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SCAR - Celebrating 60 years of Antarctic Science

SCAR.jpgThe Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) marks six decades of successful international collaboration. Since its first meeting in The Hague on 3-5 February 1958, SCAR has grown an international network of thousands of scientists who share a common ambition to carry out Antarctic science for the benefit of society.

With a membership representing the scientific communities of 43 countries, SCAR is instrumental in initiating, developing and coordinating high quality international scientific research in the Antarctic and the Southern Ocean. As an inter-disciplinary committee of the International Council for Science (ICSU) SCAR provides objective and independent advice to international bodies such as the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Antarctica and the Southern Ocean have a fundamental role in regulating processes such as climate and carbon uptake, and research in the Antarctic is crucial to understanding processes of global significance and to advancing science. Additionally, rapid changes are occurring in parts of Antarctica that could open the continent to a new level of activities in the coming decades. Antarctic governance, administration and environmental protection must be based on scientific data.

Since 1958, SCAR has been central in defining the vision and goals of science in Antarctica and has facilitated the implementation of Antarctic science by promoting international and transdisciplinary collaborations. The provision of scientific advice, identification of opportunities, and the facilitation of collaboration are the core elements of SCAR’s essential mission.

SCAR President, Steven Chown said: “In the last 60 years, Antarctic scientists have made astonishing discoveries that have changed how we view our changing world. These discoveries have influenced global policies to ban the use of ozone-depleting chemicals; to protect Southern Ocean ecosystems while managing commercial activity; and have informed international discussions on climate change. No one nation can achieve this alone and SCAR is proud of its international leadership role in shaping the Antarctic research agenda.”

Sixty years ago, the International Geophysical Year drew world attention to the importance of continuing international Antarctic collaboration. Today, governments around the world are working together to combat climate change and adapt to its effects. SCAR is very well placed to inform and enable intergovernmental initiatives to chart a new course (in the global climate effort) through its continued ambition for a coordinated international approach to Antarctic science.

Chown added: “Antarctica is changing rapidly. An iceberg of about 5800 square km broke off from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in September 2017: a prelude to the shelf’s eventual disappearance. The Pine Island Glacier continued its rapid retreat, along with that of some 80% of the glaciers of the Antarctic Peninsula. Melting land ice contributes to global sea level rise. Antarctica may contribute more than a metre of sea level rise by 2100 and 13 metres by 2500.

“The area of Antarctic sea ice decreased by 20% below the mean for 1981-2010 in 2016, and stayed 10% below the mean in 2017. The shells of the plankton at the base of the food chain are at risk from spiralling concentrations of carbon dioxide, potentially harming Southern Ocean food-webs. These current, worrying observations make SCAR’s international research collaboration more urgent that ever, as we continue our journey into the Anthropocene.”

SCAR is moving into its seventh decade and has grown substantially in membership – from 12 original members in 1958 to 43 currently. It is now well-established as an internationally recognized and influential organization. This has only been possible through the engagement and support of thousands of researchers from around the world that comprise the
SCAR Antarctic scholarly community, together with the support of the SCAR member organizations. SCAR invites everybody to celebrate its 60th birthday!

SCAR will celebrate its 60th year at its 35th Meeting and the Open Science Conference (POLAR2018) at Davos in Switzerland from June 15-26 June 2018.

For more information on SCAR, see the 60th Anniversary Fact Sheet (104 KB), and browse the SCAR website.

For versions of this press release in languages other than English, please go to the 60th Anniversary folder in the SCAR Library.

Quantarctica 3 Released

cv3 outnowThe Norwegian Polar Institute is proud to announce the release of Quantarctica 3, the latest version of its free, cross-platform compilation of GIS software and high-quality Antarctic scientific data.

