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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.

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

Indigenous Research Ethics Institute - June 3 - 8 at Carleton University

Carleton University’s Institute on the Ethics of Research with Indigenous People (CUIERIP) will hold its 5th annual week-long summer program in Ottawa from June 3rd to the 8th, 2018. It is a six-day immersive experience devoted to learning about good practices in ethical research with First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities.

CUIERIP’s mission is to provide a collaborative and safe learning environment for faculty, students, community members, and professionals working on Indigenous issues and research ethics.

CUIERIP is led by Carleton Faculty, research ethics professionals and community leaders. Presiding Elders guide all participants.

CUIERIP’s 2018 theme: “Story keeping and the story bundle”. Story bundles, a concept that pertains to Western and Indigenous ethical considerations around being a story-keeper, or more specifically, the person who brings the experiences and stories of others forward. During the week-long institute, we will consider the distinctions between different types of stories, the protocols/ethical considerations around who can carry/disseminate stories, historic and contemporary examples of storykeepers, examples of how carriers adapt to the evolution of ever-changing stories, what researchers need in their storybundles, and how a story bundle is developed, maintained and utilized.
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For more information about CUIERIP 2018, please visit our website:

Call for Proposals for Arctic Data Center Synthesis Working Group

Arctic Data CenterThe Arctic Data Center is soliciting requests for proposals for a Synthesis Working Group. Proposals are due May 23, 2018.

To promote the analysis and synthesis of Arctic data, as well as to inform ongoing development of the data repository, the Arctic Data Center is soliciting requests for proposals for a Synthesis Working Group, with research to begin by October 2018. Funding of up to $54,600 is available to support one Working Group, hosting two meetings of 3-5 days, with approximately 15 participants each at the Arctic Data Center in Santa Barbara, California, over an anticipated 1-1.5 year period. Proposals must focus on Arctic-related research issues, and primarily (but not necessarily exclusively) involve the analysis and synthesis of data contained within the Arctic Data Center Repository.

This year we request that all synthesis proposals explicitly address factors related to one or more human dimensions of the Arctic experience, in addition to environmental aspects. These can include synthesis investigations into social-cultural processes, economic factors, Arctic indigenous peoples’ perspectives, etc., relative to the unique biophysical challenges of life in the Arctic region.

For more information and to submit a proposal, visit Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

75th Eastern Snow Conference Preliminary Program and Abstract Deadline

Bildergebnis für 75th Eastern Snow ConferenceRush your 75th Eastern Snow Conference abstracts to completion. Deadline for abstracts has been extended to 23 April 2018.

The preliminary program for the 75th Eastern Snow Conference is posted on the ESC website Registration, lodging and other information is posted under Annual Meeting.

The 75th Eastern Snow Conference will be 5-8 June 2018 at the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction, Climate Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland, USA College Park, MD.

Early registration ends 1 May.
The lodgings options deadlines are coming up in early May.

Dr. Louis W. Uccellini, NOAA Assistant Administrator for Weather Services and Director National Weather Service, will be the keynote speaker at the 75th ESC Banquet. Dr. Uccellini has published more than 60 journal articles and chapters in books, and is known for coauthoring the widely acclaimed two-volume book, Northeast Snowstorms.

The scientific program is open to sessions on theoretical, experimental, remote sensing, modeling and operational studies of snow, ice, and winter hydrology. This year's theme is "SNOW PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE". The ESC has only plenary (oral and poster viewing) sessions, allowing time to view and discuss the research of each participant. You are invited to submit an abstract for an oral or a poster presentation (please indicate type). (An abstract template is available on the website.) An abstract of 200-250 words should be submitted by 23 April 2018 to the Program Chairman Dr. George Riggs (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

AGU Fall Meeting: Deadline for Session Proposals

2018 AGU Fall Meeting

The deadline for submitting session proposals for the AGU Fall Meeting is April 18 at 23:59 EDT.

The Cryosphere Focus Group presently has 12 submitted session proposals, which you can view here:

Please have a look. If you don’t see a place for your permafrost, sea ice, lake and river ice, seasonal snow, glacier or ice sheet science, we hope you will consider submitting a session proposal.

Remember that, as there were last year, alternative session formats will also be offered this year:

New this year will be tutorial talks that you can find described here:

Thanks for your help in crafting an exciting and diverse program for this year’s Fall Meeting, in Washington, DC.

Your representatives to the AGU Fall Meeting program committee,

Adam Winstral

CFP: NPE symposium, Rovaniemi 29-30 August 2018

Arctic Continuities
There is a common way of describing the Arctic – the region, its people and resources – in terms of rapid change and constant transformation. Climate change, scramble for the world’s diminishing natural resources and the rather newly emerged concern for local cultures and knowledge, among others, have contributed to the repeated constructions of the Arctic as something that is constantly in flux. Undeniably, the Arctic and its people have witnessed radical changes. However, the prevailing rhetoric of change dismisses a great deal of what has held its ground, the traits of continuity that make the Arctic what it is. The persistence of northern ways of life, local and indigenous cultures and the practices of using and benefiting from the region’s renewable resources are some of the examples of this continuity. Equally recurring are perceptions and preconceived ideas of the Arctic as a global frontier, as a region rich with exploitable resources and a wilderness to be protected.

