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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.

Call for Research Proposals: ESA Living Planet Fellowship 2018

Bildschirmfoto 2017-09-14 um 13.21.33.pngThe European Space Agency (ESA), is pleased to invite you to participate to the Call for Research Proposals of the Living Planet Fellowship 2018. The main objective of this initiative is to support young researchers who have a doctoral degree and who would like to initiate a scientific career in the context of Earth Observation and Earth System Science.

With this call ESA plans to support up to 10 Post-Doctoral researchers (supported by ESA with a ceiling price of 99 KEuro for 2 years under a co-funding scheme) to carry out a research project at a Host Institution in an eligible ESA Member State.

Candidate researchers shall submit research proposals responding to one of following Research Areas:

Advancing Novel Methods and Techniques: Targeted research projects aimed at developing innovative methods, novel algorithms and new EO products and datasets expanding the scientific use of the Sentinel missions, the Earth Explorers or the ESA long-term data archives into new scientific areas and application domains.

Advancing Earth System Science: Cutting-edge scientific activities aimed at maximizing the scientific impact of ESA and European missions in terms of new discoveries and advances in Earth system science addressing the new challenges of the ESA EO Science Strategy.

The documentation (Call for Research Proposals package) can be downloaded from:

Projects will be funded under the 5th period of ESA’s Earth Observation Envelope Programme (EOEP-5). EOEP-5 is an optional programme of the Agency, and participation is restricted to institutions which have their registered office in one of the following Participating States: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Slovenia and Canada.

Proposal and all supporting documents must be sent by e-mail to:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by no later than 22nd February 2018 (the Closing Date).

Any questions relating to this Call must be sent, by e-mail to
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., not later than two (2) weeks before the Closing Date.

Call for Workshop Proposals: NSF Polar Computing Research Coordination Network

nsf logoThe National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Polar Computing Research Coordination Network (RCN) was tasked with analyzing opportunities and barriers in the uptake of high-performance and distributed computing (HPDC) in polar science.

Specifically, the RCN was to:

  • Address why the polar sciences are poorly represented in the use of HPDC cyberinfrastructure,
  • Learn how the polar sciences were using and wished to use HPDC resources,
  • Explore how to ensure that plans and design for new and existing NSF-funded cyberinfrastructure efforts are cognizant of the needs of the polar science community, and
  • Understand how best to educate a new generation of polar scientists in the skills needed to realize the opportunities and potential of HPDC.

Having covered the core areas proposed by NSF, organizers seek to engage the broader community in determining the next areas of focus and seek input from individual researchers about how they and their community could team up with the Polar Computing RCN to either expand or deepen our response to the charge detailed above. The RNC seeks proposals for events that will help achieve these goals.

Funding is available for a domestic event (must be hosted in the U.S. for U.S. participants).

To propose an event, send a two-paragraph "proposal" describing your community, your proposed event, and how you would use the available funds to the Principal Investigator, Shantenu Jha at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Proposal deadline: Monday, 15 January 2018

For more information, go to:
Polar RCN Notices webpage

For more information about the Polar Research Coordination Network, including past activities, go to:
Polar Research Coordination Network homepage

Reminder - NSF Request for Information: Principles for the Conduct of Research in the Arctic

IARPCThe Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) is seeking comments on how best to revise and strengthen the Principles for the Conduct of Research in the Arctic. A Federal Register Notice has been published to solicit community input.

The Principles Revision Working Group of IARPC is seeking input from all stakeholders to revise and update the Principles. The update will focus on communicating clearly the Principles for community engagement by Arctic researchers and including language that describes partnerships and collaborations with Indigenous scholars, enhanced community-based observations, fostering community-based participatory research, and the integral contributions of Indigenous knowledge in the co-production and dissemination of knowledge. Input is also sought on enhancing the dissemination and implementation of the Principles.

The current Principles were prepared by the Social Science Task Force of the U.S. Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee, approved by the IARPC on June 28, 1990, and published by IARPC in volume 9, (Spring, 1995, pp.56-57) of the journal "Arctic Research of the United States". Since 1990, community engagement and Arctic research have advanced both in theory and in practice, necessitating a review and update of the current Principles.

