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New November 2018 issue of Witness Community Highlights on "Arctic research efforts"

The Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) is pleased to release the November 2018 issue of Witness Community Highlights—an online publication that highlights Arctic research efforts and other timely items of interest to our readers. Community Highlights is distributed monthly via our Witness the Arctic mailing list of over 8,600 subscribers. Editors welcome ideas for future articles.

If you have a suggestion, or a question about this publication, please contact Betsy Turner-Bogren at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Topics in this issue:

- A New Season for Sea Ice and Walrus

- Co-Production of Knowledge and Multi-Level Governmental Collaboration in A Rapidly Changing Arctic

- Unique Fellowship Program Promotes Community Interaction

Read the three articles here:

Call for IASC Working Group Secretaries

The Atmosphere, Marine, and Terrestrial Working Group Secretaries are unfortunately schedued to finish their term at ASSW2019.

We are now soliciting applications to be the next Atmosphere, Marine, and Terrestrial Working Group Secretaries – and we need your help in recommending good candidates. Read on and please send the information below to anybody you think would make a strong contribution to the IASC Working Groups.

We want to try something a little different this time around. Being an IASC Working Group Secretary provides a unique experience to support and gain insight into international and interdisciplinary science cooperation, as well as a leg up in building an inernational Arctic research network. We hope that applicants will see this as a unique professional development opportunity.

Duties for the Working Group Secretary include preparation and secretarial support for the WG meetings but also the communication with the WG and the central Secretariat during the year. In terms of time, the commitment averages a couple hours per week, more time during the preparation of the ASSW but less time, for example, during the summer. Seen as professional development, the WG Secretary is an unfortunately an unpaid position (although we expect a candidate‘s supervisor to support their participation in this role). However, IASC will pay for travel costs to attend WG meetings at ASSW or if necessary in conjunction with other meetings. IASC also covers the costs for WG conference calls and other collaboration tools.

IASC Secretaries are required to have strong English-language skills and basic technical proficiency. A WG Secretary is expected to serve for at least two years, but are encouraged to stay on for longer given successful performance.

An application consists of a CV and a short statement of interest sent to IASC Executive Secretary Allen Pope (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) before 13 January 2019.

Survey invitation: Antarctic Environments Portal

The Antarctic Environments Portal invites you to take part in a survey designed to help us improve our services to you, our intended users. Please take a few minutes to participate - your feedback is much appreciated!
Please click here to get to the survey.

Student Conference Funding for 18th International Conference on Cold Regions Engineering / 8th Canadian Permafrost Conference

The Canadian Permafrost Association (CPA) and the Canadian National Committee for the International Permafrost Association (CNC-IPA) are delighted to announce that they will jointly fund up to 20 bursaries for students to attend the 18th International Conference on Cold Regions Engineering / 8th Canadian Permafrost Conference in Québec City from August 18-22, 2019. 

The bursaries will cover the student registration fee for the conference, which includes access to the sessions, coffee breaks, and lunches.  In addition, up to two travel bursaries of $500 each will be available to students whose home addresses are north of the southern boundary of the discontinuous permafrost zone.

The awards are competitive with ranking based on the quality and originality of the abstract and the contribution of the student to it. Applications will be judged by a committee with members drawn from the CPA, CNC-IPA and PYRN North America.

To apply for a registration fee bursary or travel bursary complete the on-line application form at  

The deadline to apply is 23:59 PST on December 12, 2018.

Students will be informed if their application is successful before the middle of January 2019. Registration will be funded contingent on acceptance of a paper for publication in the conference proceedings and giving an oral or poster presentation at the meeting. 

In addition to the bursaries, the CPA will give out prizes for the best oral and the best poster presentation given by a student on a permafrost topic at the meeting.

For more details on the conference visit

Reminder of Call for Session Proposals for XIII ISAES 2019

The Scientific Program Committee of the 13th International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Science (ISAES 2019) cordially invites you to submit session proposals for the symposium. The deadline for session proposals is 15 December 2018.
ISAES 2019 will be held from 22-26 July 2019, at the Songdo Convensia in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The symposium aims to bring together Antarctic earth scientists from different areas in order to gather and highlight their outstanding expertise and ideas.
Major themes of the symposium include:
1. Continental evolution of Antarctica
2. Antarctic solid earth structure and interactions with the cryosphere
3. Past and present permafrost changes in Antarctica
4. Glacial history of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean
5. Antarctic surface processes and landscape
6. Changes in the Southern Ocean
7. Climate change in the 21st century
8. Antarctica and the evolution of life
9. Remote sensing and satellite imagery
10. General Antarctic earth sciences
Each session will consist of 6-7 oral presentations lasting for 20 minutes (including Q&A session). 
Session proposals should follow the format given below. Proposals will be considered on their scientific merits and the significance of their respective themes. They will then be incorporated into the final program. Ten themes are proposed but session proposals with different themes may also be accepted.
Format for Proposals
1. Title of the session and corresponding theme
2. Name of convener/co-convener (affiliation and email)
3. Session description (max. 200 words) 
4. List of invited speakers and potential presenters
Chair of the Local Organizing Committee: Dr. Jongkuk Hong (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Secretary: Mr. Sunhwi Kim (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cryosphere-relevant symposia at IUGG Montreal

The 27th International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) General Assembly will be held in early July 2019 in Montréal, Québec, Canada. 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of IUGG.

