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Polar Prediction Workshop 2017 – Call for Abstracts now open

Registration and abstract submission are now open for the Polar Prediction Workshop 2017 (PPW 2017) and the 2nd Sea Ice Model Intercomparison Project Meeting (2nd SIMIP Meeting).

The workshops will be held at Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum in Bremerhaven, Germany from 27th to 30th March 2017. Both events are jointly organized by the Polar Climate Predictability Initiative (WCRP-PCPI), the Polar Prediction Project (WWRP-PPP), the Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN), and the Sea Ice Model Intercomparison Project (SIMIP).

Polar Prediction Workshop 2017 (March, 27th morning - March, 29th noon)

The Polar Prediction Workshop 2017 (March, 27th morning - March, 29th noon) will start with the public Alfred Wegener Lecture where every other year a distinguished climate scientist is invited to report on emerging fields of research for scientific exchange. This time, the lecture entitled “A Decade of Sea Ice Prediction“ will be given by Cecilia Bitz (Atmospheric Science Department, University of Washington) who is going to review rapid advances in predicting skills of Arctic sea ice conditions since The Sea Ice Outlook began collecting and reporting predictions in 2008.

The focus of the subsequent Polar Prediction Workshop is on environmental prediction in the polar regions on subseasonal to interannual timescales, thereby helping to build a "seamless“ polar prediction community. As in previous years, sea ice prediction will play a central role. Desired outcomes include the compilation of recommendations for the 2017 Sea Ice Outlook season, as well as the stimulation of collaborations in the context of the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP; mid-2017—mid-2019).

Confirmed keynote speakers are:

* Dirk Notz

* François Massonnet

* Leif Toudal Pedersen.

For the Polar Prediction Workshop 2017, we invite abstracts related to polar prediction topics such as:

* Predictability,

* Modelling, data assimilation, and forecasting,

* Observations,

* Verification, and

* User needs.

SIMIP workshop (March, 29th noon - March, 30th noon)

The SIMIP workshop (March, 29th noon - March, 30th noon) is devoted to discussions about the sea ice simulations from the upcoming CMIP6 experiments (SIMIP), with three distinct aims:

1. To discuss and define best practices for the evaluation of sea-ice simulations against observations
2. To identify and define new remote sensing and in situ sea ice observations that will allow for improved model evaluation and initialization
3. To discuss and coordinate the analysis of CMIP6 sea ice simulations for improved understanding of sea ice processes and improved sea ice projections.

The SIMIP workshop will primarily be a discussion meeting with a few invited presentations to set the scene. The SIMIP workshop is organized by the WCRP-CliC Sea ice and Climate Modeling Forum.


To register and/or submit an abstract, please use this online form for both workshops. Abstracts can be submitted only for the PPW 2017. Registration and abstract submission are open until the 30th of January.

There is some funding available to support early-career scientists. If you’d like to apply for early-career travel support, please indicate so in the online form.

Information on the venue and accomodation can be found here.

For any questions, please contact the PPP International Coordination Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.<mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Best wishes,

The Workshop Organisers

Helge Goessling

Cecilia Bitz

Ed Blanchard-Wrigglesworth

Ed Hawkins

John Fyfe

Alexandra Jahn

Dirk Notz

Kirstin Werner

Establishment of Canada’s National Antarctic Data Centre

Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR) is pleased to announce that it is supporting the Polar Data Catalogue (PDC) in establishing a National Antarctic Data Centre (NADC) for Canada.

The Antarctic Treaty (section III.1.c) requires that Antarctic scientific observations and results be exchanged and made freely available. The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) coordinates the Antarctic Data Management System (ADMS), which is a comprehensive international directory of Antarctic data and metadata. As Canada’s NADC, the PDC will work with POLAR and the broader Canadian Antarctic research community to serve as Canada’s national focal point for this system, and support Canadian Antarctic researchers in preparing and submitting metadata and hosting data as needed.

Canada’s NADC will facilitate access to and use of Canadian Antarctic data to facilitate further polar research and discovery at the national and international levels. In the coming months, PDC will be reaching out to past and present members of the Canadian Antarctic research community to begin to identify Canadian Antarctic data holders and associated metadata.

