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Opening of the 4th Sentinel North excellence scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships competition

logo sentinel northSentinel North announces the opening of the fourth Sentinel North excellence scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships competition, from September 1 to October 10, 2018.

These grants and fellowships aim to encourage the best candidates to undertake or pursue research activities within the Sentinel North research program in a transdisciplinary environment.

  • Master's scholarships from $15,000 / year, for 2 years
  • Ph.D. scholarships from $18,000 / year, for 3 years
  • Postdoctoral fellowships from $35,000 / year, for 2 years

Those scholarships & fellowships are open to candidates from all disciplines.

Candidates who stand out by the excellence of their academic record and the innovative and multidisciplinary potential of their research project are invited to submit their application.

Deadline to apply: October 10, 2018

Learn more about all Sentinel North training programs, and follow Sentinel North on Facebook and Twitter to know everything about upcoming offers and announcements.

Contact:

Marie-France Gévry, Coordonnatrice des programmes de formation - Training programs coordinator
T: 418-656-2131 poste (ext) 8910
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Call for Applications: Researchers for the 2019-20 PolarTREC Field Seasons

PolarTREC logoPolarTREC (Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating) is currently accepting applications from researchers for teacher research experiences. Researchers are invited to submit an application to host a PolarTREC teacher in the 2019 Arctic field season and/or the 2019-2020 Antarctic field seasons.

IMPORTANT! Funding is pending for PolarTREC during the 2019-20 field seasons. ARCUS will keep researcher applicants informed of our funding status. If funding is secured, final matches should be made in December 2018 or January 2019.

Informational Webinar: A one-hour informational webinar for both researchers and teachers interested in the PolarTREC program will be held on Wednesday, 29 August 2018 at 2:00 p.m. AKDT (3:00 p.m. PDT, 4:00 p.m. MDT, 5:00 p.m. CDT, 6:00 p.m. EDT).

Webinar registration is available through the PolarTREC website at:

Webinar Registration

PolarTREC, a program of the Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS), is a project through which middle and high school teachers, as well as informal science educators participate in polar research, working closely with scientists as a pathway to improving science education.

The program integrates research and education to produce a legacy of long-term teacher-researcher collaborations, improved teacher content knowledge and instructional practices, and broad public interest and engagement in polar science. PolarTREC projects focus on a wide variety of research activities occurring in both the Arctic and Antarctic, providing an outstanding opportunity for researchers to share their passion for polar science through topics that naturally engage students and the wider public.

Through PolarTREC, teachers spend two to six weeks in the Arctic or Antarctic, working closely with researchers in the field as an integral part of the science team. PolarTREC teachers and researchers are matched based on similar science interests and selected researchers will have the opportunity to interview top applicants and make final selections.

Teachers participate in an orientation and are trained extensively to meet the program requirements prior to the field season. While in the field, teachers and researchers communicate extensively with their colleagues, communities, and students of all ages across the globe, using a variety of tools including online journals, forums, podcasts, and interactive webinars from the field.

PolarTREC researchers must be at U.S. institutions. Applications from researchers on National Science Foundation (NSF) funded projects will receive priority in the selection process. Researchers should have secured funding for their research project prior to applying. If funding is pending and you would still like to host a teacher contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss your situation and future opportunities.

If you are interested in participating in PolarTREC, but are unable to apply during the application period, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss opportunities for future participation.

Researcher Webinar Registration deadline: Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Researcher Application deadline: Monday, 24 September 2018

Webinar registration is available through the PolarTREC website at:

Webinar Registration

Applications and additional information about researcher and teacher requirements can be found on the PolarTREC website at:

View PolarTREC Researcher Application Page

For further information, contact:
PolarTREC
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Phone: 907-474-1600

Witness the Arctic - Summer 2018: Now Available Online

The Summer 2018 issue of Witness the Arctic is now published online. This issue includes a call for public comment on the Revised Principles for Conducting Research in the Arctic; news from a recent study indicating an increase in amplified Arctic temperatures; news of the recently developed use of remote sensing to study beaver encroachment in Arctic tundra; news about the EarthScope Transportable Array; updates from the SEARCH program, USARC, the Sea Ice Prediction Network–Phase 2, the women in polar research panel discussion during POLAR2018, and the 2018 Anchorage Arctic Research Day; comments from ARCUS board members, Board President Audrey Taylor, and Executive Director Bob Rich; and a highlight of ARCUS member institution, the Woods Hole Research Center.

To read this issue, please go to: https://www.arcus.org/witness-the-arctic/2018/1.

For questions, or to suggest articles for future issues, contact Betsy Turner-Bogren, ARCUS (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Further details on nominations to Southern Ocean Region Panel

Following requests for more information on the process of nomination and what is required of members on the CLIVAR/CliC/SCAR Southern Ocean Region Panel, we are pleased to give full details below.

The CLIVAR/CliC/SCAR Southern Ocean Region Panel (SORP) is seeking nominations for four new members (self-nominations are welcome).