Quantarctica 3 is the result of a two-year dedicated development effort. Thanks to the work of the Quantarctica Project Team, Editorial Board, and feedback from hundreds of users around the world, this version is Quantarctica's biggest release yet, adding:

  • Eight new themes with over 50 new datasets in over 100 new layers: Atmospheric Science, Biology, Environmental Management, Geology, Ice Cores, Oceanography, Sea Ice, and Social Science
  • New additions and updates to the pre-existing Geophysics and Glaciology categories
  • The Quantarctica Data Catalog (http://quantarctica.npolar.no/data-catalog), where you can view preview images, metadata, and citation information for every dataset
  • Northward expansion of Quantarctica's project boundary to 40°S, including subantarctic islands
  • Improved and expanded basemap, terrain, and satellite imagery layers
  • Updates, resolution improvements, and stability enhancements to datasets from v1 and v2
  • New features in QGIS and significant enhancements to project stability, speed, and usability

Quantarctica was developed with the feedback, assistance, and experience of dozens of early-career researchers. It's not an exaggeration to say that you are by far our most enthusiastic group of users. We hope that version 3 gives you the tools you need to stand out from the crowd.

Visit http://quantarctica.npolar.no/ to download the latest version. And please consider sharing the news and your own Quantarctica-made creations on social media- #quantarctica, #qgis , and @norskpolar are good things to tag!

And as always, if you have any questions, comments, bug reports, or cool maps, send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Quantarctica is made for and by the Antarctic community - we could not have created this new version without you. We look forward to seeing Quantarctica in use on the ice and in many figures in the years to come!

Happy Mapping,
The Quantarctica Project Team
George Roth
Anders Skoglund
Kenichi Matsuoka

Call for Webinar Registration: Arctic Research Seminar Series

ARCUS Research Seminar SignCall for Webinar Registration: Arctic Research Seminar Series
Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS)

Date/Time: Monday, 12 February from 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET
Speakers: Roberto Delgado and Andrea Horvath Marques
Presentation Title: Promoting Research on Mental Health, Resilience, and Wellbeing in the Arctic


The Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) announces the next Arctic Research Seminar Series event featuring Roberto Delgado and Andrea Horvath Marques, both from the National Institute of Mental Health/National Institutes of Health (NIHM/NIH). The event will be held in the ARCUS D.C. office at 1201 New York Avenue, NW Washington D.C. on Monday, 12 February 2018 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET.

This seminar will also be available as a webinar live-stream for those unable to attend in person.

Registration is required for this event.

The ARCUS Arctic Research Seminar Series brings leading Arctic researchers to Washington, D.C. to share the latest findings and what they mean for decision-making. These seminars will be of interest to federal agency officials, congressional staff, non-governmental organizations, associations, and the public.

This seminar titled Promoting Research on Mental Health, Resilience, and Wellbeing in the Arctic will provide an overview of research and other activities supported by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that aim to improve the mental health and wellbeing of Arctic residents.

Roberto Delgado works in the Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health (ORDGMH) and the Office of Rural Mental Health Research (ORMHR) at the NIMH/NIH, supporting the Institute's efforts to reduce mental health disparities both within and outside of the United States. In this capacity, Roberto is coordinating RISING SUN, an Arctic Council initiative with the goal of producing a toolkit that enables communities, governments, and key stakeholders to measure the effectiveness of suicide prevention interventions among Indigenous Arctic communities. Roberto is also a co-lead of the IARPC Health and Well-being Collaboration Team, participates in the U.S. Arctic Policy Group, and contributes to international working groups on biodiversity and sustainable development for the Arctic Council. Roberto's areas of interest include Arctic Indigenous peoples' issues, basic research, environmental conservation, public health, science policy, and social sciences.

Andrea Horvath Marques serves as Chief of the Mental Health Disparity Program at the NIMH/ORDGMH. Andrea is trained as a psychiatrist, neuroscientist, and public mental health researcher. An experienced psychiatrist and public mental health research professional, Andrea manages a grant portfolio focused on suicide prevention in Native American and Native Alaskan communities and coordinates NIMH efforts related to Mental Health Disparities research and co-leads the NIMH's Mental Health Equity Workgroup. Andrea supports the ORDGMH Global Mental Health Program by serving as a Project Scientist for the Research Partnerships for Scaling Up Mental Health Interventions in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Andrea has earned an Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) with specialization in Psychiatry and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychiatry from the University of São Paulo's School of Medicine, and has earned a Masters of Public Health from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.