For more information about Canada’s NADC, please contact Gabrielle Alix, Polar Data Catalogue at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

More information about Polar Data Catalogue (PDC)
Polar Data Catalogue (PDC) is an online database of metadata and data that describes, indexes, and provides access to diverse data sets generated by polar researchers. PDC is Canada’s primary source for data and information about cold regions and has a growing master directory for data from Canadian and international polar research programs.

For more information about the PDC, please see:

More information about Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR)
Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR) is Canada’s lead federal agency that was established on June 1st, 2015 to strengthen Canadian leadership in polar science and technology. POLAR consists of a knowledge management function to support Arctic and Antarctic research; a pan-northern Science and Technology program; and the world-class Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) campus.

POLAR is a full member and Canada’s adhering body to the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), which initiates, develops and coordinates scientific research internationally regarding Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.

For more information about POLAR please see:

REMINDER: Call for papers and posters to ICASS IX due December 16

The International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA) is pleased to announce the first Call for papers and posters for the 9th International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS IX) to be held at Umeå University, in Umeå, Sweden, 8-12 June 2017.

ICASS IX’s theme is People and Place. Research on social sciences and humanities have a great responsibility to address the challenges for sustainable development in the Arctic, with a specific focus on the many different parts of the Arctic and the people that live there. The multiple Arctics have lately been addressed by many policy makers and researchers. The purpose is often to counteract the stereotypic understanding of the Arctic too often represented by icebergs and polar bears. A focus on people and place highlights the many variances across the region in terms of climate, political systems, demography, infrastructure, history, languages, health, legal systems, land and water resources etc. etc. We welcome sessions and papers on all facets of the North. And, as always, we also welcome sessions and papers on all other subjects of relevance to our members.

Please submit your paper and/or poster proposals using the ICASS IX Submittal Form available on the ICASS IX website. ICASS IX sessions are divided in themes which all of them are led by one chair. You will find the themes listed at the conference website together with a list of proposed sessions which are listed under each theme. Choose your preferred session in the theme to submit your abstract. You are also most welcome to submit a poster presentation within a theme.

Please not that all presenters must submit an abstract on the ICASS IX website, including Session chairs who intend to give a presentation in his/her proposed session.

Submissions should contain:

  • name and contact details of the author(s)
  • title of paper or poster
  • a 150 words (maximum) summary / abstract

Please note: that some sessions due to special funding situations and programs are invited papers only and are marked as closed (these sessions are generally open to participation, though). Session proposers have been asked to fill out various data about their session proposals, but this information has not all been gathered, so please be aware that changes will occur and extra information will be added to some of the sessions later.

  • Submitting a proposal for a paper or a poster presentation is at this stage non-committing. Registration for ICASS IX will open in mid-January 2017. The early-bird registration fee will be 350 Euros. Membership to IASSA is required and is set to 100 Euros, with reductions for students, unemployed, retired and Russian participants.
  • Prospects for the funding of your participation in the Congress. We hope to be able to provide some travel funding to students, early career researchers, Indigenous participants, and participants from Russia (and individuals who have limited means to attend). Please indicate if you wish to be considered for financial support in the ICASS IX Submittal Form. We anticipate announcing the travel awards in February 2017.
  • A maximum of two paper proposals per person please, although you may submit as many posters as you wish.

The deadline for submitting paper and poster abstracts is 16 December 2016.

We encourage participation of Indigenous peoples, Northern residents, decision-makers and politicians, as well as academics, so that ICASS IX provides a rich environment in which to advance discussions on sustainabilities in the North and on other Northern matters.

Please note that in addition to the ICASS conference fee, membership in IASSA is mandatory for all ICASS participants – to become a member or renew your membership visit:

Follow developments regarding ICASS IX at our conference website:

Travel awards for early career ice core scientists at AGU

The Ice Core Young Scientists (ICYS) are pleased to share the news that they will be providing a limited number of travel grants to early career researchers attending the 2016 AGU Fall Meeting. The funds have generously come to us recently from the SCAR Standing Scientific Group on Physical Science. Awards are intended to help with travel expenses for presenting authors whose research focuses on or relates to ice cores. We plan to make 10 awards of $200 each.

