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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! If you have an article to contribute, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Request for Community Input - Draft 2018 Long Range Science Plan

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Will you need an ice core or an access hole drilled in a glacier or ice sheet in the coming decade? If so, please read on and send us your input!

Each year in the spring the Ice Drilling Program Office (IDPO) of the U.S. Ice Drilling Program works with its Science Advisory Board and with the research community to update the IDPO Long Range Science Plan. This Plan identifies the science in the coming decade that will require the use of ice drilling technology and expertise for the community. This also drives the formation of other plans, for example the IDDO Long Range Drilling Technology Plan. The plans provide the basis for multi-annual planning for the actions and drill development projects of IDPO-IDDO and others, and the plans give the funding agencies advance notice of upcoming community science needs.

If you will need an ice core or a hole drilled in a glacier or ice sheet in the coming decade, or a rock core from under shallow glacial ice, please make sure that the high-level articulation of your science is captured in the current draft update of the IDPO Long Range Science Plan!

Please read through the draft Long Range Science Plan and send corrections, updates, or additions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ASAP or not later than May 30, 2018.

Submission deadline: 30 May 2018

To download the working draft, please visit:

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Ice Drilling Program Office (IDPO)

Call for Nominations and Applications: North Slope Science Initiative Science Technical Advisory Panel

The North Slope Science Initiative (NSSI) invites applications and nominations for its Science Technical Advisory Panel. Panel members are appointed for a three-year term.

The 15-member panel of scientists and technical experts plays a critical role for the NSSI and its Oversight Group by providing advice and other forms of assistance concerning scientific research and monitoring activities related to energy development on Alaska’s North Slope.

Panel membership may include representatives of the oil and gas industry, subsistence users, holders of traditional ecological knowledge, conservation organizations, academia and other research institutions, and other entities.

Panel members may possess technical expertise in one or more of the following areas: North Slope traditional and local knowledge, landscape ecology, petroleum engineering, civil engineering, geology, botany, hydrology, limnology, habitat biology, wildlife biology, biometrics, restoration ecology, sociology, cultural anthropology, economics, ornithology, oceanography, fisheries biology, climatology, or other relevant areas of expertise.

Application and nomination deadline: 27 May 2018

For instructions and the nomination form, select 2018 from the Year drop-down list at:
Documents webpage

For more information, go to:
NSSI News Release (PDF 61 KB)

For questions, contact:
Lisa Gleason
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Phone: 907-271-3335

Extended deadline to 31 May 2018 for submission to special issue ‘Polar Climate Change: Driving Processes, Extreme Events, and Global Linkages’

We have extended the deadline of the submission to special issue ‘Polar Climate Change: Driving Processes, Extreme Events, and Global Linkages’. The new deadline is on 31 May 2018.

Although we have received five papers and another five manuscripts will be coming this May. We need more manuscripts for this special issue. You are welcome to contribute to this issue.

Advances in Polar Science (APS) will publish a special issue with the theme ‘Polar Climate Change: Driving Processes, Extreme Events, and Global Linkages’ as a lasting outcome of the workshop, held in October 2017 at Hohai University, Nanjing, China. This issue will be part of APS Volume 29 and will be issue number 3 of 2018 (Series no. 72) as general issue.

We have four Guest Editors for this issue, Zhaomin Wang (Hohai University, China), Kent Moore (University of Toronto, Canada), Annette Rinke (Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Germany) and John Turner (British Antarctic Survey, UK). Assistant Editors are Mr. Xiaoliang Ling and Dr. Jing Huang (full time staff of Editorial Office). English editing service will be provided free of charge if needed.

This is a thematic issue so we must insist on strict adherence to the following deadlines.

  • 31 May 2018 ― deadline for submitting a manuscript for this issue.
  • 31 July 2018 ― deadline for the submission of final accepted paper.
  • Accepted papers will be published online for open access as soon as authors have returned their proofs and all corrections have been made.
  • The hard copy is scheduled for publication in September 2018

For more information, please go to APS website:

All the best

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Editorial Office of Advances in Polar Science

UK Antarctic Science Conference 10-12th September 2018

Durham University will be hosting this year's UK Antarctic Science Conference on 10th-12th September 2018 (the conference will run from Monday lunchtime to Wednesday lunchtime). The conference will include oral and poster presentations, and abstracts are invited on any aspect of Antarctic Research.

