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#CryoMentoring @ the AGU Fall Meeting

agu logoAre you planning to attend the AGU Fall Meeting in Washington this year? Are you interested in learning from, and being inspired by, Cryospheric scientists at complementary career stages to yourself? If so then #CryoMentoring is for YOU!

The AGU Cryosphere Executive Committee invites sign-ups for it's CryoMentoring programme via the link below. You can volunteer to be a mentor, a mentee or even both! You will be assigned a mentor/mentee inline with the information you provide through the link before arrival in Washington. We have arranged dedicated #CryoCoffee areas during the morning coffee breaks throughout the week of the fall meeting for mentors and mentees to meet up, discuss science, career paths etc. It is our hope that during these brief #CryoCoffee meet-ups you will make additional plans for continued interaction throughout the week, for example lunch/dinner plans or other general hang outs.

AGU Cryosphere are delivering a #CryoGives100 programme as part of centennial celebrations and what better way to give 100 minutes of your time than by mentoring junior colleagues?

Sign up HERE and we'll see you in Washington!

Amber Leeson, Joanna Carey and the Cryosphere Executive Committee.


Registration now open! First announcement of IASC Workshop on Effects and Extremes of High Latitude Dust

First announcement of IASC Workshop on Effects and Extremes of High Latitude Dust

Where: Reykjavik, Iceland,
When: 13-14 Feb 2019
Confirmed Key note speaker: prof. Joanna Bullard, UK, the first-author of "High‐latitude dust in the Earth system",
Venue: Agricultural University of Iceland (AUI), Keldnaholt, Reykjavik, Iceland

High latitude dust (HLD), originating from cold high latitudes (≥ 50 °N and ≥ 40 °S) affects the cryosphere, oceans, air quality and safety, and in Europe both the High Arctic and the European mainland.

Extreme HLD related events include unexpected, unusual or unseasonal events with exceptional magnitude, duration, severity, or extent, such as most severe wind erosion events, storms, dust storms, snow-dust storms, heat waves, cold weather, and extreme snowfalls, for example.

Jointly organized by the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), the Agricultural University of Iceland (AUI), and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), together with the IceDust Association, this workshop will bring together high latitude dust scientists to present and discuss all aspects of effects and extremes of HLD. The workshop aims to networking and interaction. More information on the workshop, including session topics will be announced soon.

Early career scientists (registered PhD students or PhD degree gained within 5 years) are encouraged to apply for the IASC travel support when submitting a presentation. Two ECS presentations will be selected for travel cost support of 750 eur (reimbursement based on receipts, further instruction for will be provided when the selection will be announced).

Registration: We welcome your registration (by 11 Jan 2019), and your submissions for talks (by 30 Nov 2018) and posters (by 11 Jan 2019) via the registration link. The registration link is here:

Updates to the agenda can be followed in the internet at the following addresses: IASC (, FMI (, and IceDust (

We look forward to welcoming you!

Organizing team: Outi Meinander (Finnish Meteorological Institute, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Pavla Dagsson-Waldhauserova (Agricultural University of Iceland, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), together with IASC members of Halldór Björnsson and Guðrún Nína Petersen (Icelandic Meteorological Office), Kent Moore (University of Toronto), Joan Nymand Larsen (Stefansson Arctic Institute), and Lassi Heininen (University of Lapland), and in co-operation with the IceDust Association, Iceland

SCAR Visiting Scholars Scheme: Apply by 3 December

SCAR logo white backgroundThe SCAR Visiting Scholars Scheme (previously called the Visiting Professors Scheme) is open for applications until Monday 3 December 2018.

SCAR Visiting Scholarships are for mid- to late-career stage scientists and academics (at least 5 years after completing their PhD) who are involved in Antarctic research, providing the opportunity for them to undertake a short-term visit (1 to 4 weeks) to an institute(s) in another SCAR member country, to provide training and mentoring.

