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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

Fellowships Available: Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship

The First Nations Development Institute (First Nations), in partnership with The Henry Luce Foundation invite applications for 10 Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowships. Through this fellowship program, organizers will award 10 fellowships to outstanding Native knowledge holders and knowledge makers engaged in meaningful work that benefits Indigenous people.

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Gender Equality in the Arctic - Report Feedback Sessions

The Gender Equality in the Arctic (GEA) project is proud to announce “GEA III Report Feedback Sessions”, a series of six online sessions presenting the work of the project’s lead-authors for the Pan-Arctic Report on Gender Equality in the Arctic. The sessions are an integral part of the process of calling for feedback and suggestions for the report and to inform future work on the topic of Gender Equality in the Arctic. In each session the lead-authors and selected contributors for one chapter will present their work and answer questions and engage in conversation with registered participants. Participants are invited and encouraged to comment and make suggestions. Read more on the GEA Report here.  

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Call for Contributions to Northern Notes 54

Call for contributions for Northern Notes Autumn/Winter 2020 Edition 54th. Please submit your contribution until 1 November to Ann Crawford at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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YESS Science Webinar Series – Climate Change edition

YESS LogoWith the success of the first edition of the Science Webinar and the interests shown by the YESS community, the team comprising members from the Online Events and Science Working Groups launches the second edition of the Science Webinar series. The goal of the webinar series is to keep the community well informed with the latest research and broaden their knowledge in areas of the Earth sciences. The online activities have been helpful in the professional development of early-career researchers and keep them motivated during these uncertain times.

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Webinar series about Citizen Science with the High Impact Weather (HIW) project

YESS LogoHigh Impact Weather Project (HIWeather) is a 10-year research project established in 2016 by WMO’s World Weather Research Programme (WWRP). HIWeather is aimed at achieving dramatic improvements in the effectiveness of weather-related hazard warnings, following recent advancements in numerical weather prediction at km-scale and in disaster risk reduction. In this context, the WWRP and the Young Earth System Scientists (YESS) Community are delighted to announce the first edition of the Citizen Science Webinar Series between September and November 2020. 

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Inuit Food Sovereinty and Self - Governance Report

inuit logoThe Inuit Circumpolar Council Alaska, in collaboration with partners, is pleased to release the report: Food Sovereignty and Self-Governance - Inuit Role in Arctic Marine Resource Management. This Inuit-led report illuminates the unique and rich Inuit values and management practices that have successfully safeguarded the Arctic for thousands of years. 

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New data set available: NASA MEaSUREs ITS_LIVE scene-pair velocity data set

The NASA MEaSUREs ITS_LIVE scene-pair velocity data set is now available online at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, with a new tool for rapidly selecting and filtering the data. This new data set consists of single-pair image-correlation-based ice flow velocities generated from the entire Landsat 4, 5, 7 & 8 archive. The 8 million individual scene-pairs cover all the permanent ice-covered areas larger than 5 km2, globally. It spans 1984 to early 2019 and has a spatial resolution of 240m. Regular updates to near-real-time (~1 to 2 months latency) are planned before the end of the year.

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COVID-19 Reporting Card system provides a daily updated summarized high-level overview of the statistics on the COVID-19 pandemic in the Arctic. The reporting card includes information about the total confirmed cases, deaths, death rate per 100 000 cases, and a number of cases and deaths added per the last 24 hours for 52 arctic and northern regions. One may view the reporting card for any available date, download the current report as PDF, and subscribe to receive the most recent version of the reporting card to email daily, three times per week, or once per week.

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Resource Available: Summer 2020 Ice Bits Newsletter

The U.S. Ice Drilling Program Office (IDPO) announces the release of their  Summer 2020 Ice Bits newsletter. Ice Bits is the quarterly update of the U.S. IDPO and Ice Drilling Design and Operations (IDDO) group activities.

Topics highlighted in this edition include:

  • 2020-2030 Long Range Science and Long Range Drilling Technology Plans Updated,
  • 2020 Ice Core Working Group White Papers,
  • 2020 Science Advisory Board (SAB) Meeting and SAB Rotations,
  • IDP-WI Refocuses on Development and Maintenance Work Amid COVID-19 Pandemic,
  • COVID-19 Transformed 2020 School of Ice is Successfully Executed,
  • Acknowledgment of IDP in Publications, and
  • Ice Drilling Support for NSF Polar Proposals.

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Copernicus delivers high-resolution snow & ice products over Europe

The Copernicus Land Monitoring Service (CLMS) would like to draw your attention to the release of a new range of High Resolution Snow & Ice (HR-S&I) Monitoring products.
These products are now operationally available and include:

  •     Fractional Snow Cover (FSC)
  •     Persistent Snow Area (PSA)
  •     River and Lake Ice Extent (RLIE)
  •     Aggregated River and Lake Ice Extent (ARLIE)
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