Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

APECS is happy to be able to link early career researchers with organisations interested in the polar regions, and whenever possible APECS sends a APECS representative to meetings on interest.Although we can usually only send one APECS member to a meeting, it is our goal to share information meetings and workshops with our wider membership.

In this section you will find the reports and summaries submitted by our APECS reps in order to share meeting topics and outcomes with our wider membership. You can also see them in the APECS News

APECS Representative in the Interim Planning Group for ICARPIII (2)

Over the past two decades, the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) has been organizing forward-looking conferences focused on international and interdisciplinary perspectives for advancing Arctic research cooperation and applications of Arctic knowledge. Indeed, the IASC Founding Articles call for IASC to host such a conference periodically in order to "review the status of Arctic science, provide scientific and technical advice, and promote cooperation and links with other national and international organizations." In 2015, it will have been 10 years since the 2nd International Conference on Arctic Research Planning (ICARP II in 2005) and it is time for ICARP III (together with IASC 25th anniversary celebration will be held during ASSW 2015 in Japan). The final product of ICARP III will be a consensus statement identifying the most important Arctic research needs for the next decade.

Sanna Majaneva is honored to have been nominated to represent APECS in the Interim Planning Group for ICARP III. She is now finishing her doctoral thesis project at the University of Helsinki in collaboration with the University Centre in Svalbard and the Finnish Environment Institute / Marine Research Centre. In her thesis, she is working on a better understanding of the role of gelatinous zooplankton populations in the Arctic Ocean and Baltic Sea and how different aspects of the changing climate could affect these communities. Furthermore; the overall goal of this project is to indicate that more emphasis should be placed into the gelatinous part of the plankton community to be able to adequately model the community interactions and changes.

Sanna has been an APECS member since its early stages 2007 and has served on the APECS Council since 2011 and is now one of the two APECS council co-chairs for 2012-2013. She is also co-founder of APECS Finland for which she currently acts as co-chair. Outside of her scientific pursuits, she is also active in enhancing communication of the Arctic issues. She is looking forward to the planning of the ICARP III and the opportunity to participate in defining an interdisciplinary vision for future Arctic research.

Report on the WWRP Polar Prediction Project Steering Group Meeting - Dec 2012

12-13th December 2012
European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (ECMWF) (Reading, England)

The World Weather Research Program (WWRP) Polar Prediction Project (PPP) is a ten year initiative aiming to promote cooperative international research into polar weather prediction at hourly to seasonal timescales. As part of this project plans are being made for a Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) in 2017-2018, this will involve an intensive observation and modelling effort to improve polar prediction.

Ella Darlington and Jonny Day attended this meeting representing APECS, who are being consulted on project matters related to outreach and education. The meeting was mainly concerned with finalising the project implementation plan. During the discussion on how early career scientists could become more involved in and contribute to the PPP, the following ideas were discussed:

  • Invite early career scientists to PPP events (not just workshops; but also steering groups, etc.).
  • Run mentoring sessions at SG meetings and PPP workshops.
  • Involve early career scientists in informal social settings such as icebreakers where they are encouraged to meet and talk with senior scientists.
  • Run skills training workshops to ensure that early career scientists are familiar with tools as well as operational in-house systems (e.g., models, and diagnosis and verification systems) and can more readily run models or analyse operational centre data. (Existing examples include twice yearly WRF workshops and verification workshops run by JWGFVR.).
  • Run summer schools.

It was agreed to:

  • Invite local APECS representative(s) to take part in the next PPP-SG meeting (tentatively Boulder, Colorado, USA in October 2013).
  • Run a mentoring session in association with the PPP-SG meeting.  

In addition Jonny agreed to sit on the project steering group and YOPP planning committee to liaise with both the PPP steering group and APECS concerning the PPP education and outreach plan and its implementation.


Meetings of Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Standing Scientific Group – Life Sciences (SSG-LS), SCAR Scientific Standing Groups plenary and of International Antarctic Institute Meeting took place in Portland, Oregon during the SCAR Open Science Conference -

Main APECS actions arising from this meeting:

- Contact the chair of the EG-HB&M Dr. Jeff Ayton (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to initiate APECS involvement in this group and discuss potential expansion of the Human Biology side of APECS.

- Contact Don Cowan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), the contact person for the State of the Antarctic Ecosystem (Ant-Eco) Science Research Project to initiate involvement in this group.

- Contact Annick Wilmotte (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Belgium delegate at the SCAR SSG Life Sciences, for APECS involvement in event along side the ATCM that will be held in May 2012 in Brussels.