The panel is in particular need of nominees possessing expertise in:

  • global climate/Earth-system modelling;
  • open ocean measurements;
  • sea ice remote sensing;
  • sea-going chemical oceanography;

The inclusion of representation from across the nations and regions that participate in Southern Ocean climate science is a priority. At least one new member from Africa and from Asia are needed for this round of nominations.

SORP's terms of reference are given here: http://www.clivar.org/clivar-panels/southern

Nominations (including self-nominations) are through this link: http://www.clivar.org/news/open-call-new-clivar-members-1

The panel has in-person meetings every 18 months or so, the next one is due in 2020. SORP has video conferences about every 3-4 months, and members do a lot of their work by email.

Current activities include contributing to OceanObs19 papers, as well as regular reporting to CLIVAR, CliC and SCAR on ocean and climate research for the Southern Ocean.

The process of nominations is that they are collated by CLIVAR and then passed to the co-chairs to short-list. CLIVAR, CliC, and SCAR then make the final decisions on the members, taking into account balance issues such as geographic location, gender, and range of disciplinary expertise.

For more information about panel activities and the expectations for panel members, please contact one of the panel co-chairs, Inga Smith (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Riccardo Farneti (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Regards,

Riccardo and Inga

Northern Notes #49 published

iassa logo1The new issue of Northern Notes (Spring/Summer 2018) has been published!

This issue from the International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA) secretariat features:

  • Letters from the President and the Council
  • Report on IASSA activities in the Arctic Council
  • Arctic Horizons Final Report update
  • Arctic Science Agreement
  • National Inuit Strategy on Research
  • Reports from IASSA members on past, on-going and future events

Make sure to also check out the calls for papers, the listing of upcoming conferences and workshops, all the announcements / other news, and a listing of new publications related to Arctic social sciences.

Click here for the new Northern Notes!

Save the Date: SIPN2 Webinar with Don Perovich - 11 September 2018

The Sea Ice Prediction Network–Phase 2 (SIPN2) will convene an open webinar titled An Overview of MOSAiC: The Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate. This webinar will provide an overview of the interdisciplinary international MOSAiC program and ongoing work on the causes and consequences of an evolving and diminished Arctic sea ice cover.

Webinar Date and Time:
This event will be held on Tuesday, 11 September 2018 at:

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. AKDT,
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. PDT,
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. MDT,
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. CDT, and
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT.

Webinar Program:

MOSAiC is a large interdisciplinary international program addressing an overarching question of "What are the causes and consequences of an evolving and diminished Arctic sea ice cover?" The centerpiece of MOSAiC is a year-long drift experiment from September 2019 to September 2020. In MOSAiC, models are being used to inform observations and observations will be used to enhance models. MOSAiC is taking an interdisciplinary approach with elements investigating the atmosphere, ice, ocean, ecosystem, and biogeochemistry. Observations will be conducted on three primary scales; the central observatory (5 km), the distributed network (50 km), and the large scale (1000s km). This presentation will give an overview of MOSAiC, with special attention on the sea ice program.

Webinar Speaker:

Don Perovich is a Professor at the Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College. His research is focused on the geophysics of sea ice, with particular emphasis on electromagnetic, thermodynamic, and morphological properties. A central element of his work is observing and understanding the role of the sea ice albedo feedback in the Arctic climate system.

More details, including registration instructions, will be announced closer to the event. The webinar will be archived and available online after the event.

For questions, contact:
Betsy Turner-Bogren, ARCUS
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Call for nominations to Southern Ocean Region Panel

The CLIVAR/CliC/SCAR Southern Ocean Region Panel (SORP) seeks nominations for four new members (self-nominations are welcome).

The panel is in particular need of nominees possessing expertise in:

  • global climate/Earth-system modelling;
  • open ocean measurements;
  • sea ice remote sensing;
  • sea-going chemical oceanography;

The inclusion of representation from across the nations and regions that participate in Southern Ocean climate science is a priority.

At least one new member from Africa and from Asia are needed for this round of nominations.

Current panel membership is listed t https://www.scar.org/science/sorp/contact/.

Nominations of women, members of under-represented groups, and early career scientists are encouraged.

For more information about panel activities and the expectations for panel members, please contact one of the panel co-chairs, Inga Smith (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Riccardo Farneti (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Call for Abstracts: Year of Polar Prediction Arctic Science Workshop

Organizers announce a call for abstracts for the 2019 Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) Arctic Science Workshop. This workshop will convene 14-16 January 2019 in Helsinki, Finland.

Organizers invite studies on coupled atmospheric, ocean, sea ice, and land processes in the context of the latest Arctic observations, modeling, and prediction efforts, including the benefits to society on time scales from hours to seasonal.

