The Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) is the annual gathering of the international organizations engaged in supporting and facilitating Arctic research. The purpose of the summit is to provide opportunities for coordination, collaboration and cooperation in all areas of Arctic science. The summit attracts scientists, students, policy makers and other professionals from all over the world. The ASSW 2015 will be held in Toyama (Japan) on April 23-30 and include business meetings of the participating organizations on April 23-25, excursions and a public lecture (in Japanese) on April 26 and a four day science symposium on April 27-30, combining the Fourth International Symposium on Arctic Research (ISAR‐4) and the Third International Conference on the Arctic Research Planning (ICARP III). Several sessions are directly linked to CliC activities and we encourage you to submit an abstract and attend the conference.

The Call for Abstracts for oral and poster presentations at the ISAR‐4 / ICARP III is now open. The Symposium will address the overarching themes “Rapid change of the Arctic climate system and its global influence” (ISAR-4) and “Integrating Arctic Research: a Roadmap for the Future” (ICARP III). Conference Organizers invite you to submit abstracts to one of the session listed below. Submissions can be made via the conference website at The call for abstracts closes November 10, 2014. Download the 3rd circular for more information.

Full session descriptions can be found here:

Session Themes (A: ISAR-4, B: ISAR-4 / ICARP III, C: ICARP III)
A1: Understanding the Arctic climate change and its global influences: Japan‘s contributions and suggestions for the future
A2: Paleoclimatic perspective on Arctic changes and polar amplification
A3: Ice mass loss in Greenland and Arctic glaciers under the influence of changing atmosphere and the ocean
A4: Geospace over and related to the Arctic region
A5: The climatic threat from Arctic offshore methane
A6: Climate and ecosystem vulnerability in the terrestrial northern high-latitudes
B1: Arctic climate change and potential mid-latitude weather linkages: large-scale atmospheric circulation and storm track dynamics
B2: Current and future observing strategies for understanding the evolving Arctic climate and ecological system
B3: Changing permafrost and its impact on the physical, ecological, economic and cultural Earth system
B4: Arctic snow cover changes and their consequences
B5: Remote sensing of the Arctic system
B6: A pan-Arctic challenge: predicting the future of marine biota and ecosystem connectivity through field studies and data integration
B7: Atmosphere-ocean-ice interactions and aspects related to a future, seasonally ice free Arctic Ocean
B8: From human security to geopolitical dynamics in the Global Arctic:
the global implications of rapid environmental, economic, and societal change
B9: Arctic governance, sustainable development of local communities and non-Arctic state’s contribution
C1: Sharing Arctic data, observations and knowledge: understanding the global system through international exchange
C2: Arctic in rapid transition – future research directions from the perspective of early career scientists
C3: Emerging questions in Arctic geoscience
C4: Co-design, co-production, co-communication of scientific knowledge – how to frame concerted research for sustainable development in times of change
C5: Advances in transdisciplinary Arctic research: progress on building collaborative agendas for research supporting solutions for sustainability
C6: Understanding sustainability in the Arctic: from patchwork to framework
C7: Arctic freshwater system, changes and effects with emphasis on Arctic freshwater ecosystems
C8: Circumpolar Arctic Coastal Communities Observatory Network: knowledge hubs for northern coastal sustainability
C9 : Navigation and fisheries in the Arctic: prospects, problems and international policies
C10: Consulting Arctic communities on research planning

The call for abstracts closes November 10, 2014.