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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

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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Opportunity for Early Career Scientists to join ESSAS steering committee

If you are interested in the impacts of climate change on high-latitude marine ecosystems, this is your opportunity to help shape the future of the Ecosystem Studies of the Subarctic and Arctic Seas (ESSAS) program.

ESSAS is a regional program under the Integrated Marine Biosphere Research (IMBeR) project and is inviting nominations for an Early Career Scientist (within 6 years of PhD completion, excluding any periods of leave) to join its Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) for a three-year renewable term. The SSC is responsible for the development, planning and implementation of science with the goal to "compare, quantify and predict the impact of climate variability on the productivity and sustainability of Subarctic and Arctic marine ecosystems".

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WAIS Workshop abstract and ECR support application deadline is July 30

28th Annual West Antarctic Ice Sheet Workshop
September 20-23, 2021
The Algonkian (in-person) and Zoom (virtual)
Sterling, Virginia, U.S.A.

Abstract submission for the hybrid 2021 WAIS Workshop is due July 30. Sessions will include:

  • Piecing the puzzle together: Multi-disciplinary, integrative science in West Antarctica
  • Beyond MISI: Novel insights into Antarctic ice sheet processes
  • Marine ice sheet sensitivity in the Earth system
  • Greetings from the future: Innovations in observing and modeling techniques
  • WAIS in the community: Civic engagement & co-production of deliverables
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nsf logoThe Alan T. Waterman Award is the highest honor awarded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). The award recognizes outstanding young researchers in any field of science or engineering supported by the NSF. In addition to a medal, each awardee will receive a grant of $1,000,000 over five years for scientific research or advanced study in any field of science or engineering that the NSF supports.

Nominations will be accepted from July 19 - September 20, 2021. To learn more about the award and how to submit nominations, visit

NSF Update: Travel protocols in Alaska for Arctic fieldwork

nsf logoThis announcement updates the travel protocols in Alaska for researchers receiving support through NSF’s research support contractor, Battelle Arctic Research Operators (Battelle ARO).

The Office of Polar Programs (OPP) Arctic Sciences Section is implementing reduced quarantine durations in Alaska (as described below) to mitigate risk while recognizing the removal of state-mandated travel restrictions in Alaska. If any COVID-19 cases are observed with this revised protocol, then OPP will revert to the longer quarantine times that were in use since 2020.

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NSF U.S. Antarctic Program plans for the upcoming 2021-22 Antarctic season

USAP New Logo transparent background Terri EdillonNSF is committed to being supportive and as responsive as possible to the needs of the research community in the face of continuing challenges posed by COVID-19. Please consult the NSF website regularly for up-to-date information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

All three USAP Antarctic Stations continue to operate safely with no indications of the virus detected. The research vessel RVIB Nathaniel B. Palmer and the RV Lawrence M. Gould are both in port in Punta Arenas, Chile. Last season, USAP successfully completed critical science and operational activities through careful planning and with the support of our gateway countries.

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Survey: Motivation, adaptation and selected psychological traits of polar station workers

We kindly ask you to participate in research on the role of motivation, adaptation and psychological traits helpful in working at the polar station. The study is conducted internationally; thanks to your commitment, it will be possible to compare polar explorers at polar stations in the Arctic and Antarctica.

Completing the survey may take about 15-20 minutes, and participation in it is entirely anonymous and voluntary. The survey and more information are available at this link:

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