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Seeking your initial ideas for sessions at SCAR's Open Science Conference in 2020

The International Science Organising Committee (ISOC) for SCAR's 2020 Open Science Conference is drawing up a preliminary list of session titles. 
To help us inform our discussions we are inviting you to submit brief ideas for sessions you would like to see at this event.  Please send your ideas (one line only at this stage please) by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you are interested in convening or helping with the suggested session in any way please include this in your email. Also please specify what type of session you think would work best (e.g. parallel session/mini symposium)
Please do not send detailed proposals. You will get a chance to do this in Spring 2019 when we will circulate an the first conference circular with an initial list of proposed sessions.  As a guide, your ideas could fall under the overarching themes listed below (but they do not have to). 
List of overarching themes
Antarctic and Southern Ocean Ecosytems
Understanding and observing the oceans
Antarctic Ice Sheet, evolution and future 
Earth Science, geology, geophysics
Atmosphere and Climate in Antarctica
Astronomy and Astrophysics in Antarctica
People in Antarctica - from human biology to human history
Antarctica and Sea Level Rise
Teleconnections anAntarctica in the global system
State of the Antarctic Environment - human pressures and pollution
Climate variability and trends
Mapping and geographical databases 
Antarctic law and international jurisdictions 
Choosing the future of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean  
Human footprint in Antarctica
Harnessing emerging technologies for Antarctic science - from robotics to remote sensing
International interdisciplinary initiatives 

Now Available: Witness Community Highlights - December 2018

The December 2018 issue of Witness Community Highlights is now available online, at:

This issue includes two articles:
- "NSF’s Navigating the New Arctic (NNA)" presents an overview of the solicitation that embodies the Foundation's forward-looking response to the profound challenges associated with the Arctic; and
- "Arctic Science Ministerials: High Level Political and Policy Support for Grass Roots Level International Scientific Collaboration" provides a perspective of how the first and second Arctic Science Ministerial events developed and why international cooperation is essential to address challenges that result from a warming Arctic.  

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

Northern Notes #50 published

The latest issue of the news magazine "Northern Notes" of IASSA published!

Click here to view the Notes.

This issue from the IASSA secretariat features:

  • Letter from the President
  • Updates on IASSA priorities
  • Important information for creating Working Groups
  • Northern Notes at 50
  • IASSA activities in the Arctic Council
  • 2nd Arctic Science Ministerial
  • Reports from IASSA members on past, on-going and future events

Soliciting Nominations for the 2019 IASC Medal

The 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.

Open survey on changes to the International Glaciological Society (IGS)

The International Glaciological Society was born 82 years ago, and its Constitution was last renewed 33 years ago. The most relevant change in the IGS during recent years has been the transition to open access for the Journal and Annals. Other significant recent changes have been the setting of IGS core values and renovation of the awards system. But neither science nor society is static and as the ways of doing and disseminating science continue to change, scientific societies should respond, making effective use of new technologies and updating their governance rules where this makes sense. In our case, it is time to review the IGS Constitution again and this has to be done with the critical input of IGS members -present or past- as well as those who could potentially become members. This is the motivation of the present survey, which we strongly encourage you to answer.

Please find below the link to a survey, addressed to both IGS members -present or past- as well as those who could potentially become members, on IGS in general, and in particular on changes to IGS governance.
Its motivation is outlined below.

The survey will be open until 15 January 2019.

SEARCH Town Hall at AGU Fall Meeting

Town Hall Announcement at the American Geophysical Union 2018 Fall Meeting - Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH)

Event date/time: Friday, 14 December 2018, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. EST
Event location:  Marriott Marquis hotel, Independence D, Washington D.C.

The Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) will be hosting a town hall during the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. EST on Friday, 14 December 2018 at the Marriott Marquis, Independence D in Washington D.C. 

The SEARCH town hall will convene scientists from diverse disciplines whose research addresses the rapidly changing Arctic environment. SEARCH is a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional program supported by National Science Foundation to synthesize scientific information about the rapidly changing Arctic—and its far-reaching impacts—and to effectively convey that knowledge to decision makers. Recognizing that unprecedented environmental change challenges the pace of research, SEARCH will explore with interested scientists where the program has provided benefit and—more importantly—where it could do so in the future. After a brief overview of SEARCH’s recent efforts (focused on sea ice, land ice, and permafrost), contributing members of SEARCH will lead a discussion considering: How can the Arctic research community best advance actionable and discovery science? What could or should a multi-disciplinary effort accomplish that otherwise would not get done? How might our community use the upcoming (September 2019) Arctic Futures 2050; Science to Inform Decisions conference to advance science and serve pressing policy needs? Light refreshments will be served. 