For 2018, both the eligibility criteria and the application process have been revised. The core purpose of the scheme is to build capacity in countries with smaller or less-developed Antarctic research programmes. Visits can be either to smaller and developing programmes or from smaller and developing programmes, so the capacity building process can be proposed in either way. The scheme is for any scientists and academics whose research contributes to SCAR's objectives, as embodied in the Science Groups and Scientific Research Programmes.

The scheme provides awards of up to USD $5000 each, covering the cost of an international return flight and some contribution towards living expenses for the visiting period. Full information on the scheme, including details of the application process and assessment criteria, is available on the Visiting Scholar Detailed Information page of the SCAR website.

The closing date for applications is Monday 3 December 2018.

Queries about the scheme should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and an online form is available which can be used to ask questions about the application process, required documentation and eligibility, etc., anonymously if preferred.

The Visiting Scholar Scheme is seen to complement the early-career SCAR Fellowship Scheme by providing scientists and academics with the opportunity to intensify collaboration amongst SCAR member countries and to contribute to SCAR’s objectives.

For more information, visit

Call for new Action Groups of the International Permafrost Association

ipa logoThe International Permafrost Association (IPA) has an open call for new Action Groups to be operational in 2019 and/or 2020. Action Groups are funded on a competitive basis at up to 2500 euros per year (maximum of 5000 euros over two years). These targeted groups focus on clearly defined permafrost research outputs, such as maps, science plans, or databases, that can be supported through the organization of workshops, management support, technical support, etc.

The application form and instructions, as well as a listing of current and past Action Groups, can be found on the IPA website:

This year’s deadline is November 5th. Applications should be emailed to the IPA email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
The IPA Executive Committee looks forward to another strong round of applications.

New IACS working group on Debris Covered Glaciers

IACS logoA new Working Group on Debris Covered Glaciers supported by the International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS) has been established to run from 2018-2022. The targetted objectives are to:

1) compare the available methods of mapping supra-glacial debris thickness, and assess their appropriateness for different applications
2) compare the performance of available sub-debris ablation models, and assess their appropriateness for different applications.
3) work closely with the debris-covered glaciers community to coordinate knowledge exchange

We would like to engage as wide a group of scientists as possible in this working group, which will include young and senior scientists from a variety of geographic locations. In order to achieve this in a practical sense, we define two levels or participation: working group members and participants.

Members are expected to contribute to ALL of the following:

a) actively contribute to the development of at least one of the two comparison projects, which includes model design, forcing data, and output variables,
b) produce model results for at least one of the comparison projects,
c) participate in group workshops (as far as possible).

In addition to these members, we also welcome working group participants from a wider sphere of related debris-covered glacier research topics. Participants are expected to participate in discussions and meetings (if possible) AND contribute to AT LEAST ONE of the following:

a) contribute forcing data to one of the comparison projects,
b) provide data or code to foster knowledge exchange,
c) contribute services to journal special issues.

If you are interested in these activities, please read the working group aims and objectives available at and contact one of the working group co-chairs (Lindsey Nicholson, Francesca Pellicciotti, and David Rounce) if you would like to either become a member/participant or be kept abreast of working group activities.

Global Online Resources for Arctic Research

arcuslogonotext 2018In an increasingly digital and interdisciplinary landscape, the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS; is excited to offer a wealth of online resources benefiting the global Arctic research community. From informative mailing lists detailing the latest professional opportunities to a directory of who’s who in Arctic research, we are proud to offer something of value to everyone, whether you work in academia, industry, the government sector, with Indigenous communities, or beyond. We invite you to learn more about these free services:

