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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 Applicants: NSF Arctic Data Center January 2019 Data Science

Following from the success of our Summer 2018 Data Science Training, the NSF Arctic Data Center is excited to announce the Call for Applicants for our January 2019 Data Science Training. The training will be held January 14th - 18th, 2019, at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis in Santa Barbara, California.

The training will provide Arctic researchers with an overview of best data management practices, data science tools, reproducible data analysis in R and Github, and concrete steps and methods for more easily documenting and uploading their data to the Arctic Data Center. To see a full list of topics, and to submit your application, please visit our January 2019 Training page.

This training targets beginner-to-intermediate R users, and Arctic researchers from all career stages and disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Accepted applicants will have airfare, accommodation, and meal costs covered during the training period.

Please feel free to share this call for applicants widely within your Arctic research community networks, and email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions. Thank you.

Kathryn Meyer, Community Engagement & Outreach Coordinator
Matt B. Jones, PI
Amber Budden, Co-PI

Special Issue "Monitoring Land Surface Dynamic with AVHRR Data"

The aim of this Special Issue of remote sensing is to compile the latest developments in AVHRR pre-processing (calibration, geo-coding) and ECV retrieval. This considers regional time series based on Local Area Coverage (LAC) data in 1.1 km in nadir but also global applications using Global Area Coverage (GAC) data in 4 km spatial resolution. The main focus is on the retrieval and validation of time series related to the following ECVs: Lakes, snow cover, glaciers and ice caps, ice sheets, permafrost, albedo, land cover (including vegetation type), fraction of absorbed photosynthetically active radiation (FAPAR), leaf area index (LAI), above-ground biomass, soil carbon, and fire disturbance. Additionally, papers describing new retrieval methods for the above-mentioned ECVs resulting in improved accuracy, which has to be documented with sound validation procedure are welcome. Furthermore, authors of methodological papers focusing on novel approaches to determine the uncertainty of the retrieved products are encouraged to submit their work, too.

Dr. Stefan Wunderle
Guest Editor

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 7 December 2018

Further information:

Call for papers - Annals of Glaciology - 'Progress in Radioglaciology'

We would like to issue a call for papers for the thematic issue of the Annals of Glaciology on ‘Progress in Radioglaciology’.

The deadline for paper submission is 1 August 2019.

Accepted papers will be published online as soon as authors have returned their proofs and all corrections have been made.

The hard copy is scheduled for publication towards the end of 2019/beginning of 2020

The Associate Chief Editor for this issue is,
Dustin Schroeder (Stanford; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Scientific editors are
Rob Bingham (Edinburgh)
Don Blankenship (UTIG)
Knut Christiansen (Washington)
Olaf Eisen (AWI)
Gwenn Flowers (SFU)
Nanna Karlsson (GEUS)
Ala Khazendar (JPL)
Jonathan Kingslake (Columbia)
Michelle Koutnik (Washington)
John Paden (CReSIS)
Jeremie Mouginot (Grenoble)
Martin Siegert (Imperial)
more will be added as needed

Please go to for more information.

Arctic Biodiversity: Through the Lens photography competition

Due to strong interest and a number of requests, the deadline for the Arctic Biodiversity "Through the Lens" Photography Competition has been extended until 14 August  23:59 GMT. Below you will find further information about the competition.

The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Arctic Council Working Group in celebration of the Arctic Biodiversity Congress invite you to participate in the Arctic Biodiversity Through the Lens photography Competition.

One grand prize winner will receive a trip to beautiful Rovaniemi, Finland. Selected images will be displayed at the Arctic Biodiversity Congress 9-11 October 2018 in Rovaniemi, Finland, and be exhibited across Arctic countries.

The competition welcomes entries across four categories; landscape, biodiversity, peoples of the North and business and science in the Arctic. Young photographers are especially welcome to submit and the competition has special prizes for young photographers under the age of 18. Award-winning photographers Carsten Egevang, Gyda Henningsdottir, Einar Gudmann, Krista Ylinen and Lawrence Hislop will judge winning entries.

The eyes of the world are turning northwards. Arctic landscapes, wildlife, cultures and light have inspired people since time immemorial. The Arctic Biodiversity Through the Lens photography competition is intended to celebrate the beauty of the Arctic as experienced by photographers of all skill levels. Further information can be found at the Arctic Biodiversity Through the Lens Photography Competition and in the terms and conditions.

