Satellite measurements reveal gravity dip from ice loss in West Antarctica

Although not designed to map changes in Earth's gravity over time, ESA's GOCE satellite has shown that the ice lost from West Antarctica over the last few years has left its signature. More than doubling its planned life in orbit, GOCE spent four years measuring Earth's gravity in unprecedented detail. Researchers have found that the decrease in the mass of ice during this period was mirrored in GOCE's measurements.

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Sea Ice Prediction Network Webinar

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Sea Ice Prediction Network Webinar

Sea Ice Outlook: Post-season Discussion 

Thursday, 9 October 2014

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. AKDT

For further information about the Sea Ice Outlook or Sea Ice Prediction

Network, please go to: http://www.arcus.org/sipn

Or contact:

Betsy Turner-Bogren 

Email: betsy@arcus.org

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The Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN) announces an open webinar focused

on post-season analysis and discussion of the 2014 Sea Ice Outlook

(SIO). The SIO produces reports in June, July, and August that

synthesize a variety of predictions and perspectives on the arctic sea

ice minimum. More information about SIO, including this year's reports,

is available at: http://www.arcus.org/sipn/sea-ice-outlook.

This webinar will provide a venue for discussion of the 2014 SIO,

including processes that influenced sea ice melt this year and a review

of the differing approaches to predicting the sea ice minimum extent.

The webinar is open to all interested participants, including sea ice

researchers, students, decision-makers, and others.

The webinar is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. AKDT 

(12:00-1:00 p.m. PDT, 1:00-2:00 p.m. MDT, 2:00-3:00 p.m. CDT, 

and 3:00-4:00 p.m.EDT) on Thursday, 9 October 2014. More details, 

including registration instructions, will be announced closer to the event. 

The webinar will be archived and available online after the event.

For further information about the Sea Ice Outlook or Sea Ice Prediction

Network, please go to: http://www.arcus.org/sipn.

For questions, please contact Betsy Turner-Bogren at ARCUS

(betsy@arcus.org).

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Arctic Observing Assessment

Your input is needed to help identify Societally Significant Information and Products (SSIPs) to assess the capacity of observational networks in the Arctic. 
 
The Arctic Observing Assessment (AOA) is being conducted to support the U.S. Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC)  and the international Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON) objectives for observing coordination and data interoperability.  Details about the assessment, its relationship to IARPC and SAON, including FAQ’s, are available on the ArcticHub (http://www.arctichub.net) under the Arctic Observing Assessment header. In this first step of the assessment, we are building a list of Arctic societal priorities that will help scope the effort. 
 
There are two methods for submitting Arctic societal priorities to this effort – via an anonymous online web form (http://bit.ly/ssip2014) or via e-mail toaon_ssip@arcus.org.  Online and e-mail submissions will be compiled into one list.  Additional priorities will be sourced from available Arctic vision, strategy, and priority documents and reports.
Examples of Arctic priorities that have been drawn from documents and could scope this effort include food security, freshwater security, and coastal vulnerability.   
 
A full list will be circulated via the ArcticHub.  The deadline for input via the form and e-mail is July 11, 2014.  We encourage you to distribute and share this message widely to make this opportunity for input known to all. 
 
There will be future opportunities to provide input into next stages of this assessment.  Please visit the ArcticHub (http://www.arctichub.net) for updates.

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Belmont Forum webinar

The Belmont Forum is hosting a second researcher matching webinar on Tuesday, June 3rd, from 12pm-1:30pm Eastern Time that focuses on the breadth of end users and best practices for engagement of end users in the development and implementation of research projects.  The webinar features a panel of experts representing a variety of end user perspectives and organizations.  Webex details, including a link to international dialing options, are below.  Slides will be shown via Webex and discussion will be handled via the international phone lines provided.  
 
End users provide a required expertise on Belmont Forum proposals.  The term "end user" encompasses a variety of organizations in citizen, indigenous, policy, government, academic, industry, advocacy, and managerial domains.  The panel represents a cross-cut of end users and representative organizations active in Arctic natural and social science research.  
 
A moderated panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A session.  Panelists for the June 3rd event include:
 
Christina Anderson, Willow Environmental LLC
Jim Gamble, Aleut International Association
Eva Kruemmel, Inuit Circumpolar Council
Gordon McBean, Centre for Environment and Sustainability, Western University / President-elect International Council for Science
Zach Stevenson, Northwest Arctic Borough
Aki Tonami, Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, University of Copenhagen  
 
The webinar will be recorded and made available on the ArcticHub (http://www.arctichub.net) after the event under the Long-Term Observing Management Discussion Group.  
 
Join the ArcticHub today and utilize the “help wanted ads” functionality to connect with other researchers and end users to submit a proposal to the Belmont Forum.  This researcher matching capability allows you to post messages looking for collaborators or offering your expertise to a proposing team.  Additional researcher matching to can be sought through the Belmont Forum website: https://www.igfagcr.org/user/register.
 
1. Go to https://nsf.webex.com/nsf/j.php?MTID=m56d7d10f5c7fd33bde94a3e9c9795568
2. If requested, enter your name and email address. 
3. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: arctic 
4. Click "Join". 
 
 

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2012 Arctic Report Cards describe dramatic changes in the Arctic

The Arctic Report Cards produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are a source of reliable and brief information on the current state of the Arctic environment. The Arctic Council working groups CAFF and AMAP supported work on the 2012 Report Cards, which detail dramatic changes in the Arctic with record losses of sea ice and late spring snow. The Arctic Council, through the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) and the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna’s (CAFF) Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Programme (CBMP), has contributed to the Arctic Report Card, an annual report released today by NOAA that monitors the often-quickly changing conditions in the Arctic.

