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Launch of INTERACT Remote Access

Interact logoThe call for INTERACT Remote Access is open to 17 terrestrial research stations offering RA in INTERACT. The call is targeted for projects taking place between Oct 2017 and Sept 2018. From now on, the INTERACT Remote Access will be available through continuous calls, i.e. a new call will open right after the previous one closes, and incoming applications are assessed four times per year.

Learn more about Remote Access and the available call from our RA Call webpages, and apply for INTERACT Remote Access to the coolest places of the North!

Launch of INTERACT Virtual Access

Interact logoThe first set of INTERACT partners are now offering free access to their datasets and data via the INTERACT Virtual Access. By 2020, altogether 29 partners in the INTERACT network will offer Virtual Access available for all users.

Three stations are currently offering access to their data:

Visit the INTERACT VA single-entry point to learn more about the Virtual Access that is currently available and link to the data, and stay tuned for new VA entries during the upcoming months!

Year of Polar Prediction launched

YOPP LOGO beb4effb3cA concerted international campaign to improve predictions of weather, climate and ice conditions in the Arctic and Antarctic has been launched to minimize the environmental risks and maximize the opportunities associated with rapid climate change in polar regions and to close the current gaps in polar forecasting capacity.

The Year of Polar Prediction takes place from mid-2017 to mid-2019 in order to cover an entire year in both the Arctic and Antarctic and involves the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Germany’s Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) and a wide array of partners around the globe.

During the next two years, a large international and interdisciplinary network of scientists and operational forecasting centres will jointly undertake intensive observation and modelling activities in the Arctic and Antarctic. As a result, better forecasts of weather and sea-ice conditions will reduce future risks and enable safety management in the polar regions, and also lead to improved forecasts in lower latitudes where most people live.

“The effects of global warming due to greenhouse gas emissions are felt more intensely in the polar regions than anywhere else. The Arctic and parts of the Antarctic are heating twice as rapidly as the rest of the world, causing melting of glaciers, shrinking sea ice and snow cover. The impact of this is felt in other parts of the globe – as exemplified by rising sea levels and changing weather and climate patterns,” said Thomas Jung, of the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, and chair of the Polar Prediction Project steering committee.

“Arctic sea-ice maximum extent after the winter re-freezing period in March was the lowest on record because of a series of ‘heat-waves.’ Antarctic sea ice minimum extent after the most recent Southern Hemisphere summer melt was also the lowest on record. The rate and implications of polar environmental change is pushing our scientific knowledge to the limits”, said Mr Jung.

The Year Of Polar Prediction was officially launched during WMO’s annual Executive Council meeting. Polar and high mountain activities are among WMO’s top strategic priorities because of the growing impact of climate change from greenhouse gas emissions, because of the need to improve our understanding of weather phenomena in extreme regions and because the poor monitoring network leaves gaping holes in the global weather observing capability.

During special observing periods, the number of routine observations, for example through weather balloon launches from meteorological stations and buoy deployments from research vessels, will be enhanced; coordinated aircraft campaigns and satellite missions will be carried out; and new automatic weather stations will be installed at different polar locations.

In addition, coordinated field campaigns from mid-2017 to mid-2019 will raise the number of observations in both polar regions. A growing number of international projects, networks and organizations are already involved with activities during the Year of Polar Prediction, including several EU Horizon 2020 projects.

Read the full press release.  

For more information on the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP), visit the Polar Prediction website.

A media kit is available with various information including infographics, videos, picture material and a "YOPP explorer" where activities during the Year of Polar Prediction are shown on a map etc. The media kit is accessible at

Link to the brand-new YOPP YouTube channel with the new ICO WMO AWI video production on Polar Prediction and a video with polar prediction experts explaining what the Year of Polar Prediction experts explaining what the Year of Polar Prediction is about.

State of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Report released!

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CAFF to announce the publication of the State of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Report, a publication from the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program's marine component.

The State of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Report (SAMBR) is a synthesis of the state of knowledge about biodiversity in Arctic marine ecosystems, detectable changes, and important gaps in our ability to assess state and trends in biodiversity across six focal ecosystem components (FECs):

CAFF invites you to browse through the State of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Report: Key Findings and Advice for Monitoring or delve deeper with the State of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity full report. CAFF also encourages you to download the graphics and data that appear in the report from our Arctic Biodiversity Data Service.

CAFF also would like to take this opportunity to thank all contributors to this report for this excellent achievement, including the CBMP's Marine Steering Group and Expert Networks.


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Survey on new INTERACT educational materials


Interact logoOne of our aims in the second phase of INTERACT is to create a collection of state-of-the-art educational materials about the Arctic, for all levels of education (Work Package 2).

An important part of the process is to gather feedback from teachers and educators. In order to do so, we have set up an Internet survey. A link to the survey has been published on our INTERACT website (Outreach section) and on our Facebook page. The survey is anonymous and closes on 2nd June 2017.

And this is where we kindly ask you for your support: please share this link wherever you think it would be appropriate, e.g. on your website, on your official Facebook page, or among teachers and educators you are in contact with. The more answers we get, the better we know what are the teachers' needs and expectations!

The survey is here:

and here (a direct link):

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Thank you very much for your support!

Best regards,

Wojciech Piotrowski
Department of Polar and Marine Research
Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences
64 Ksiecia Janusza St., 01-452 Warsaw, Poland
Phone: +48 22 6915 817, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The IASC Bulletin 2017 is now available online

iasc webEach year IASC reports on its activities and highlights international Arctic science initiatives in its Bulletin. The 2017 Bulletin is now available for download on the IASC website. A printed copy was distributed at the ASSW 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic. A limited amount of printed copies is available upon request.