This event is a brown-bag lunch that will be held in the ARCUS D.C. office (1201 New York Avenue, NW Washington D.C. Fourth Floor). Cookies and beverages will be provided.

A live webinar is also available to those unable to attend in person. Instructions for accessing the event online will be sent to webinar registrants prior to the event.

For those of you on Twitter, we also invite you to join us in live-tweeting the event using the hashtag #arcuswebinar.

To register for the event, go to:
ARCUS D.C. Arctic Research Seminar Series homepage

For questions, contact:
Brit Myers
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Abstract call open for UArctic Congress

https://uarctic.d120.fwstatic.download/media/1597451/uarctic_congress2018-banner2.png?mode=pad&width=1140&height=713&slimmage=true&bgcolor=fff&format=jpg&mode=boxpad&rnd=131613468400000000The Call for Abstracts for the UArctic Congress is now open until March 16, 2018. We welcome submissions to more than fifty science sessions to be held in Oulu from September 5 and concluding in Helsinki on September 7, 2018.

We look forward to seeing you all in Finland for an excellent series of presentations and discussions.

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Website: https://congress.uarctic.org/program/science-section/call-for-abstracts/

Reminder: 2018 Northern Science Award nomination deadline

The Northern Science Award is presented annually to an individual or a group who have made a significant contribution to meritorious knowledge and understanding of the Canadian North. In the spirit of the last International Polar Year (2007-2008) the Northern Science Award recognizes the transformation of knowledge into action.

This year marks the 33rd anniversary of the award, which comprises the Centenary Medal, which was created to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the first International Polar Year, 1882-1883, and a prize of $10,000.

The deadline for nominations is January 31st 2018.

For more information, visit the Polar Knowledge Canada website at https://www.canada.ca/en/polar-knowledge/fundingforresearchers/awards.html.

Software Carpentry & Intro to HPC Workshop at Polar2018

Organizers invite applications for the Software Carpentry and Introduction to High-Performance Computing Workshop. This workshop will convene 16-17 June 2018 during the Polar2018 conference in Davos, Switzerland.

This free two-day workshop is designed for polar scientists interested in learning tools for data analysis and computation using high-performance computing. Prior programming experience helpful, but is not required.

Topics will include:

  • Python programming
  • Shell scripting
  • Git and version control
  • High-performance computers
  • Best practices in data management and reproducible research

Graduate students and other early career researchers particularly encouraged to apply.

The workshop is free but space is limited, apply by filling out this form before 10 February 2018.

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Fifth International Summer School in Glaciology, Alaska

Bildergebnis für UAF logoReminder of the upcoming application deadline for the Fifth International Summer School in Glaciology organized by the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF), and to be held in McCarthy, central Alaska, from 5 to 15 June 2018.

The course will provide a comprehensive overview of the physics of glaciers and current research frontiers in glaciology with focus on quantitative glaciology and remote sensing. The course is open to 28 graduate students from around the world targeting primarily early stage PhD students who perform glacier-related research.

It will be taught by faculty of UAF’s glaciology group and several invited guest instructors from outside Alaska: Andy Aschwanden, Ed Bueler, Mark Fahnestock, Regine Hock, Martin Truffer (UAF); Kelly Brunt (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center), Matthew Hoffman (Los Alamos National Lab), Mike Loso (National Parks Service Alaska), Erin Worthon (USGS Tacoma).

Application deadline: 25 January 2018
(note the deadline has been moved back a few days)
If you have sent your application already, but not received a confirmation, please resend. There is a small risk that some applications have been lost due to an email issue a few days ago).

