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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 Book Chapters: Supply сhain operations in the Arctic

The book “Supply сhain operations in the Arctic: A multiple-perspective approach towards sustainable development” seeks to provide state-of-the-art research on real-life practices and applications of supply chain and operations management in the Arctic regions. Today, owing to the fact that different contextual factors of the Arctic regions are converging, the integration of supply chain activities is deemed vital for the purpose of enhancing Arctic sustainability. That said, the selected chapters will highlight aspects of sustainability within supply chain operations that take a particular value in remote areas with sparse transportation networks in the Arctic regions, either due to their theoretical contributions or because they report new empirical evidence. The chapters will also address questions about the challenges and unintended consequences of implementing sustainability principles in Arctic supply chains.

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Celebrating 30 Years of the Madrid Protocol

353 Rodolfo Werner Celebrating 30 Years of the Madrid ProtocolOctober 4 marks the 30th Anniversary of Antarctic environmental protection under the Environment Protocol. To celebrate this anniversary, the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC)invites younger audiences (18-30 years old) to record a short video, serious or fun, on their vision for Antarctica 30 years from now. We encourage you to tell us why Antarctica is important to you and the world and why Antarctica inspires you, or your view of how to protect Antarctica's future.

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Online Expert Panel “Navigating the New Arctic” Study

We are interested in your 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 your feedback on what could influence development patterns and wellbeing across the Arctic by 2050. We are looking for Arctic community, business, and research representatives to participate in an online expert elicitation beginning in early September 2021. All participants that complete the panel will be eligible for a digital pass to Arctic Frontiers 2022. Results will be shared for open discussion within the Arctic Frontiers community!

Please use the link below for more information and to be considered for participation:

Greenland Place Survey

A research team at the University of Colorado Boulder is conducting a curriculum efficacy study to examine the impacts of two new instructional modules with embedded innovative technology components—Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Interactive Environments—on student learning of polar environments.

The research team is collecting survey responses to better understand specifically how people who have been to or currently live in Greenland relate to Greenland, and we would appreciate your participation.

Survey responses are anonymous, and the survey should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete.

Survey Link:

The deadline to complete this survey is August 30.

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Joint Franco-German PhD-Program on Arctic studies

The Franco-German Research School “Perceiving Arctic Change – Climate, Society and Sustainability (PACCSS)" funded by the Franco-German University Saarbrücken, offers 12 open places for outstanding young scientists (Ph.Ds) in the topical field of Arctic studies, starting in October 2021.

The Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research Bremerhaven,Germany, and the UVSQ / Université Paris Saclay, France, provide a joined and unique research environment, bridging the gap between traditional disciplines. PACCSS combines natural science, humanities and anthropology in order to understand and decipher the complex Arctic environment under change and pressure, both for indigenous people, the ecosystem as well as the climate system as key region for global climate change.

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Surface velocity time series for glaciers & ice caps from Sentinel-1

We would like to draw your attention to a new surface velocity data set from Sentinel-1 radar imagery for glaciers and ice caps outside the large ice sheets. We have processed the Sentinel-1 archive since 2014 and routinely process upcoming new data using the same intensity offset tracking algorithm and post-processing. The data is provided free of charge for non-commercial usage to registered users via a web interface with spatial query function (

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NSF Office of Polar Programs communications survey

nsf logoYOUR FEEDBACK IS IMPORTANT! We love data!

Are you interested in NSF Office of Polar Program (OPP) news, research, events and media? We have put together a short survey to gather information about our audience, preferred communications channels and what OPP content people are interested in receiving!

The survey should only take 5 minutes and will help us provide better, more valuable information to you and others in our science community. The survey can be accessed at Feel free to distribute this survey to those who might be interested.

2021 Sea Ice Outlook July Report

SIPN2The Sea Ice Prediction Network–Phase 2 (SIPN2) announces the release of the 2021 July Sea Ice Outlook (SIO) report. The Sea Ice Outlook, managed by the SIPN2 Project Team, provides an open process for those interested in Arctic sea ice to share predictions and ideas. The monthly reports contain a variety of perspectives—from advanced numerical models to qualitative perspectives from citizen scientists. The Outlook is not an operational forecast.

For the 2021 July report, 41 contributions were received that included pan-Arctic predictions. Of those contributions, eight also included predictions for pan-Antarctic, eight included predictions for the Alaska Region, and 14 submitted September mean sea-ice extent anomalies.

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