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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.

Please send your CV and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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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Phone: 907-474-1600

Resource Available: International Arctic Observations Assessment Framework

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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.

Survey for Antarctic Near-Shore and Terrestrial Observation System

Dear Antarctic Researcher:

The SCAR Expert Group ANTOS (Antarctic Near-Shore and Terrestrial Observation System) is a continent-wide biologically-focussed initiative to assess responses to environmental variability and change. A first step in establishing ANTOS is gathering information about which locations in Antarctica and the subantarctic islands might be optimal for gathering these measurements.

The survey below (see link) is intended to cast a broad net, capturing some of the general properties of each site. It is not intended to be exhaustive. Please provide as much information about each site as possible, but don’t feel obligated to provide information beyond that with which you are familiar. While many questions are applicable to sites with established long-term datasets, we welcome proposals for new sites as well.

If you wish to provide information about more than one site, please fill out a different survey for each site.

We would like this survey to have the broadest distribution possible. Forward this message as appropriate to others who may have an interest in this effort. The survey will close 30 September, 2017.


ANTOS steering committee

Matthew England awarded 2017 Tinker-Muse Prize

The prestigious Tinker-Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica for 2017 has been awarded to University of New South Wales (UNSW) scientist Professor Matthew England in recognition of his outstanding research, leadership and advocacy for Antarctic science.

The US $100,000 international prize, awarded by the Tinker Foundation and administered by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, is presented annually to an individual whose work has enhanced the understanding and/or preservation of Antarctica.

Scientia Professor England, of the UNSW Climate Change Research Centre, was honoured for his “sustained and seminal contribution to Antarctic science through profound insights into the influence of the Southern Ocean on the continent and its role in the global climate system”.

He was also recognised for his significant leadership roles in international programs such as the Climate and Ocean – Variability, Predictability, and Change (CLIVAR) project and the Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) project of the World Climate Research Program, where he has demonstrated a strong commitment to collegiality, capacity building and the global impact of Antarctic science.

“Importantly, Professor England has consistently shown a rare ability to translate global issues to local impacts, and in an engaging and accessible way to the general public,” the prize citation reads.

“He has led the world in championing the importance of Southern Ocean water masses and circulation in global climate, pioneering our understanding of the Southern Annular Mode and its influence on the coupled ocean-ice-atmosphere system, quantifying rates and pathways of the Southern Ocean overturning circulation, and discovering new insights into the physics of tropical high-latitude teleconnections.”

Professor England said: “I am delighted to receive this award and I wish to pay tribute to my research team and collaborators – past and present – for inspiring my work in Antarctic and Southern Ocean science.

“Antarctica plays a crucial role in regional and global climate. This award will further focus my efforts to better understand Antarctica's climate as well as the ocean circulation around the continent, aiming to improve our knowledge of the region's vulnerability to climate change.

“Preserving the Antarctic environment requires limiting carbon emissions to keep global warming below 1.5–2 degrees Celsius. We need to ensure this commitment is met. Every fraction of a degree of warming poses a greater risk for Antarctic ice sheet stability and catastrophic sea-level rise.”

UNSW Dean of Science Professor Emma Johnston said: “We congratulate Matthew on receiving this well-deserved prestigious award. The Antarctic continent and its surrounding oceans are a critical component of the earth’s climate system. What happens in this oft-forgotten region of the world matters to all of us. Matthew is an outstanding scientist who has dedicated his career to the southern oceans and this is due recognition of his enormous contributions.

“Matthew is also an inspirational leader, training the next generation of Antarctic scientists and using his talent as a science communicator to advocate for strong policy on climate change,” she said.

After appointments at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Toulouse France, and then CSIRO in Australia, England joined UNSW Sydney in 1995 where he has held Australian Research Council Federation and Laureate Fellowships. In 2007, he established the UNSW Climate Change Research Centre with Professor Andy Pitman. The CCRC became the host institution for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science in 2011.

England’s Antarctic research spans oceanography, climate dynamics, atmospheric processes, climate variability, paleoclimate and ice-ocean interactions. He has written seminal papers on the topics of Antarctic water-mass formation, ocean-atmosphere interactions, Southern Hemisphere climate variability, and Southern Ocean ventilation rates, including pioneering work on the use of tracers to evaluate large-scale ocean circulation in the Antarctic region. He has published more than 180 peer-reviewed journal articles during the past 25 years.

England has also been highly active in teaching, research supervision, media and outreach, lecturing to more than 3000 students and supervising projects for more than 50 PhDs and early career scientists.

In 2014, England was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and in 2016 he was elected a Fellow of The American Geophysical Union.

