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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

IcySea: A new ice information app for operational use in Svalbard

Are you planning a research cruise around Svalbard soon? Then we recommend you to try out IcySea, thanks to the financing of the Copernicus Marine Service, the registration and usage remains free for 2021:

The new ice information app for operational use in Svalbard was developed within a Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (=CMEMS) user uptake project and provides operational sea ice concentration, drift forecasts and Sentinel1 images around Svalbard. The IcySea App is designed for low-bandwidth connections and therefore for usage in the field or on board a ship. You have the choice to select smaller tiles of interest for Sentinel1 images and optional in low-resolution only. Sea-ice concentration is being updated up to 8 times a day, depending on location. You can also know the age of the Sentinel1 data tiles that you have selected.

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New Polar STEAM Magazine 'Polynya'

Be Featured in New Polar STEAM Magazine Polynya!

Are you a woman working in polar sciences, research, Traditional Knowledge, Indingeous Knowledge, advocacy, or the arts? 

We want to feature you! Published by The Anchorage Museum and supported by the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, Polynya is a new free magazine that aims to activate a culture shift among middle school students, with a special emphasis on girls living in the Arctic and sub-Arctic, to see women as trailblazers of Arctic traditional and western sciences. Polynya will illuminate polar research and achievements by those who identify as women and those who were designated female but self-identify differently across all races and ethnicities, with a particular focus on Indigenous scientists, knowledge holders, and artists. Published four times a year, we are working with school districts, public libraries, and afterschool programs to freely distribute the magazine in 2021 to middle school students. 

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IASC is looking for new photos for use in the 2021 IASC Bulletin!

iasc webFor photos, IASC depends solely on what Arctic scientists send us. IASC welcomes images depicting all areas of Arctic science including scientists in the field, everyday life, animals, landscapes, and more. Please submit your new photographs no later than Monday 25 January 2021 if you want them to be considered for the bulletin. IASC is not able to pay for use, but photographers are always credited.

More information can be found here and you can submit your photo here.

The EGU Cryoblog is looking for guest authors

Need a break from reading academic papers but still want to read about cryospheric sciences? Then have a look at the EGU Cryosphere Division blog ("> We post every Friday to divulge scientific news and fun cryo-facts to the larger scientific community but also the general public. Most of our posts are written by guest authors who are free to write about any topic related to the Cryosphere Division.

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Call for Input: Assessing Impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic on Svalbard Science Community

SIOS logo ORIGINAL rgbThe Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System Knowledge Centre (SIOS-KC) and the Remote Sensing Working Group (RSWG) invite input in their survey on assessing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Svalbard science community. This survey will be used to develop a strategy for the upcoming (2021) field season in Svalbard.

Input deadline: 7 January 2021

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Norwegian Polar Institute published a book “Life of the Antarctic Ice”

Norwegian Polar Institute published a book “Life of the Antarctic Ice”. This book conveys rich knowledge about Antarctica’s ice sheet and ice shelves aimed at a broad readership, including high-school students. Beautiful pictures, carefully prepared maps and short summary quotes help readers to grasp the story quickly. The text is written by international experts (please see author list below) using many analogues such as “ice is like ketchup”, so it is easy to follow. Advanced readers enjoy facts presented in did-you-know boxes and deepen their understanding with supplementary information of the illustrations at the end of the book.

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