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Join the International Association of Cryospheric Sciences

IACS logoThe International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS) is now offering membership. Please join us to be eligible for our Early Career Prize, and for news about grants, symposia, and activities of our working and standing groups. Joining is simple and fast - visit our website for instructions.

We already have more than 150 members! For more information on the benefits of membership, see below.

We’ve also established an IACS Twitter site. Please follow us @iacscryo

Benefits of IACS membership:

  • you will receive regular information about IACS activities and opportunities.
  • you are eligible to engage in IACS activities and bodies, even if your country is not a member of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG)
  • you are eligible for IACS sponsorship and financial support for workshops, summer schools, and other IACS-sponsored activities
  • you are eligible for the IACS early-career scientist prize if you qualify as an early career scientist (see our website).

Your membership will also help to provide travel grants for early-career scientists and scientists from developing countries to attend IACS/IUGG symposia. The next IUGG General Assembly will be held in 2019 in Montreal, and cryospheric sciences will feature strongly there.

IGS Newsletter ICE 173-4 now online

LogoICEThe IGS newsletter, ICE, issue 173-4 is now online. This is a double issue as we had quite a lot of material to post and it will hopefully enable us to catch up.

It is freely available online at

We would like to draw your attention to the possibility of advertising in ICE which is published 3 times a year. If you are recruiting or would like to advertise meetings we can accommodate your requests. We will also accepts ads for equipment and merchandise. Our advertising rates are extremely competitive.

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ARCTOS WorkshopARCTOS invites PhD candidates to a student workshop offering an exciting program for early career scientists working on issues related to the Arctic. The workshop is taking place 21-31 January 2018 in conjunction with the Arctic Frontiers conference and continues afterwards in Svolvær, Lofoten. As part of the workshop, participants have to attend the Arctic Frontiers conference and give a presentation (oral or poster) during the science section of the conference (submit your abstract here).

After the conference, the students will embark on a 5-day seminar to Svolvær, Lofoten, during which they will attend 10-15 lectures covering proposal writing, political science, social science, marine ecology and climate, local art, and arctic entrepreneurship. Students will also prepare a proposal for funding to an imaginary research grant. During the workshop, there will be also some cultural events (visiting art gallery, museum, etc.). The workshop is multidisciplinary and thus suitable for students from all scientific fields.

One main goal of the workshop is networking. During the conference and workshop, students can meet politicians, business people and senior researchers as well as other early career scientists, which are all interested in Arctic issues. Together, the northern areas are facing possibilities and challenges related to the combination of climate change, globalization, and circumpolar problems such as oil and gas development, pollution, public health, reduced biodiversity and loss of habitats. An enormous challenge to handle. The idea behind this workshop is that the solution to the problems ahead lies in the synergy that emerges from international networks, cross-disciplinary cooperation and dialogue.

We offer travel funding for accepted candidates including accommodation during the stay in Tromsø and Svolvær. Candidates are eligible for a reduced conference fee. PhD students are prioritized but Master students and Post-docs may apply as well. The workshop is an official PhD level course (BIO-8516) at the Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø worth 4 ECTS (only PhD students can receive credits).

To apply, go to the ARCTOS homepage.

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Abstract fee waiver for POLAR 2018

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The organisers of POLAR 2018 are pleased to announce that a limited number of abstract fee waivers are available to help support participants to attend the conference. This is primarily intended for those who would otherwise struggle to attend e.g. early career scientists and those from low-income countries.


  • 24 September: Deadline to fill in the application form (before you submit through the conference website)
  • 25 September - 6 October: Review of applications by a committee comprised of representatives from SCAR, IASC and APECS
  • mid October: Successful applicants will receive a code with which they can proceed to submit their abstract free of charge
  • 1 November (18:00 CET): Abstract submission deadline

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Further details pertaining to abstract submission can be found here.

INTERACT Transnational Access Call is open!

TA INTERACTThe call for applications is open on 1st September-13th October 2017 for Transnational Access and Remote Access taking place between March 2018 and April 2019.

Further TA call information, stations available in the call, descriptions of stations and their facilities, and registration to the INTERACCESS on-line application system can be found from the INTERACT website.

Two on-line webinars, on 11th Sept at 09:00 (CEST) and on 12th Sept at 15:00 (CEST), will be held to provide information about the ongoing TA Call and to answer questions related to the application process and TA/RA in general. Links to the webinars and related material are provided on the TA call information page.