The award will be officially presented to him at the 12th International Conference for Southern Hemisphere Meteorology and Oceanography, AMOS-ICSHMO 2018, to be held at UNSW Sydney, Australia from 5 to 9 February 2018.

The Tinker-Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica includes a US $100,000 unrestricted award presented to an individual in the fields of Antarctic science or policy that has demonstrated potential for sustained and significant contributions that will enhance the understanding and/or preservation of Antarctica. The prize is funded by the Tinker Foundation, whose goal is to recognize excellence in Antarctic research by honouring someone in the early to mid-stages of his or her career. The Prize is inspired by Martha T. Muse's passion for Antarctica and is a legacy of the International Polar Year. For further details, please visit the Muse Prize website.

Call for papers Arctic Frontiers Science 2018

ARCTIC FRONTIERS 2015Call for Abstracts
Arctic Frontiers Science 2018
Circumpolar Safety, Search, and Rescue Collaboration

21-26 January 2018
Tromsø, Norway

Abstract submission deadline: 19 September 2017

Organizers invite abstract submissions for the Arctic Frontiers Science 2018 conference. The theme of the conference will be "Circumpolar Safety, Search, and Rescue Collaboration." This conference will convene 21-26 January 2018 in Tromsø, Norway.

Conference description:

Search and rescue (S&R) in cold waters is a short race against time. Low temperatures, poor visibility, and bad weather, as well as vast distances, conspire to make S&R operations challenging. Although ice floes can keep people afloat for longer periods, and modern communication systems means there is less search and more rescue, even with the best survival gear the odds are decidedly poorer than in warmer waters. With the advent of dramatically reduced summer ice coverage, human activity in the Arctic Ocean ranging from petroleum exploration and drilling to shipping and cruise traffic is set to increase significantly. Mass rescue operations (MROs) must be handled differently in the Arctic, and to understand how the risk of a large accident in this sparsely populated area should be assessed one must draw on the understanding of the weather conditions, the changing climate, and the limited resources available in this region.

Conference topics will include:

  • Aquaculture in the high north in time of change;
  • The new Arctic in the global context;
  • Resilient Arctic societies and industrial development; and
  • Circumpolar safety, search, and rescue collaboration.

Abstract submission deadline: 19 September 2017.

For submission guidelines and to submit an abstract, view the call for abstracts.

For more information about the conference, go to Arctic Frontiers.

WCRP and WWRP International Prize for Model Development

WCRP and WWRP have established an International Prize for Model Development, awarded annually for an outstanding contribution to weather and climate model development by an early- to mid-career researcher.

More details on eligibility, required nomination material and selection process can be found at

Nominations of suitable candidates should be forwarded to the WCRP (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and WWRP (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), and must be received by 1 Oct 2017.

Please do not hesitate to forward this announcement to your respective networks and contacts.

Arctic Frontiers PhD Workshop 2018 - Apply Now!

arctos logoArctic Frontiers Logo new 2013The Arctic Marine Ecosystem Research Network (ARCTOS network) 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.

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). Travel and conference funding will be available for course participants. 

Application deadline is Tuesday 19 September 2017. More information on how to apply can be found on the ARCTOS website.

PYRN activities at ACOP2017 2nd Asian Conference on Permafrost

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We are happy to make a few announcements regarding the activities organized by PYRN during the
2nd Asian Conference on Permafrost (ACOP2017).

PYRN Ice-Breaker

A Permafrost Young Researchers Ice-Breaker will be held at the Hokkaido University Museum Café on July 3rd after the poster session. Food and drinks are going to be offered for free to the registered participants. It will be the ideal occasion to gather and unwind after the first day of the conference.


Awards will be granted during ACOP2017 for “Outstanding Oral Presentation” and “Outstanding Poster Presentation” by a Young Permafrost Researcher.

Please help the judges identify your presentation by putting the “Running for PYRN awards” logo on the title page of our presentation or at the top of your poster. The logo can be downloaded here.


Please register for the PYRN Ice-Breaker and sign up for the PYRN-IPA Awards by filling up the following form before June 28th:

Also, make sure you are a registered PYRN members by looking up your name in the PYRN Member List or register for free.

We are also reminding you that you can follow PYRN on Facebook @PYRNofficial, Twitter @PYRN_official and Instagram @PYRN_official.

For any questions regarding the PYRN activities at ACOP2017, please contact Simon Dumais at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We are looking forward to seeing you in Sapporo!

Simon Dumais and Tatsuya Watanabe on behalf of the PYRN Executive Committee and the ACOP2017 Local Organizing Committee.

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