Comments can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to the Principles Revision Working Group co-chairs, Roberto Delgado of NIH and Renee Crain of NSF.

Deadline to submit comments: Monday, 15 January 2018

To view the Federal Register Notice, go to:
Federal Register Notice

Request for Comments: Arctic Horizons' Draft Final Report

Bildschirmfoto 2018-01-11 um 15.19.53.pngThe Arctic Horizons Steering Committee invites comments to the draft final report for Arctic Horizons. Comments will be given full consideration in the production of the final report, but will not be displayed publicly on the website.

Arctic Horizons, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Arctic Social Sciences Program (ASSP), was designed to assemble community input and recommendations on re-envisioning the mission, scope, future priorities, and resource needs of the Arctic social sciences research community.

The objectives of Arctic Horizons are to:

Organize, develop, and conduct five regional, multidisciplinary, and transdisciplinary workshops that integrated expertise from various fields, geographic locations, Indigenous communities, and stakeholder groups to develop a renewed vision of Arctic social sciences and identify key priorities and resource needs in the field for the future;
Design and support a broad, inclusive discussion of research priorities, scope, and mission in the Arctic social sciences;
Make recommendations to funders and policy makers who support or should support Arctic research; and
Produce a final report for the Arctic research community, or for Arctic research funders, that synthesizes relevant findings on the vision, mission, scope, and priorities of the Arctic social sciences community based on a sixth "synthesis" workshop.

Deadline for submitting comments: Saturday, 20 January 2018

To access the draft and submit comments, go to:
Arctic Horizons Final Report draft

For questions, contact:
Aaron Presnall
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Funding Opportunity Available: National Park Service Shared Beringian Heritage Program 2018

BildergebnisThe National Park Service (NPS) invites funding proposals for the 2018 Shared Beringian Heritage Program (SBHP). This program recognizes the unique natural resources and cultural heritage shared by Russia and the United States in the region known as Beringia.

The overall purpose of the SBHP is to advance local, national, and international understanding and preservation of the regional resources and to sustain the cultural vitality of its Indigenous people.

Specific programmatic goals of the SBHP include:

  • Improve conservation, sustainability, and knowledge of the natural and cultural resources of the region;
  • Preserve subsistence opportunities and other historic traditions and practices;
  • Interpret and communicate about the unique and internationally significant resources and values of the region; and
  • Provide opportunities for cultural connections and knowledge exchange.

Eligible applicants include:

  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized);
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the Internal Revenue Servive, other than institutions of higher education;
  • State governments;
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments);
  • Public and state controlled institutions of higher education;
  • City or township governments;
  • County governments; and
  • Private institutions of higher education.

Proposal deadline: 12 February 2018

For more information and to submit a proposal, go to:
View full grant listing

For questions, contact:
Peter Neitlich
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Resource Available: Research Cruise Planning Information

The University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) announce the release of their Cruise Planning webpage. This webpage is available through the UNOLS website.

Information provided on the website covers what organizers need to know to plan a successful cruise, from the proposal writing phase through post-cruise documentation. The website provides links to information outlining the key aspects of pre-cruise planning, including basic timelines, available community resources, permits, packing and shipping, and more. This is general information and should be used in conjunction with vessel operator's policies and procedures. Any vessel-specific questions should go directly to the operator's cruise planning personnel.

The webpage includes a cruise planning timeline and important information regarding:

  • Vessel-specific cruise planning websites;
  • Working in foreign ports and obtaining Marine Science Research Clearances;
  • Available equipment and services; and
  • Conducting radioisotopes, natural isotopes, and stable isotopes work.

To access the cruise planning information, go to:
View the UNOLS Cruise Planning Informtion webpage

IPCC and Indigenous Knowledge case studies call

IPCC lead authors request your assistance:

The IPCC is aiming to recognize the importance of Indigenous or traditional knowledge. As such, in the Polar Regions chapter of a special report currently being prepared, the lead authors are eager to include published findings from Indigenous/traditional knowledge studies, alongside the usual findings from standard scientific research. Henry Huntington and Laura Eerkes-Medrano are working with the authors and are asking for your help in providing them with information about your work on Indigenous/ traditional knowledge to help demonstrate its value.

