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Michael Meredith awarded 2018 Tinker-Muse Prize

Michael MeredithThe 2018 Tinker-Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica has been awarded to Professor Michael Meredith, leader of the Polar Oceans programme at the British Antarctic Survey.

This highly prestigious prize is awarded in recognition of his outstanding interdisciplinary and international leadership in the quest to understand the role of the Southern Oceans in controlling regional and global climate via changes in ocean circulation. His research focus aims to reduce uncertainty in scientific predictions for a future world, and to provide policy makers with science-based assessments of how these issues will affect the everyday lives of people in decades to come.

In accepting the award Professor Meredith said,
“This is a tremendous honour, and I am both humbled and proud to receive this prize. Antarctic research plays a critically important role in understanding our changing world. I am extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to collaborate with fantastic colleagues within British Antarctic Survey and across the international polar sciences community. This award is an endorsement of our collective research effort, and I am hugely grateful to the Tinker Foundation and the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research for selecting me as this year’s recipient.’

Professor Meredith was a co-founder and inaugural co-Chair of the Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS), and he led the design and implementation of a £10M research programme that is unravelling the role of the Southern Ocean in changing global climate. He is currently Coordinating Lead Author for the Polar Regions chapter in the upcoming IPCC Special Report on Oceans and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate.

Caroline Kronley, President of the Tinker Foundation added,
“We are delighted to congratulate Dr. Meredith on receiving the 10th Tinker-Muse Prize. His outstanding research reinforces the significance of Antarctic science for the entire planet and its inhabitants. The Tinker Foundation is proud to join SCAR in celebrating his accomplishments to date and investing in his continued leadership going forward”.

The US $100,000 international prize, awarded by the Tinker Foundation and administered by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, is presented annually to an individual whose work has enhanced the understanding and/or preservation of Antarctica.

Call for Sessions: 2018 ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting

We are inviting Session Proposals for the 2018 ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM2018) until Friday, May 18, 2018.

In a year of possible renewal of the Network, ArcticNet and its partners invite Northern researchers, stakeholders and decision-makers to the ASM2018 at the Ottawa Shaw Centre between December 10-14, 2018.

The ASM2018 will bring together leading researchers, students, Northerners including Inuit, First Nations and Métis peoples, policy-makers, private sector representatives and media to address the numerous environmental, social, economic and political challenges and opportunities as a result of climate change and modernization in the Arctic.

Call for Sessions

The ArcticNet ASM2018 Organizing Committee welcomes proposals for Topical Sessions of interest to the Northern research community. Proposals should identify at least two co-Chairs planning to attend the Conference. Session proposals including Early Career Researchers as co-Chairs are encouraged. Session proposals should include an informative title (max 150 characters) and a short description (less than 2500 characters). Descriptions should be broad enough to include all interested researchers, regardless of affiliation or research background. Please submit session proposals online using the session submission form, also available on the ASM2018 website.

General Topics

The ASM2018 will be the largest national venue for scientific exchange across a broad range of Arctic research disciplines in natural, human health and social sciences. General topics to be addressed include, but are not restricted to:

• Monitoring, Modeling and Predicting Circumpolar and Regional Arctic Systems
• Ocean and Atmospheric Fluxes through the Arctic
• Sensitivity and Change of Cryospheric Systems
• Tracking and Predicting Socio-Economic, and Cultural Change in the Arctic
• Rapid Arctic Transitions and Impacts on Infrastructure and Planning
• Community Adaptation and Vulnerability in the Arctic Regions
• Mapping the Arctic Ocean, Continental Shelves and Margins
• Arctic Marine and Terrestrial Ecosystem Structure, Biodiversity and Services
• Coastal Processes and the Vulnerability of Communities, Infrastructures and Resources
• Assessing, Understanding and Monitoring the Health of Ecosystems and Humans in the Arctic
• Legal, Political, Security and Navigation Issues in Opening Arctic Waterways
• Sustainable Development and Prosperity in the Arctic
• Adapting New Technologies to the Advantage of Arctic Research and Monitoring
• Arctic Data Management, Access and Integration
• From Knowledge to Decision and Policy-Making
• New Research Priorities listed in the ArcticNet 2018 Call for Letters Of Intent

Visit the ASM2018 website:

Information will soon be available on the Conference, venue, lodging, registration, sponsor/exhibitor opportunities.

Please post and circulate this announcement among your networks.

We look forward to seeing you in Ottawa!

Warm regards,

Leah Braithwaite
Executive Director - ArcticNet

ArcticNet Call for Letters of Intent

ArcticNetAs part of the opportunity to renew the ArcticNet Network of Centres of Excellence through the 2018 NCE Competition, ArcticNet is pleased to announce a Call for Letters of Intent (LOI) with submissions due June 5, 2018.

LOI Applications from all eligible Canadian researchers whose expertise is applicable in the North are welcome and new applicants are strongly encouraged to submit. Priority will be given to proposed projects with multidisciplinary teams and appropriate partners. Geographically, ArcticNet includes the Inuit Nunangat and, as part of its renewal, is proposed to extend to include the Yukon, the continental Northwest Territories and the Kivalliq Region of Nunavut.