Please share and distribute this post among your colleagues, within your institution, and with anybody that shares our appreciation for Arctic biodiversity and photography.


Find more information and enter your photos at:

US NSF Coastlines and People initiative scoping workshops

Coastlines and People initiative scoping workshops - Application deadline 12 August!

Prospective participants are encouraged to apply to attend scoping sessions that will identify priorities for NSF’s Coastlines and People research initiative. Applications are due by Aug. 12 (11:59 pm local time). The workshops will be held from 26-28 September.

More information is available on the Coastlines and People scoping session Website

Four, simultaneous, three-day scoping sessions will be hosted by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and facilitated by Knowinnovation on NSF’s behalf. Workshop will be held in San Diego, Chicago, and Atlanta. A fourth “virtual” workshop will be scheduled on mountain time.

Applicants will be notified of their status by late August. Travel support will be provided for participants invited to attend.

More information and answers to frequently asked questions are on the scoping-workshop Website

Announcing the 2019 ECCO Summer School

Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean (ECCO) Summer School 2019:
Global Ocean State & Parameter Estimation: From Methods to Applications in Oceanographic Research

Synopsis: The Consortium for "Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean" (ECCO) will host a summer school for graduate students and early career scientists on global ocean state estimation in support of climate research. The school introduces the tools and mathematics of ocean state and parameter estimation and their application to ocean science through a mix of foundational lectures, hands-on tutorials, and projects. In doing so, the school aims to help nurture the next generation of oceanographers and climate scientists in the subject matter so that they may utilize the ECCO products and underlying modeling/estimation tools most effectively to further advance the state-of-the-art in ocean state estimation and ocean science.

Topics covered: Data assimilation (global & regional); state & parameter estimation; adjoint method; sensitivity analysis; algorithmic differentiation; ocean modeling; ocean dynamics and variability; ocean’s role in climate; global ocean observing system (satellite and in-situ); physics of sea level; ocean mixing; sea ice physics; ice sheet-ocean interactions; ice shelf dynamics; ocean tides; cyberinfrastructure & data analytics.

Dates: May 19 – 31, 2019

Location: Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington, Friday Harbor, WA

Target audience: graduate students and early-career scientists

Application Deadline: December 17, 2018

For more information, confirmed lecturers, and how to apply, please visit:

RDA EU Early Career grants for 12th Plenary, 5-8 Nov 2018, Botswana (part of IDW2018)

RDA Europe ( continues its series of support programmes is now running an Open Call to facilitate participation of 7 EU Early Career Researchers working with Data to the 12th RDA Plenary meeting in Botswana, held during the International Data Week 2018 (

The second edition of International Data Week (IDW 2018) will be held on 5-8 November 2018 in Gaborone, Botswana bringing together data professionals and researchers from all disciplines and from all parts of the globe. Co-organized by CODATA, ICSU-WDS and RDA, this landmark event will address the theme of ‘The Digital Frontiers of Global Science’ and will combine the 12th RDA Plenary Meeting, the biannual meeting of the research data community, and SciDataCon 2018, the scientific conference addressing the frontiers of data in research.

RDA Europe is seeking applications from students and early career professionals from European higher education or research institutions with studies focusing on research data sharing and exchange challenges. The Early Career support programme will offer up to seven grants of maximum €1750 to cover travel expenses. To view all the call details and apply please visit

Application period closes on 30 August 2018, 17:00 CEST and applicants will be notified of the outcome on the 21 September 2018.

Looking forward to your applications!

Public Comment sought on the IARPC draft newly revised Principles for Conducting Research in the Arctic

The Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) is seeking comment from the public on the draft newly revised Principles for Conducting Research in the Arctic. The Principles are directed at federally-funded researchers, though they may be useful to academic, state, local, and tribal researchers in the Arctic. Your comments would be most helpful by September 4, 2018. More information is available on the IARPC website

Funding Opportunity Available: Fulbright Arctic Chair Grant

HomeThe Fulbright Scholar Program invites applications for the Fulbright Arctic Chair for U.S. Scholars grant. This three- to four-month position is open to scholars in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities, and will be located in Norway.

The Arctic Chair will have the opportunity to work at any institution of higher education or research in Norway to research and teach within areas that are relevant to understanding of the Arctic and high north regions. The Chair is expected to engage with faculty inside and outside the host institution(s), give public lectures, and lead seminars, as well as supervise and mentor Master’s and PhD candidates.