Henry and Laura would like to hear about your published studies in the peer-reviewed literature, including scientific journals and books that document traditional knowledge about sea ice, permafrost, river and lake ice, snow, and glaciers in relation to climate change. Gray literature does not meet the IPCC standards and should not be included. The Polar Regions chapter will also cover the implications of these types of changes, to ecosystems and to human societies. Any of your publications that address other aspects of the climate system are also welcome.

Please add a sentence or two summarizing the key findings of your work to help the authors figure out how to use and cite your paper. The sentence or two can also say something about the type of study (e.g., "In a study of five Inuit communities in northern Quebec ..." or "In a study of one Dene community in the Northwest Territories ..."). This will help authors to understand the area that the study covers.

The chapter will focus on what has happened since 2012, so recent work is particularly useful. However, earlier studies can also be included if they address points still relevant today.

The deadline to submit a compilation to the chapter authors is 19 January 2018.

IASSA very much appreciates any help you can provide in getting the IPCC to a big milestone.

Please send your responses to:
Laura Eerkes-Medrano at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Henry Huntington at: ​This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

​Supporting the inclusion of the Indigenous Knowledge in IPCC and other high-level reports is an important priority for IASSA.

Thank you in advance!
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Andrey N Petrov
​IASSA President

Photo contest on occasion of 27th International Polar Conference

Bildergebnis für Deutsche Gesellschaft für Polarforschung e.V.On occasion of the 27th International Polar Conference to be held in Rostock, March 2018, a photo contest was initiated.

For the details, please go to:

The deadline for submitting photos is 1 March 2018.

For the best photos awards are advertised, namely 150, 100 and 50 Euro, respectively, for the first, second and third award.

They are looking forward to receiving many interesting submissions!

AFS Webinar - Bayesian Clustering Algorithms

The American Fisheries Society is excited to announce a new educational opportunity; they will be launching a new webinar series, to include a range of topics of interest to fisheries professionals! Please join them for January's webinar:

Using Bayesian Clustering Algorithms to Discover Population Genetic Structure

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

2:00 - 3:00 pm Eastern Time

Register now!

Registration is free, but a limited number of seats are available!

Since the arrival of STRUCTURE (Pritchard et al. 2000), biologists have been using Bayesian clustering algorithms to discover population genetic structure. This webinar will discuss several popular freely-available packages (STRUCTURE, BAPS, structurama, others?) with a focus on understanding the algorithms underlying the packages. The presentation will be as non-technical as possible, and advantages and disadvantages of the different packages will be discussed.

For additional information, contact: Lauren Maza, Student & Professional Development Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Provision of Capabilities for Storing, Curating, and Managing Scientific Ice Cores

nsf logoDear Colleague Letter - Provision of Capabilities for Storing, Curating, and Managing Scientific Ice Cores
National Science Foundation

Written response deadline: 15 February 2018

To read the full Dear Colleague Letter, go to: View Dear Colleague Letter

The Office of Polar Programs (OPP) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) is seeking expressions of interest from organizations interested in providing storage, curation, and scientific management capabilities for ice cores collected in support of scientific research. The goal of this effort is to ensure secure, long-term, cost-effective archival of and access to ice cores for use by the scientific community.

OPP currently supports the National Ice Core Laboratory (NICL) housed at the Denver Federal Center in Lakewood, Colorado. NICL is supported with NSF funding through an Interagency Agreement with the U.S. Geological Survey. Scientific management of the collection is provided through a subaward from the USGS to the University of New Hampshire.

The current NICL main archive freezer is near the end of its useful life and utilizes refrigerants that were phased out under the Montreal Protocol. NSF seeks a modern and compliant facility to ensure preservation and scientific access to ice core archives and to manage future operating costs. NSF anticipates investing in refurbishment and/or construction of an upgraded NICL facility along with an annual operations and maintenance budget to ensure the core are available for scientific analysis. Modernization options include but are not limited to a modernized facility within the Denver Federal Center, a new facility at another location, or renovation of an existing facility.

