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Martha T. Muse Prize Winner 2014 - Tim Naish

The selection committee for the 'Martha T. Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica' announces that the 2014 prize has been awarded to Tim Naish.

The prize, awarded by the Tinker Foundation and administered by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), is presented to an individual in the fields of Antarctic science or policy who has demonstrated potential for sustained and significant contributions that will enhance the understanding and/or preservation of Antarctica.

Tim Naish has been awarded the 2014 Muse Prize, for his outstanding research in understanding Antarctica's response to past and present climate change and the role of Antarctica's ice sheets in global sea-level change through time. He led the first season of the ambitious and highly successful Antarctic Drilling Program (ANDRILL) where his international team pioneered innovative drilling technology to obtain sedimentary records of the past 13 million years, paving the way for further successful drilling in previously inaccessible ice-covered areas. As Chair of the ANDRILL Steering Committee, he continued to be actively involved in overseeing the program, including securing funding for the next phase. More recently, he has played an influential role in the process of translating science into policy as a lead author on the Paleoclimate chapter of the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He is currently Director of the Antarctic Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington, which continues to develop and has more than trebled its capacity under his direction.

The prize ceremony will be held during the SCAR 2014 Open Science Conference, which will convene 25-28 August in Auckland, New Zealand.

For more information about Naish and past award recipients, please see the Muse Prize website:

For more information about the Martha T. Muse Prize, contact:
Renuka Badhe
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Ipa/Clic Permafrost Research Priorities - Input Needed By 20 September

The International Permafrost Association (IPA) and the Climate and Cryosphere project (CliC) are seeking your input. We invite you to participate in a survey on 'Permafrost Research Priorities', which aims at identifying the top priorities in permafrost research. The process will span much of 2014 engaging the research community and will result in a short publication listing and putting into context research priorities. The document shall become the benchmark against which permafrost research should be gauged starting in 2015. The final document of priorities will be sent to national and international funding agencies, international organizations, policy makers, and others with interests in supporting permafrost research. It will form one of the outputs of the International Conference on Arctic Research Planning (ICARP III).

We are interested in collecting forward-looking research questions (max. 3) from individuals with professional interests in understanding physical, biogeochemical, ecological, and social processes that affect permafrost areas in the Arctic, the Antarctic and in mountain regions.

The following link will guide you to the survey and detailed background information on the PRP process:

The survey will take ~10 minutes of your time. Guidelines for creating a good question are below:

1. Need to be answerable through a realistic research design (which can rely on future technological developments),

2. Need to have a factual answer that does not depend on value judgments,

3. Need to address important gaps in knowledge and/or technology,

4. Need to have a spatial and temporal scope that could reasonably be addressed by a research team or a consolidated research program,

5. Should not be formulated as a general topic area (e.g. geomorphology, ecology)

6. Should not be answerable with 'it all depends',

7. Except if questioning a precise statement ('does the Earth go round the sun?'), should not be answerable by yes or no (i.e. not 'is X better for permafrost than Y'),

8. If related to impact and interventions, should contain a subject, an intervention and a measurable outcome.

IPA, CliC and the PRP Core Group welcome and value your ideas!

The window for input will remain open until September 20, 2014.

After the deadline has passed, the PRP Core Group will work to group questions into various themes. Once that is complete, the next step in the process will involve voting by the community to help select the most important questions. If you entered your email when you submitted your questions, you will receive an invitation to help us rank the priorities. We hope you will continue to be engaged in this important process.

Six Priorities for Antarctic Science

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The official outcomes of the 1st SCAR Antarctic and Southern Ocean Science Horizon Scan were published online today as a COMMENT in Nature (512, 23–25; 2014) entitled "Six priorities for Antarctic science".scar logo 2013

In April 2014, the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) convened 75 scientists and policy-makers from 22 countries to agree on the priorities for Antarctic research for the next two decades and beyond. This is the first time the international Antarctic community has formulated a collective vision through discussions, debate and voting. The Horizon Scan narrowed a list of hundreds of scientific questions to the 80 most pressing ones.

The questions fall broadly into six scientific priorities:

1) define the global reach of the Antarctic atmosphere and Southern Ocean;

2) understand how, where and why ice sheets lose mass;

3) reveal Antarctica's history;

4) learn how Antarctic life evolved and survived;

5) observe space and the Universe;

6) recognize and mitigate human influences.

