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Call for Abstracts: Year of Polar Prediction Arctic Science Workshop

Organizers announce a call for abstracts for the 2019 Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) Arctic Science Workshop. This workshop will convene 14-16 January 2019 in Helsinki, Finland.

Organizers invite studies on coupled atmospheric, ocean, sea ice, and land processes in the context of the latest Arctic observations, modeling, and prediction efforts, including the benefits to society on time scales from hours to seasonal.

This workshop is jointly organized by the Polar Prediction Project, its International Coordination Office, the International Arctic Science Committee, and the Finnish Meteorological Institute. It will bring together YOPP scientists to discuss first results from the Arctic Special Observing Periods, providing a vivid forum for exchange and networking.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Elizabeth C. Hunke,
  • Jim Doyle,
  • Machiel Lamers,
  • John Marshall,
  • Pierre Rampal,
  • Ian Renfrew,
  • Greg C. Smith, and
  • Gunilla Svensson

Abstract submission deadline: 3 September 2018

For more information, go to:
Workshop homepage

For more information about abstract submission, go to:
Complete Call for Abstracts (PDF - 2,241 KB)

For questions, contact:
YOPP International Coordination Office
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INTERACT Transnational Access Call is open

INTERACT stamp 300x300INTERACT Transnational Access Call is open for projects taking place between March 2019 and April 2020

The EU H2020 funded INTERACT (International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic) opens a call for research groups to apply for Transnational Access to 43 research stations across the Arctic and northern alpine and forest areas in Europe, Russia and North-America. The sites represent a variety of glacier, mountain, tundra, boreal forest, peatland and freshwater ecosystems, providing opportunities for researchers from natural sciences to human dimension. Transnational Access includes free access (either physical or remote) for user groups/users to research facilities and field sites, including support for travel and logistic costs.

Overall, INTERACT provides three different modalities of access: Transnational and Remote Access that are applied through annual calls, and Virtual Access which means free access to data from stations, available at all times through the INTERACT VA single-entry point.

The call for Transnational and Remote Access applications is open on 13th August - 12th October, 2018, for projects taking place between March 2019 and April 2020. You can find the TA/RA Call information, stations available in the call, descriptions of stations and their facilities, and registration to the INTERACCESS on-line application system from the INTERACT website.

An on-line webinar will be held on 11th Sept at 15:00 (CEST) to provide information about the ongoing TA/RA call and for answering any questions related to the application process and TA and RA in general. The link to join the webinar is available on the INTERACT website

For any additional information, please contact the Transnational Access coordinator Hannele Savela, hannele.savela(at)

Apply to INTERACT Transnational Access to conduct research at the coolest places of the North!

IASC Calendar 2019 - Photo Call 

iasc webEvery year around December, IASC publishes our Arctic science calendar.

For graphics and photographs we depend solely on what the IASC community sends us. We are looking for new photographs for the publication of the 2019 Calendar, and other IASC publications such as the website, brochures, social media, and Bulletin. We welcome images depicting all areas of Arctic science: scientists in the field, animals, landscapes, everyday life in the Arctic, and more!

Although we are not able to pay for the image, we of course credit the photographer. The photographer also will receives a copy of printed material by mail. For print, the image quality must be around at least 3500 x 2500 pixels.

With each photo submission, IASC also requires:

  • A short description about what we see and background information on the project/research;
  • Location;
  • Name of photographer / Institute;
  • Contact information (email address and mail addresses).

Please upload your pictures and associated information here. (You can also send pictures along with the information written above via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..)

Thank you to all those who make the effort to send in photos. We usually receive more photographs than we can place and therefore have to make a selection based on quality, as well as geographical and thematic representation. We only notify the photographers who's contributions are selected publication.

Thank you!
Federica Scarpa
IASC Communications Manager
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Resource Available: Conference Statement - Arctic Observing Summit 2018

The Executive Organizing Committee for the Arctic Observing Summit (AOS) announce the release of the AOS 2018 Conference Statement. This statement summarizes the main conclusions and call to action from the 2018 AOS that convened 24-26 June 2018 in Davos, Switzerland.

During AOS 2018, participants from 26 countries focused on the Business Case for a Pan-Arctic Observing System. Demonstrating the value of Arctic observations, linked to relevant societal benefit areas, showed how long-term observing systems support decision-making from local to global scales.

The conference statement is based on the summaries of the working group deliberations and was reviewed during the final plenary session of the Summit.

To view to full conference statement, go to:
Conference statement webpage (PDF - 87.89 KB)

For more information about AOS 2018, including access to copies of presentations, go to:
AOS homepage

For questions, contact:
Ravi Darwin Sankar
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Phone: 403-220-5775

Maribeth Murray
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NSF Office of Polar Programs releases updated polar Code of Conduct

The U.S. National Science Foundation’s Office of Polar Programs (OPP) this month issued an updated Code of Conduct that restates important principles and expectations of professional conduct and acceptable behavior for all personnel who deploy to the Arctic or the Antarctic under OPP’s auspices.

