Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

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.

Canadian Northern Studies Trust (CNST) award application process for 2016-17 is now open

The Canadian Northern Studies Trust (CNST) is the student awards program of the Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies (ACUNS). It was established in 1982 to further the Association’s mandate to advance knowledge and understanding of Canada’s North by offering student awards for exceptional northern-based research. The purpose of the CNST is to foster scholars and scientists with northern experience and at the same time to enhance educational opportunities available for northern residents to obtain post-secondary education at Canadian colleges and universities.

The following awards are offered:

  1. CNST Scholarship $10,000
  2. Polar Knowledge Canada Scholarship $10,000
  3. The W. Garfield Weston Award for Northern Studies (Doctoral) 10 x $50,000
  4. The W. Garfield Weston Award for Northern Studies (Masters) 15 x $15,000
  5. Northern Resident Scholarship (graduate) 4x $10,000
  6. Northern Resident Award (undergraduate) 8x $5,000
  7. Caribou Research and Management Award $1,500 - $5,000
  8. Arctic Co-operatives Award $2,500
  9. Research Support Opportunity in Arctic Environmental Studies
  10. The W. Garfield Weston Postdoctoral Fellowship in Northern Research 4 x $50,000 + up to $10,000 in travel/conference expenses

To be eligible for a CNST award you must be:

  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Enrolled in full time post-secondary education at a recognized Canadian University or College
  • For the majority of the awards, you must have an aspect of northern or circumpolar fieldwork included as part of your research that is conducted within the term of your award. (ACUNS defines “northern” Canada as on or north of the line indicated on our Northern Boundary Map. To view the map, please consult our website.

Additional, award-specific requirements are included in award guidelines. The awards and amounts offered may change depending on availability.

Award deadline: January 29, 2016

For more information, applications and guidelines please visit:

New website launched

imageыва provides current information about the Arctic in English and Russian. The information is presented in an interesting, interactive format, including videos, photos, interactive maps and infographics.

The website features the following thematic sections: geography, climate change, infrastructure, population, natural resources, wildlife and environment, and economy, among others. It offers news, analysis, a calendar of events, photos and videos. publishes a large amount of exclusive material. Staff members attend Arctic-related events, go on trips, and obtain accurate and up-to-date information about the Russian Arctic while interacting with reputable organizations in the field: the Polar Explorers Association, the Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and Far East, the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, Northern (Arctic) Federal University, the Arctic Regional Public Foundation for the Support of Expeditionary Activity, and the Expedition Center of the Russian Geographical Society.

Check it here: 

Arctic Yearbook 2016 Call for Abstracts

Arctic Yearbook 2016
Call for Abstracts (deadline): 1 March 2016 (250-400 words)
Draft papers (deadline): 15 June 2016 (4000-6000 words)

The Arctic Yearbook ( is calling for abstracts for the 2016 edition.

The Arctic Yearbook is an international and peer-reviewed volume which focuses on issues of regional governance, circumpolar relations, geopolitics and security, all broadly defined including global aspects. It is an open access, online publication. The Arctic Yearbook is an initiative of the Northern Research Forum (NRF) and University of the Arctic's joint Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security.

This year's theme is "The Arctic Council: 20 Years of Regional Cooperation and Policy-Shaping". This theme is meant to evaluate the structure, impact and influence of the Arctic Council, within the context of the circumpolar region as well as a model of international organization. Many facets of the Arctic Council remain underexplored and scholars are invited to propose pieces that provide critical analysis and expand our knowledge and understanding of the organization and its role.

Topics may include, but are not limited to: analysis of the form and function of the Arctic Council, including the Ottawa Declaration in retrospect; a history of the Arctic Council including the Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy (AEPS) and different proposed models in retrospect; assessment and evaluation of the progress and impact of Arctic Council deliverables and agreements; the Senior Arctic Officials, Permanent Secretariat, Task Forces, Working Groups, Permanent Participants, Observers, chairmanships and/or funding structure; the role of non-Arctic Observer states and NGOs in relation to Permanent Participants and/or Working Groups; funding mechanisms and capacity-building efforts for the Permanent Participants; the Arctic Council's interaction with other international bodies and the international system (e.g. IMO, IHO, WMO, UN etc.); media perceptions/representations of the Arctic Council; the role and impact of the six Working Groups, either in combination or separately; the role and function of ancillary organizations such as the Arctic Economic Council and/or the Arctic Coast Guard Forum; the role (or lack of) of sub-national organizations in the Arctic Council; theoretical perspectives on the Arctic Council within an international relations context; the role and limitations of the Arctic Council in regional policy-shaping/policy-making; and future directions of the Arctic Council.

