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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.

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)

Community Ice Sheet Model (CISM) version 2.0 released

The Los Alamos National Laboratory is pleased to announce the release of the Community Ice Sheet Model (CISM) version 2.0, a next-generation ice sheet model for use in predicting ice sheet evolution in a changing climate. CISM 2.0 is freely available to the glaciology and climate modeling communities. It serves as the ice dynamics component of the Community Earth System Model (CESM), which is one of the first global climate models to include coupled, dynamic ice sheets. The starting point for CISM 2.0 is the Glimmer ice sheet model developed at the University of Bristol and elsewhere. With CISM 2.0, the original Glimmer model has been extended to include higher-order ice dynamics and scalable parallelism. This work has been done by the U.S. Department of Energy with contributions from the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the University of Montana, the University of Colorado, New York University, the University of Bristol, the University of Edinburgh, Swansea University, and the University of Zurich. CISM 2.0 runs on a regular mesh using a mixture of finite-difference, finite-volume, and finite-element methods. While written in Fortran 90, it includes and allows for software interfaces to code written in C++. CISM 2.0 is open-source software licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL).
CISM 2.0 includes the following new features relative to the Glimmer and Glimmer-CISM models: 

*   Robust, parallel, 2D and 3D, higher-order accurate approximations to the Stokes momentum balance (Blatter-Pattyn, SSA, L1L2) 

*   3D, parallel mass and temperature transport 

*   Software interfaces to modern C++ based solver libraries (e.g., Trilinos 

*   Replacement of Autotools build system with Cmake build system 

*   Addition of new higher-order test cases, including several with analytical solutions 

*   Re-ordering of time step to be fully consistent with explicit forward Euler scheme 

*   New high-level "cism_driver", which replaces and reproduces functionality of several old drivers and allows for more flexible integration of additional and/or external dycores 

*   Re-arrangement of directory structure 

*   Modifications to Glint coupling software to support coupling to CESM and other climate models that compute the surface mass balance external to the ice sheet model 

*   New and updated documentation

CISM 2.0 will be hosted by the CISM Github organization (A download link for an archive of the code is also available from the CISM website). More information, including full documentation of the code and information on user mailing lists, can be found at the CISM website.

Two webinars

Applied Research in Environmental Sciences Nonprofit, Inc. are hosting two upcoming Web seminars using WebEx.

Webinar 1.
Topic: Coastal Erosion Workshop for Alaska's North Slope: Weather and Regional Shoreline Changes
Host: Kathleen Fischer
Date and Time:
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 10:00 am, Alaska Daylight Time (Anchorage, GMT-08:00)
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 11:00 am, Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 1:00 pm, Central Daylight Time (Chicago, GMT-05:00)
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 2:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
John Lingaas and Louise Fode, National Weather Service, on North Slope weather.
Ann Gibbs, USGS Santa Cruz, on shoreline changes using GIS.

Webinar 2.
Topic: Coastal Erosion Workshop for Alaska's North Slope: Monitoring Basics and Online Tools
Host: Kathleen Fischer
Date and Time:
Thursday, October 30, 2014 10:00 am, Alaska Daylight Time (Anchorage, GMT-08:00)
Thursday, October 30, 2014 11:00 am, Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-7:00)
Thursday, October 30, 2014 1:00 pm, Central Daylight Time (Chicago, GMT-05:00)
Thursday, October 30, 2014 2:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Orson P. Smith, University of Alaska Anchorage College of Engineering (retired) on North Slope coastal erosion causes, responses, and related data needs.
Nicole Kinsman, Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, on online tools developed by her agency.

For more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Polar Law Symposium Livestream

From 29th October to 31st October 2014, the Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania, Australia will be hosting the 7th Polar Law Symposium. In a time of rapid change in both geographical and geopolitical arenas, the way we manage the polar regions through international legal mechanisms are of critical importance.

We invite APECS members to follow the proceedings of the conference which will cover various aspects of polar law; including human rights, environmental law, territorial law, with a special focus on the role of Asian states in polar affairs. The program can be found here: polarlaw2014/program

The live streamed event, which is accessible all over the globe, can be found at This stream will also be linked with social media, where you can ask questions of the speakers:
Facebook: polarlawsymposium
Twitter: @polar_law or #polarlaw
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Abstracts Now Being Accepted For the Worlds Symposium on Climate Change Adaption (WSCCA-2015)

wsccaClimate change is among the major challenges of modern times. As the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has shown, there are still many challenges ahead and many needs to be met, calling from action not only from government, but also from various stakeholders.

Apart from the knowledge offered by modelling and forecasts which allows us to understand the problem and how it develops in the future, we need to know more about approaches, methods and tools, which may help us to cope with the social, economic and political problems posed by climate change now. In order words, we need to speed up developments in the field of climate change adaptation.

