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In our Polar and Alpine Community News we feature news from the many partners that APECS is working with, as well as other news from a variety of sources related to research in the Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine regions as well as the wider Cryosphere. Many thanks to APECS members and the wider Polar research community for contributing to this shared resources!  

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We keep only the news of the last 3 months on this page. Older news can be accessed in our Polar and Alpine News Archive

IARPC 5-Year Plan Development Newsletter Available

The Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) is beginning the development of the next Arctic Research Plan, which will run from 2022-2026, and invite those interested to follow the Plan development process by signing up to receive the Plan Development Newsletter. The newsletter will provide email updates on the Plan Development Team’s work and highlight any upcoming opportunities for public input. Submit your comments until 2 August 2020.

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ASSW2021: Call for Arctic Science Community/Business Meetings

unnamedDuring ASSW2021 there will be three days dedicated to IASC & Arctic science community meetings (20-22 March); ASSW2021 will also feature an open science conference on the theme "The Arctic: Regional Changes, Global Impacts" (23-26 March). The entire Arctic community is encouraged to use ASSW as a venue for bringing together their organizations, collaborations, and teams. Please fill out this form to request a space and we will do our best to accommodate your requests. Please note, there is also a field to request technology you might need to facilitate both in-person and remote participation. The application deadline is 30 November 2020, and a draft program is expected to be ready in mid-December.

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Resource Available: IARPC Collaborations Team Meetings

The Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) Collaborations team meetings occur monthly. A synopsis of April Collaboration Team meetings is now available. IARPC created IARPC Collaborations to connect Federal government and non-Federal government researchers and other stakeholders to work together to solve the hard problems laid out in its 5-year Research Plan. IARPC Collaborations is open to anyone to contribute. New contributors may request an account. Upcoming IARPC collaboration team meetings are summarised below.

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Call for Contributions: 2020 Sea Ice Outlook June Report (SPIN2)

The Sea Ice Prediction Network–Phase 2 (SIPN2) announces the Call for Contributions for the 2020 Sea Ice Outlook June Report (based on May data). The Sea Ice Outlook (SIO) provides an open process for those interested in Arctic sea ice to share ideas. The monthly reports contain a variety of perspectives—from advanced numerical models to qualitative perspectives from citizen scientists. Post-Season Reports will provide analysis and discussion of factors driving sea ice extent and explore the scientific methods for predicting seasonal conditions.

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Call for nominations: EGU Cryosphere Medal and Award 2021

egu logoThe EGU Division on Cryospheric Sciences is inviting nominations for the EGU medals and awards. The Division Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award recognizes scientific achievements in the field covered by the cryospheric division, made by an early career scientist. Please consider submitting a nomination until 15 June 2020. Nominations for all the Medals and Awards should be submitted online. The awards and medals are intended to be presented at the EGU General Assembly 2021, Vienna, Austria 25–30 April.

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Looking for early career scientist to join the editorial board for the third State of Environmental Science in Svalbard report

Logo SIOSThe Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System (SIOS) is a consortium of international institutions with research infrastructure in and around Svalbard. SIOS is building an integrated observing system for long-term measurements addressing Earth System questions. SIOS publishes an annual State of Environmental Science in Svalbard (SESS) report. The first issue was released in January 2019. The editorial board consists of five persons, two of which are senior researchers from SIOS member institutions and two are from the SIOS Knowledge Centre. SIOS would like to appoint an early career scientist as fifth member of the editorial board. Apply no later than 30 May 2020.


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IGS Global Seminar Series #5 on 20 May

Prof Erin Pettit, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, U.S.A. "Strengths and Weaknesses of the Eastern Thwaites Ice Shelf"

Please register in advance for the seminars. There's a short question to answer - please tell enough to be accepted for the webinar, so please be kind and make it obvious... (I'm a PhD student with X... or whatever). Using your work email would make life easier. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the seminar. Once you have registered please check the link, you should see the waiting room.

Next week: 27th May Jack Kohler, Norsk Polar Institutt, Norway: "Svalbard surging, mass balance and fieldwork"

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Polar Seminar

Please join us remotely this Thursday (5/21) at 2:00 pm for the next Polar Seminar! Our speaker will be Dr. Twila Moon from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). She will be presenting a talk entitled "Rapid reconfiguration of the Greenland Ice Sheet under climate change".  Please register for the meeting using this Zoom link.
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PYRN online seminar on May 20

indexWe will hold our second PYRN online seminar on May 20. These seminars are designed to be informal, so if you would like to share some ongoing work, preliminary results or practice your conference talk, we are happy to have you.

Speaker: Rúna Magnusson
Title: ​"Extreme summer precipitation increases thawing depth of Siberian lowland tundra over multiple years"
Time: May 20th 2020, 7pm GMT (approximately 30min). Please register here at least two hours in advance (5pm GMT) and you will be emailed a zoom invitation.


Call for Manuscript Submissions: Arctic Special Issue The Arctic Observing Summit 2020

aosEditors announce a Special Issue of Arctic, titled “Observing for Action”. As Arctic environmental change continues unabated and at a rapid pace, sustained observations that enable us to track, understand, and project this change are essential. These observations are necessary to guide adaptation and mitigation responses from local to global scales. For planned papers, a title and short abstract of approximately 100-200 words should be sent to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by June 15, 2020. The deadline for submissions is September 01, 2020. Authors should adhere to the submission guidelines

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