The NICL facility consists of a main archive freezer (55,000 cubic ft., -36˚C), core processing laboratory (12,000 square ft., -24˚C), small filtered-air laboratory, loading dock for receiving shipments, and office space for staff and visiting scientists. Current holdings comprise roughly 19,000 meters of ice core collected from various locations.

NSF is open to considering ideas for new management models and/or partnerships for a modernized facility within the Denver Federal Center, a new facility at another location, or renovation of an existing facility. NSF welcomes innovative management, operational, or technological concepts, including public-private partnerships. All respondents should include a management model, a proposed location and a strategy for scientific oversight that is responsive to the needs of the research community.

Please submit written responses by February 15, 2018. Interested respondents should be clear on their approach and include:

  • Which model is being discussed (modernization and management at the Denver Federal Center, relocation and management at a new faculty, or renovation and management of a new facility);
  • How your approach improves efficiency of service and operations while minimizing capital and ongoing costs;
  • Your approach to science management (core allocation); and
  • Your approach to long-term core curation (core storage and access to the scientific community for sampling and analysis).

Responses to this request do not bind NSF to any further or specific actions related to this topic. This DCL is not a formal solicitation for proposals and conveys neither a financial commitment nor a reflection of a final decision of the disposition of NICL. To the extent that the sender plans to provide any information that it considers proprietary, such status must be unambiguously communicated and clearly marked. Comments received are intended for NSF internal use only. Responses received will not be posted publicly, and the names of the respondents will be protected from public disclosure to the extent permitted by law.

Responses, along with questions and comments, should be submitted in electronic form via e-mail to:

Michael Jackson
Program Director
Antarctic Instrumentation and Research Facilities (AIRF)
Office of Polar Programs
Directorate for Geosciences
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Patrick Haggerty
Program Director
Arctic Research Support & Logistics
Office of Polar Programs
Directorate for Geosciences
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Applications open: Juneau Icefield Research Program 2018

Student and faculty applications are open for the 2018 Juneau Icefield Research Program field season. JIRP is an expedition-based 8-week summer field school for advanced high school, undergraduate, and entry-level graduate students, working out of Juneau, AK. The curriculum centers on glaciology and glacier science. Recent research projects have focused on geophysics, mass balance, geobotany, isotope geochemistry, geomatics, and biogeochemistry. Students receive academic credit through the University of Alaska Southeast. Interested students are encouraged to apply by February 9th, 2018.

The 2018 field season will be from June 20th to August 17th.

We have also opened a faculty application. Applications for first consideration were due in late November, but any interested professors, professionals, postdocs and advanced graduate students are still strongly encouraged to fill out the application form on the website.

Please see for further information or contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

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Call for Paper of Special issue “Polar Climate Change: Driving Processes, Extreme Events, and Global Linkages” in Advances in Polar Science


Advances in Polar Science (APS) will publish a special issue with the theme ‘Polar Climate Change: Driving Processes, Extreme Events, and Global Linkages’ for this excellent workshop, held in October 2017, at Hohai University, Nanjing, China. This issue will be part of APS Volume 29 as general issue.

We have four Guest Editors for this issue, Zhaomin Wang (Hohai University, China), Kent Moore (Toronto University, Canada), Annette Rinke (Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Germany) and John Turner (British Antarctic Survey, UK). English editing service will be provided free of charge if needed.

This is a thematic issue so we must insist on strict adherence to deadlines:

• 15 April 2018 ― deadline for submitting a manuscript for this issue.
• 31 July 2018 ― deadline for supply 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

Topics of interest are:
1. Polar climate change and its global linkages
2. Polar climate and weather extremes and disastrous ice conditions
3. Polar ocean circulation and ocean-ice-atmosphere interactions

As you know, an international Editorial Board with two Co-Editors-in-Chief (Prof. Huigen Yang and Prof. Ian Allison), and an expert team of 26 disciplinary Editors was established in 2015.

For more information, please visit this link:

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Editorial Office of Advances in Polar Science

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