For more information, go to:
Event webpage

For questions, contact:
Brendan Kelly
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Phone: 907-209-6531

Call for Applications and Nominations: Empowering Arctic Indigenous Scholars and Making Connections

Call for Applications and Nominations: Empowering Arctic Indigenous Scholars and Making Connections
Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S.
Inuit Circumpolar Council Alaska

The Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) and the Inuit Circumpolar Council Alaska invite applications from and/or nominations of Arctic Indigenous scholars.

For the purposes of this opportunity, scholars are defined as an expert within their own knowledge system. This includes hunters, fishers, and gatherers; those that process and store food; health aides; and others. It includes youth, elders, and adults. Education may come from the land, the water, or a classroom.

The selected scholars will travel to Washington D.C. during spring 2019 and meet with officials at U.S. government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and other groups. Four selected scholars will be able to share their interests via a seminar and meetings, learn of available resources, build toward collaborative relationships, and provide on-the-ground perspectives to key Arctic decision-makers.

For more information, including how to apply or nominate a scholar, go to:
Empowering Arctic Indigenous Scholars homepage

Nomination deadline: 28 December 2018, 5:00 p.m. Alaska Standard Time
Application deadline: 10 January 2019, 5:00 p.m. Alaska Standard Time

For questions, contact:
Lisa Sheffield Guy
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 907-474-1600

Join meetings of ARCUS, SIPN2, ALPACA and SAS at AGU Fall Meeting 2018

The Synoptic Arctic Survey Informational Meeting

Event date/time: Thursday, 13 December 2018, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Event location: Cambria Hotel Washington D.C. Convention Center hotel, Duke Ellington Room 1

The Synoptic Arctic Survey (SAS) will be hosting an informational meeting during the American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2018 Fall Meeting. This open meeting will convene 12:30-1:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, 13 December 2018 at the Cambria Hotel Washington D.C. Convention Center(899 O Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001), Duke Ellington Room 1, in Washington D.C. The SAS is a developing international program envisioned to mount a coordinated, multi-nation, oceanographic field-based effort on a Pan Arctic Scale quasi-synoptically over a single season to achieve the baseline understanding of the fundamental structure and function of the linked carbon-ecosystem-physical systems that will permit detection of ongoing and future changes. Development of the program has been ongoing since 2015. This meeting will include an informal presentation and a questions and answers session on the status of the effort. Meeting organizers include SAS Science Steering Committee Chair, Øyvind Paasche, and SAS Science Steering Committee Members, Carin Ashjian and Jackie Grebmeier.

For questions, contact: Carin Ashjian: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Alaskan Layered Pollution and Chemical Analysis (ALPACA) Project Meeting

Event date/time: Wednesday, 12 December, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Event location: Cambria Hotel Washington D.C. Convention Center, Duke Ellington Room 1

The Alaskan Layered Pollution and Chemical Analysis (ALPACA) project will be hosting an open meeting during the American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2018 Fall Meeting. This meeting will convene 12:30-1:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, 12 December 2018 at the Cambria Hotel Washington D.C. Convention Center (899 O Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001), Duke Ellington Room 1, in Washington D.C. This planning meeting will give updates on the project and highlight the release of the whitepaper for the ALPACA field campaign. The whitepaper describes open scientific questions regarding pollution processes relevant to cold and dark conditions and the design of a field project to close some of these knowledge gaps. This document is available on the ALPACA website. Organizers look forward to working with community members to make progress in understanding wintertime pollution in the North.

For more information about ALPACA and to access the whitepaper, go to: ALPACA webpage

For questions, contact: William Simpson: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Sea Ice Prediction Network - Phase 2 (SIPN2)
Open Meeting for Sea Ice Research Community

Date: Tuesday, 11 December
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. (EST).
Location: Room Duke 1 (ARCUS Arctic Community Meeting Room) in the Cambria Hotel Washington Downtown/Convention Center 899 O Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001

The SIPN2 Project Team invites the sea ice research community to join them  in an open meeting during the 2018 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meetings in Washington, D.C.

This meeting is organized to promote knowledge exchange and collaboration among members of sea ice research community. A brief overview of the 2018 Arctic sea ice/Sea Ice Outlook Season will also be provided.
Meeting participants are invited to share a one-minute update about their projects/efforts related to sea ice prediction and/or observations, including:

  •  The name, and a brief summary, of your project/effort (in lay-person language),
  • A key highlight of your project,
  • Any opportunities you seek/offer for collaboration with other community members, and
  • Contact information for sharing additional information.

A PowerPoint template is available for those who want to share information in a slide format. For further details, please contact Betsy Turner-Bogren, ARCUS (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Additional information about this meeting and other related presentations at AGU is available online at SIPN2 Presentations at AGU 2018.


Save the Date
ARCUS Annual Meeting and Arctic Research Community Reception

Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S.