It is against this background that the "World Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation" is being organised. The event is a joint initiative by Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), the Research and Transfer Centre "Applications of Life Sciences" of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and the Baltic University Programme in Uppsala (Sweden), in cooperation with the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP) and the United Nations University initiative "Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development" (RCE). The Symposium will be a truly interdisciplinary event, covering some of the key areas in the field of climate change adaptation.

The "World Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation" will focus on "innovative approaches to implement climate change adaptation", and will contribute to the further development of this fast-growing field.

Details of the Symposium are available here.

An abstract submission form and guidelines are available here

The abstract submission deadline is 20 December 2014
The early bird registration deadline for the symposium is 30 January 2015
The deadline for submission of full papers is 30 March 2015
The symposium registration deadline is 30 May 2015


ISAR-4/ICARP III Symposium C5 Session

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We invite you to submit abstracts to the session C5: Advances in Transdisciplinary Arctic Research: Progress on Building Collaborative Agendas for Research Supporting Solutions for Sustainability as part of the ISAR-4 / ICARP III Symposium within the ASSW 2015 to be held in Toyama, Japan on April 27-30 2015. The Symposium will address the overarching themes "Rapid change of the Arctic climate system and its global influence" (ISAR-4) and "Integrating Arctic Research: a Roadmap for the Future" (ICARP III).

For more information and to submit your abstract to this session please visit:

Please note the deadline for abstract submission is November 10, 2014.

Read more: ISAR-4/ICARP III Symposium C5 Session

Call For Comments - North Atlantic - Arctic System

The North Atlantic-Arctic Planning Workshop organizing committee
announces that the draft North Atlantic-Arctic System Science Plan is
now available for public comment.

The international workshop, which convened in April 2014, provided a
forum to discuss the state of science in the North Atlantic-Arctic
system and begin planning the next phase of interdisciplinary research,
with an emphasis on mechanisms to facilitate international
collaboration. A meeting report summarizing key discussions that took
place at this workshop was published in the 2 September 2014 issue of

The outcome of this workshop will be a community-vetted science plan
that outlines a core vision for advancing the next phase of research on
the North Atlantic-Arctic system and strengthening international
collaborations within and between the European Union and North America.
The science plan will be finalized by early 2015, and will be used by
U.S. and international funding agencies for planning and coordination of
future North Atlantic-Arctic research opportunities.

Deadline for submitting comments: Friday, 17 October 2014.

Comments may be submitted via email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For further information and to download the draft science plan, please
go to:

To read the EOS meeting report abstract, please go to:

Contribute to ARCUS Arctic Event Calendar

arcus logo 75The Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) and International
Arctic Science Committee (IASC) announce a call for input to the Arctic

The Arctic Calendar is an online searchable calendar of conferences,
lectures, webinars, and field trainings relevant to the Arctic science,
education, and policy communities. It is a community resource for
tracking and publicizing major Arctic events and conferences and for
helping to avoid conflicting meeting dates. The calendar is maintained
and hosted ARCUS in collaboration IASC.

To maintain the calendar's usefulness as a communication and planning
tool ARCUS and IASC encourage anyone organizing a meeting to submit the
event for inclusion on the calendar. They also welcome other Arctic
organizations to link to the Arctic Calendar.

To view the Arctic Calendar, please go to:

For further information about ARCUS, please go to:

For further information about IASC, please go to:

To submit events via the online form, please go to:

Or, contact:

Judy Fahnestock

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Call For Papers - "The European Union and The Arctic"

The EU is inextricably linked to the Arctic region by a unique combination of history, geography, economics and scientific achievements (COM (2008) 763 final). Three Arctic countries are EU Member States (Denmark, Sweden and Finland) and the EU maintains close relations with Iceland and Norway through the European Economic Area. Canada, Russia and the United States are also strategic partners of the EU. The European Commission has set out the EU's interests in the Arctic and has proposed action around three main policy objectives: 1) Protecting and preserving the Arctic in unison with its population; 2) Promoting sustainable use of resources; 3) Contributing to enhanced Arctic multilateral governance (COM (2008) 763 final). However, the best way to ensure that the EU's interests are protected and that the policies it pursues are adopted has not been mapped out. While the EU is willing to pursue its involvement within the relevant international framework (e.g., the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and Convention on Biological Diversity) on Arctic issues such as climate change, biodiversity, ecosystem-based management, persistent organic pollutants, marine protected areas, energy, fisheries, tourism, international navigation and indigenous people (JOIN (2012) 19 final), choices must be made as to which policy avenue to pursue. How these choices are to be made and which avenues are the best to pursue its policy objectives are some of the many questions which have yet to be fully addressed by scholars.

