigenous peoples and civil participation in decision-making on public issues is still evolving.

Timo Koivurova, Director for the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law, Arctic Centre/University of Lapland, will be the keynote speaker at this event. Other presenters with expertise on the Arctic region from both Aarhus University and international institutions will be coming from a wide spectrum of disciplines such as political science, law, anthropology, bioscience, health etc. For further information on the conference, please click here.

Polar Marine Science

From Chemistry to Modelling via Biology and Physical Oceanography in the Changing Polar Systems
March 14-15, 2015
Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort
Lucca (Barga), Italy

The Gordon Research Seminar on Polar Marine Science is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The GRS will allow attendees to exchange and communicate their research within the young scientific community but also with the senior mentoring scientists present. We will evolve from small scale to the larger scale for both the Arctic and the Antarctic, the different disciplines will be covered within the different scales of study.

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by February 14, 2015. Any applicants who wish to be considered for an oral presentation should submit their application by December 14, 2014. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by December 14, 2014. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster.

The Polar Marine Science Gordon Research Seminar will be held in conjunction with the Polar Marine Science Gordon Research Conference. Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Please refer to the Polar Marine Science GRC web page for more information.

Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy Announces Upcoming Webinar

The Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP) will host a webinar titled "A Tale of Two Synthesis Efforts: The PacMARS and SOAR Programs" on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. AKST. It will be presented by Jackie Grebmeier (UMCES) and Sue Moore (NOAA/Fisheries).

Over the past 2-3 years, the PacMARS and SOAR programs have focused the efforts of a suite of researchers, Arctic residents, and resource managers on providing a synthesis of existing information regarding the state of the Pacific Arctic marine ecosystem. While the two programs have similar goals, the approach taken by each can be likened to the 'tortoise/SOAR and hare/PacMARS' story.

The Synthesis of Arctic Research (SOAR/5 year program), supported by the BOEM, Alaska Region, was initiated in 2011 with the overarching goal to increase scientific understanding of the relationships among oceanographic conditions, benthic organisms, lower trophic prey species (forage fish and zooplankton), seabirds, and marine mammal distribution and behavior in the Pacific Arctic--with results of this effort the publication of peer-reviewed papers as a 'special issue' of a science journal coupled to outreach communications to local residents, resource managers and the public (http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/soar/).

The Pacific Marine Arctic Synthesis (PacMARS/2 year program), supported by the North Pacific Research Board (NPRB), was initiated in 2012, with the overall goal to provide guidance for scientific research needs in
the region, as well as to serve stakeholder needs for understanding this important ecosystem and its vulnerabilities--with results of this effort the publication of a final report listing all relevant data sources and the establishment of a data portal to provide efficient access to these data for scientists, resource managers and the public
(http://pacmars.cbl.umces.edu/).

Speakers: Jackie Grebmeier, UMCES and Sue Moore, NOAA/Fisheries

Tuesday, 18 November 2014
10:00-11:00 a.m. AKST

To register for the webinar, please go to:
https://accap.uaf.edu/PacMARS_SOAR

For further information on the ACCAP Alaska Climate webinars, to
subscribe to their podcasts, and for archived webinars please go to:
http://accap.uaf.edu/webinars.

For questions, please contact:
Tina Buxbaum
Phone: 907-474-7812
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IARPC requests expertise and collaboration

iarpcIARPC Collaborations is an innovative collaboration space that brings together funding agencies and Arctic scientists from Federal, State,academic, non-governmental, industry, and other organizations to share knowledge and resources on a range of topics related to U.S.-federally-funded research in the Arctic. IARPC wishes to harness talent and expertise from as many sources as possible. If you can contribute your expertise, please request an IARPC account at this link and join the conversation.

Evaluation of the Cryosphere in CMIP5 Models session at IACS Symposium C15

IUGGAbstracts are now being accepted for a session on the representation of the cryosphere in CMIP5 modelsat the 26th International Union on Geodesy and Geophysics general assembly from 22 June - 2 July 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic.

The Fifth Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP5) provides a large multi-model ensemble of historical simulations, idealized experiments, and future projections that were used extensively in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report. Although some initial evaluation of the ability of the CMIP5 models to simulate aspects of the cryosphere was undertaken in Chapter 9 of the IPCC report, more in-depth evaluation remains to be done. This symposium invites contributions in which cryosphere components (sea-ice, snow, ice sheets, permafrost, etc) in CMIP5 models are evaluated by comparison to a range of in-situ and remotely-sensed data. Novel evaluation approaches, in which important physical processes are identified and probed, are particularly
welcome, as are contributions to understanding the link between model quality (as evaluated by comparison to historical observations) and confidence in model predictions on seasonal to interannual time scales, and in model projections of longer-term future climate. Careful evaluation of model biases and shortcomings also helps guide ongoing model development through the identification of processes or feedbacks that are not well represented. Therefore, this symposium also invites contributions in which model evaluation is applied to understanding shortcomings in the representation of cryospheric processes and linking these to improvements that have or could be made. This symposium is co-sponsored by CliC (Climate and Cryosphere, World Climate Research Programme).

Convener: Alexandra Jahn (Boulder, Colorado, USA)
Co-conveners: Gerhard Krinner (Grenoble, France) and Francois Massonnet (Louvain, Belgium)

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