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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

Fostering next generation Earth system science leaders: The YESS Strategic Action Plan and virtual engagement

YESSIn the past year, the Young Earth System Scientists (YESS) have developed a new Strategic Action Plan and have been working to understand and support Early Career Researchers (ECRs) during the COVID-19 pandemic. They will also be involved in the upcoming American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, including in a session entitled “Moving Beyond the Standard: A Transdisciplinary Virtual Event for Early-Career Scientists." Discover more here.

MSc(Res) Polar & Alpine Change at the University of Sheffield, UK

MSc(Res) Polar and Alpine Change Programme
Department of Geography, University of Sheffield, UK

This one-year MSc(Res) programme should interest students seeking Masters-level research training and experience within the broad subject area of cold-regions science. Its research areas include glaciology, geomorphology, climate change, Quaternary science, and oceanic and atmospheric processes.

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New data set release: LVIS L1A Geotagged Images at NSIDC DAAC

The LVIS L1A Geotagged Images, Version 1 data set is now available at the NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center (NSIDC DAAC).  This data set contains geotagged images collected from 21 May 2019 through 08 August 2019 over the United States, Western Canada, and Central America. The images were taken by two NASA Digital Mapping Cameras which were mounted alongside the Land, Vegetation, and Ice Sensor (LVIS), an airborne lidar scanning laser altimeter. The data were collected as part of either the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) mission or NASA’s Terrestrial Ecology Program campaign, the Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE).
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NSF Navigating the New Arctic (NNA) solicitation

NSFThe National Science Foundation has released an updated solicitation for Navigating the New Arctic (NNA). Navigating the New Arctic is part of NSF's "Big Ideas," 10 bold, long-term research and process ideas that identify areas for future investment at the frontiers of science and engineering. The Big Ideas represent unique opportunities to position our Nation at the cutting edge of global science and engineering leadership by bringing together diverse disciplinary perspectives to support convergence research. As such, even though proposals must be submitted to the Directorate for Geosciences when responding to this solicitation, once received, the proposals will be managed by a cross-Directorate team of NSF Program Directors. 

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6th Forum for Young Permafrost Scientists in Yakutsk in summer 2021

pyrn logoDear PYRN members! Let me invite you next summer in Yakutsk (Russia) for taking part in 6th Forum for Young Permafrost Scientists commemorating 100th birthday of Evgeny M. Katasonov and Nina P. Anisimova, June 29 –July 13, 2021. The Forum for Young Permafrost Scientists (FYPS 2021) will include 1) Current Challenges and Future Prospects for Geocryology, a conference held from June 29 to July 2, 2021, and 2) Cryo-Deserts 2021, a field workshop from July 3 to 13, 2021. Please consider the 1st circular & see everyone in Yakutsk!

New Episode of The IcePod ❄ "The Weather Man"

the icepod logo 072019For the seventh episode of The IcePod, we met with Robert Hausen who works as a forecaster for the German Weather Service (DWD) and joined leg 3 of the MOSAiC expedition. Since Robert was a kid, he always waited for the snow to fall and grew up wondering about all kinds of weather phenomena. And this is where he ended up: Polarstern. MOSAiC has been his first Arctic cruise while Robert usually sails the Antarctic seas. This actually qualified him to take part in the coldest leg that MOSAiC could offer its participants. 
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Call for three new IASC Working Group Secretaries

IASCThe International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) is now soliciting applications to be the next Secretaries for our: Atmosphere Working Group, Social and Human Working Group, Terrestrial Working Group. Being an IASC Working Group Secretary provides a unique experience to support and gain insight into international and interdisciplinary science cooperation. We hope that applicants will see this as a unique professional development opportunity. Duties for the Working Group Secretary include preparation and secretarial support for the Working Group meetings, tracking of activities’ deliverables, and communication with the Working Group and the central Secretariat during the year. The last day to apply is 6 December 2020.

Nine-month Masters in Polar Studies at SPRI Cambridge

The Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge offers a nine-month Masters Course in Polar Studies. It is a well established course and offers teaching, training and supervision in either the Polar Physical Sciences or the Polar Social Sciences/ Humanities although students may attend lectures from both strands. There is a short video introducing the course available from here, further information about our Masters Programme can be found here. We are running a live Q&A session on Friday 13th November at 13:00 (GMT). Please register here.

EXPEDITION GLACIALIS: Marine Mammal Monitoring at Labrador Sea and Baffin Bay

logo glacialis whaleWe are a team of biologists, research technicians and a professionnal photographer who are committed to document the fragile environment of the Arctic. We are planning an expedition to the Labrador Sea and Baffin Bay starting in May 2021. EXPEDITION GLACIALIS will monitor the marine mammals and wildlife visually, acoustically and with a thermal camera. We will collect micro-plastic samples and other relevant parameters as well. Our intention is to do open science in collaboration with institutions, universities and communities. We have several partners with a strong interest in collecting and sharing data in these regions and are currently are looking for specific partners related to physico-chemical parameters that we could collect. Find out more here.

Working with IARPC Self-Forming Teams

IARPC LogoThe Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) supports communication and collaboration across all areas of Arctic research. In addition to collaboration teams that implement the Arctic Research Plan, we have a number of self-forming teams. These teams are spaces for IARPC Collaborations members to organize around topics they find important. We at IARPC encourage all Arctic researchers and community members to join IARPC Collaborations and check out our self-forming teams.
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APECS International Directorate
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