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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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2020 June Sea Ice Outlook Report & Call for Contributions for July

The 2020 June Sea Ice Outlook (SIO) Report is now available online. For the pan-Arctic, the median June Outlook value for September 2020 sea-ice extent is 4.33 million square kilometers, with quartiles of 4.06 and 4.59 million square kilometers. The median is close to the 2019 June Outlook, of 4.40 million square kilometers, and to the observed 2019 September sea-ice extent of 4.32 million square kilometers.

Submission Deadline for the 2020 Sea Ice Outlook July Report (based on May & June data): 6:00 p.m. (AKDT) Monday, 13 July 2020. Find guidelines for contributions here

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Resource Available: IARPC Collaborations May Team Meetings Synopsis and Upcoming Meetings Schedule

The Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) Collaborations team meetings occur monthly. A synopsis of May Collaboration Team meetings is now available. An IARPC account is required to access the online synopsis. To request an IARPC account, go to the account request webpage. The Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee 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.

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Global Glacier Change Bulletin No. 3 (2016-2017)

It is our pleasure to announce the publication of the third issue of the Global Glacier Change Bulletin series. You can download the full report  in PDF-format from our website: The printed volumes will be shipped in July 2020. Our work relies on the cooperation and help of many scientists and observers throughout the world. We highly appreciate their contribution  in collaboration with our national correspondents, who are coordinating the data compilation in their country.

The IcePod with Thomas Jung

the icepod logo 072019In the second bonus episode of the IcePod on the Targeted Observing Periods, we speak with Thomas Jung, captain and structured mind behind YOPP and PPP. Here is the second episode on the YOPP Targeted Observing Periods, or TOPs. This time, we speak to Thomas Jung, head of the section Climate Dynamics at the German Alfred Wegener Institute and professor for Physics of the Climate System at the University of Bremen. Even more important, as the chair of the Polar Prediction Project's Steering Group, he is the captain and structured mind behind YOPP and PPP.

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Two member positions are opening in the leadership group of the SOOS regional Working Group Weddell Sea and Dronning Maud Land (WS-DML)

sooslogo2cThe objective of our regional working group is to facilitate coordinated and standardized observational studies of major physical, chemical and biological variables including their drivers and interactions. The working group strives to increase the quality of the science output, and strengthen the awareness of the relevance of research in the WS-DML sector of the Southern Ocean through international projects contributing to SOOS.

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Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science

The National Science Foundation (NSF) invites Letters of Intent for the Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) solicitation. The vision of the NSF INCLUDES Big Idea is to catalyze the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) enterprise to work collaboratively for inclusive change, resulting in a STEM work force that reflects the population of the nation. More specifically, NSF INCLUDES seeks to broaden participation in STEM fields through a national network that will inspire collaborative efforts aimed at increasing the active participation of those who have been historically underrepresented and underserved in STEM.

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Recipients of the 2020 IACS-IGS Graham Cogley Award

It is with great pleasure that the IGS announces the recipients of the 2020 IACS-IGS Graham Cogley Award. The IACS-IGS Graham Cogley Award was established in 2019 in memory of Professor Graham Cogley who made substantial and enduring contributions to glaciology, in particular to the understanding and quantification of glacier mass change. Graham is also recognized for his sustained and outstanding service to the wider glaciological community, including as IGS Chief Editor between 2016 and 2018. The Graham Cogley Award recognizes excellence in glaciological research by student scientists. The award was initiated and is generously sponsored by the Cogley family and is shared between the International Glaciological Society (IGS) and the International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS), with the IGS and the IACS giving out the award in alternate years. For more details on the IGS award and the selection procedure see here.

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Migration and Climate Change Scoping Meeting

iassa logoHuman migration is projected as one of the greatest adverse impacts of climate change with future flows of climate migrants, also referred to as climate refugees, predicted at 200 million by 2050 (IPCC 2006).To address this intense and complex climate change impact, the Belmont Forum is excited to announce the scoping of a new international funding opportunity focused on Migration and Climate Change. We invite you to participate in a special online meeting to share your expert perspective of the state of the science as it relates to research and societal needs in Migration. The scoping meeting will be held online on July 10, 2020 at 11am UTC using a government-secured Zoom license to bring together stakeholders from multiple disciplines interested in Migration on various scales. 

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Call for Abstracts: 3rd International Conference on Polar Climate and Environmental Change in the Last Millennium

Organizers invite registration and abstracts for the 3rd International Conference on Polar Climate and Environmental Change in the Last Millennium. This conference has been postponed and will now convene 23-25 November 2020 in Toruń, Poland. The aim of the conference is to present scientific achievements and to identify gaps in the field of the historical climatology of the polar regions based on early meteorological observations, history, dendroclimatology, paleolimnology, geophysics, geomorphology, and other sources. Registration and abstract submission deadline for financial support: 30 September 2020.

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