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

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

Abstract submission for POLAR2018 open!

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The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) invite the international polar and high altitude community to their joint meeting POLAR2018, hosted by WSL and SLF in Davos, Switzerland.

  • 1 September 2017 Abstract submission opens (session program)
  • 1 November 2017 Deadline abstract submission, early-bird registration opens
  • 31 December 2017 Side meeting requests close
  • 31 January 2018 Acceptance notification with oral/poster information
  • 19 - 23 June 2018 SCAR/IASC Open Science Conference, including the COMNAP Symposium

The goal of POLAR2018 is to bring together excellent research from both poles, as well as from high altitude areas, focusing on the similar challenges those regions face. The program features 65 different sessions, structured into 12 categories. In addition to the parallel sessions, central elements of the Open Science Conference (OSC) will be keynote presentations, mini-symposia, extended poster sessions, and exhibitions. The annual COMNAP symposium will be held during the OSC, as well as a plenary lecture from the 2018 Arctic Observing Summit as an opening to this biennial summit immediately after the OSC. A range of excursions and trips will allow participants to make the most of coming to the Swiss Alps and enjoy science, nature, culture, and sports.

Authors wishing to submit an abstract are required to pay a submission fee of CHF 30 for each abstract. However, the organisers of POLAR 2018 are pleased to announce that a limited number of abstract fee waivers are available to help support participants to attend the conference. This is primarily intended for those who would otherwise struggle to attend e.g. early career scientists and those from low-income countries.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Davos in June 2018!

Polar Prediction Matters launched!

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In order to strengthen the dialogue between polar forecast providers and users, the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) together with partners APPLICATE and Blue-Action are today launching the Polar Prediction Matters dialogue platform:

Polar Prediction Matters

What kind of information is needed by the captain of a vessel navigating polar waters? Our knowledge of what really matters at the end of the forecast chain is rather limited. In order to strengthen the dialogue between polar forecast providers and users, the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) together with partners APPLICATE and Blue-Action are launching the Polar Prediction Matters dialogue platform.

Academic researchers and forecasters strive to develop and deliver polar environmental prediction products that can facilitate the decisions of those living and working in polar regions. What kind of information is needed by the captain of a vessel navigating polar waters, or by the pilot of an aircraft operating in Antarctica? Our knowledge of what really matters at the end of the forecast chain is rather limited. One important goal of the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) is to strengthen the dialogue between polar forecast providers and users, in order to guide research towards significantly improved and applied polar prediction capabilities in a way that is meaningful to the various stakeholder groups involved.

We are delighted to launch Polar Prediction Matters today at with the specific aim to foster the exchange between information users and experts on polar prediction. The platform is a means to collect and share individual insights by polar environmental forecast users. These user perspectives will be complemented with contributions by “providers”, such as natural scientists working at meteorological and sea-ice services and at universities, but also by social scientists trying to shed light on how forecast information and products are created, delivered, and utilised.

Polar Prediction Matters is launched with two short articles: The first contribution is a welcome statement by Helge Goessling, Director of the YOPP Coordination Office, introducing briefly the idea behind Polar Prediction Matters and what to expect from the format. In the second article, Uwe Pahl, who served as the master of a research icebreaker for almost two decades, provides his view on the role of environmental information in the practical planning and management of an ice passage. We hope these articles find your interest and provoke curiosity about forthcoming contributions.

Polar Prediction Matters is hosted by the Helmholtz Association Blogs and is maintained by the YOPP Coordination Office, the PPP-SERA subcommittee, and the EU-funded Horizon 2020 research consortia APPLICATE and Blue-Action. For any questions related to YOPP and Polar Prediction Matters, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Polar Prediction Matters Team

Postdoc position available at Arctic Portal

Postdoc position available in Iceland for highly qualified data management specialistArctic Portal logo

Arctic Portal, a non-profit organisation specialised in Arctic information and data located in Akureyri, Iceland, is looking for a highly qualified data management specialist to fill a postdoc position that will be available as of 1st September 2017 based on an INNOSUP grant.
The selected candidate will be asked to design a Proof of Concept (PoC) for a Beta version of an Arctic Data Management System (ADMS) – a system for interpreting and managing Arctic-related data and knowledge.