Other topics of contemporary significance to regional development, northern peoples, circumpolar relations, Arctic geopolitics and security will also be welcome.

Abstracts should be 250-400 words and include author name(s), institutional affiliation and article title, to be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The deadline for abstracts is March 1, 2016. Notice of acceptance will be provided on March 15, 2016. Articles must be submitted by June 15, 2016. Publication will occur in Fall 2016.

We also welcome proposals for commentaries (1-3 page opinion pieces) and briefing notes (4-7 page analyses) from experts and policymakers on current issues and events.


Lassi Heininen (Professor of Arctic Politics at the University of Lapland, Finland & Chair of the Northern Research Forum (NRF) Steering Committee, Head of NRF/UArctic Thematic Network on Geopolitics & Security) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Heather Exner-Pirot (Strategist for Outreach and Indigenous Engagement, University of Saskatchewan, Canada) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Joël Plouffe (PhD Candidate, École nationale d'administration publique (ENAP), Montréal, Québec, & Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lawson Brigham, Chair (Distinguished Professor of Geography & Arctic Policy, University of Alaska Fairbanks; Senior Fellow, Institute of the North, United States)
Alyson Bailes (Visiting Professor, University of Iceland Faculty of Political Science, United Kingdom)
Gail Fondahl (Professor of Geography, University of Northern British Columbia, Canada)
Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson (President of Iceland)
Hannu Halinen (former Arctic Ambassador, Finland; Special Advisor to the IIASA Director General and Chief Executive Officer Exploratory and Special Projects)
Steven E. Miller (Director of the International Security Program; Editor-in-Chief of International Security, Harvard University, United States)
Alexander Pelyasov (Russian Academy of Sciences; Director of the Center of Northern and Arctic Economics; Ministry of Economic Development & Trade, Russia)

An NSF Advanced Training Program in Antarctica for Early Career Scientists: Biological Adaptations to Environmental Change

This US National Science Foundation sponsored course will be held in Antarctica at Palmer Station (Antarctic Peninsula) in July 2016. The course is designed to train scientists who are interested in the study of extreme environments and the biology of Antarctic organisms. Applications are invited from graduate students currently enrolled in a PhD program and researchers who have an earned Ph.D. within the past five years. This is an international course, open to all nationalities. Partial scholarships are available to cover the cost of travel from home institution and full support is provided for room/board and science activities while in Antarctica. The emphasis of the Antarctic Biology Course is on integrative biology, with laboratory- and field-based projects focused on adaptations in an extreme polar environment. This program will also provide opportunities to understand and appreciate the complexities and logistical challenges of undertaking successful science in Antarctica. A diverse teaching faculty will offer students the opportunity to study a wide range of Antarctic organisms (bacteria, algae, invertebrates, and fish), using several different levels of biological analysis (molecular biology, physiological ecology, species diversity, and evolution). Deadline for receipt of completed applications is January 25, 2016. For more information and the on-line application see and

71st Juneau Icefield Research Program

Applications are now being accepted for the 71st annual Juneau Icefield Research Program (JIRP). The 2016 field season will take place June 24 - August 19.

Please submit applications by February 15 for priority consideration. Applicants will be notified by March 1.


The Juneau Icefield Research Program's mission is to provide an unrivaled educational and expeditionary experience in the stunning Coast Mountains of Alaska and British Columbia. We give students a wide range of training in Earth sciences, wilderness survival, and mountaineering skills, and provide unique opportunities for team building and personal growth.

The Juneau Icefield Research Program (JIRP) is an eight-week immersion in the wilderness of the Juneau Icefield, during which participants (undergraduate, graduate, and high school juniors and seniors) traverse from Juneau, Alaska to Atlin, British Columbia.

Please explore the JIRP website for more information:

Moscow Youth International Model Arctic Council

Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO) cordially invites you to the Moscow Youth International Model Arctic Council (MAC-2016).
MAC-2016 is to take place in Moscow, February 17-19, 2016. MAC-2016 is a simulative “business game”, which involves modelling the work of:

  • Arctic Contaminants Action Program (ACAP) Working Group;
  • Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP) Working Group;
  • Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Working Group;
  • Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response (EPPR) Working Group;
  • Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) Working Group;
  • Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG);
  • Arctic Economic Council;
  • Senior Arctic Officials’ Meeting;
  • Ministerial Meeting.

The event will also have a varied educational program, which includes lectures, seminars and workshops led by distinguished experts from Russia, as well as other Arctic States. At MAC-2016 you will also be able to meet Vladimir Barbin, Ambassador at Large, Senior Arctic Official of the Russian Federation, members of the Arctic Council Secretariat, representatives of businesses, members of Russian polar expeditions.

For more information, please read the information letter.

