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

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:

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Ice Drilling Support NSF proposal deadline: 15 April 2013

The Ice Drilling Design and Operations (IDDO) group at the Ice Drilling Program Office (IDPO) reminds the community that proposals for the NSF 2013 Antarctic Research call (13-527 are due 15 April 2013. Researchers requiring ice drilling or ice coring support from IDDO must contact them at least six weeks prior to the deadline, by 4 March 2013.

A Field Project Support Requirements form is available on the IDPO/IDDO website (http://www.icedrill.org/scientists/scientists.shtml), and must be completed and emailed to IDPO/IDDO (icedrill@dartmouth.edu). Upon receipt of the form, IDPO/IDDO will provide a cost estimate and a letter of support that must be included with your proposal.

For more information about requesting ice drilling support, please
visit: http://www.icedrill.org/scientists/scientists.shtml.

For information and ideas about partnering with the Ice Drilling Program Office for broader impacts, please visit: http://www.icedrill.org/scientists/outreach_support.shtml.

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Deadline: Wednesday, 9 January 2013 for Nominations Workshop Committee Opportunities to Use Remote Sensing in Understanding Permafrost and Ecosystems U.S. National Research Council

The National Research Council (NRC) announces a call for nominations, seeking members for an ad hoc committee that will organize a new NRC activity, "Opportunities to Use Remote Sensing in Understanding Permafrost and Ecosystems: A Workshop."

A committee of experts will plan the workshop to explore opportunities for using remote sensing to advance our understanding of permafrost status and trends and the impacts of permafrost change, especially on ecosystems and the carbon cycle in the high latitudes. The workshop discussions will be designed to encourage attendees to articulate gaps in current understanding and potential opportunities to harness remote sensing techniques to better understand permafrost, permafrost change, and implications for ecosystems in permafrost areas. The committee will write a report that summarizes the workshop discussions.

The committee of 8-9 members will meet numerous times by conference call to plan the workshop structure, identify appropriate speakers and attendees, and develop background materials for attendees. Committee members will lead the workshop and serve as session facilitators. The committee will remain for an extra day after the public workshop to summarize the discussions and begin preparing the workshop report.

The committee will need expertise in a range of areas: permafrost, high latitude ecosystems, remote sensing technologies (e.g., LIDAR, hyperspectral, optical, radar, InSAR, thermal infrared, airborne resistivity), climate change, hydrology, vegetation, geomorphology, and snow science. To submit a nomination, please email Rob Greenway (rgreenway@nas.edu) with the person's name, affiliation, contact information, area of expertise, and a brief statement on why the person is relevant to the study topic.

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Deadline April 15 for the International Conference “Earth Cryology: XXI century”

The Scientific Council on Earth Cryology, Russian Academy of Science and Earth Cryosphere Institute invites you to Pushchino, Russia from September 22 to 25, 2013.

The main topics of the conference will be:
  • Mountain and volcanic permafrost
  • Subsea permafrost
  • Subglacial permafrost
  • Permafrost processes
  • Permafrost modelling and mapping
  • Constructions on frozen ground
  • Permafrost microbiology and astrobiology
  • Permafrost dating and paleoreconstructions
  • Permafrost-affected soils and biosystems
  • Permafrost biogeochemistry
  • Permafrost hydrology and hydrogeology
  • Permafrost long-term monitoring
  • Constructions on frozen ground

If you are interested in being a chair of the section, or have an idea to add an extra one - they are open for disscussion.

Several roundtables will be organized: Antarctic permafrost and soils (ANPAS), TSP, CALM, Antarctic and mountain permafrost, palaeoreconstructions, PYRN.

The deadline for Registration is April 15, 2013

The congress language is English.

Detailed information on the Conference and forms for registration and abstract submission will be available at  www.cryosol.ru/publ/kalendar_konferencij/earth_cryology_xxi_century/1-1-0-5 after January 10, 2013.
For any questions e-mail- Permaconf2013@gmail.com

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Discussion on Arctic climate change at COP 18

On December 6 in Doha, as the COP 18 climate change negotiations switched gears for the finale, the Swedish Chairmanship of the Arctic Council arranged a side event on climate change in the Arctic. The event was held against the background of the rapid and ominous development lately in the Arctic, in particular the past summer's sea ice melt. The event was well attended and a strong panel including Martin Lidegaard, climate and energy minister of Denmark, Jens Fredriksen, Minister for housing, infrastructure and transport from Greenland, and Lena Ek, Swedish Minister for the Environment, contributed to a lively discussion.

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Arctic Frontiers program online now

Arctic Frontiers 2013 will be held at the University of Tromsø, Norway from Sunday 20 to Friday 25 January 2013. The theme of the conference is 'Geopolitics and Marine Production in a Changing Arctic'. The policy section will run for the first two days (Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 January 2013) followed by three days of science (Wednesday 23 January to Friday 25 January). The science section will have three parts:
  •   Geopolitics in a Changing Arctic
  •   Marine harvesting in the Arctic
  •   Arctic Marine Productivity 
The program online here: https://arcticfrontiers.conference-services.net/programme.asp?conferenceID=3325&language=en-uk

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    Sea ice loss means changes for Arctic species and communities

    The Arctic Council Working Group, the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) has released the “Life Linked to Ice: a guide to sea-ice-associated biodiversity in this time of rapid change” report, which details changes in marine species and human communities as Arctic sea ice disappears, and makes recommendations to the Arctic Council. Changes in sea ice are affecting the very building blocks of life in the Arctic Ocean.

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    Witness the Arctic Online Issue Available Winter 2013

    Articles in this issue include:

    Interagency Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH)
    - SEARCH Updates

    Arctic Social Sciences Program
    - Demographics of True and False Arctic Facts
    - Recovered Artifacts Indicate Prehistoric Trade Across Bering Strait

    National Science Foundation News
    - Impact of FY 2013 Sequestration Order on NSF Awards
    - NSF's Polar Cyberinfrastructure Program Initiative
    - Community Updates from NSF Arctic Town Hall Meetings

    Interagency News
    - Administration Releases Five-Year Arctic Research Plan
    - The Arctic Report Card: Past and Present

    U.S. Arctic Research Commission
    - Recent Presidential Appointments to USARC
    - USARC Resources and Reports

    Polar Research Board
    - Polar Research Board Releases Report on Seasonal to Decadal Predictions of Arctic Sea Ice

    International News
    - International Arctic Observing Summit to Convene Spring 2013

    A Note from the ARCUS President
    - A Brief Personal Look at the Evolution of the R/V Sikuliaq

    The next issue of Witness the Arctic will be published in spring of 2013. For further information or to submit an article idea for future issues, please contact Betsy Turner-Bogren at ARCUS (betsy@arcus.org).

    To view articles or to download a PDF file of this issue, please go to:

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