  • The Directory of Arctic Researchers contains names, addresses, science specialties, and current research for over 4,000 Arctic specialists worldwide, and aids networking between stakeholders to facilitate research and education efforts. All researchers are invited to include a profile.
  • The Arctic Calendar is an online, searchable calendar of major meetings and events relevant to Arctic science, education, and policy; helping to both publicize major events and avoid conflicting meeting dates.
  • Witness the Arctic is a monthly newsletter with over 8,600 subscribers, providing information on current Arctic research, national policy affecting Arctic research, international activities, and profiles of institutions with major Arctic research efforts.
  • ArcticInfo is a moderated mailing list offering nearly 5,000 subscribers timely information about Arctic meetings, publications, job announcements, funding opportunities, and news.
  • Amongst other assets available through our website, ARCUS offers Documented Practices and Resources for conducting research with Northern communities, a Polar Education moderated mailing list, a Publications Directory of key reports, as well as both new and web-archived copies of Live-Streamed Research Seminars with leading Arctic community leaders.

While these online products are offered freely to the Arctic research community, starting this month, ARCUS is thrilled to offer even greater access to our internationally-recognized network through Individual memberships at the member’s choice of dues levels or an Affiliate member program for anyone who works with or for one of ARCUS’ Organizational members.

To learn more about our programmatic offerings and benefits of membership, please visit or e-mail Alex Thornton, ARCUS’ Community Development Manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Soliciting Nominations for the 2019 IASC Medal

iasc webThe IASC Medal is awarded in recognition of exceptional and sustained contributions to the understanding of the Arctic. A maximum of one award is made each year, assuming that there is a nominee of appropriate quality.

The whole IASC community, from all countries and career stages, is encouraged to submit a nomination by sending this form to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., demonstrating the nominee’s excellence (see evaluation criteria) and sustained contribution to the understanding of the Arctic

Nominations for the 2019 IASC Medal, which is expected to be awarded at ASSW 2019 in Arkhangelsk, Russia, can be submitted to the IASC Secretariat until 31 December 2018. IASC seeks a diverse slate of nominees for the IASC medal; a list of previous IASC Medal recipients is available on the IASC website, as are some statistics about past nominees.

'Science in the Snow' second edition - online release

SCAR logo white backgroundSCAR is delighted to announce the online release of the second edition of ‘Science in the Snow’ – our landmark book, which details the History of SCAR since its inception in 1958.

The first edition, released in 2011, covers SCAR’s first half century. This latest edition, produced to mark SCAR’s 60th birthday, brings the book up to date with a synopsis of the past 10 years. It covers key recent achievements such as SCAR’s highly cited Horizon Scanning exercise in 2014.

Authored by David W H Walton, Peter D Clarkson and Colin P Summerhayes, ‘Science in the Snow’ provides a comprehensive history of SCAR’s work, drawn from a fascinating mix of sources, ranging from personal recollections to official records of SCAR meetings.

The second edition is available in two formats. Where the first edition was available only in hardcopy, the second edition has also been published in electronic format and is available to view and download through the SCAR Library: Science in the Snow. A hardcopy version of the second edition will be available for purchase in October.

“In describing SCAR’s achievements and the people behind them, this volume portrays clearly the value of the voluntary contributions to the organization. SCAR has an extraordinary history of facilitating discoveries and unveiling their implications. It has also helped deliver fundamental science that is breathtaking in its scope and its beauty”

SCAR President Professor Steven Chown, School of Biological Sciences, Monash University

“.. SCAR remains a beacon for those who care about international scientific co-operation, peaceful co-existence and information-sharing. Resolutely international and multi-disciplinary, this collection is a celebration of 60 years of working together on and off the Ice. It serves as a testimony of an organization’s capacity to change. Enjoy the chapters, and look carefully at both texts and images, for clues as to who does polar research, how does that research get done, and what and where gets studied. It should be a cause for celebration that SCAR is more diverse than ever before. Happy 60th birthday SCAR!”

Klaus Dodds, Professor of Geopolitics at Royal Holloway, University of London and author of Ice: Nature and Culture (2018) and The Scramble for the Poles (2016).