Glacier App launched

The new wgms Glacier App has been launched! This new information system for mobile
devices is jointly launched with UNESCO in the forefront of the UN Climate
Conference in Paris and aims at bringing glacier fluctuation data to
decision makers at governmental and intergovernmental levels as well as
reaching out to the interested public. With the glacier change data, the
app provides information on the latest observers for all glaciers with
available information. In this way, we want to increase the visibility of
the hundreds of investigators sharing their data with the international
community. For more details see the media release.

You can download the wgms Glacier App for:

Arctic Council Scorecards project

In consideration of the 20th birthday of the Arctic Council next year, the WWF Canada aims at creating Scorecards, to monitor to what degree recommendations of the Arctic Council have or have not been implemented by the Arctic Council member states and to also see whether or not other international fora have drawn upon the recommendations of the Arctic Council. 

Please contact Marc-André Dubois (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) – who is working for the WWF Canada if you would like to help to collect and analyze the data on which these Scorecards shall be based.

Ice Bits Newsletter

U.S. Ice Drilling Program Ice Bits Newsletter: Fall 2015
Ice Drilling Program Office - Ice Drilling Design and Operations

The U.S. Ice Drilling Program Office announces that the Fall 2015 Ice Bits newsletter of U.S. Ice Drilling Program activities is now available at:

Topics include:
- Scientific Drilling in the Polar Regions AGU Town Hall Meeting
- Subglacial Access Drilling: IDPO Science Planning Workshop
- Applications Sought for IDPO's School of Ice 2016
- Field Support to Antarctic Projects
- 2015 Technical Advisory Board Meeting

Northern Forum General Assembly: Resolution

IMG 8473For the first time since 1997, the 12th Northern Forum General Assembly was held in Yakutsk (November 4-6, 2015) .

This General Assembly’s agenda focused on environmental impact on Northern regions’ sustainable development. Whereas the main panel discussion has reviewed Adaptation of regional administrations to climate change, discussion sections were dedicated to Biodiversity and environmental protection in the regions, development of business cooperation in the North, development of infrastructure in the North and the most attended section – Positive Life strategy. The latter section has indicated both high level of awareness of social and physical health issues common with the Northern regions and interest of moderating bodies – Sakha Strategic Research Center and Russian Ministry for Economic development.

One of the most important propositions of this General Assembly was creation of working groups on entire directions of project work, according to Resolution 177. This measure must link work of project participants to local and interregional authorities, what increases its effect on actual, visible results. Previous system of projects united into programs was not enough efficient, due to its distance from the actual decision-makers; this time, this gap gets smaller.

Therefore, in administrative terms – the main expectation now rests with future of membership in the Northern Forum, as more regions are actively observing decisions taken on the General Assembly and are considering to join. Such signals are coming from the State of Alaska, Northern provinces of Canada, Finnish Lapland, Chinese Heilongjiang and several Russian Arctic regions. The issue of last two resolutions may indicate a path of future development of the Northern Forum that was discussed during the General Assembly agenda.

You can check out the working documents and resolution of the Assembly here.

Request for Participation in the 2015 Arctic Freshwater Science Survey

If you are a freshwater scientist or have been involved in freshwater research you are invited to participate in a survey to help shape the science priorities for Arctic freshwater science over the next decade.

Dr. Philip Blaen, of University of Birmingham, UK, and Paschale Bégin at Universite Laval, are conducting an online survey to identify future priorities for Arctic freshwater science from an early-career researcher perspective. This follows an interactive discussion, held during the latest Arctic Science Summit Week (Toyama, Japan; May 2015), in which delegates were invited to suggest important topics in Arctic freshwater science.

This survey is designed to understand which of these topics are considered most important by the next generation of Arctic researchers. We expect to submit the results for publication in the new open-access journal Arctic Science in early 2016.

Please click on the following link:

For more information please feel free to contact Dr. Blaen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Online Course: Remote Sensing of High Latitude Landscape Changes Associated with a Warming Climate

NRM641 Remote Sensing Applications Using ArcGIS 

Spring 2016 3 credits

Dave Verbyla will be teaching s a distance-delivery class, primarily via taped video sessions and weekly ArcGIS assignments.


1) To explore changes in Alaska associated with climate warming in Alaska including greening of the arctic, browning of the boreal forest, mapping wildfire severity and hotspots, mapping shrinking lakes and coastal erosion, etc

2) To learn basic image processing methods using ArcGIS including panchromatic and color image display, image fusion, image georeferencing, change detection methods, supervised and unsupervised classification, and accuracy assessment methods.

3) To learn about sensors especially applicable to vegetation applications in Alaska including color infrared aerial photography, LIDAR, IFSAR,Landsat, MODIS, and AVHRR sensors and data products..

If you are interested please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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