- APECS to BE CONTACTED by IAI. They want to hold a Virtual Poster Session and a webinar via APECS.

Main themes discussed:

SCAR SGG PLENARY:15th July, morning. I gave the APECS talk at the SCAR SSG plenary. After the plenary, Maurizio Candidi, acting chair of SGG Physical Sciences, asked me why no APECS members put forward their candidacy for an official position in the SSG-PS. He suggested that APECS members would do so for the next elections of the SGG-PS in two years.

SCAR SGG-LF: 15th July, afternoon. I participated in the meeting of the SCAR SSG Life Sciences. I was contacted by Jeff Ayton, Don Cowan and Annick Wilmotte.

Jeff Ayton wanted to know how he can popularize a course in Polar Medicine that is held at his institution; he also wanted to know why the Human Biology and Medicine section was not developed within APECS Research Themes.

Don Cowan wanted to know how he can become an APECS mentor (he is the contact person of the newly approved Ant-Eco Science Research Program (this program scored low for involvement of early career scientists).

Annick Wilmotte wanted to know if APECS would be interested in helping developing a 'junior' Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) alongside the real ATCM that will be held

INTERNATIONAL ANTARCTIC INSTITUTE: They would like to use APECS GotoMeeting and GotoWebinars to host a session about IAI. Molly (new council member) will take care of this.

Report is presented by Tosca Ballerini, Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography, Marseille, France. APECS council-co-chair, APECS Italy. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

APECS at SCAR SSG-LS - July 2012

Meetings of Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Standing Scientific Group – Life Sciences (SSG-LS) took place in Portland, Oregon during the SCAR Open Science Conference -

Main themes discussed:
Day 1, 15th July, consisted mainly of discussion around two newly proposed Science Research Projects (SRP), Antarctic Thresholds – Ecosystem Resilience and Adaptation (Ant-ERA) and State of the Antarctic Ecosystem (Ant-Eco). These two projects, which will replace the current Evolution and Biodiversity in the Antarctic (EBA) project, were put before the delegates the week following this meeting for final approval.

Day 2, 20th July, consisted of progress reports from the Expert and Action Groups of the SSG-LS. Reports were given on a broad range of topics from the following groups: Joint Expert Group on Human Biology and Medicine, Expert Group on Birds and Marine Mammals, Expert Group on Continuous Plankton Recorder Research, Integrating Climate and Ecosystem Dynamics in the Southern Ocean, Advancing TecHnological and Environmental stewardship for sub-glacial exploration in Antarctica, Antarctic Biodiversity Information Facility, Environmental Contamination in Antarctica, Seeps and Vents Antarctica, Prediction of Changes in the Physical and Biological Environment of the Antarctic, Ocean Acidification.

Main APECS outcomes of the workshop:
On day 1, which focused on discussing the proposed new SRPs Ant-ERA and Ant-ECO, the SCAR SSG-LS showed great recognition, awareness and acknowledgment of APECS and its activities. There is huge interest from the SCAR SSG-LS in linking these two new SRPs with APECS and its members. They are also very happy to provide information on future opportunities for early career scientists to be involved in these SRPs and other groups.

Day 2, which was largely devoted to the reports of expert and action groups, resulted in various responses to APECS. Many groups already have or had APECS representation and involvement in their activities but there were some explicit calls for APECS involvement into the future. The presentation by the Expert Group on Human Biology and Medicine (EG-HB&M) included a call for APECS involvement in this newly formed Expert Group and expressed strong interest in assisting APECS to develop a Human Biology stream. But on the whole most groups that presented to the SSG-LS currently have some form of APECS involvement and are very interested to continue that involvement into the future.

The incoming SCAR SSG-LS Chief Officer was elected and APECS congratulates Dr. Graham Hosie, of the Australian Antarctic Division, on his appointment to this role.

This report deliberately focused on the APECS specific interest points of the SCAR SSG-LS but please feel free to contact me for further details about the science discussed or the issues raised in this report.

Report is presented by Robert Johnson, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies University of Tasmania Australia & APECS – Oceania council member. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

APECS at SCAR EGBAMM Meeting - July 2012

At the Expert Group of Birds and Marine Mammals Meeting held on July 13th, in Portland, Oregon, several topics were brought up and discussed by the core members including changes to the current EGBAMM website and updates on the Antarctic Biodiversity Information Facility (ANTABIF), the southern ocean predator tracking database, and the Antarctic predator reference list. EGBAMM's interactions with SCAR were discussed and the group was pleased that they had two full days of sessions devoted to Birds and Marine Mammals at the Open Science Conference this year. These sessions are a great way to showcase the work that members of EGBAMM are doing throughout Antarctica. The group also expressed interest in being more visible (particularly within SCAR) and having more aspects of outreach. They will be creating a list-serve within APECS soon to involve to the up-and-coming Antarctic predator experts in the work of the group and had several ideas of ways to get APCES members involved (more below). Details on this list-serve will be coming soon.