1) First author presenting either a poster or a talk at AGU
2) Early career researcher in a field related to ice core science
3) In need of financial assistance

To Apply:
Fill out this Google Form no later than December 5:

Due to the proximity of the meeting, we aim to turn these grants around quickly. We will be in touch via email to let you know the status of your application.

SCAR & IASC Conference POLAR2018 - REMINDER: Session submission deadline is on 30 November 2016

REMINDER: Submit your session to POLAR2018's Open Science Conference before the end of November 2016

SCAR & IASC Conference POLAR2018 - Call for Sessions is open

POLAR2018 is a joint event of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research SCAR and the International Arctic Science Committee IASC and will take place in Davos, Switzerland from 15 - 27 June 2018. It includes the XXXV SCAR Biennial Meetings, the Arctic Science Summit Week 2018 and the joint SCAR and IASC Open Science Conference.

The organizers of POLAR2018 are now accepting session proposals for the joint SCAR and IASC Open Science Conference “Where the Poles meet“ which will be held on 19 - 23 June 2018.

A template to submit session proposals, including a brief session description, the contact information of the session conveners and other session details, is available on . We are looking for sessions that cover a broad range of topics across the spectrum of Polar and high altitude research, such as, but not limited to, climate, glaciology, social and human sciences, ice sheets, atmospheric sciences, oceanography, biology, astronomy, geology, economic aspects, sustainable development, technology and education. There will be oral and poster sessions as well as further session formats.

* The organizing committee strongly encourages session topics that encapsulate research conducted in both the Arctic and Antarctic.
* We also encourage including early career scientists as conveners and encourage diversity regarding conveners’ nationalities, gender, and where possible, indigenous peoples.

The tasks of the conveners include:
• Soliciting submissions for their session;
• reviewing the abstracts submitted for the session;
• working with the International Scientific Organizing Committee to arrange the program of their session, including oral and poster presentations and
• chairing the session.

Depending on the session proposals received, the International Scientific Organizing Committee might have to merge similar session where necessary and appropriate.

Session proposals can be submitted until 30 November 2016. Lead conveners will be notified on 31 March 2017 and the final list of sessions will be announced in spring 2017. Abstract submission will open on 1 September 2017 with a submission deadline not earlier than 1 November 2017 and notification of acceptance after 31 January 2018. Further information can be found on .

Any questions should be directed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The co-chairs of the International Scientific Organizing Committee
Martin Schneebeli
Karin Lochte
Huigen Yang

INTERACT Transnational Access Call now open!

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The call for applications is now open with a deadline of 18th December 2016 for transnational access taking place between March 2017 and April 2018.

Further TA 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.

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

Apply INTERACT Transnational Access to visit the coolest places on the Earth!

Call for WCRP recommendation for the WMO Research Award for Young Scientists

The UN World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has opened nominations for the WMO research Award for Young Scientists. This yearly award, granted by WMO, aims to encourage young scientists, particularly in developing countries, to undertake outstanding research work in all fields of meteorology and hydrology. More information about the award can be found here.

In the effort of promoting excellent science undertaken by early career scientists, the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) intends to provide informal recommendations to the nomination process - through WMO and/or the respective Permanent Representatives - on a few outstanding young scientists in climate research. Please note that a WCRP recommendation would not guarantee the nomination or granting of the award, as the final selection will be made by the WMO Executive Council. In the meantime, WCRP will continue to promote those identified candidates through its community newsletters and other media, to enhance visibility and opportunities for further engagement with related WCRP activities.

How to apply for the WCRP recommendation?
Send a short paragraph (0.5 page) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. mentioning ‘WMO Young Scientist Award’ in the subject line of your email.
Please explain in the short paragraph your research background and your connection to meteorology or hydrology and WCRP climate science.
Attach a short CV and a recent scientific publication.

NOTE: the deadline is 14 November 2016.

Points for consideration:
- Read the WMO guidelines for the award carefully.
- Please note the WMO’s Award for Young Scientists application process must be done through the WMO Permanent Representatives – i.e. you can not apply directly.
- Ensure your research is connected to meteorology or hydrology, as desired by WMO.
- Preferably your research has a strong link with the WCRP Grand Challenges and/or Core Projects.
- Note that the final selection for the award will partly be based on a recent publication in an international scientific journal.