The ADMS will identify and retrieve Arctic-related data and knowledge from multiple databases, adapt it to a common international standardised format, and allow end users to retrieve data in a standardised format. The system will have state-of-the-art data intelligence tools, including a geographic information system (GIS), metadata catalogues, and tools to interpretation and visualise data. It will combine the highest level of technical and human elements to interpret data and provide end-users with the highest quality and most appropriate data solutions for their needs.

Tasks for the selected candidate will include:

  • Analysing user needs, including identifying potential data products;
  • Creating detailed specifications to improve the usability of data sets and web-based interfaces for workflow requirements of the scientific community;
  • Using statistical methods, modern scientific calculation and quality assessments for processing data and generating interactive maps;
  • Conducting expert feedback and usability tests to improve visualisations of data and put them into established standardised formats required by the scientific community;
  • Creating a missing link in interaction (conferences, publications, data management) between small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the scientific community.

In addtion, the selected candidate will help the hosting organisation (Arctic Portal) to:

  • Position itself as a Data Management System hub for Arctic monitoring networks, Arctic interlinked data, analysis models and decision support tools;
  • Strengthen and improve the existing Global Terrestrial Network for Permafrost (GTN-P) Data Management System (DMS), located in Akureyri and designed by Arctic Portal;
  • Generalise and apply similar data management tools for other Global Monitoring Networks. The selected Innovation Associate will contribute to design the Proof of Concept - ADMS Beta version – and therefore contribute to the innovation strategy of the company.

The postdoc will work under the supervision of Arctic Portal's Data Manager, and will be supported by programmers, a web-developers, and a system administrator. The selected candidate will also work closely with the Executive Director and Project Manager.

The duration of the contract, which is financed under the EU Horizon 2020 Innovation Associate Grant, INNOSUP, is 12 months.
Start date: 1st September 2017; end date: 31st August 2018 with the possibility of extention.
Main research field: computer science, data management
Research profile: leading postdoc researcher

For more information, please contact Halldor Johannson by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone +354 461 2800.

Application deadline: open until filled.

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International Arctic Change 2017 - Call for Abstracts

Dear ArcticNet colleagues, collaborators and partners,

Building on the success of its previous Annual Scientific Meetings (video) (video), the ArcticNet Network of Centres of Excellence and its national and international partners invite the international Arctic research community to the International Arctic Change 2017 Conference (AC2017) to be held at the Québec City Convention Centre December 11 - 15, 2017.

Arctic Change 2017 will bring together leading Arctic researchers, graduate students, Northern community representatives, government and industry partners and stakeholders from all fields. During the week, the world’s foremost Arctic scientists will discuss the emerging global challenges and opportunities arising from climate change and modernization in the circum-Arctic. With over 1500 participants expected to attend, Arctic Change 2017 will be one of the largest trans-sectoral international Arctic research conferences ever held in Canada.

With over 60 Topical Sessions proposed, Arctic Change 2017 will be an outstanding opportunity to present your Arctic research, and network with a broad range of colleagues, collaborators and policy and decision-makers.

Abstracts for oral and poster presentations addressing all fields of Arctic research are now being accepted by completing the online abstract submission form.

The deadline for abstract submission is September 22, 2017.

Arctic Change 2017 is a 5-day Conference beginning with Student Day at 8:30 on Monday December 11, 2017. The official opening session of the Conference will be at 8:30 on Tuesday December 12 and the Conference will finish at 12:00 on Friday December 15, 2017.

The Conference Banquet will be held Thursday December 14 at the Québec City Convention Centre and is included with your registration.

Posters presented by graduate students are eligible for the Graduate Student Poster Awards. This year $7000 CAD in cash prizes will be awarded.

Students may also participate in the One Minute Elevator Pitch Competition – please find the details here: Arctic Change 2017 Student Day. Nearly $1500 CAD in cash prizes will be awarded.

The 2017 Photo Contest is now open and is a wonderful opportunity for Arctic researchers, students, partners and collaborators to share their photography talents and outstanding images of the circum-Arctic, its peoples, communities, landscapes, wildlife and research activities. Over $1500 CAD in cash prizes will be awarded.

Online registration for the Conference is now available on the Arctic Change 2017 website. Register before the early-bird deadline of October 31, 2017 to save on your registration fee.