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen with a scholarly focus on polar and high north issues, have a PhD or equivalent professional/terminal degree (including a master’s degree, depending on the field) as appropriate, five to 10 years of research and experience, and a significant publication and teaching record.

Application deadline: 1 August 2018

For more information, including application details, and to apply, go to:
Fulbright Arctic Chair webpage

For questions, contact:
Rena Levin
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Phone: +47 22 01 40 10

ECR travel grants available for CLIVASk2k workshop

WGLogo2kNetworkECR travel grants available for CLIVASk2k workshop (PAGES 2k project) “Climate Variability in Antarctica and the Southern Hemisphere in the past 2000 years”
4-5 September 2018, British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK

CLIVASH2k is a PAGES 2k project, which aims to improve our understanding of large scale modes of climate variability and the mechanisms and drivers of climate change in Antarctica, the sub-Antarctic and the wider Southern Hemisphere during the past 2000 years.

The workshop goals
The workshop is open to all. We want to engage a broad spectrum of the scientific community, including paleoclimate data gathers (such as ice cores, lake sediments, marine records, and terrestrial records), climatologists and climate modellers.
We especially encourage those who wish to be actively contribute to the CLIVASH2k project goals, including contribution to synthesis products and publications. The workshop will be informative but be prepared to get involved!
Our aim is to review and evaluate our current understanding of the drivers of Southern Hemisphere climate variability, through short presentations, posters and discussion sessions.

A full programme will be available on the CLIVASH2k webpage shortly.

Register for this event
Standard registration fee £65 per person (plus fees)
Student fee (for students currently enrolled for a PhD) £15 per person (plus fees)
Click here to register:
Registration includes morning and afternoon refreshments, buffet lunch and an evening dinner (4th September).

Registration deadline: 17 August

Repository Finder Tool - Usability Study - Request for Interview Candidates

We are gearing up for usability testing of the new DataCite/re3data tool with the company DeveloperTown. This takes a great deal of coordination to make sure we have representatives from a variety of scientific domains and locations internationally. Our primary focus is researchers and those closely related for this test. Sophie Hou will be conducting additional usability testing at Summer ESIP that will mostly focus on repository staff and data managers, and other ESIP attendee stakeholders.

I’m asking you for assistance identifying researchers that would be willing to be interviewed as part of the DeveloperTown usability test. The total number of formal interviews will be about 30. Should we get more names, we will do our best to accommodate.

Please send your recommendations to Robin Dasler (DataCite Product Mgr for the Repository Finder Tool) with the following information (or as much as possible):

  • Name of recommended person
  • Email of recommended person
  • Primary domain affiliation of the recommended person
  • Role of that person in the domain (e.g., researcher, post doc, data curator, librarian)
  • Time zone where they reside/work
  • Link to their affiliation (e.g., institution, library, etc)
  • Contact notes – why they would make a great candidate. This should be no more than one or two sentences.

You can also register here:

Interviews will be with staff from DeveloperTown and last approximately 20 to 30 minutes. They will be conducted with Zoom as the tool.

The DataCite/re3data team will be reaching out to your candidate to confirm their desire to participate and arrange for an interview. To make sure this goes smoothly, please let your candidate know of your recommendation and what to expect.

If you have any questions on the DeveloperTown usability test, please direct them to Michael Witt, or myself.

Thank you for your help in identifying interview candidates.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Director, Data Programs) and Michael Witt

UArctic Congress 2018: Career Workshop for Early Career Scholars invites applications

University of Oulu logo rgbUniversity of Oulu Geography Research Unit and Department of Cultural Anthropology are co-organizing UArctic Congress side event Career Strategies for Early Career Scholars: CVs, Cover Letters and The Job Search on September 3rd, 2018 in Oulu. Deadline for applications is on August 10th.

This hands-on career workshop aimed at early career scholars will take participants through the nuts and bolts of several key aspects of the academic job application process: searching for positions and writing the CV and cover letter. We will discuss several cutting-edge strategies for looking for academic jobs, and then show you how to craft your CV and cover letter so that they stand out and get noticed. We will also discuss how to efficiently communicate the most marketable aspects of your academic self. This event is designed specifically for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and others interested in pursuing academic careers in the social sciences and humanities. It will be led by a team of multi-disciplinary senior scholars from several universities.

Please send your application (contact information and what you expect from the workshop) before August 10th to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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