A few examples of critical questions that need to be answered include:

a) How will the recovering ozone hole and rising greenhouse-gas concentrations affect regional and global atmospheric circulation and climate?

b) Will changes in the Southern Ocean result in feedbacks that accelerate or slow the pace of climate change?

c) What factors control Antarctic sea-ice seasonality, distribution and volume?

d) Are there thresholds in atmospheric CO2 concentrations beyond which ice sheets collapse and the seas rise dramatically?

e) What do geological signatures of past relative sea level tell us about when and where planetary ice has been gained or lost?

f) What are the genomic, molecular and cellular bases of adaptation in the Antarctic?

g) What is the nature of the Dark Universe?

h) What is the current and potential value of Antarctic ecosystem services and how can they be preserved?

The assembled experts concluded that to answer the 80 highest priority questions, it will be necessary to provide long-term sustained and stable research funding; access to all of Antarctica throughout the year; application of emerging technologies; strengthened protection of the region; growth in international cooperation; and improved communication among all interested parties. Maximizing scientific return while minimizing the human footprint should be the goal, and coordinated international efforts that engage diverse stakeholders will be crucial.

Former SCAR President Mahlon 'Chuck ' Kennicutt II, who lead the Horizon Scan, summarized that "Antarctic science is clearly globally important. The southern polar community must act together if it is to address some of the most pressing issues facing society.... It is time for nations involved in southern polar research to embrace a renewed spirit of cooperation as espoused by the founders of the Antarctic Treaty - in actions not just words." While this is the first Antarctic Horizon Scan, it is recommended that SCAR repeat the Horizon Scan exercise every four to six years in support of national strategic planning efforts and emerging integrated science, conservation and policy efforts.

Communicating the global importance of Antarctica to the public must be a priority. Narratives need to better explain how the region affects and is influenced by people's daily lives. Antarctic success stories, such as signs of ozone recovery, engender confidence in the power of changes in behavior. SCAR President, Jerónimo Lopez-Martin concluded, "Antarctic science has never been more important to our understanding of how the Antarctic and Earth system work, what this foretells about the future of our planet and the role that humans play in observed change. The challenge is to find new ways for the global Antarctic community to act together to realize this potential for the benefit of all."

Call For Input - Adaptation Actions For A Changing Arctic: Community Survey

Call for Input

Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic

Community Survey

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To participate in the survey, go to:

The survey will be open until: Sunday, 20 July 2014

For questions about the survey, please contact:

Courtney Sanborn

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Phone: 907-474-7536


The Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic (AACA), a project of the

Arctic Council's Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP),

announces a call for input on a community survey about changes in the

Beaufort, Bering, and Chukchi Regions.

The Arctic region is changing rapidly in terms of climate, ecosystems,

economics, and resource development. The AACA project is being conducted

to better understand how existing information about these changes may

inform action. The project will target the marine and surrounding

terrestrial areas of three Arctic regions: the Barents Region, the

Baffin Bay/Davis Strait Region, and the Bering/Chukchi/Beaufort Seas

Region. This survey solicits information about the Beaufort, Bering, and

Chukchi Region.

The goal of the AACA project is to determine what actions people are

taking to adapt to the rapid changes that have occurred in the Arctic,

how scientific information can help inform decisions, and what

information is needed to better respond to these changes in the Arctic.

These include changes in climate, changes in economy, changes in access,

and changes anticipated in the next 20 and 70 years. The survey also

solicits information about ideas or actions already implemented and what

information stakeholders need for decision-making to prepare for the

changes coming in the future.

AACA seeks as broad a perspective as possible. Names and responses will

not be published without explicit consent. Names will only be share

among the researchers

The survey will be open until: Sunday, 20 July 2014.

To participate in the survey, go to:

Or, contact Courtney Sanborn to schedule a telephone interview

(This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or call 907-474-7536.

For questions about the survey, please contact:

Courtney Sanborn

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Phone: 907-474-7536

ASSW 2015 - 2ND Circular And Call For Session Proposals

The Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) is the annual gathering of the international organizations engaged in supporting and facilitating Arctic research. The purpose of the summit is to provide opportunities for coordination, collaboration and cooperation in all areas of Arctic science. The summit attracts scientists, students, policy makers and other professionals from all over the world.