This workshop is jointly organized by the Polar Prediction Project, its International Coordination Office, the International Arctic Science Committee, and the Finnish Meteorological Institute. It will bring together YOPP scientists to discuss first results from the Arctic Special Observing Periods, providing a vivid forum for exchange and networking.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Elizabeth C. Hunke,
  • Jim Doyle,
  • Machiel Lamers,
  • John Marshall,
  • Pierre Rampal,
  • Ian Renfrew,
  • Greg C. Smith, and
  • Gunilla Svensson

Abstract submission deadline: 3 September 2018

For more information, go to:
Workshop homepage

For more information about abstract submission, go to:
Complete Call for Abstracts (PDF - 2,241 KB)

For questions, contact:
YOPP International Coordination Office
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INTERACT Transnational Access Call is open

INTERACT stamp 300x300INTERACT Transnational Access Call is open for projects taking place between March 2019 and April 2020

The EU H2020 funded INTERACT (International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic) opens a call for research groups to apply for Transnational Access to 43 research stations across the Arctic and northern alpine and forest areas in Europe, Russia and North-America. The sites represent a variety of glacier, mountain, tundra, boreal forest, peatland and freshwater ecosystems, providing opportunities for researchers from natural sciences to human dimension. Transnational Access includes free access (either physical or remote) for user groups/users to research facilities and field sites, including support for travel and logistic costs.

Overall, INTERACT provides three different modalities of access: Transnational and Remote Access that are applied through annual calls, and Virtual Access which means free access to data from stations, available at all times through the INTERACT VA single-entry point.

The call for Transnational and Remote Access applications is open on 13th August - 12th October, 2018, for projects taking place between March 2019 and April 2020. You can find the TA/RA Call information, stations available in the call, descriptions of stations and their facilities, and registration to the INTERACCESS on-line application system from the INTERACT website.

An on-line webinar will be held on 11th Sept at 15:00 (CEST) to provide information about the ongoing TA/RA call and for answering any questions related to the application process and TA and RA in general. The link to join the webinar is available on the INTERACT website

For any additional information, please contact the Transnational Access coordinator Hannele Savela, hannele.savela(at)oulu.fi.

Apply to INTERACT Transnational Access to conduct research at the coolest places of the North!

IASC Calendar 2019 - Photo Call 

iasc webEvery year around December, IASC publishes our Arctic science calendar.

For graphics and photographs we depend solely on what the IASC community sends us. We are looking for new photographs for the publication of the 2019 Calendar, and other IASC publications such as the website, brochures, social media, and Bulletin. We welcome images depicting all areas of Arctic science: scientists in the field, animals, landscapes, everyday life in the Arctic, and more!

Although we are not able to pay for the image, we of course credit the photographer. The photographer also will receives a copy of printed material by mail. For print, the image quality must be around at least 3500 x 2500 pixels.

With each photo submission, IASC also requires:

  • A short description about what we see and background information on the project/research;
  • Location;
  • Name of photographer / Institute;
  • Contact information (email address and mail addresses).

Please upload your pictures and associated information here. (You can also send pictures along with the information written above via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..)

Thank you to all those who make the effort to send in photos. We usually receive more photographs than we can place and therefore have to make a selection based on quality, as well as geographical and thematic representation. We only notify the photographers who's contributions are selected publication.

Thank you!
Federica Scarpa
IASC Communications Manager
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Resource Available: Conference Statement - Arctic Observing Summit 2018

The Executive Organizing Committee for the Arctic Observing Summit (AOS) announce the release of the AOS 2018 Conference Statement. This statement summarizes the main conclusions and call to action from the 2018 AOS that convened 24-26 June 2018 in Davos, Switzerland.

During AOS 2018, participants from 26 countries focused on the Business Case for a Pan-Arctic Observing System. Demonstrating the value of Arctic observations, linked to relevant societal benefit areas, showed how long-term observing systems support decision-making from local to global scales.

The conference statement is based on the summaries of the working group deliberations and was reviewed during the final plenary session of the Summit.

To view to full conference statement, go to:
Conference statement webpage (PDF - 87.89 KB)

For more information about AOS 2018, including access to copies of presentations, go to:
AOS homepage

For questions, contact:
Ravi Darwin Sankar
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Phone: 403-220-5775

Maribeth Murray
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NSF Office of Polar Programs releases updated polar Code of Conduct

The U.S. National Science Foundation’s Office of Polar Programs (OPP) this month issued an updated Code of Conduct that restates important principles and expectations of professional conduct and acceptable behavior for all personnel who deploy to the Arctic or the Antarctic under OPP’s auspices.

The code is a “shared statement of commitment to uphold ethical, professional, and legal standards.”

The document states that the objective of participants’ presence in the polar regions “is to contribute to accomplishing the mission of the U.S. government while fully adhering to all applicable international and national legal and policy requirements, including those of the Antarctic Treaty system and the Arctic's state, local, and tribal governments.”

The code further emphasizes that “all personnel will treat others with dignity and respect, will exercise the highest level of professional and ethical behavior, and will work cooperatively to resolve differences” and that it is “everyone's responsibility to provide a safe workplace and to protect the polar environment.”

Read the document in its entirety here: https://www.nsf.gov/geo/opp/documents/policy/polar_coc.pdf

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