Dr. Bruno Danis, a core member of the group, discussed the benefits and progress of the Antarctica Biodiversity Information Facility (ANTABIF), which is a free and open access website for Antarctic biodiversity data ( for science, conservation, and management purposes. The focus of this website is on the taxonomy and biogeopraphy of Antarctic species and currently 17098 taxa and 2.5 million bio-geographic records are included in the database dating back to 1900. Within this website, users can standardize their own data sets, upload them (including uploading metadata), visualize them on a map, and publish them. The group also discussed the potential of uploading best practices for different methods within ANTABIF, such as tracking, which could be uploaded and published with a doi in the database. Researchers using these standardized methods could then just cite that particular doi in their papers when such methods are applicable.

Within ANTABIF, a field guide also exists that is a dynamic identification aid containing highly quality and useful pictures and expert descriptions ( Users can download a PDF of any species which is always up-to-date with the newest information. At the meeting, the members discussed how it would be beneficial for EGBAMM members to write the descriptions within the field guide as they are the 'experts' in the field and thus the field guide would be trustworthy and essentially the ultimate identification resource. Ideally, this resource could be connected with Wikipedia or some other popular online resource. Group members also suggested that this could be a great way to get APECS members involved – APECS members could be responsible for a specific species description. If you want to volunteer to write up a species description please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and mention which you species you want to write up and why you feel your experience justifies your participation.

At the meeting, the discussion of what to do with Antarctic animals that strand outside of Antarctica was brought up as this is becoming a more frequent issue in several countries (e.g., Brazil, Argentina, and South Africa) and the public is starting to ask questions such as "what are we supposed to do if we get a stranded animal?" A formal recommendation could not be found on SCAR's website so the public is not sure what SCAR or EGBAMM's position is (i.e., do we rehabilitate and re-release the animal where it stranded, take them back to Antarctica, keep them in captivity, etc.)? The group decided that they need to ask SCAR what the current recommendation is and pass EGBAMMs recommendation (rehabilitate and re-release the animal where it stranded) on to the delegates of the Standing Scientific Group of the Life Sciences. The final recommendation then should be made very clear and easy to find with the SCAR database. With climate change, this issue is likely to continue to increase in frequency and thus needs to be addressed now.

The pros and cons of satellite monitoring of penguin colonies was presented by core member Dr. Hans Zurich and were discussed by the group. Dr. Zurich presented results of rock penguin colonies being detected using several types of satellite data (e.g., remote sensing data). Current limitations include snow covering breeding places, images obtained from the early or late breeding season that do not have enough guano for detection, and the quality of images sometimes making it impossible to detect individual penguins and changes in occupied nests. Still, Dr. Zurich stressed how this method allows large changes in penguin distributions to be observed more quickly and cost efficiently than traditional methods (e.g., field counts) and thus has enormous scientific potential. A request was made by Dr. Zurich for support from EGBAMM for moving this technique forward as a regular monitoring tool. They have already published this work (Fretwell et al. 2012) and similar work has been done with Weddell seals (LaRue et al. 2011). The long term goal of this project is monitoring but participants still need to work on refining the methods. The group discussed that it would be good to create a working group or steering group for future satellite monitoring. Also, it was discussed how EGBAMM's main contribution could be by providing counts of animals for ground-truthing the sensing data, thus making it more reliable and accurate.

Dr. Mark Hindell, the current president of the group, updated the group on the status of a predator tracking database for the southern ocean that synthesizes all types of tracking data collected from predators in the Antarctic (e.g., satellite tags, time depth recorders). Currently, the Australian data sets are the only datasets included in the database as the Australian Antarctic Division has been the primary agency working on this and they have lots of tracking data (and they needed to create a proof a concept before moving forward). At the moment, more than one million locations from more than 20 species have been incorporated into the database. Dr. Hindell demonstrated how a habitat selectivity index could be obtained for specific predator species within the database based on a random walk model. He also demonstrated how they are working on incorporating the use of environmental predictors into the model to obtain predictive maps of species distributions. The initial results of the database look very promising but the model could still use some tweaking. The current limitation in finishing the database is manpower as pre-processing the data is very time-consuming. The group discussed the potential of creating post-doctoral opportunities to synthesize all of the data (someone who is solely devoted to working on the database). In the meantime, the group decided that volunteers from the group could synthesize tracking data for a few species (specifically those with lots of tracking data and global circumpolar influence); several members at the meeting volunteered to complete this for approximately twelve species. Ideally, the synthesis would be published and available to anyone through an online portal. Data would be shown in an integrative way so that individuals could still publish their own data and no one would be forced to contribute data that they don't want to.