The ASSW 2015 will be held in Toyama (Japan) on 23-30 April 2015 and will include the Fourth International Symposium on the Arctic Research (ISAR-4) and the Third International Conference on the Arctic Research Planning (ICARP III), in addition to the business meetings of the participating organizations:

April 23-25 – ASSW Business Meetings
April 26 – Public Lecture, Excursions
April 27-30 – ISAR-4 and ICARP III Symposium
The combined four day ISAR-4 and ICARP III Symposium will be composed of plenary presentations, panel discussions and parallel sessions addressing both the ISAR-4 theme "Rapid change of the Arctic climate system and its global influence" and the ICARP III theme "Integrating Arctic Research: a Roadmap for the Future". It will also present an opportunity to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and to recognize those who have been instrumental in its founding, development and growth.

The organizing committee decided that the scientific sessions of the ISAR-4 and ICARP III Symposium would be mainly driven by the scientific community. Proposals for both sessions presenting and discussing scientific results as a contribution to ISAR-4 and sessions addressing scientific synthesis or research planning activities within ICARP III are invited. Each session will have three conveners. The organizing committee will strive as far as possible for a balance with respect to senior scientists, junior scientists, gender and geographic origin. The involvement of an indigenous convener is specifically encouraged for ICARP III related sessions. Session proposers are encouraged to suggest names for conveners. Session proposals should be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 30 June 2014 and include the following information:

Proposer's name, affiliation, corresponding e-mail address and short bio,
Main convener's and co-conveners' name, affiliation, corresponding e-mail address and short bio
Theme of the session (ISAR-4 or ICARP III)
Session title (up to 100 characters)
Session description (up to 500 words)
Scientific field(s) of the session (e.g. geospace, atmosphere, ecosystems (land, ocean), cryosphere, ocean (physical and chemical), social and human dimensions etc.)
Proposers will be notified about the status of their session in August 2014. Note that sessions will possibly have to be rearranged by the organizing committee to avoid redundancy and/or to fill gaps. The convener(s) of the accepted sessions will become members of the program sub-committee and will be requested to evaluate the abstracts submitted for their session and to build the program of the session (poster and oral presentations). At least one of the co-conveners of an accepted session is expected to participate in the symposium and to chair the session.

Please find the full text of the 2nd Circular and Call for Sessions here

Deadline Approaching For SCAR And COMNAP Fellowships - 4th June

SCAR and COMNAP Antarctic Research Fellowships 2014 and CCAMLR Scientific Scholarships 2014

Three leading Antarctic organisations today announce opportunities for early career researchers. The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programmes (COMNAP) and the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) are working together to attract talented early career researchers, scientists, engineers and other professionals to strengthen international capacity and cooperation in fields such as climate, biodiversity, conservation, humanities and astrophysics research.

Antarctic Organisations Launch Fellowships

Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP) have again joined forces to launch fellowships for early career researchers. The SCAR and COMNAP fellowships are worth up to US$15,000 each and up to five fellowships in total are on offer for 2014. The fellowships enable early career researchers to join a project team from another country, opening up new opportunities and often creating research partnerships that last many years and over many Antarctic research seasons. The deadline for SCAR and COMNAP applications is 4 June 2014.

The SCAR and COMNAP schemes are launched in conjunction with the Scientific Scholarship Scheme of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). The CCAMLR Scholarship provides funding of up to AU$ 30,000 to assist early career scientists to participate in the work of the CCAMLR Scientific Committee and its working groups over a period of two years. The scheme was established in 2010 and a maximum of three awards will be made in 2014. The objective of the scheme is to build capacity within the CCAMLR scientific community to help generate and sustain the scientific expertise needed to support the work of CCAMLR in the long-term. The deadline for CCAMLR applications is 1 October 2014.

All three schemes are being jointly promoted by the three organisations.

Background information:

For more information on SCAR and COMNAP Fellowships, visit the SCAR website at: or the COMNAP website at:

For information on CCAMLR Scholarships, visit the CCAMLR website at:

Arctic Frontiers 2015 - Call For Papers

The 9th Arctic Frontiers conference will be held in Tromsø, Norway, with the title: Climate and Energy, from Sunday 18 January to Friday 23 January 2015.