The International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS) will host or co-host more than 30 symposia between the 9thand 13thof July, with topics ranging from the most pressing global issues (e.g. projecting 21stcentury sea level) to a wide range of more focussed and cutting-edge snow and ice topics. The full list of cryospheric symposia is here   

Waleed Abdalati, Director of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), at the University of Colorado, Boulder will give the prestigious Union Lecture in Cryospheric Sciences. Dr. Marie Dumont and Dr Emilie Capron, winners of IUGG Early Career Prizes, will also be honoured and will give plenary lectures.

IACS and IUGG will together support a large number of travel grants to enable students, other early career scientists, and attendees from less-affluent countries to come to Montreal. More information is available here

Abstract submission, online registration and accommodation reservation are all now open. The abstract submission deadline is 18 February 2019.

We look forward to welcoming you to Montréal in 2019. Please sign up on 
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Full list of conference links:

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Program overview and symposia details: 

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Abstract submission: 

Travel grant applications: 

IACS is looking for new bureau members 2019-2023

The International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS) is looking for new bureau members to serve from mid 2019-2023. The objectives of IACS are

– to promote studies of cryospheric subsystems of the Earth solar systems

– to encourage research in the above subjects by members of the cryospheric community, national and international institutions and programmes, and individual countries through collaboration and international co-ordination

– to provide an opportunity on an international basis for discussion and publication of the results of the above research

– to promote education and public awareness on the cryosphere

– to facilitate the standardisation of measurement or collection of data on cryospheric systems and of the analysis, archiving and publication of such data.

A new bureau will be elected at the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) General Assembly to be held in early July 2019 in Montreal, Canada. Current and past IACS bureau members are listed here 

Nominations of cryospheric scientists for any position within the IACS bureau (except President but including President Elect) are most welcome. Our bureau has an even gender balance, is highly international and has a mixture of scientists at different career stages. We strive to maintain or improve on this diversity.

Full details on the nomination process are provided below. Self-nominations are allowed.

Being on the IACS bureau provides opportunities to help develop and promote the cryospheric sciences at the highest level, and a chance to network and collaborate with a diverse group of experts from all parts of the globe. From my own experience, it has been very rewarding and has provided many unanticipated opportunities and benefits. I strongly recommend it.

Nomination packages should be sent to the Chair of the Independent Nomination Panel, Professor Ralf Greve (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), no later than January 7th, 2019.

Full description of nomination process:

IACS By-law 4: Nominations and Election of the Bureau

4.1 The Bureau shall establish a Nomination panel consisting of a Chair and not less than two other members at least ten months before an IUGG General Assembly. The Panel will receive and consider suggestions and shall prepare a list of candidates for each office, seeking to achieve reasonable balance in their geographical and professional distribution. Members of the Bureau may not be appointed to the Nominating Committee.
4.2 At least nine months before an IUGG General Assembly, the Secretary General shall solicit nominations for officers that must be received by the Chair of the Nomination panel not later than six months before the General Assembly. Nominees for the position of President-Elect, but not for the other positions, must be from countries represented by IUGG Adhering Bodies in regular status (dues paid).
4.3  Each nomination for office must include a résumé of the candidate's qualifications relevant to the office for which the candidate is nominated. A signed statement of the candidate's willingness to stand for office must also be provided. The nomination shall not be considered without submission of the résumé and consent form.
4.4 A person may be a candidate for more than one office, except for President-Elect, who may not be a candidate for any other office of the Association.
4.5 The list of candidates shall normally contain more than one name for each office. The Chair of the Nomination panel shall distribute the list to the accredited delegates to the Plenary Administrative Session at least three months before an IUGG General Assembly. The list submitted for voting shall contain both the candidates proposed by the Nomination Panel and the names of all other nominees submitted.
4.6 Voting for the election of Bureau Officers shall be by secret ballot. The President shall select two electoral officers from among the participants at the Plenary Administrative Session to oversee and compile the votes. The electoral officers shall not be members of the Bureau or members of the Nominating Committee nor candidates for the election.
4.7 Candidates who obtain a simple majority of votes shall be elected. If no candidate receives a majority of votes for a specific office, the two candidates receiving the most votes shall be named and a second vote shall be held. In the case of a tie in the second round the current President shall decide.

Last chance to sign-up for the new #CryoMentoring program @ AGU Fall Meeting

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Last chance to sign-up for our new #CryoMentoring program before arrival in Washington! Fill out this short Google Form to indicate your interest as a mentor, mentee, or both & join us for #CryoCoffee at the AGU Fall Meeting: outside Salon H and G at 10:20 on Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th. 