Finally, Dr. Yan Ropert-Coudert, secretary of the group, presented the status of a reference list that includes all published references on top predators in the southern ocean. The idea is that users could search through an online database for specific species, locations, etc. and get references for all the papers published on that topic. Currently there are 4500 references in the database but many of these references are missing some information (e.g., publication year, study species). It was suggested that it may be beneficial to have APECS members volunteer to assist in gathering this information as APECS members generally have the most up-to-date reference lists. If each APECS member tries to fill in the gap of, for example, 10 references, these gaps should fill in quickly and the reference list could be made available online. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in assisting with this endeavor.


CAFF LogoAPECS representative participated in Designing an Integrated Arctic Terrestrial Biodiversitycbmp-logo Monitoring Plan Workshop, 15-17 May 2012, Anchorage, Alaska, USA. Main organizers of the workshop are Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), Terrestrial Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Group (CBMP), Terrestrial Expert Monitoring Group and Partner organisation is International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic (INTERACT),

Main themes discussed:

* Review of results from the first workshop held in Denmark during October 2011 and with the help of the 'Background Paper of the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Programme's Terrestrial Expert Monitoring Group'

* Finalizing the structure of monitoring focus groups (birds, mammals, vegetation, arthropods)

* Filling gaps in the suggested monitoring structure within focus groups

* Start to identify overlaps across monitoring groups

* Identify existing and missing data

* Prioritize ecosystem components and indicators

* Identify challenges

WMO EC-PORS Meeting - February 2012

world-meteorological-organization-logoThe World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) Executive Council Panel of Experts on Polar Observations, Research and Services (EC-PORS) third session was held in Sodankylä, Finland, 6-8 February, 2012. In this meeting, the experts discussed the future of the polar meteorological research and services. EC-PORS is making an effort to bring the scientific projects and communities closer together to meet the needs of end-users of weather and climate data. From the point of view of an early career scientist the meeting was interesting, and confirmed that there is plenty of work for us, early career scientists, to do in the future. APECS sent a list of questions and recommendations for EC-PORS to consider. These questions covered two main themes: networking and funding. 

EC-PORS believes that young scientists are very important and there should be actions to educate and support future polar scientists. At the moment, there are some mobility programs to fund young scientists, but it was pointed out that APECS needs sustainable funding. In the meeting, it was mentioned that for some organizations it is, however, practically easier to offer own workshops etc. than for early career scientists than to sponsor other (for example APECS) workshops. EC-PORS members were interested to become mentors for APECS, so hopefully several of them will join us soon. The discussions of EC-PORS also revealed new possibilities for young scientists; for example Argentina does not have young scientists in the Polar sciences but sees the need for a new generation.

APECS at the AMAP Climate Expert Group meeting - March 2012

APECS was happy to have Corinne Pomerleau from the University of Victoria attend the latest AMAP meeting in Victoria Canada on February 28 to March 2, 2012.

You can read Corinne's full report here.

Excerpt from Corinne's report:

The main purpose of this joint meeting between the Climate Expert Group (CEG) and the Head of Delegations (HoDs), was for the CEG to provide recommendation to the HoDs of the priority work for 2012-2017. The CEG had to define work priorities for the next five years and had to prepare key Artic-climate related projects required to understand the ongoing processes, the effects and consequences and to produce a list of actions to be taken regarding adaptation and mitigation strategies. The CEG met a day earlier to discuss and assess possible priorities and organization issues. Several topics were presented and discussed including; Inuit perspectives of climate change, black and organic carbon, Artic ocean acidification, freshwater budget of polar region, ozone depletion in the Arctic, Arctic ecosystem resilience, role of sea ice, modeling and scenarios, earth system climate model, GRIS and land-based ice, challenges of a changing Arctic, cascading effects of climate change and feedback mechanisms and extreme events in the Arctic. In order to clarify the priority areas we created four groups of discussions according to specific topics. The main themes were physical processes, chemical processes and feedbacks, extreme conditions and ecological and human aspects. Throughout the meeting, several questions were raised especially on how to communicate more efficiently as it is key to provide credible and understandable information to the public. The CEG came up with a brilliant title for their presentation to the HoDs: Climate change impacts – first and worst in the Arctic. Scientific evidences show that climate change poses threats and opportunities to human societies and government institutions across the Arctic and globally. Accordingly, the following key themes were chosen to address both the social and science needs: (1) Arctic food/water security/human health, (2) Arctic infrastructural/transport, (3) Arctic resource access/development, (4) Weather extremes, (5) Arctic drivers of climate change and (6) Global changes. Discussion continued on the importance to make a work plan that will link the valuable information to priority issues. The CEG stresses the need to deepen and expand our understanding of the science needs and other priorities as they arise and the need to improve the modeling in order to produce plausible scenarios.

