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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

Call for bids for IASSA Council (Term 2021-2024)

iassa logoIASSA is requesting applications from members to serve on the IASSA Council in 2021-2024. Any IASSA member in good standing may declare themselves up until 17:00 (5PM) applicant's local time on May 1, 2021.

Applicants are required to submit a brief statement (less than 200 words) about yourself, your motivation to sit on the Council and a photo to IASSA President This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and CC to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

These materials will be included in the Spring/Summer issue of the Northern Notes. Indigenous applicants and northern residents are especially encouraged.

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Amundsen Science Workshop

Amundsen Science is organizing an online Outreach Event/Workshop in the afternoon of March 23rd. The goal of this event is to discuss the history and good practices in field oceanography based on the 17 years of operations of the research icebreaker CCGS Amundsen, the access to this National Research Facility and the future of the ship and organization.

You can find attached the program, with embedded link to the registration. A Facebook event is also available for sharing.

Iceberg community

I am an assistant professor at the University of Manitoba working with numerical modelling of polar regions. One of my main interests is in modelling icebergs, improving their representation and trajectory prediction in models, and assessing their impact on the physical and biogeochemical properties of the ocean. Recent interactions with fellow "icebergers" led to a discussion about the need for a channel of direct communication within the iceberg community, so we can share our work, collaborate, make sure no efforts are being duplicated, and advance iceberg science in a faster and smarter way. 
If you work with or is interested in iceberg science, please fill out the form.

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Open Call CliC Chairmanship

Clic logo1The Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) is one of the core projects of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), serving as the focal point for climate science related to the cryosphere, its variability and change, and interaction with the broader climate system.
CliC is now launching an open call for nominations for chairmanship. Self-nominations are encouraged. Please fill in the attached form and send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. not later than April 16th.
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Appointment of Dr. Jennifer Mercer as Acting Section Head for NSF Office of Polar Programs Arctic Sciences Section

Dr. Jennifer Mercer is serving as the acting Section Head for the Arctic Section at the US National Science Foundation. She is a program manager for Arctic Sciences and Arctic Research Support & Logistics. She also serves as Chair of the international Forum of Arctic Research Operators (FARO), and she co-leads the Atmospheres Collaboration Team for the US Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC).

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Nature Research Award for Driving Global Impact

Nature Award for Driving Global Impact was launched in 2019 with the aim of championing researchers who are striving towards the achievement of one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

You will find the award’s webpages here:

While we have received substantial numbers of submissions, these have tended been greatly dominated by medical researchers in specific fields, whereas we are aiming to recognise and promote the work of researchers in a wider variety of fields.

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Draft Arctic Research Plan 2022-2026 Available for Comment

IARPC LogoOn March 9, the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) released a draft of the Arctic Research Plan 2022-2026 for public review. The comment period will close on June 11, 2021. The draft plan addresses the most pressing Arctic research needs that require a collaborative approach and that can advance understanding of the Arctic, inform policy and planning decisions, and promote the well-being of Arctic and global communities.


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