Call for abstracts

This conference will bring together academics and practitioners from relevant disciplines such as international law, international relations, political science and marine biology, NGOs, representatives from EU institutions and international organizations to discuss the EU's potential contribution to enhance Arctic governance. A roadmap for increasing the effectiveness of the EU's action in the Arctic will be drawn at the end of the conference. This conference is timely as the Council of the European Union recently (Council conclusions on developing a European Union Policy towards the Arctic Region, 24 May 2014) requested the European Commission and the High Representative to present proposals for the further development of an integrated and coherent Arctic Policy by December 2015.

Abstracts of no more than 400 words should be emailed to Dr. Nengye Liu (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by 15 January 2015. All abstracts will be peer-reviewed. Selected speakers will be notified by 31 January 2015. It is anticipated that an edited book of papers from the conference will be published in 2016.

For more detailed information, visit:

Sea Ice Prediction Network Webinar


Sea Ice Prediction Network Webinar

Sea Ice Outlook: Post-season Discussion

Thursday, 9 October 2014

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. AKDT

For further information about the Sea Ice Outlook or Sea Ice Prediction

Network, please go to:

Or contact:

Betsy Turner-Bogren

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The Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN) announces an open webinar focused

on post-season analysis and discussion of the 2014 Sea Ice Outlook

(SIO). The SIO produces reports in June, July, and August that

synthesize a variety of predictions and perspectives on the arctic sea

ice minimum. More information about SIO, including this year's reports,

is available at:

This webinar will provide a venue for discussion of the 2014 SIO,

including processes that influenced sea ice melt this year and a review

of the differing approaches to predicting the sea ice minimum extent.

The webinar is open to all interested participants, including sea ice

researchers, students, decision-makers, and others.

The webinar is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. AKDT

(12:00-1:00 p.m. PDT, 1:00-2:00 p.m. MDT, 2:00-3:00 p.m. CDT,

and 3:00-4:00 p.m.EDT) on Thursday, 9 October 2014. More details,

including registration instructions, will be announced closer to the event.

The webinar will be archived and available online after the event.

For further information about the Sea Ice Outlook or Sea Ice Prediction

Network, please go to:

For questions, please contact Betsy Turner-Bogren at ARCUS

(This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


Arctic Observing Assessment

Your input is needed to help identify Societally Significant Information and Products (SSIPs) to assess the capacity of observational networks in the Arctic.

The Arctic Observing Assessment (AOA) is being conducted to support the U.S. Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) and the international Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON) objectives for observing coordination and data interoperability. Details about the assessment, its relationship to IARPC and SAON, including FAQ's, are available on the ArcticHub ( under the Arctic Observing Assessment header. In this first step of the assessment, we are building a list of Arctic societal priorities that will help scope the effort.

There are two methods for submitting Arctic societal priorities to this effort – via an anonymous online web form ( or via e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Online and e-mail submissions will be compiled into one list. Additional priorities will be sourced from available Arctic vision, strategy, and priority documents and reports.
Examples of Arctic priorities that have been drawn from documents and could scope this effort include food security, freshwater security, and coastal vulnerability.

A full list will be circulated via the ArcticHub. The deadline for input via the form and e-mail is July 11, 2014. We encourage you to distribute and share this message widely to make this opportunity for input known to all.

There will be future opportunities to provide input into next stages of this assessment. Please visit the ArcticHub ( for updates.

Belmont Forum Webinar

The Belmont Forum is hosting a second researcher matching webinar on Tuesday, June 3rd, from 12pm-1:30pm Eastern Time that focuses on the breadth of end users and best practices for engagement of end users in the development and implementation of research projects. The webinar features a panel of experts representing a variety of end user perspectives and organizations. Webex details, including a link to international dialing options, are below. Slides will be shown via Webex and discussion will be handled via the international phone lines provided.

End users provide a required expertise on Belmont Forum proposals. The term "end user" encompasses a variety of organizations in citizen, indigenous, policy, government, academic, industry, advocacy, and managerial domains. The panel represents a cross-cut of end users and representative organizations active in Arctic natural and social science research.

A moderated panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A session. Panelists for the June 3rd event include:

Christina Anderson, Willow Environmental LLC
Jim Gamble, Aleut International Association
Eva Kruemmel, Inuit Circumpolar Council
Gordon McBean, Centre for Environment and Sustainability, Western University / President-elect International Council for Science
Zach Stevenson, Northwest Arctic Borough
Aki Tonami, Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, University of Copenhagen

The webinar will be recorded and made available on the ArcticHub ( after the event under the Long-Term Observing Management Discussion Group.

Join the ArcticHub today and utilize the "help wanted ads" functionality to connect with other researchers and end users to submit a proposal to the Belmont Forum. This researcher matching capability allows you to post messages looking for collaborators or offering your expertise to a proposing team. Additional researcher matching to can be sought through the Belmont Forum website:

1. Go to
2. If requested, enter your name and email address.
3. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: arctic
4. Click "Join".

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