Emerging Leaders 2019 – Call for Emerging Leaders with special interest in Arctic topics

ARCTIC FRONTIERS 2015Emerging Leaders is an Arctic early carrier and mentoring program in the High North for young scientists and professionals. If you are under 35 years and want to learn more about Arctic security, Arctic economy and Arctic environment, you are welcome to apply!

Emerging Leaders invite 30 selected candidates from different countries to participate in a blend of technical, social and cultural events accompanied by mentors from business, politics and academia. The program takes place in the Norwegian Arctic and starts in the city of Bodø, then continues onboard the coastal cruise M/S Hurtigruten to Lofoten and ends in Tromsø, “the gateway to the Arctic”.

The Emerging Leaders will explore topics and adventures that are specific to the Arctic mindset and engage in crucial and contemporary discussions on environment, resource management, security, the development of business and technology in the Arctic.

The Mentors will challenge the Emerging Leaders to present at the Arctic Frontiers Policy conference in Tromsø a professional view on the Arctic. What are the suggestions and solutions to Arctic opportunities and challenges? How should we best define Arctic sustainability, potentials and vulnerabilities?

Be prepared to make close friends across a variety of pan-Arctic regions and professions.

Arctic Frontiers Emerging Leaders 2019, 16 – 22 January in Bodø – Lofoten – Tromsø.

Participation fee is 35.000 NOK. Apply before 1 November 2018.

For general inquiries about the program and funding, please contact program manager Laura Johanne Olsen (+47) 90 75 12 75 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Opportunity to join the Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) Scientific Steering Group

Clic logo1It is time to find new members to join the Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) Scientific Steering Group (SSG). Please circulate this opportunity to people in your networks who may be good candidates or consider to self-nominate if you are interested in joining the team.

Current SSG members are listed here:

Link to nomination form:

The SSG currently has 9 researchers with a wide range of expertise in global cryosphere observation and modelling. The SSG guides CliC’s priorities and activities, working together with the SSG co-chairs and the CliC project office. SSG members should thus have a good overview of the CliC science plan: relevant regional and international research agendas, and knowledge of how CliCs priorities align with those of the new World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) strategy.

The deadline for nominations is 15 October 2018. Scientific expertise, career stage as well as gender and geographical balance are taken into account. Initial membership is for three years and, as a rule, two extensions of two years each may be recommended. The SSG typically meets once a year.

Any questions can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.


Marie-France Gévry, Coordonnatrice des programmes de formation - Training programs coordinator
T: 418-656-2131 poste (ext) 8910
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XIII International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences (ISAES 2019) - First Circular

We are pleased to announce that the 13th International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Science (ISAES 2019) will be held during July 22-26, 2019, at the Songdo Convensia in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The symposium aims to bring together Antarctic earth scientists from different areas in order to gather and highlight their outstanding expertise and ideas.

Major themes of the symposium include:
1. Continental evolution of Antarctica
2. Antarctic solid earth structure and interactions with the cryosphere
3. Past and present permafrost changes in Antarctica
4. Glacial history of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean
5. Antarctic surface processes and landscape
6. Changes in the Southern Ocean
7. Climate change in the 21st century
8. Antarctica and the evolution of life
9. Remote sensing and satellite imagery
10. General Antarctic earth sciences

Call for session proposals
The Scientific Program Committee cordially invites you to submit session proposals. Each session will consist of 6-7 oral presentations lasting for 20 minutes (including Q&A session). Please submit your session proposals by November 30, 2018.

Session proposals should follow the below format. Proposals will be considered by their scientific merits and the significance of their respective themes. They will then be incorporated into the final program. Ten themes are proposed but session proposals with different themes may also be accepted.
1. Title of the session and corresponding theme
2. Name of convener/co-convener (affiliation and email)
3. Session description (max. 200 words)
4. List of invited speakers and potential presenters

Chair of the Local Organizing Committee: Dr. Jongkuk Hong (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Secretary: Mr. Sunhwi Kim (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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