Successful LOI will be used to demonstrate the potential breadth and depth of the ArcticNet Research Strategy in its submission to the 2018 NCE Competition. Decisions on LOI applications will be announced by 29 June 2018. Successful LOI teams will be invited to submit Full Proposals by 15 November 2018. (Note that preparation of Team Full Proposals will need to be undertaken prior to ArcticNet NCE 2019-2024 funding being secured.)

We invite those interested in submitting an LOI application to carefully read the following documents regarding research priorities, eligibility and evaluation criteria, and the LOI submission process :

- Call for Letters of Intent (2019-2024)

- 2018 Review Guidelines

- Letter or Intent Application Form

New Special Issue on PPP

ipa logo with white frameIt has been 25 years since the Conference on Periglacial Processes in Granada (1993), where the IPA-Spain group was created. The group joined the International Permafrost Association (IPA) one year later. Since then, successive IPA-Spain meetings took place until, and in 2007, the Spanish and Portuguese groups of the IPA began their collaboration, which was reflected in six Iberian conferences, the latest one held in 2017. In parallel, researchers from IPA-Spain and IPA-Portugal have advanced in the scientific knowledge about permafrost and periglacial geomorphology in Iberian and other mountain ranges, as well as in Polar Regions.

On the occasion of this event, it has been proposed that a Special Issue be published in the prestigious journal Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, sponsored by the IPA (impact factor 2.815 in the 2016 Journal Citation Reports®).

The aim is to update knowledge on cold geomorphological processes, including permafrost, in mountain environments where these are restricted to the highest altitudes. To this end, scientific research papers focusing on the study of periglacial geomorphology and permafrost in the Iberian massifs and in other mountains of the Mediterranean region, as well as in other mountain areas of low- and mid-latitudes where these processes are marginal (e.g. high inter-tropical mountains) will be considered for publication.

Researchers interested in participating in this Special Issue should send an e-mail with a brief abstract (max. 200 words) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 20 April, also indicating the title of the contribution and its authors.

The papers sent for the Special Issue must follow the format of the journal ( The originals can be sent only through the journal’s platform, between 1 September and 31 December 2018.

We are looking forward to receiving your contributions.

Jesús Ruiz-Fernández and Marc Oliva

Reminder: Call for Applications to join the next ExCom of PYRN 2018-2020

Permafrost Young Researchers NetworkPYRN renews its current Executive Committee (ExCom), Council and National Representatives for the next two years (2018-2020) beginning after EUCOP2018. This is your chance to get involved in an international network of young experts aiming to organize and foster the future generation of permafrost researchers.

The following positions in the ExCom are open for application:

• President

• Secretary

• Person responsible for next International Conference on Permafrost organization

• Person responsible for next Regional Conference on Permafrost organization

• Newsletter

• Social Media

• National Representatives Coordinator (also acts as the Council Chair)

• APECS liaison

All ExCom positions and their functions are summarized on our website ( Do not hesitate to contact us (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you have further questions.

To submit your application, please use the following form:

Your application should include a short description (max. 350 Words) of your motivation and why you are interested in PYRN and becoming part of the ExCom, Council or National Representative.

Please submit your application until 01 May 2018.

The current ExCom will collect all nominations and elect candidates into the new ExCom. Nominees will receive a notification on 31 May 2016.

On June 23rd, in connection with the Young researchers Workshop at EUCOP2018 in Chamonix, France, PYRN organizes a general assembly where the new ExCom will be introduced. Attending the EUCOP is no criteria for a nomination.

We are looking forward to your application.

Yours sincerely,

The PYRN Executive Committee

Call for Webinar Registration: Examining the Implications of China’s Arctic Policy White Paper

ARCUS Logo [No Text]Date/Time: Wednesday, 18 April from 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET
Speaker: Hong Nong, Institute for China–America Studies
Presentation Title: Examining the Implications of China’s Arctic Policy White Paper

The Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) announces the next Arctic Research Seminar featuring Dr. Hong, Executive Director of the Institute of China-America Studies. The event will be held in the ARCUS D.C. office at 1201 New York Avenue, NW Washington D.C. on Wednesday, 18 April 2018 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET. This seminar will also be available as a webinar live-stream for those unable to attend in person.

Registration is required for this event.

The ARCUS Arctic Research Seminar Series brings leading Arctic researchers to Washington, D.C. to share the latest findings and what they mean for decision-making. These seminars will be of interest to federal agency officials, congressional staff, non-governmental organizations, associations, and the public.

This seminar, titled Examining the Implications of China’s Arctic Policy White Paper, will explore China's Arctic strategy and policy goals through the lens of a new white paper released by the State Council Information Office of China in January.