Annual Meeting date/time: Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Community Reception date/time: Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Event location: Cambria Hotel Washington D.C. Convention Center, Duke Ellington rooms 1 and 2

Please join the Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) on Wednesday, 12 December from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time for our 2018 Annual Meeting. The Arctic Research Community Reception will take place 7:00-8:30 p.m., directly following the Annual Meeting. These events will take place in Washington D.C. at the Cambria Hotel (899 O St NW, Rooms: Duke Ellington 1 and 2). The 2018 Annual Meeting agenda will focus on ARCUS member priorities for Arctic research, education, and outreach. This meeting is open to anyone interested in Arctic research. An ARCUS member affiliation is not required to attend. Registration for the AGU Fall Meeting is also not a requirement. For members unable to attend the Annual Meeting in person, there will also be a simultaneous web-conference to enable remote viewing of the event and participation in group break-out discussions. Please register as a "webinar only" attendee to receive remote participation details. Following the meeting, all participants are also invited to join us for the Arctic Research Community Reception, taking place in the same location from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. This year's reception has been made possible through the generous support of the National Science Foundation, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), the Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS), and both the international and U.S. Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS). There is no cost to participate in either the Annual Meeting or Arctic Research Community Reception. However, advance registration is encouraged for both events.

To register for the ARCUS Annual Meeting, go to:
Annual Meeting Registration Form

To register for the Arctic Research Community Reception, go to:
Community Reception Registration Form

For questions, contact: Alex Thornton: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Call for nominations for IACS Early-Career Scientist awards

 The IACS Early Career Scientist Prize is awarded to two nominated early career scientists who are assessed as having published the best scientific papers on a cryospheric subject during the calendar years 2017 or 2018. The award is a cash prize of € 1000 plus a certificate, which will be awarded at the IUGG Assembly in Montreal in July 2019.

Nomination form and guidelines are found on the IACS webpage. Nomination deadline is 15 February 2019.

IACS will (co-) host more than 30 symposia at IUGG 2019 and offers travel grants

The 27th International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) General Assembly will be held in July 2019 in Montréal, Canada. 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of IUGG. IACS will host or co-host more than 30 symposia between 9 -13 July, with a wide range of snow and ice topics. See list below.

Waleed Abdalati, University of Colorado, USA, will give the prestigious Union Lecture in Cryospheric Sciences. 

Abstract deadline is 1 March (11:00 UTC+1) 

JC01 – Projecting Sea Level in the 21st Century and Beyond
JC02 – Atmosphere-Ocean-Sea Ice Interactions: Local Processes and Global Implications
JC03 – Mountain Cryosphere Hazards
JC04 – Declining Glaciers and Snow Cover and Their Impacts on Downstream Hydrology
JC05 – Climate Change Impacts on Arctic Snow, Permafrost, Lake and River Ice
JC06 – Is the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Collapsing? - Atmosphere, Ice, And Ocean Interactions
JC07 – Gravity-Driven Flows in the Earth System
JC08 – Coupling Processes between the Atmospheric Boundary-Layer and Snow/Ice Surfaces: Observations & Modelling
JS01 – Cryo seismology
JG01 – Interactions of Solid Earth, Ice Sheets and Oceans

C01 – Glacier Monitoring from In-Situ and Remotely Sensed Observations
C02 – Remote Sensing of the Cryosphere - Into an Era of High-Repeat Rate Time Series
C03 – Advances in Glacier and Ice Cap Modelling
C04 – Progress in Quantifying Ice-Sheet Surface Mass Balance: Past, Present and Future
C05 – Fast Glacier Flow: Processes, Observations and Modelling of Ice Streams, Tidewater Glaciers and Surging Glaciers
C06 – New Frontiers in Paleoclimate Reconstructions and Proxy Interpretations from Ice Cores
C07 – The Hydrological Cycle at High Latitudes: Variability, Changes and Impacts on the Cryosphere
C08 – Tropical Glaciers: Mass Changes, Climate Forcing and Impacts
C09 – Debris Covered Glaciers
C10 – Challenges in Measuring and Modeling Snow Mechanics
C11 – Towards the Development of a World Snow Centre of Excellence?
C12 – Observations and Modeling of Impacts to Snow and Glaciers Due to Deposition of Light-Absorbing Particles
C13 – Advances in the Application of Terrestrial Cosmogenic Nuclides on Glacial Landscapes
C14 – Cryospheric Processes and Related Socioeconomic Services
C15 – 125 Years of the Commission Internationale des Glaciers - Aspects of the History of Cryospheric Sciences

JM08 – Earth System Models: Assessing the Earth System’s State and Fate from Regional to Planetary Scales
JM09 – Satellite Remote Sensing: Vital Information on the Health Of our Planet

JP04 – Past Changes, in the Atmosphere, Oceans and Cryosphere, and their Relevance For Future Climate.
H17 – Advances in Snow Hydrology
H18 – Advances In Remote Observation of Seasonal Snow

Session descriptions with convener teams of the cryospheric symposia are here:

Travel grant to IUGG 2019: IACS and IUGG will together support a large number of travel grants to ena- ble students, other early career sciensts, and a endees from less-a uent countries to come to Montreal. More information is available here:

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