The Northern Political Economy symposium of 2018 invites scholars from a range of disciplines to reflect on the elements of continuity in the Arctic and the ways in which continuity and change mesh. Among other questions, the symposium asks to what extent the view of Arctic as a central stage for change works to effectively gloss over powerful continuities, such as the lingering of colonial and exploitative practices and hierarchical center-periphery relations.

Keynote speaker
Kirsten Thisted, University of Copenhagen

Greenlandic Exceptionalisms

Kirsten Thisted is an Associate Professor in the Minority Studies Section, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen. She has conducted cross-disciplinary research in literature, linguistics, media and history. Her research has focused especially on Greenland. In her talk she will reflect on change as a constant factor in the history of Greenland.

Deadline for proposals
Please send your abstract (max. 250-words) with your name, title, affiliation and contact information by 28 June 2018 by email to Marjo Lindroth (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

The programme will include a keynote talk, presentations by the participants and discussions on the basis of presentations. A symposium dinner will be organized.

Confirmations of acceptance will be sent by early July the latest. The final programme will be announced by 8 August.

There is no participation fee and the the organizers will cover the costs of meals during the seminar. Please note that the symposium participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation costs.

More information
The symposium is organised by the Northern political economy/Sustainable development research group, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland.
Symposium organizing team: Heidi Sinevaara-Niskanen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Marjo Lindroth (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Publication Available: Arctic Change and Possible Influence on Mid-Latitude Climate and Weather

HomeThe U.S. Climate Variability and Predictability Program (U.S. CLIVAR) announce the release of a publication titled Arctic Change and Possible Influence on Mid-Latitude Climate and WeatherA U.S. CLIVAR White Paper.

Members from a U.S. CLIVAR Working Group and a recent workshop have published a white paper on Arctic change and possible influence on mid-latitude climate and weather. This report brings together experts in the fields of atmosphere, ocean, and cryosphere sciences to assess the rapidly evolving state of understanding, identify consensus on knowledge and gaps in research, and develop specific actions to accelerate progress within the research community.

To view or download the publication, go to:
Publication webpage

For questions, contact:
Kristan Uhlenbrock
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Phone: 202-787-1682

Special issue of Remote Sensing on the topic 'Remote Sensing of Glaciers at Global and Regional Scales'

remotesensing-logoThe MDPI journal Remote Sensing recently launched a special issue on “Remote Sensing of Glaciers at Global and Regional Scales", which is now open for submission. We would like to invite those of you working in this field to submit an article to this special issue by 28 February 2019.

This special issue aims to provide a comprehensive overview of recent and upcoming advances in the application of satellite remote sensing to monitoring changes in the state of the Earth's mountain glaciers and ice caps, at regional and global scale. This excludes the main ice sheets of Antarctica and Greenland, but we do welcome studies focusing on their peripheral glaciers and ice caps, including the Antarctic Peninsula.

For more information about the Special Issue, and potential topics, please see:

Last year, a highly interesting special issue with a similar focus was published, edited by Frank Paul (University of Zurich) and colleagues. An overview of the papers published in this issue can be found here:

For information on manuscript preparation and related matters, please see the instructions for authors:

Remote Sensing is an open access journal, with a 2016 impact factor of 3.244 and a 5-Year Impact Factor of 3.749. All submissions will be subject to a pre-screening and peer review.

If you have any further queries about the Special Issue -- its scope, review process, article processing charges, etc. -- please do not hesitate to contact me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Kind regards, the guest editors

Arctic Horizons Report Available: Future of Arctic Social Sciences Research

index.pngThe Arctic Horizons has released the Final Report for the Arctic Horizons project. This final report synthesizes the future research priorities that emerged over the course of the project.

The goal of the current Arctic Horizons project was 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 the project were 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/should support Arctic research; and
  • Produce the 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.

To access and download the report, go to:
Arctic Horizons Final Report

IARPC Collaborations Webinar Series: Creating a National Scientific Mission: The Nansen Legacy Project


IARPC Collaborations Webinar Series: Creating a National Scientific Mission: The Nansen Legacy Project. The Nansen Legacy project breaks new ground in national-scale Arctic research collaborations, forming a national team representing nearly Norway’s entire marine Arctic expertise including 130 scientists, 50 new recruiting positions and Norway’s new research icebreaker. This $97 million project for the exploration and understanding of Norway’s ice-covered water and adjacent Polar Ocean commenced in 2018 and will run for six years. This unique collaboration required the development of new evaluation and financing strategies, challenging research institutions and government. It presents a step towards the future cooperation between the five arctic coastal states in order to comprehend the entirety of the Arctic Ocean. Webinar featuring Dr. Paul Wassman commences April 24, 2018, 12:30 PM Eastern Time.
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