Further information can be found on the conference website, which will be updated shortly with details of registration, abstract submission, and accommodation booking:

The conference dinner will take place in Hatfield College on the evening of Tuesday 11th September. Accommodation has been reserved in nearby Collingwood College. Other accommodation options are available for those who wish to make their own arrangements.

Durham is a spectacular cathedral city with a rich heritage. Narrow cobbled streets wind their way around the rocky peninsula to the majestic Norman cathedral and castle, which are a designated World Heritage Site. The city is well served by motorway access, Durham railway station and Newcastle International Airport (30 minutes by car, 1 hour by rail).

Save the date in your diary!

We look forward to seeing you in September.

Mike Bentley, on behalf of the local organising committee

ESIP Lab Request for Proposals

The Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Lab is happy to announce our spring 2018 request for Incubator-project proposals.

For this round of funding, we have identified the following topics as emergent areas of need in the Earth science community, and for this RFP, project proposals that address these areas will be given priority.

  • Proof-of-concept for emerging technologies slated for operational use.
  • Modernization of Earth science workflows using open source, machine learning and/or cloud computing.
  • Data provenance to advance data-driven decision making.

Projects have a 6-8-month duration. A typical budget for Lab projects is $7,000, however, larger budgets will be considered with the firm limit that costs may not exceed $10,000.
Deadline for submission is May 30, 2018.

You can read the full solicitation here:

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Call for Journal Papers: Special Issue of Remote Sensing - Remote Sensing of Dynamic Permafrost Regions

remotesensing-logoGuest editors invite manuscript submissions for a special issue of the journal Remote Sensing titled Remote Sensing of Dynamic Permafrost Regions.

Manuscripts should highlight the use the multitude of remote sensing platforms and sensors available for describing permafrost region characteristics and dynamics. Submissions that focus on multiple spatial and temporal scales as well as the integration of permafrost region field studies with remotely sensed data are welcome. Guest editors are particularly interested in submissions that deal with ice-rich permafrost landscapes and quantification of thermokarst and thaw-related landscape dynamics. Contributions that demonstrate the development of new techniques, data products, and/or highlight the challenges of remote sensing in permafrost regions are also encouraged.

All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles, and short communications are invited.

For planned papers, a title and short abstract (approximately 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on the website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere, except for conference proceedings papers.

Manuscript submission deadline: 1 June 2018

For more information about the special issue and to submit a manuscript, go to:
Special issue webpage

For information on manuscript preparation and related matters, go to:
Instructions for authors

For questions, contact:
Benjamin M. Jones
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Annett Bartsch
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Guido Grosse
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Call for nominations: EGU Louis Agassiz Medal and Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award

HomeWe are looking for nominations for the EGU medals and awards.
More specifically, the EGU Division on Cryospheric Sciences awards two prizes each year:

-The Louis Agassiz Medal is reserved for individuals in recognition of their outstanding scientific contribution to the study of the cryosphere on Earth or elsewhere in the solar system.

-The Division Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award recognizes scientific achievements in the field covered by the cryospheric division, made by an early career scientist.

Please consider submitting a nomination. The medal will only be awarded if at least three nominations will be put forward.

The final deadline for nominating candidates for both of these awards is 15 June 2018.

For more information on proposing candidates and on the selection process, please see:

The awards will be presented at the EGU General Assembly 2019 (7 – 12 April) in Vienna.