Summer School Sponsors:
NASA, The Norwegian-North American Glaciology Exchange Program RemoteEx, International Glaciological Society (IGS), International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS), Frontiers in Earth Sciences, International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks

See for further information: http://glaciers.gi.alaska.edu/courses/summer-school/2018

SCAR Lecture to ATCM XL by Professor Tim Naish now published

SCAR logo white backgroundAn essay by Professor Tim Naish on "What does the United Nations Paris Climate Agreement Mean for Antarctica?" was recently published in the New Zealand Antarctic Society journal 'Antarctic'. The essay covers the subject of Prof Naish's SCAR Lecture to the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting held in Beijing, China in May 2017.

Naish, T., 2017. What does the United Nations Paris Climate Agreement Mean for Antarctica? Antarctic 35(4), 46-51

The article is available to download, by kind permission of the New Zealand Antarctic Society, from the SCAR Library: https://www.scar.org/scar-library/search/policy/science-to-policy/4967-un-paris-climate-agreement-antarctica-naish

The slides and text of Prof Naish's ATCM SCAR Lecture 2017 are available through the SCAR Library: https://www.scar.org/antarctic-treaty/atcm-presentations/3483-scar-lecture-2017/

For more information on the New Zealand Antarctic Society, please visit their website: https://antarcticsociety.org.nz/.

Call for Applications and Nominations: Arctic Indigenous Scholars

Arctic Research Consortium of the United States

The Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS) and the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) Alaska invite applications and/or nominations for two Arctic Indigenous scholars. A scholar can be any person who is an expert within their own knowledge system. No formal education is required.

The selected scholars will travel to Washington, D.C. for three to five days and will facilitate meetings with officials at relevant U.S. government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and other groups. Scholars will be able to share their interests, learn of available resources, build relationships, and provide on-the-ground perspectives to key decision-makers. Indigenous Scholars will also provide an open seminar/webinar to Arctic policy-makers and others interested in the Arctic.

Criteria for the selection of scholars will include factors such as the scholar's potential overall impact during the Washington, D.C. visit, applicant's ability to share the benefit from meeting with policy- and decision-makers, and the potential for that applicant to advance knowledge and its application to real-world challenges through broader connectivity.

To nominate an Indigenous scholar, send a letter of nomination outlining why and how the nominee and their community would benefit from this opportunity. Nominations must include the full contact information for the nominee.

Nomination letters can be emailed to Lisa Sheffield Guy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or mailed to ARCUS office. Letters should be emailed or post-marked by 15 February 2018.

To apply to be a scholar, applications can be submitted by one of the following methods:

  • Online application form;
  • Download a printable application form (PDF 123 KB) and mail to Lisa Sheffield Guy at the ARCUS office.
  • Arrange a telephone interview. To schedule a time, call the ARCUS office at 907-474-1600. Applications via phone will be recorded for committee review.

Nominations and applications submitted via postal mail must be sent to:

Lisa Sheffield Guy, ARCUS
3535 College Roads, Suite 101
Fairbanks, Alaska 99701-3710

Application and nomination deadline: 15 February 2018

For more information, go to:
Indigenous Scholars webpage

For questions, contact:

Lisa Sheffield Guy
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Phone: 907-474-1600

Reminder: Call for Community Input - Arctic Observing Summit 2018



The Executive Organizing Committee for the Arctic Observing Summit (AOS) 2018 is seeking community input, in the form of brief statements, that will help guide discussions during the AOS Thematic Working Group sessions. The theme for this Summit, convening 24-26 June 2018 in Davos, Switzerland, is The Business Case for a pan-Arctic Observing System.

The Arctic Observing Summit is a biennial summit that aims to provide community-driven guidance for the design, implementation, coordination, and sustained operation of an international network of Arctic observing systems. The AOS provides a platform to address urgent and broadly recognized needs of Arctic observing across all components of the Arctic system. The AOS 2018 will focus on pressing issues in the implementation and support of sustained observations that can be addressed through a business-case lens.