Four conveniently-located Québec City hotels are offering reduced rates for Arctic Change 2017 with cut off dates varying between October 25 and November 10 2017 depending on the hotel. Both Hilton and Delta Québec are linked to the Québec City Convention Centre and the Québec City Marriott Downtown and Hotel Palace Royale are just across the street.

Considering room blocks often fill up before cut off date, we encourage you to book your rooms as early as possible by using the hotel reservation information provided on the Arctic Change 2017 website. Be sure to quote the Group Code when making your reservation by phone in order to take advantage of the Conference rates.

Additional information on the conference, hotel & venue, and sponsor/exhibitor opportunities is available on the Arctic Change 2017 website.

Please post and circulate this announcement among your national and international networks and we hope to see you in Québec City for an exceptional Arctic research and networking meeting.

Warm regards,

Leah Braithwaite, for the AC2017 International Organizing Committee

International Arctic Change 2017 - Photo Contest

ArcticNet is pleased to announce the launch of the International Arctic Change 2017 Conference Photo Contest.

They maintain a collection of photographs highlighting the spectacular beauty of the polar regions, and featuring scientific research, landscapes, wildlife, and northern communities. With a growing compilation of stunning images, the ArcticNet Polar Photography Gallery is now a resource for media, education and various research programs. ArcticNet remains committed to communicating the impacts of climate change in the Arctic and Antarctic to diverse international audiences and preserving a legacy of iconic and inspiring imagery for future generations.

The International Arctic Change 2017 Photo Contest is a fantastic opportunity for Arctic researchers, students, partners and collaborators to share their photographic skills and most compelling images of the circum-Arctic, its peoples and their environment, flora and fauna and research activities.

ArcticNet invites you to dive into your hard drives, cameras and computers, and send them your best shots!

The deadline for photo submission is Friday, 27 October 2017. Contest eligibility criteria and submission details are available on the Arctic Change 2017 website. Winners will be announced and photos showcased at the Arctic Change 2017 in Quebec City in December and over $1000 CAD in cash prizes will be awarded. If you wish your photos to be considered for publication in the ArcticNet Annual Report (available in softcover and digital formats) please submit images before August 21 2017.

Thank you in advance for your contributions.

Have a great field season!

Call for Applications: Researchers for the 2018-19 PolarTREC Field Seasons

Call for Applications: 2018-19 PolarTREC Field Seasons Researchers

Researcher Webinar Registration deadline: Monday, 28 August 2017

Researcher Application deadline: Monday, 4 September 2017

PolarTREC (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 2018 Arctic field season and/or the 2018-2019 Antarctic field seasons.

IMPORTANT! Funding is pending for PolarTREC during the 2018-19 field seasons. ARCUS will keep researcher applicants informed of our funding status. If funding is secured, final matches should be made in December 2017 or January 2018.

A one-hour informational webinar for researchers interested in hosting a PolarTREC teacher on their polar research project will be held on Wednesday, 30 August 2017 at 11:00 a.m. AKDT (12:00 p.m. PDT, 1:00 p.m. MDT, 2:00 p.m. CDT, 3:00 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 PolarTREC 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 PolarTREC staff to discuss opportunities for future participation.

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:
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Resource Available: International Arctic Observations Assessment Framework

Resource Available
International Arctic Observations Assessment Framework
Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks
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View and Download the Framework

The Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON) and Institute for Defense Analyses Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) announce the release of the International Arctic Observations Assessment Framework.

The Framework was developed in January 2017 as STPI and SAON co-hosted a workshop, convening experts from international, state, and local governments; industry; academia; and non-governmental organizations to review and revise a framework for assessing the societal benefits derived from Arctic observations. The methodology involved a review of international Arctic strategies for common objectives that rely on Earth observations. The resulting international Arctic Observations Assessment Framework will provide the foundation and justification for future international efforts to assess the value of Arctic observations and to structure a pan-Arctic observing system.

This Framework defines 12 Social Benefit Areas (SBAs) that rely on Arctic observations, including:

  • Disaster preparedness,
  • Environmental quality,
  • Food security,
  • Fundamental understanding of Arctic systems,
  • Human health,
  • Infrastructure and operations,
  • Marine and coastal ecosystems and processes,
  • Natural resources,
  • Resilient communities,
  • Sociocultural services,
  • Terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems and processes, and
  • Weather and climate.

The Framework is available to view or download through the SAON website.

Contact APECS

APECS International Directorate
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research
Telegrafenberg A43
14473 Potsdam
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