Download the 2017 Bulletin [6 MB] here:












Want to find out more about IASC's cross-cutting initiatives, like those reported in the 2017 Bulletin?

IASC's 2017 Cross-Cutting funding call is open now until June 30, 2017.

The #GreatAntarcticClimateHack

image002.pngDear Colleagues,

We would like to draw your attention to our upcoming #GreatAntarcticClimateHack.

The #GreatAntarcticClimateHack will be held October 9-12 2017, at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography Forum, La Jolla, CA. Our first-ever Climate Hack will focus on bringing Antarctic and Southern Ocean observations to bear on evaluating the latest generation of climate and earth system models (with an emphasis on CMIP), producing new climate model metrics for the 21st century.

#GreatAntarcticClimateHack is a workshop to train non-modeling experts to interrogate CMIP model results and evaluate against observational datasets, thereby creating new model metrics and validation tools. The aim of the workshop is to facilitate preparation for the next IPCC report for a much broader science community, increase non-traditional climate modeling publications, and learn to apply/utilize data sets that help develop model validation skills.

This first workshop will accommodate 50 participants on site, and 50 participants to join remotely online.

To learn more or apply to attend, please visit

Submission Deadline is 30 May 2017.

The Organizing Committee
Joellen Russell, Tom Bracegridle, Jeff Severinghaus, Alia Khan and Nancy Bertler

New AMAP Assessments Available: Arctic Climate, Pollution, and Adaptation

amap logoThe Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP) announces the release of new scientific assessments for climate change in the Arctic, adaptation to Arctic change, and chemicals of emerging Arctic concern. The release of the scientific assessments took place at the AMAP-organized science conference in Reston, Virginia on 24-27 April 2017.

Available assessments (policy-makers summaries) include:

Additional documents are available for each assessment and may include a press release, a fact sheet, a summary for policy-makers, and scientific
background documentation. The SWIPA assessment also includes informational videos.

The conclusions and recommendations of these assessments will be presented to the Arctic Council Ministerial meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska on 11 May 2017.

To access all of the assessments and their associated documents, go to:

For more information about AMAP, go to:

POLAR2018: Session program is online

Mail-Anhang.pngThe session program for POLAR2018, the joint SCAR and IASC conference, is now online on, together with a tentative schedule for the Open Science Conference week and further information about the conference venue.

Abstract submission will open on 1 September 2017. POLAR2018 takes place from 15 - 26 June 2018 in Davos, Switzerland.

USPA Early Career Travel Grant Announcement - 2017

The U.S. Permafrost Association will provide travel grants for U.S.-based students and post-graduate researchers (within six years of their terminal degree) to attend conferences, field schools, or pursue field studies directly relevant to permafrost science and engineering in 2017. Successful applicants will receive a minimum of $500, up to a maximum of $1,500. The value of awards will be based on the merit of applications.

For conferences, the applicant must be first author on a permafrost-related research presentation. Early Career Travel Grants will not be awarded for the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting; AGU travel grant opportunities will be announced later in 2017.

Preference will be given to applicants who are current members of both USPA and the Permafrost Young Researchers Network (PYRN). Undergraduate students are encouraged to apply.

Apply at and use the application form.

To view previous USPA travel grant award winners, see
To renew your membership, please visit

The application deadline is May 15, 2017.

Find here the travel grant flyer. Questions? Email Dan Vecellio at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

What are key priorities for polar research? – Invitation to survey

EU-PolarNet and a group of 50 polar experts and stakeholders are working together to develop a set of polar white papers. These white papers will provide a state of the art for a range of societal relevant polar issues and outline possible approaches on how to address these. We now would like to invite you to contribute to this process.

A brief anonymous online survey aims at giving you a chance to state where you see challenges and opportunities arising in the Polar Regions, which should be solved by future research. Your answers will build a fundamental basis for the white papers, which - once completed - will be given to the European Commission and other funding agencies as recommendations towards which issues need further investigation.

The survey comprises a short list of demographic questions, including your area of expertise, nationality and gender and one main question:

What are the most important topics in relation to your work and/or everyday life (either locally, nationally or internationally) in the Polar Regions that should be solved by future research?

You will be able to list three topics. We will then ask you to categorize your topics under one of the five overarching themes:

o People and societal issues
o Climate and cryosphere
o Sustainable resources and human impact
o Polar biology, ecology and biodiversity
o New technology

Please follow this link to participate in the survey:

We are very much looking forward to your input and please feel free to share this survey with anyone who could be interested in participating.

If you have any questions, please get in touch and we will be happy to assist. We apologize if you receive this information from various people.

Thank you and kind regards,
In the name of the EU-PolarNet consortium

Travel grant call for early career researchers in glacial and periglacial geomorphology

The IPA (International Permafrost Association) and IAG (International Association of Geomorphologists) have a reciprocal arrangement to benefit early-career scientists engaged in glacial and periglacial research. IAG funded early-career scientists to go to ICOP this summer, and now the IPA will provide travel grants to 2 early-career scientists attending the 9th International Conference on Geomorphology to be held in New Delhi in November 2017.

Find here the call for applications.

Sarah M. Strand
Executive Director

IPA Secretariat,
International Permafrost Association
Twitter: @ipapermafrost

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