Community input can highlight important data, management, or logistical needs or gaps, explore emerging opportunities, address a current challenge, present new initiatives or technology that can contribute to Arctic observing (including global programs), or review on-going observing activities or issues that are relevant for the development, application, operation, or support of a sustained Arctic observing network.

Short statements or white papers should link to the themes identified for AOS 2018. A full description of the thematic focus for AOS 2018 can be found on the meeting homepage.

Input on other important and relevant topics related to AOS are welcome under the category of "OTHER: Other high-priority issues for Arctic observing", but organizers ask that authors contact the AOS Executive Organizing Committee by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and send a proposed title and abstract to discuss the topic prior to preparing the statement for inclusion.

Deadline to submit input: 15 February 2018

For more information about the request for input and to submit a statement, go to:
Short statement submission form

For instructions on preparing a short statement, go to:
Short statement guidelines

For more information about the meeting, including conference sub-themes, go to:
AOS 2018 homepage

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

Maribeth Murray
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Canada-Sweden Early Scientist Exchange Program

POLAR serves as a point of contact for the international polar research community for research opportunities in Canada's Arctic and to collaborate with Canadian researchers in the Antarctic. The Canada-Sweden Arctic Research Station Early Career Scientist Exchange Program is a pilot project that could develop into a program that promotes a longer-term exchange of ideas and information, and could be used as a model for other international partnerships. POLAR is committed to inspiring, motivating, and supporting students to continue their education and pursue a career in science and technology, which includes supporting the next generation of researchers.

Where: Canadian High Arctic Research Station and Abisko Scientific Research Station

Who can apply: PhD-students or scientists holding a PhD degree not older than five years, employed by a university or research organisation in Canada or Sweden

Included: Travel to each research station and accommodation are provided free of charge.

Deadline: February 15, 2018

For more information:
Call for Applications
(PDF version)

Application Form
(PDF version)

See below for the main details about this award, and please check out the call on POLAR’s website for more information: https://www.canada.ca/en/polar-knowledge/canada-sweden-arctic-research-station-early-career-scientist-exchange-program.html

Reminder: PYRN Workshop in conjuction with EUCOP5 - June 2018 - Chamonix

Remind to apply for travel grant before January, 15th!!

pyrn smallThe PYRN (Permafrost Young Researcher Network) will organize a 2-day workshop June 23-24, 2018 at Chamonix (France), in conjunction with the EUCOP5 (European Conference on Permafrost). All permafrost young researchers (current students or early career, within 6 years after their PhD) are invited to attend the workshop. This workshop is entirely supported by sponsors (UFA, IPA, IASC, Petzl, Nunataryuk project, Lions club) and is free of charge for the participants! Affordable accommodations will also be available for PYRN members.

Furthermore, travel grants of up to 250 euros will be offered to a limited number of participants. To apply for a travel grant, please fill in the following form: https://goo.gl/forms/Kas7PySy2Uc1HV3M2. The deadline to submit a travel grant application is January 15, 2018. Travel grant recipients will be asked to submit a short video showcasing their research.

The workshop program is as follows:

Friday, June 22nd 2018: Welcoming ice-breaker

Saturday June, 23rd 2018: Introduction to PYRN activities by the PYRN ExCom, plenary lectures and breakout sessions lead by outstanding senior and junior scientists covering major permafrost topics, career planning, research perspectives, and soft-skills development.

Sunday June, 24th 2018: Local excursion lead by outstanding local researchers and land-planners to learn about environmental settings and land-planning issues in the Mont Blanc massif.

More details will be provided soon. Please, check for updates and submit your abstract on: https://eucop2018.sciencesconf.org/

All young researchers willing to participate to this workshop are invited to sign up to the PYRN: https://pyrn.arcticportal.org/join-us

Please do not hesitate to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any inquiries regarding the PYRN activities at ECUOP5.

This is a great opportunity to meet each other, learn about permafrost sciences, and draw research perspectives together. We hope to see you in Chamonix next year!!

Florence Magnin,
on behalf of the PYRN ExCom

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