Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

2nd international Polar Data Forum (PDF II)

Hello Polar Researchers!

Do you work with large datasets? Are you interested in open data-sharing initiatives for polar regions? The 2nd international Polar Data Forum (PDF II) will be held at the University of Waterloo this fall from October 27th-29th, 2015.

The Forum will provide a critically important venue for showcasing polar data initiatives, to learn from global partners and work collaboratively to continue developing an international vision and action plan. Interdisciplinary collaboration and access to data from various fields will become increasingly important if research is to keep pace with the rapid change occurring in polar regions.

PDF II provides a unique opportunity for coordination and information exchange regarding open polar data sharing between data managers, researchers and graduate students through a series of planned workshops, oral presentations and poster presentations. The ASA has been working closely with the Canadian Polar Data Catalogue to include a data management and stewardship workshop tailored specifically to graduate students and early career researchers - not to mention a student social with local craft beer and food to kick the Forum off!

Registration and abstract submission are now open to graduate students.  

Presenters will have the opportunity to publish peer-reviewed Forum Papers in a planned special issue of the CODATA Data Science Journal. 

Abstracts will be accepted until July, 1, 2015. Early bird registration ends on August 31, 2015. 

For more information and to register, please visit:

New Federal Organization announced: Polar Knowledge Canada

On June 1 2015, Minister Valcourt Announces Establishment of New Federal Organization - Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR):

Polar Knowledge Canada merges the mandate and functions of the Canadian Polar Commission with those of the Canadian High Arctic Research Station initiative at Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada to form one organization.

You can find the full text of the news release by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada here.


The next talk for Arctic-Wise: Bridging Northern Knowledges of Change

The next talk for Arctic-Wise: Bridging Northern Knowledges of Change is happening next Tuesday, March 10 at Green College's Coach House from 5:00 - 6:30 pm. See the description below as well as in the attached poster.

Arctic-Wise: Bridging Northern Knowledges of Change
SUBSEA PERMAFROST AND THE METHANE CYCLE ON THE SIBERIAN CONTINENTAL SHELF: PREDICTIVE MODELLING FOR CLIMATE CHANGEDavid Archer, Geophysical Sciences, University of ChicagoCoach House, Green College, UBCMarch 10 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
A numerical model called SpongeBOB is used to simulate the hydrology and methane cycle on the Siberian continental shelf. Lowered sea level during glacial time exposed the sediment surface to the cold atmosphere, forming permafrost to a depth of a kilometre or more. Now in the interglacial time the permafrost is flooded by higher sea level, leading to its eventual melting. The model is used to predict how the glacial cycles, and future global warming, affect the methane budget of this area. The model predicts that methane hydrate is only stable near the bottom of the permafrost zone, hundreds of metres below the sediment surface. The hydrates are insulated from any rapid change in temperature that might occur in the overlying ocean. There is enough carbon in frozen sediments in the Arctic to drive a substantial carbon release in response to climate warming, but only on time scales of thousands of years.

David Archer is a Peter Wall Institute International Visiting Research Scholar.

See these links for more info from UBC Polar Club!


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