WCRP is looking forward to your application and will let you know if you are selected for a WCRP recommendation before the 30th of November.

Please don’t hesitate to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have further questions.

Nominations for SOOS Scientific Steering Committee

The Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS), is seeking nominations for the international Scientific Steering Committee. Nominations of qualified individuals are due 11 November 2016.

SOOS is an international initiative of SCAR and the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) with the mission to facilitate the collection and delivery of essential observations on dynamics and change of Southern Ocean systems to all international stakeholders (researchers, governments, industries), through design, advocacy and implementation of cost-effective observing and data delivery systems.

Nominations should only be made for those with the capacity to be actively involved in driving SOOS forward. The SSC meet annually, whilst the majority of SSC activities and input is managed via email. In some instances, SSC members will be invited to represent SOOS at scientific meetings, usually on an opportunistic basis. Membership on the SSC is for a 3-year period, with the potential for renewal for an additional 3 years, on approval of the EXCOM.

For more information about SOOS and its SSC please visit the SSC webpages or contact the Executive Officer, Louise Newman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Three travel grants available for a multi-disciplinary workshop at the 2017 Arctic Science Summit Week

The Social and Human Working group of the International Arctic Science Committee is sponsoring the participation of early career scientists or traditional indigenous knowledge holders in a multi-disciplinary workshop at the 2017 Arctic Science Summit Week in Prague with three travels grants. The workshop, "Meaningful multi-disciplinarily and the governance of evolving global dynamics in the Arctic", explores new ways to define and respond to challenges and opportunities in global, regional, and local governance, as intersections between science, technology, and different societies in the Arctic increase. The sum of each grant is 650€. The deadline for applications is November 27th 2016. The 2017 Arctic Science Summit Week will take place in Prague March 31 - April 7.

Further information about the workshop, eligibility, and applying is available in the attached document.

*** The general call for abstract submissions for the session (24. Meaningful multi-disciplinarity and the governance of evolving global dynamics in the Arctic: Towardsa more materialistic study of world politics) the workshop is part of is now also open at: ***

International Conference “Polar Routes of the Arctic” within the Fifth Murmansk International Business Week on 15 November 2016

The International Conference “Polar Routes of the Arctic” will take place as part of the Fifth Murmansk International Business Week at Murmansk Arctic State University, Murmansk, Russia on 15 November 2016.

Main purposes of the Conference:

  • To involve early career scientists in an active process of unexplored territory development by means of realization of interesting research and cognitive projects in cooperation with advanced research centers and organizations engaged in developing the Arctic region resources.
  • To draw general public’s attention to development of prospecting, expedition and research activities in the Arctic on basis of historical experience, prospects of economic and innovation development of the Arctic territories.
  • To discuss prospects of national and regional project realization in accordance with state interests of the Russian Federation in the Arctic.
  • To form a modern education research base for young specialist training by means of intellectual potential development in the field of usage of high-end technologies in the northern latitudes.
  • To develop international cooperation in the field of research expedition activity and organization of circumpolar studies in the Arctic.

Conference Participants:

  • Early Career Scientists, travelers and explorers of the Arctic.
  • The Russian and foreign public, scientific and political men.
  • Managers of the Russian Arctic.
  • Representatives of research institutes and centers.
  • Public youth organizations.
  • Business communities.
  • Mass media.

Conference Structure

  • Plenary meeting with participation of representatives of the Federal and Regional authority, leading research and education centers of Russia and the Barents/Euro-Arctic Region, practicing travellers.
  • Panel discussion «Arctic for the youth and the youth for Arctic»
  • Session “Historico-geographical expeditions and studies in the Arctic”.
  • Round table “Science and innovations in the Arctic: challenges for young

To learn more please check the information in attached file

ASSW 2017 abstract submission now open!

ASSW2017Abstract submission for the 2017 Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) conference in Prague, 31 March - 7 April is now open!

Please use this form to submit your abstract to one of the 28 sessions by 16 December 2016. Further details are available here.

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