Nominations for all the Medals and Awards should be submitted on-line:

Before submitting a nomination, please take a look at our checklist to make sure your nomination and supporting documents satisfy the EGU requirements:

Science Communication Lightning Talks for Effective Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Arctic Research

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For Effective Interdisciplinary Collaboration In Arctic Research

May 22, 2018, 1600 UTC

To most effectively solve challenging science questions in Arctic research, scientists must team up across traditional disciplinary boundaries. The IARPC Collaborations platform enables these interdisciplinary connections through its open meetings and website. However, communication across disciplines is challenging due to discipline-specific standards and vocabularies. To build the communication capacity and collaborative research potential of the next generation, IARPC Collaborations offers an online training program for outstanding early career scientists. During this public webinar, these early career scientists will present lightning talks on various topics in Arctic research designed to connect and network with scientists from other disciplines and lay the groundwork for forming new interdisciplinary collaborations. Join not only to see examples of effective science communication and network outside of your discipline, but also to learn more about future science communication training and networking opportunities through IARPC Collaborations’ new science communication forum.

Sam Darling, McGill University, Building capacity for research towards local sustainable development

Jolie Gaeris, Simon Fraser University, Does the amount and type of carbon in a large Arctic river change during the spring flood?

Sappho Gilbert, Yale University, Food insecurity, diet shifts and chronic disease in Canada’s Arctic

Jamie Lee, University Centre of the Westfjords / University of Akureyri, Applying Local Knowledge to Sustainable Use Policy of Seaweed in Iceland

Kaitlin Mattos, University of Colorado, Low-tech alternatives for clean water and sanitation for rural Arctic communities

Sara Pedro, University of Connecticut, Environmental contaminants in Arctic-invading killer whales

Neelu Singh, Mangalore University, National Centre For Antarctic and Ocean Research, India, Continents to poles: journey of pollutants

Further inforamtion can be found here.


ISSS Course on “The Polar Upper Atmosphere: from Science to Operational Issues”

The International School of Space Science of the Consorzio Interuniversitario per la Fisica Spaziale organizes a Course on “The Polar Upper Atmosphere: from Science to Operational Issues”, to be held in L’Aquila, Italy, 17-21 September 2018, directed by G. De Franceschi, M. Mendillo, C. Mitchell.

The goal of the school is to foster excitement and encourage involvement of the next generation of space researchers in studies of the geospace environment of Polar Regions. The importance of these regions is rapidly growing due to modern society’s dependence on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) services and products, strongly affected by ionospheric variability at high latitudes. Topics will focus on the infrastructures for multi-instrument monitoring, data management from sub auroral to polar latitudes, the need for specialized models of the upper atmosphere, and the development of mitigation algorithms to improve GNSS services and products. The school is mainly addressed to graduate and post-graduate students with enthusiastic interest on this topic. Students-teams will be organized through an “inside team building” activity scheduled on the first day of the school. This initial activity will formulate, under the supervision of experts, the “first iteration” of student-led project proposals. The establishment of the student-teams aims to both stimulate the interaction among the new generation of scientists from different countries and furnish the preliminary tools to build successful project proposals. On the final day the students-teams will present their project results and participate in their evaluation by the School Program and Organization Committees.

Applications are due before May 6, 2018.

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SLaCC 2018 - Fort William and Northwest Scotland - 3rd - 7th September

We are pleased to announce the fourth UK Sea level and Coastal Change Field Conference (SLaCC) in partnership with the Quaternary Research Association. This meeting will take place in Fort William with field excursions to the coastline of Northwest Scotland, lead by Prof. Ian Shennan.

Please see the first circular and the meeting website for details:

Registration is now open (deadline: 29th June) and the deadline for abstract submission is Thursday 31st May.

Postgraduate attendance is encouraged and supported with reduced delegate fees, courtesy of funding support provided by the QRA

On behalf of the organisers, Sarah Woodroffe and Rob Barnett, we look forward to welcoming you to sunny Scotland this September!


Call for abstracts: Antarctic and Southern Ocean Forum for Engineering, Science and Technology (ASOF-fest), Hobart, 14-17 August

IEEE-sponsored Antarctic and Southern Ocean Forum for Engineering, Science and Technology (ASOF-fest).

This is a 4-day symposium designed to bring scientists and engineers together to solve polar engineering problems.

Location: CSIRO Auditorium, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Dates: 14 to 17 August, 2018
Abstracts deadline: 31 May 2018
Early Registration: 27 June 2018

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