Outcome of the workshop (action items, planning of next meeting, planned report)

The AMAP CEG and HoDs welcome the participation of APECS members to their meeting as they recognized the importance to prepare the transition and the need to include more young researchers in the different AMAP working groups (please refer to their website to see the list). They are planning to enhance use of Facebook, RSS feeds and twitter in the future to adapt to younger generations. There are several meetings and workshops coming up in 2012 including the EBM and PAME ecosystem based management approach meeting in March in Kiel Germany. The next AMAP WG meeting will take place in September in Stockholm Sweden (TBC) and Russia will host a climate modeling workshop in spring 2013. APECS is strongly encouraged to send a representative member to any of those meetings. AMAP produces both scientific and popular reports that can be found on their website. The last one produced is the AMAP Mercury in the Arctic Report which was released in December 2011. Please visit their website (AMAP) to access any of these reports and for further information about the program.

Antarctica and the Global Climate System (AGCS) – SCAR Programme

SCAR logo white backgroundMelbourne (Australia) meeting, 5-7 July 20011

The AGCS is a research programme of the SCAR - Standing Scientific Group (SSG) – Physical Science (PS). The main objective of this programme is to investigate the interaction of the Antarctic atmospheric and oceanic climate and the rest of the earth system on a decadal time scale. The group started its work on 2004, when it was approved by the SCAR executive committee with a 4 year work plan and later extended for 4 years more.

During the last IUGG General Assembly in Melbourne, Australia, a meeting of the AGCS was held to talk about the advances on the research and the future of the research programme, since the present research group is arriving to its end in 2012.

The AGCS assessed 4 major scientific themes to be proprietary investigated, these were:

Theme 1. Decadal time scale variability in the Antarctic climate system, which will investigate ocean-atmosphere coupling, the role played by radiative processes and the role of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation in modulating the Antarctic climate.
Theme 2. Global and regional climate signals in ice cores to establish better quantitative relationships between ice core data and measures of tropical, mid- and high latitude climate variability.
Theme 3. Natural and anthropogenic forcing on the Antarctic climate system, including the production of regional-scale estimates of expected climate change over Antarctica during the next 100 years.
Theme 4. The export of Antarctic climate signals, to examine the means by which climate changes in the Antarctic can influence conditions at more northerly latitudes.
Several fields and countries were represented at the meeting, the list of representative was as follow:
Andrew Lenton (CSIRO, Tasmania/Australia), Azizan Abu Samah (Univ. of Malaya, Malaysia), Andy Hogg (Australian National University), Nancy Bertler (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand), Peter Convey (British Antarctic Survey, UK), Jo Jacka (International Glaciological Society UK), Jan Strugnell (La Trobe University, Australia), Paul Mayewski (University of Maine, USA), Alberto Garabato (National Oceanography Centre, UK), Siobhan O'Farrell(CSIRO, Australia), Steve Rintoul (CSIRO, Australia), John Turner ( British Antarctic Survey, UK), Roland Warner (Australian Antarctic Division), Tony Worby (Australian Antarctic Division), Tas van Ommen (Australian Antarctic Division), Hans Oerter (Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany) Cunde Xiao (Chinese Meteorological Administration, Beijing) and Francisco Fernandoy (Alfred Wegener Institute / APECS representative).

During the meeting the some of the major results of the group were exposed and discussed like the advances and achievements of/on the International Trans-Antarctic Scientific Expedition (ITASE), modeling of sea ice and ice sheets, atmospheric changes detected during the instrumental period, tropical links, observation of the ocean, among others.