The earth is in the midst of major climate changes. The Arctic is experiencing the impact of these changes more and faster than other parts of the globe. Processes starting in the Arctic may have deep and profound impacts on other parts of the globe. At the same time the Earth's population is rising and with it the global energy demand. New and greener energy sources are gaining market shares, but still the energy mix of the foreseeable future will have a substantial fossil component. The Arctic is expected to hold major oil and gas resources, while the regions green energy potentials are less explored. How will the Arctic's energy resources contribute to the global energy mix in the decades to come? How will the climate changes impact the Arctic environment and societies? And where will we find a balance between the planet's energy demand and the necessity to reduce CO2 emissions?

The Arctic Frontiers conference is a central arena for discussions of Arctic issues. The conference brings together representatives from science, politics, and civil society to share perspectives on how upcoming challenges in the Arctic may be addressed to ensure sustainable development. Arctic Frontiers is composed of a policy section and a scientific section.

The 9th Arctic Frontiers science section Climate and Energy will address three main themes:

Arctic climate change – global implications
Ecological winners and losers in future Arctic marine ecosystems
The Arctic's role in the global energy supply and security.
This call for papers addresses only the scientific section from 21 January to 23 January 2015.

On behalf of the Scientific Program Committees, we have great pleasure in inviting you to submit one or more abstracts (for oral or poster presentation) to any of the three parts, in accordance with the instructions provided.

All abstracts will be reviewed by members of the three scientific committees for rating of abstract quality and presentation content.

The Call for Papers closes on 22 September 2014

For the full call for abstracts and to submit your abstract go to

New AMAP Report Summary - Arctic Ocean Acidification

The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) has released a new report on Arctic Ocean Acidification (AOA). This new report is a summary, of the scientific/technical information presented in the comprehensive AMAP AOA published in 2013. This summary is aimed at the general public for educational use. All AMAP reports published on the AMAP website are freely available OpenAccess publications. AMAP encourages their use for individual and educational purposes. A limited number of printed copies of reports are available at the cost of shipping.

To download the new AMAP summary aimed at the general public and the AMAP scientific reports aimed at the scientific and research community, and additional AMAP technical reports please go to:

To download additional AMAP technical reports, please go to:

To view AMAP films and video productions, please go to:

For more information, please contact AMAP Secretariat (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


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The Third International Conference on Arctic Research Planning (ICARP III) is a decadal event coordinated by the International Arctic Science Council (IASC) aiming at identifying Arctic science priorities for the next decade (more info at: It is of particular interest that early career researchers participate in this process and therefore the Permafrost Young Researchers Workshop PYRW) includes an ICARP III activity. We invite all early career permafrost researchers to participate in shaping our contribution to ICARP III!

What we need from you:

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During the workshop we will work with identifying permafrost research questions for the next decade. These questions will be discussed and refined during the PYRW workshop at EUCOP4. You may submit your questions following the instructions in the link below. There, you can also find more information about ICARP III and how our activity feeds into this process.

Please, submit your question(s) before May 23rd following this link!

Thank you for your time!

Organizing Committee for PYRW

Researchers Join Science Communication Class With PEI

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Topic: Slip Sliding Away: Ice Sheets and Sea Level Rise
Presenters: Dr. Richard Alley and expert educator Ms. Nell Herrmann

Polar Educators, International (PEI), a vibrant network promoting polar education and research to a global community, is pleased to announce the development of a new Master Class series targeting a dual audience: educators seeking cutting-edge professional development on the latest polar science discoveries and researchers interested in learning proven tactics for communicating scientific concepts in a clear and meaningful way.

We welcome your support in getting the word out to your member networks to participate in the first Master Class: "Slip Sliding Away: Ice Sheets and Sea Level Rise", held 7-23 May 2014.

Featuring leading researcher Dr. Richard Alley and polar educator, Ms. Nell Herrmann, the class is being offered free to all participants. Membership in PEI is required for participation in Master Class activities. Registration is due by 2 May 2014, with the initial web seminar taking place Wednesday, 7 May 2014 @ 8PM EDT/Thursday, 8 May 2014 @ 0000 GMT.

More information on the Master Class:
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