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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

ASSW2022, Deadline Approaching: Call for Community Meetings / Workshops

The application deadline for business and science community meetings at ASSW2022 is 30 September 2021. The entire Arctic community is encouraged to use ASSW as a venue for bringing together their organizations, collaborations, and teams. ASSW organizers provide the logistical support and your meeting attendees only have to register for ASSW2022 and show up. As ASSW 2022 will be organized as a hybrid conference, both opportunities for in-person and online meetings will be offered during the conference.

The Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) was initiated by IASC in 1999 to provide opportunities for coordination, cooperation and collaboration between the various scientific organizations involved in Arctic research and to economize on travel and time. ASSW is now an annual venue for meetings of Arctic organizations, scientific collaborations, and more.

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PhD study on Resilience & Well-being in Polar Operators

You are invited to take part in a study I am conducting at Durham University.

This project aims to investigate if psychological resilience and well-being in both temporary (Arctic & Antarctic) and permanent (Arctic) polar populations can be explained by universal psychological constructs. Specifically, Basic Psychological Needs Theory which proposes the importance of the satisfaction of three basic needs for competence, relatedness, and autonomy. The project will examine the factors not just in terms of the individual but also the supportive factors that may exist in the person’s wider social or ecological environments and how these interact. For example, individual-level (e.g., coping, personality traits), microsystem (e.g., family, close relationships), exosystem (e.g., wider community), and macrosystem (e.g., political, societal and cultural level). 

MTS India Section: Women Leadership in Marine Technology, Engineering, and Science (14th September)

Greetings from Marine Technology Society, MTS India Section!

As you are kindly aware IEEE-OES and MTS will be hosting the next annual conference Oceans 2022 in Chennai India.

As mandated by the UN General Assembly, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO is coordinating UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) inviting the global ocean community to plan for the next ten years in ocean science and technology to deliver, together, the ocean we need for the future we want! 

As a prelude to Oceans 22 and follow up of MTS Women Leadership programme, MTS India Section is organising an event, involving women engineers, technologists and scientists focusing on students for career opportunities in the marine sector. This will also be a platform to spread awareness on the IEEE and MTS activities to students' across India and globally. This is UNESCO IOC endorsed UN Decade event.

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North Pacific Arctic Conference 2021 Fellowships

The East-West Center and the Korea Maritime Institute are pleased to announce the 11th North Pacific Arctic Conference, Science, Technology and the Path Forward for a New Arctic, which will be held October 31-November 6, 2021, virtually on Zoom

The innovative conference provides a venue for off-the-record engagement among policymakers/practitioners and scientists/analysists regarding Arctic issues of mutual interest to leading North Pacific Arctic states (Canada, Russia and the United States) and non-Arctic States (China, Japan and South Korea).

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The IcePod – Final Episode with Matt Shupe: The Great Expectations

A new episode of The IcePod is now available. The IcePod is the podcast about polar science and the people. Hosts talk to scientists who went on board Polarstern, the German research icebreaker, for the biggest research expedition in the Arctic. It is produced in collaboration with the Alfred Wegener Institute and Radio Weser.TV. The IcePod is the official podcast of the Year of Polar Prediction initiative to improve weather and sea-ice forecast in the Arctic and Antarctic.

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PolarPredictNews #18

YOPP LOGO beb4effb3cA new issue of PolarPredictNews, the official newsletter for the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP), is now available, and includes news for and from the polar prediction community.

To access the full newsletter, go to PolarPredictNews webpage.

In the 18th issue of PolarPredictNews, Amy MacFarlane presents her second collection of water color drawings from MOSAiC leg 4, which ended about a year ago. PolarPredictNews’ top story is about the various ways Zack Labe visualizes Arctic climate data to ensure environmental changes are easy to grasp.

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Call for Input: “Navigating the New Arctic” Survey Panel - Deadline 31 August

Organizers are seeking participation in an online expert panel, in which panelists will rate the importance of different factors on possible development outcomes (e.g., accelerated resource extraction, equitable engagement and influence in shaping urban development) in the Arctic by 2050.

Organizers are interested in opinions on the factors driving human interactions with the Arctic environment. In partnership with Arctic Frontiers, a U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) funded study is soliciting feedback on what could influence development patterns and wellbeing across the Arctic by 2050. Organizers are looking for participation from Arctic community, business, and research representatives. All participants that complete the panel will be eligible for a digital pass to Arctic Frontiers 2022.

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Survey on “Polar Observing Assets”

The diverse and distributed nature of observing systems in polar regions presents a fundamental challenge for assessment, planning, integration, and synthesis. There is an interest in creating overviews of these systems, since this, among other things, will allow more efficient use of facilities and allow for the understanding of where gaps in observation capacities exist. There is an interest in knowing answers to questions like “Who is going where? When are they going? What will they observe? What observing equipment will they have there? Who is responsible for organizing logistics?”, etc.

The purpose of this survey is to seek to create an overview of existing sources of information on polar observing facilities, systems and activities. This will allow the definition of procedures that can access these sources and compile the information from the various sources.

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Extended Deadline: Call for Abstracts - Community and Citizen Science in the Far North

Organizers of Arctic CCS: Community & Citizen Science (CCS) in the Far North announce an extended deadline for abstracts for this virtual conference. This conference will be held online 5-7 October 2021. Registration for the conference is also now open.

This free, virtual conference will focus on sharing, networking, and discussing the various aspects of conducting community and citizen science research in the Arctic. This conference is in response to a growing community of Arctic researchers, Arctic communities, and Arctic visitors that are becoming more engaged in scientific research.

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Systematic map on Arctic biodiversity is seeking your input

logo smallThe EU-funded CHARTER research project is conducting a systematic map (a type of scientific review) of the evidence on long-term (centuries to millennia) variability in Arctic biodiversity. After completing the initial planning phase of the review, people with interest in the subject are now contacted to help improve the review protocol. The protocol is the formal method that will be used to find and interpret evidence.

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