Joseph Nolan, Junior Policy Officer, European Polar Board (EPB)
Alevtina Evgrafova, 2017 Fellow, International Arctic Science Committee (IASC)
Lavenia Ratnarajah, 2016 Fellow, Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR)
Jilda Caccavo, 2016 Fellow, Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR)
Whether you research phenomena in the Arctic or Antarctic, there are worldwide committees available to you. International collaboration is an integral part of polar research for early career professionals and beyond. How do you get involved? Just ask our panel! The webinar will be convened by Sara Strey form our APECS Polar Week Committee.
If a six-year old can talk about a Tyrannosaurus and describe how it differs from a Stegosaurus, they can engage with some of the big ideas in your research. You just have to remember they are not your typical science audience. Julia Dooley, President of Polar Educators International and Primary level teacher of Gifted and Talented students will share a few teacher tools, and ideas for making your classroom visits engaging, and actually a little fun.
This presentation will discuss nearly two-decades of research strategies and practices for glacier-related research in the Peruvian Andes, particularly the Cordillera Blanca. This mountain range is one of the world’s hardest hit by glacier-caused disasters, with more than 10,000 people dying from glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs) and rock-ice landslides since the 1940s. But it is also the place where Peruvian engineers and scientists have done some of the most effective mitigation work to prevent GLOFs: they have studied, monitored, partially drained, and even dammed 35 dangerous glacial lakes over time. It thus served as an ideal site for my social science research on the history of climate change adaptation and human interactions with glaciers over 75 years. Yet doing the Cordillera Blanca research was never easy. Access to information, data, and research sites was often blocked. Local authorities and experts needed to personally approve (or not) many of my research practices. Institutions sometimes rejected my proposals or thwarted my progress. Collaborations emerged slowly. In short, my studies have required what I call “research diplomacy,” which involved extensive personal connections, collaborations, networking, and reciprocal interactions with a host of individuals, institutions, and stakeholders in Peru. This kind of research diplomacy is useful (and I would say essential) for researchers in any field, from glaciology and hydrology to history and human geography.
In November 2016, a European consortium of scientists from different disciplines set out to advance our capability to predict the weather and climate in the Arctic and beyond in the framework of the EU-funded project called APPLICATE. In this presentation, I will describe the basic rationale behind this project and outline what is needed to make step changes in our ability to predict Arctic weather and climate prediction, and to increase our understanding of the impact of Arctic climate change in mid-latitudes. In this context I will touch on the following topics: model evaluation, model development, teleconnections, observing system design, education and stakeholder engagement. To find out more about the APPLICATE project go to: https://applicate.eu/
The Antarctic Treaty, signed in Washington on December 1, 1959, has the purpose to ensure that "in the interest of all mankind that Antarctica shall continue for ever to be used exclusively for peaceful purposes and shall not become the scene or object of international discord". Signed in 1991, the Protocol on Environmental Protection (the Madrid Protocol) to the Treaty, designates Antarctica as “a natural reserve, devoted to peace and science”. This webinar will give an overview of how the Antarctic Treaty and its Madrid Protocol work, and how the Treaty system is used to protect the Antarctic environment.
The Arctic Council is the leading intergovernmental forum promoting cooperation, coordination and interaction among the Arctic States, Arctic indigenous communities and other Arctic inhabitants. Giving an overview of its structure, including Members, Permanent Participants and Working Groups, this webinar will act as an introduction to the Arctic Council, providing information on its workings, issues of focus, and recent achievements.