The code is a “shared statement of commitment to uphold ethical, professional, and legal standards.”

The document states that the objective of participants’ presence in the polar regions “is to contribute to accomplishing the mission of the U.S. government while fully adhering to all applicable international and national legal and policy requirements, including those of the Antarctic Treaty system and the Arctic's state, local, and tribal governments.”

The code further emphasizes that “all personnel will treat others with dignity and respect, will exercise the highest level of professional and ethical behavior, and will work cooperatively to resolve differences” and that it is “everyone's responsibility to provide a safe workplace and to protect the polar environment.”

Read the document in its entirety here:

Pride in Polar Science Network

During the recent POLAR2018 conference in Davos, the inaugural meeting of the Pride in Polar Science Network occurred. This new network was formed by SCAR and IASC researchers to bring together the LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer +) community and Allies (friends and supporters of the LGBTQ+ community) to celebrate diversity and inclusivity in polar research.

An anonymous, moderated mailing list, curated by SCAR, has been formed to help promote the network’s message and to highlight events that may be of interest to the members. Sign up here (we promise no spam):

Additionally, the official Pride in Polar Science Twitter account was created: @PridePolar

The mailing list and group are open to anyone who would like to participate or stay informed and please forward these details on to anyone else who might be interested from the Polar Research community.

the Pride in Polar Science Network

DEADLINE Aug. 6: Research community encouraged to participate in survey on future of Antarctic science vessels

An ad hoc subcommittee of the Office of Polar Programs’ Advisory Committee, dealing with the U.S. Antarctic Program’s (USAP) Research Vessel Procurement, is seeking the participation of the research community in reviewing and assessing the science-mission requirements and operational capabilities of replacement Antarctic research vessels.

Those who may have received an invitation to take a survey on future requirements via Survey Monkey, may use the link in that email message. Those who did not, may take the survey here: It should take about 30 minutes to complete.

The survey is open to NSF grantees and those at any federal agency who have experience aboard USAP vessels operating in the Southern Ocean and elsewhere in Antarctic waters.

The subcommittee wishes to have all surveys submitted by Aug. 6.

The vessels in the USAP's existing Antarctic research fleet--the Laurence M. Gould and the Nathaniel B. Palmer--are nearing the end of their design lives. The advisory committee is studying all alternatives to the existing arrangement and is examining whether or not existing vessel specifications from past exercises and reports describe ships which would adequately support future science in the Southern Ocean and along the Antarctic Peninsula and margin.

The subcommittee will propose updates, changes, and improved specifications which would best support future science-support needs and will make a recommendation to OPP.

Call for Abstracts and Registration - Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies Student Conference

The Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies (ACUNS) invite abstract submissions and registration for the 2018 ACUNS Student Conference. This conference will convene 1-3 November in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

The theme of this year’s conference is Landscapes of Northern Knowledge: Peoples, Animals, and Environments. The goals of the conference will be to explore the interrelatedness of humanity and nature in the circumpolar world; understand circumpolar research in the context of surrounding cultural, biological, and ecological landscapes; and examine both the need for future research and the impacts present research has on the northern biome.

ACUNS 2018 is organized by students and provides a unique opportunity for young researchers to meet and exchange ideas with others who share similar academic.

Abstract submission deadline: 1 September 2018

For abstract submission and registration information, go to:
Registration and abstract submission webpage

For more information, including topical sessions and workshops, go to:
Conference homepage

Arctic Frontiers 2019 - Call for Papers

Arctic FrontiersThe Arctic Frontiers 2019 (20-25 Jan 2019, Tromsø) Call for Papers is now open for abstract submission. Please have a look on the Arctic Frontiers webpage and attached pdf version.

They welcome abstracts addressing one or more of the topics further specified in the Call for Papers.

The deadline for abstract submission is the 25 September 2018.

Where will the Ice be Tomorrow? – Polar Prediction Matters on Predictive Ice Images

In the new contribution to the Polar Prediction Matters dialogue platform, Lasse Rabenstein and Panagiotis Kountouris provide insight into a new sea-ice forecast product – Predictive Ice Images, or in short: PRIIMA.

Drift + Noise Polar Services GmbH (DNPS) is a start-up and spin-off company of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research. In the new contribution to Polar Prediction Matters, the DNPS managing director Lasse Rabenstein and its Head of Remote Sensing Panagiotis Kountouris describe their newly developed sea-ice forecast product: Predictive Ice Images (PRIIMA) may eventually become instrumental for tactical decision-making in and near ice-covered waters. The ESA kick-start project aims at combining high-resolution satellite images with lower-resolution operational sea-ice models. PRIIMA will thus be able to deliver ice forecasts with the resolution of a satellite radar image, as if the satellite recording of tomorrow would be available already today.

Read the new PPM article here.

You are most welcome to leave questions or comments to Lasse and Panagiotis in the Comment section below the article.

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