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Arctic Frontiers 2013 live and streaming webTV feed available


Arctic Frontiers 2013 - Geopolitics & Marine Production in a Changing Arctic can be followed through live and streaming webTV feed available at www.arcticfrontiers.com

The 7th Arctic Frontiers conference addresses the contemporary and emerging political issues for the changing Arctic. How do states in and outside the region prepare strategically for the new Arctic reality? How does the global security architecture impact on security in the Arctic? How important is Arctic oil and gas production for global demand and the energy security of various states? How will traditional businesses interact with new industry, and if and how will profits from industrial activities benefit the people living in the High North.

Change is the keyword which best describes the future of the Arctic. A warming Arctic with less ice creates economic opportunities but it also presents new challenges for Arctic stakeholders. Join us at this year's Arctic Frontiers Conference to engage with the experts and be ready to meet the challenges that lie ahead for the Arctic.
Got to: www.arcticfrontiers.com for more information.

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December 2012 Issue of the Journal ARCTIC Available

The Arctic Institute of North America (AINA) announces publication of the December 2012 issue of the journal ARCTIC, Volume 65, Number 4. A non-profit membership organization and multidisciplinary research institute of the University of Calgary, AINA's mandate is to advance the
study of the North American and circumpolar Arctic through the natural and social sciences, as well as the arts and humanities, and to acquire, preserve, and disseminate information on physical, environmental, and social conditions in the North. Created as a binational corporation in
1945, the Institute's United States Corporation is housed at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

For information on becoming an AINA member and receiving the journal, please visit the Institute's website at: http://www.arctic.ucalgary.ca/. Members have the options of receiving ARCTIC in print, online, or both in print and online.

The following papers appear in the December 2012 issue of ARCTIC:

- Shifts in Plankton, Nutrient and Light Relationships in Small Tundra
Lakes Caused by Localized Permafrost Thaw
By: Megan S. Thompson, Frederick J. Wrona, and Terry D. Prowse

- Ringed Seals and Sea Ice in Canada's Western Arctic: Harvest-Based
Monitoring 1992-2011
By: Lois A. Harwood, Thomas G. Smith, Humfrey Melling, John Alikamik,
and Michael C.S. Kingsley

- The Utility of Harvest Recoveries of Marked Individuals to Assess
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) Survival
By: Elizabeth Peacock, Jeff Laake, Kristin L. Laidre, Erik W. Born, and
Stephen N. Atkinson

- Serum Biochemistry and Serum Cortisol Levels of Immobilized and Hunted
Muskoxen (Ovibos moschatus) from Northern Canada
By: N. Jane Harms, Brett T. Elkin, Anne Gunn, Boyan Tracz, Jan
Adamczewski, Peter Flood, and Frederick A. Leighton

- Shorebirds Breed in Unusually High Densities in the Teshekpuk Lake
Special Area, Alaska
By: Brad A. Andres, James A. Johnson, Stephen C. Brown, and Richard B. Lanctot

- Harvest-based Monitoring in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region: Steps
for Success
By: Robert K. Bell and Lois A. Harwood

- The Naming of Kazan River, Nunavut, Canada
By: C.B. Sikstrom

- Weathering Changes: Cultivating Local and Traditional Knowledge of
Environmental Change in Tr'ondek Hwech'in Traditional Territory
By: Shirley Roburn and Tr'ondek Hwech'in Heritage Department

- Nesting Common Eider (Somateria mollissima) Population Quintuples in
Northwest Greenland
By: Kurt K. Burnham, Jeff A. Johnson, Bridger Konkel, and Jennifer L. Burnham

- Renewable Energy Policies and Programs in Nunavut: Perspectives from
the Federal and Territorial Governments
By: Nicole C. McDonald and Joshua M. Pearce

The December issue also contains an Arctic Profile of Ernest William Hawkes, written by Barnett Richling; five book reviews; a Letter to the Editor; and two obituaries, one for Geoffrey Hattersley-Smith, and the other for Richard George Bolney Brown.

The InfoNorth section of the December issue contains two essays written by the AINA 2012 scholarship winners. N. Jane Harms, the recipient of the Jennifer Robinson Memorial Scholarship, provided an update on her study of avian cholera among common eiders in the eastern Canadian
Arctic. Ann Balasubramaniam, the 2012 recipient of the Lorraine Allison Scholarship, presented her research on hydro-limnological relationships in thermokarst lakes of the Old Crow Flats, Yukon.

For information on becoming an AINA member and receiving the journal,
please visit the Institute's website at: http://www.arctic.ucalgary.ca/.

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“Ice and Snow” Journal on latest results of recent studies of the subglacial Lake Vostok in Antarctica available

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Free full access (pdf) to all papers of  the last issue of the “Ice and Snow” Journal [no 4(120), 2012] is available.

This issue is devoted specifically to the latest results of recent studies of the subglacial Lake Vostok in Antarctica.

It includes 5 papers in English and 13 papers in Russian (with English summaries and figure captions) + preface and contents.
You can download the papers from “Ice and Snow” page:
  http://ice-snow.igras.ru/index.php?r=312&id=2521 clicking on relevant links,
or more simply from this open public folder:
 https://docs.google.com/folder/d/0BySErXCOSTGDczU3MXptbmhPeFk/edit

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