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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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Southern Ocean Observations from Commercial Vessels

My name is Kirsty Dick, and I am currently studying for an MSc at the University of Edinburgh. For my dissertation I am exploring the potential for increased scientific support and ocean observation networks among fishing and tourism vessels in the Southern Ocean. 

As part of my research, I am conducting a short online survey which aims to establish the current challenges and opportunities around increasing the scope and scale of voluntary observing and scientific support networks among commercial vessels, with a view to developing a blue print of how to expand this important contribution to Southern Ocean science.

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Open call for participants: SCAR Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Action Group

SCAR logo white backgroundSCAR is forming an Action Group on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and the call for membership is open to the Antarctic research community, with participation invited from all career stages and disciplines.

The EDI Action Group will be tasked with broadly looking at how EDI issues can be effectively dealt with within SCAR and what practical actions are relevant for the organization. Please make sure to indicate your interest if you'd like to join the Action group.

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IASS Fellow Programme: Call for Applications for 2022

The IASS Fellow Programme is designed to bring highly qualified people from academia, the business world, and civil society to the institute, who provide expertise, inspiration, and creative input. In return, the IASS offers fellows the opportunity to develop their ideas in an international community of world-class researchers, within the institute as well as in the wider research landscape of Potsdam and Berlin, Germany. The fellows are actively supported in their endeavours to make new connections and to develop new ideas and activities together with IASS researchers.

The call for applications for Fellowships starting in 2022 has been published on the IASS website:

The deadline for applications is 23:59 Central European Standard Time on 22 August 2021.

SnowChat Forum!

We are running a project, entitled, “Nordic Snow Network (NordSnowNet)” which aims at

(1) making existing Nordic-Arctic research and snow data from observations and models visible for the researcher, data user and education communities and
(2) supporting the snow-related research and development of applications by exchange of information and data, arranging workshops, training.

More information can be found in the webpage of the NordSnowNet.

We recently established a SnowChat Forum. Our main objective is to provide an additional tool to support researchers / scientists / experts / technician/ etc/ to communicate, connect and collaborate on the topic of SNOW.

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EU-PolarNet: Call for Services

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Do you want to develop your research ideas further?

EU-PolarNet 2 offers financial support to develop applicable research projects based on the European Polar Research Programme.

The call opens July 1st, 2021.

Register now for our webinar on July 7th at 13:00 CET to learn how to apply for one of the EU-PolarNet 2 Service Contracts.

Registration link:

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International Arctic School, HIT, eSummer 2021

IAS-HIT-eSummer School - 12-25 July 2021, Harbin, China

The theme of the 2021 Arctic Summer School of the School of environment is "POPs and CEACs in the Arctic under Climate Change". Through the study of relevant courses, students can understand the pollution characteristics and sources of POPs and CEACs in various environmental media in the Arctic, as well as the impact of Arctic environmental pollution on human and biological health in the Arctic. 

Harbin Institute of technology is located in the northeast of China and has obvious geographical advantages. In February 2019, the "UArctic-HIT-Training Center" was established, which is the first UArctic regional center outside the eight Arctic countries.

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Call for abstracts - Arctic Frontiers 2022 "Pathways"

Arctic Frontiers conference entitled "Pathways" will take place on 31 January - 3 February 2022. On behalf of the Arctic Frontiers Session Committees, we have great pleasure in inviting you to submit one or more abstracts to any of the following five science sessions:

  • Pan-Arctic Infrastructure Development
  • Food from the Ocean and Ocean Science for Sustainable Development – Bridging the UN Decades
  • Arctic Coasts in Transition
  • The Arctic, ocean conflicts, and pathways to sustainability
  • Experiences from the science-policy interface in the Arctic
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Field summer school opportunity

Registration for the summer school "DEPThS: Field-based summer school on subduction forearc dynamics" (6-10 September 2021) is now open.

The course is aimed primarily at PhD students in the various fields of Earth Sciences and addresses the dynamics of subduction forearcs through a highly multidisciplinary approach, with particular emphasis on exhumation processes and the deep carbon cycle. It includes one day of classroom lectures in Milan and four days of field lessons based on geological observations along key transects across the Western Alps, one of the best-studied fossil subduction zones on Earth. Lectures will integrate petrological, tectonic, and stratigraphic evidence along the analyzed transects with the results of recent geophysical experiments on the deep tectonic structure of the Alps. Geologists, petrologists, and seismologists from University of Milano-Bicocca, ISTerre Grenoble, and University of Torino will interact all together with the students both in the classroom and in the field while hiking and discussing in front of intellectually stimulating outcrops in the breathtaking alpine landscape.

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Group to discuss strategies for Antarctic Ice sheet simulations and paleo data-model comparison (within INSTANT)

SCAR logo white backgroundStrategies for Antarctic Ice sheet simulations and paleo data-model comparison

The INStabilities & Thresholds in ANTarctica (INSTANT) is a Scientific Research Programme of SCAR that aims to quantify the Antarctic ice sheet contribution to past and future sea-level change. This type of program has the capacity to organise workshops and other collaborative activities.

There is a need to discuss strategies of ice sheet models simulations within INSTANT and we propose a group to do so. It could be an across theme subcommittee of INSTANT but several points, especially data-model and paleo-climate, could be tagged as "Hub discussion" (platform of interactions between themes) because they really involve other communities than ice sheet modellers. This group should be also connected to the expert group ISMASS (Ice sheets mass balance and Sea level). We would like to know who is interested in getting involved in this group.

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