Dr. Hong is Executive Director and Senior Fellow of Institute for China–America Studies. Dr. Hong holds a PhD of interdisciplinary study of international law and international relations from the University of Alberta, Canada and held a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the University’s China Institute. She was International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS)-Nippon Fellow for International Dispute Settlement (2008-2009) and Visiting Fellow at the Center of Oceans Law and Policy, University of Virginia (2009) and at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (2007). Dr. Hong is concurrently a research fellow with the National Institute for South China Sea Studies, China, and China Institute, University of Alberta, Canada. Her research takes an interdisciplinary approach to examining international relations and international law, with focus on International Relations and Comparative Politics in general; ocean governance in East Asia and the Arctic; law of the sea; international security, particularly non-traditional security; and international dispute settlement and conflict resolution.

This event is a brown-bag lunch that will be held in the ARCUS D.C. office (1201 New York Avenue, NW Washington D.C. Fourth Floor). Cookies and beverages will be provided.

A live webinar is also available to those unable to attend in person. Instructions for accessing the event online will be sent to webinar registrants prior to the event.

For those of you on Twitter, we also invite you to join us in live-tweeting the event using the hashtag #arcuswebinar.

For more information and to register for the event, go to:
ARCUS D.C. Arctic Research Seminar Series homepage

For questions, contact:
Brit Myers
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Polar Prediction Matters – Engaging Users of Sea Ice Forecasts

A new contribution to the forecast user dialogue platform Polar Prediction Matters is online.

Please read in this new article by Lawrence Hislop, Executive Director of the global Climate and Cryosphere project (CliC) of the WMO World Climate Research Programme, about the outcomes of a workshop that was held during the Arctic Frontiers conference in Tromsø, Norway in January 2018. A cross-section of sea-ice forecasters from Europe and North America along with key forecast user representatives from the private sector had been invited to Tromsø to discuss issues and opportunities of current sea-ice forecasting systems and how to better meet stakeholders’ needs.

See here for the new PPM article.

Press release: European Polar Infrastructure Database launched

The European Polar Board (EPB) and EU-PolarNet are pleased to announce the launch of the European Polar Infrastructure Database. The database, which includes detailed information on European stations, vessels and aircraft available for Arctic and Antarctic research, provides a valuable information source to support the planning of polar research fieldwork and an up to date inventory of European logistical capabilities in the polar regions. The database is fully updateable, with infrastructure managers able to access and manage information on their facilities, and new facilities can be added.

The European Polar Infrastructure Database was compiled by the EPB in collaboration with EU-PolarNet, with data provided by the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP), the International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic (INTERACT), and EUROFLEETS2. Work on the database was led by Yves Frenot (Institut Polaire Francais Paul Emile Victor (IPEV)) and Gonçalo Vieira (University of Lisbon (IGOT-UL)) through their work in the EU-PolarNet project. Other contributors to the development of the database were Luis Encalada (IGOT-UL), Carla Mora (IGOT-UL), Joseph E Nolan (EPB), and Renuka Badhe (EPB).

To access the European Polar Infrastructure Database, visit

Side Meeting on Plastic at the Poles - Scar Action Group Meeting

SCAR logo white backgroundSince the introduction of plastic materials in the 1950s, global production has increased more than 500 times. Evidence of plastic debris in both Polar Oceans suggests that they have already spread across the world, and are thus recognized as one of the most important worldwide threats for oceans. However, while there has been a great deal of research into plastic pollution in the more populated regions of the world, little is known about the Polar regions. This is an emerging and timely area of research which necessitates a co-ordinated scientific focus.

The aim of the workshop is to initiate a SCAR Plastic Action Group to:

  1. Collate information on plastic pollution in the Antarctic and Arctic regions.
  2. Assess occurrence, distribution, source and fate of plastics (nano, micro and macro) in Polar regions.
  3. Estimate current levels of pollution in the poles and evaluate the impact on the ecosystem.
  4. Generate a Best Practice protocol for plastic collection and analysis in the Polar regions.

The workshop is open to scientists from different disciplines with interest in the processes regulating the distribution, magnitude and ecosystem impact of plastic debris in Polar environments. Experts on marine plastic debris policy change and mitigation are also welcome.

Sunday, June 17, 2018
9am - 12pm
Room: B Pischa
Open to anyone

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Arctic YOPP Science Workshop 2019 - First Circular

Bildschirmfoto 2018-04-09 um 15.53.20.pngWhat: The Arctic Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) Science Workshop
When: January 14-16, 2019
Where: Finnish Meteorological Institute in Helsinki, Finland.

Jointly organized by the Polar Prediction Project and its International Coordination Office (ICO), the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), and the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), The workshop will bring together YOPP scientists to present and discuss the first results from the Arctic Special Observing Periods in winter and summer 2018, providing a vivid forum for exchange, networking, and interaction. Studies of coupled atmospheric, ocean, sea ice, and land processes will be addressed to share feedback on the latest Arctic observations, modelling and prediction efforts including their benefits to society on time scales from hours to seasonal.

More information on the workshop including session topics will be announced soon. Please direct any questions to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Click here for a PDF version of the first circular.

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