Finally the AGCS group decided to prepare and present a new proposal to the SCAR executive committee for the coming years, aiming to continue the successful work until now and to incorporate other science fields to this investigation group (like biology) to achieve a real multi-disciplinarily research. The group also agreed to officially incorporate APECS (two representatives were suggested) to the future proposal, hopping to include more new young scientists to the on-going research.

Francisco Fernandoy (APECS representative SSG-GS and AGCS)

APECS Involved in Discussing International Polar Decade

ipd logoIn June 2010 the 62nd Session of the WMO Executive Council (EC) recommended to its EC Panel on Polar Observations, Research and Services (EC-PORS) to consult with other relevant organizations to assess interest and scope out an International Polar Decade (IPD) Initiative. To support this recommendation, Roshydromet hosted a Workshop at the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI) of Roshydromet in St. Petersburg 14 and 15 April 2011, cosponsored by WMO.

APECS President Allen Pope represented early career researchers at the meeting, giving a presentation on APECS and its activities and contributing to the discussion on how IPY legacies could be harnessed in future coordinated polar researcher efforts. Within the final document coming out of the workshop, we highlight that "Noting particularly the longer time scale of the IPD initiative, the networks of early career polar researchers and observers (Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and Permafrost Young Research Network (PYRN), etc.) should be engaged in all aspects of IPD planning."

To real the whole informal report, download the pdf here. Presentations from the meeting can be obtained from the AARI website under the conferences tab. After reading the report, you can contribute your thoughts on an IPD by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Summary from Evolution and Biodiversity in the Antarctic (EBA) business meeting at SCAR

ebalogowebEBA is one of the five Science Research Programs of SCAR. It began in 2005 and is due to end in 2013. Many of its research goals have been accomplished, and its current goals are 1) to organize conferences/workshops for each of the five work packages; 2) to propose an EBA session at the 2012 SCAR meeting; 3) and to work on proposals for future SCAR biological programs.

SCAR has agreed to include a APECS representative at each session of the meeting
Shul Gordon has resigned as EBA secretary. EBA recommended that two APECS representatives take over the position. This will provide additional experience for APECS members who would like to become involved.

Numerous manuscripts have either recently been published or are in the process of publication, including:
- A special issue of Polar Sciences, compiled from the annual SCAR meeting in Sapporo, Japan.
- A special issue of Marine Genomics, which was compiled from a workshop in Naples, Italy. This issue focuses on marine and terrestrial genomics studies from both the Arctic and Antarctic.
- A special issue of the Brazilian journal Ecologia to be published Spring 2011
- 2 publications on the use of passive warming devices in polar regions, coming soon
- The Antarctic Climate Change and the Environment Report, published in 2009, is a comprehensive update of research and findings resulting from the 2007-2008 IPY. The document is available online:
- From Pole to Pole is a book series in progress that will summarize all environmental research conducted under the IPY. Invitations for co-authors are being sent out. For more information, contact Guido di Prisco or visit the IPY website:

Numerous workshops were proposed at the meeting, including the APECS meeting in Brazil this September. Lucia Campos requested help in organizing this meeting from fellow APECS members.


The EBA discussed the future of the Program with SCAR. Two proposals are currently under consideration and receiving feedback. The goals of these proposals are to have a more structured, bounded program with more focused goals and more interdisciplinary scope. As young researchers, we should be aware of this change in focus and plan research interests that align with these new objectives.

Report on the Antarctica and the Global Climate System (AGCS) SCAR Committee

AGCS is a cross-disciplinary science programme that focuses on the atmospheric, oceanic and cryospheric linkages between the Antarctic and the rest of the Earth system. It uses a very wide range of observations from the Antarctic continent and the Southern Ocean to investigate natural climate variability and possible anthropogenic signatures of change.

The bi-annual AGCS meeting was held on Sunday 1st August as part of the SCAR business meetings in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The meeting was chaired by Prof John Turner (British Antarctic Survey, UK) in the absence of the AGCS chair Dr. Alberto C. Naveira Garabato (National Oceanography Centre, UK) and the AGCS secretary Dr. Nancy Bertler (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand).

The meeting was attended by Dr Tas van Ommen (Principal Research Scientist, Australian Antarctic Division), Prof. Dato' Dr. Azizan Bin Hj Abu Samah (University of Malaya), Prof Dr Günther Heinemann (Trier, Germany),  Dr. Cunde Xiao, (Chinese Meteorological Administration) and Dr Liz Thomas (APECS representative, British Antarctic Survey, UK). Many of the committee members were unable to attend the SCAR business meetings and as such much of the discussions have taken place via email.

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