Are you planning to attend the AGU Fall Meeting in Washington this year? Are you interested in learning from, and being inspired by, Cryospheric scientists at complementary career stages to yourself? If so then #CryoMentoring is for YOU!

The AGU Cryosphere Executive Committee invites sign-ups for it's CryoMentoring programme via the link below. You can volunteer to be a mentor, a mentee or even both! You will be assigned a mentor/mentee inline with the information you provide through the link before arrival in Washington. We have arranged dedicated #CryoCoffee areas during the morning coffee breaks throughout the week of the fall meeting for mentors and mentees to meet up, discuss science, career paths etc. It is our hope that during these brief #CryoCoffee meet-ups you will make additional plans for continued interaction throughout the week, for example lunch/dinner plans or other general hang outs.

AGU Cryosphere are delivering a #CryoGives100 programme as part of centennial celebrations and what better way to give 100 minutes of your time than by mentoring junior colleagues?

Sign up HERE and we'll see you in Washington!

Amber Leeson, Joanna Carey and the Cryosphere Executive Committee.


Registration now open! First announcement of IASC Workshop on Effects and Extremes of High Latitude Dust

First announcement of IASC Workshop on Effects and Extremes of High Latitude Dust

Where: Reykjavik, Iceland,
When: 13-14 Feb 2019
Confirmed Key note speaker: prof. Joanna Bullard, UK, the first-author of "High‐latitude dust in the Earth system",
Venue: Agricultural University of Iceland (AUI), Keldnaholt, Reykjavik, Iceland

High latitude dust (HLD), originating from cold high latitudes (≥ 50 °N and ≥ 40 °S) affects the cryosphere, oceans, air quality and safety, and in Europe both the High Arctic and the European mainland.

Extreme HLD related events include unexpected, unusual or unseasonal events with exceptional magnitude, duration, severity, or extent, such as most severe wind erosion events, storms, dust storms, snow-dust storms, heat waves, cold weather, and extreme snowfalls, for example.

Jointly organized by the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), the Agricultural University of Iceland (AUI), and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), together with the IceDust Association, this workshop will bring together high latitude dust scientists to present and discuss all aspects of effects and extremes of HLD. The workshop aims to networking and interaction. More information on the workshop, including session topics will be announced soon.

Early career scientists (registered PhD students or PhD degree gained within 5 years) are encouraged to apply for the IASC travel support when submitting a presentation. Two ECS presentations will be selected for travel cost support of 750 eur (reimbursement based on receipts, further instruction for will be provided when the selection will be announced).

Registration: We welcome your registration (by 11 Jan 2019), and your submissions for talks (by 30 Nov 2018) and posters (by 11 Jan 2019) via the registration link. The registration link is here:

Updates to the agenda can be followed in the internet at the following addresses: IASC (, FMI (, and IceDust (

We look forward to welcoming you!

Organizing team: Outi Meinander (Finnish Meteorological Institute, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Pavla Dagsson-Waldhauserova (Agricultural University of Iceland, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), together with IASC members of Halldór Björnsson and Guðrún Nína Petersen (Icelandic Meteorological Office), Kent Moore (University of Toronto), Joan Nymand Larsen (Stefansson Arctic Institute), and Lassi Heininen (University of Lapland), and in co-operation with the IceDust Association, Iceland

SCAR Visiting Scholars Scheme: Apply by 3 December

SCAR logo white backgroundThe SCAR Visiting Scholars Scheme (previously called the Visiting Professors Scheme) is open for applications until Monday 3 December 2018.

SCAR Visiting Scholarships are for mid- to late-career stage scientists and academics (at least 5 years after completing their PhD) who are involved in Antarctic research, providing the opportunity for them to undertake a short-term visit (1 to 4 weeks) to an institute(s) in another SCAR member country, to provide training and mentoring.

For 2018, both the eligibility criteria and the application process have been revised. The core purpose of the scheme is to build capacity in countries with smaller or less-developed Antarctic research programmes. Visits can be either to smaller and developing programmes or from smaller and developing programmes, so the capacity building process can be proposed in either way. The scheme is for any scientists and academics whose research contributes to SCAR's objectives, as embodied in the Science Groups and Scientific Research Programmes.

The scheme provides awards of up to USD $5000 each, covering the cost of an international return flight and some contribution towards living expenses for the visiting period. Full information on the scheme, including details of the application process and assessment criteria, is available on the Visiting Scholar Detailed Information page of the SCAR website.

The closing date for applications is Monday 3 December 2018.

Queries about the scheme should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and an online form is available which can be used to ask questions about the application process, required documentation and eligibility, etc., anonymously if preferred.

The Visiting Scholar Scheme is seen to complement the early-career SCAR Fellowship Scheme by providing scientists and academics with the opportunity to intensify collaboration amongst SCAR member countries and to contribute to SCAR’s objectives.

For more information, visit

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