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IASC Fellowships 2022 for Early Career Scientists

The International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), the Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) of the Arctic Council, the International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA), the Sustaining Arctic Observing Network (SAON) in cooperation with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) are excited to announce several fellowships this year: IASC Fellowship Program 2022SDWG-IASSA-IASC Fellowship SAON-IASC Fellowship

Please note that you can apply for all three fellowships but can only be accepted to one of them.

The IASC Fellowship Program is meant to engage early career scientists in the work of the IASC Working Groups (WGs): Atmosphere, Cryosphere, Marine, Social & Human, and Terrestrial. This year, we will offer 6 IASC Fellowships in total:

  • one Fellow will be chosen per IASC WG
  • one IASC Indigenous Fellow: Based on recent recommendations from the IASC Action Group on Indigenous Engagement, IASC has expanded its Fellowship Program to include space specifically for Arctic early career Indigenous scholars. The IASC Indigenous Fellow can choose which IASC WG to get engaged in.

The inaugural SDWG-IASSA-IASC Fellowship is meant to encourage an early career scholar to participate in and contribute to the work of the Sustainable Development Working Group of the Arctic Council. The Fellowship will enable the recipient to get involved in the process of making research relevant for policy and contribute to policy recommendations.

The inaugural SAON-IASC Fellowship will help an early career researcher to get more involved in SAON. SAON holds a unique position in the facilitation of and planning for sustained Arctic observational networks in support of societal benefit and has initiated the Roadmap for Arctic Observing and Data Systems (ROADS) as a planning framework to support its national and organizational partners. The Fellow would engage in the evolving governance of the ROADS Advisory Panel or support alignment and integration across pilot efforts that are beginning to form thematic Expert Panels under ROADS.

The deadline for applications for all fellowships is 16 November 2021. Find out more about the Fellowships and how to apply for them on the APECS website.

An information webinar about the fellowships for those interested in applying will be organized by IASC at the end of October. The exact date and time will be announced in the coming weeks.


Postdoc position at AWI

The section Atmospheric Physics at the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) in Potsdam, Germany, invites applications for a PostDoc position available within the recently EU funded H2020 project “Polar Regions in the Earth System (PolarRES)”. PolarRES is an exciting new project involving 21 research institutions from 15 different countries. International collaboration with the PolarRES partners concerning model analysis and dissemination is an integral part of this position.

Specifically, the 3-year PostDoc project at AWI is about: Storyline-based future projections of Arctic climate change at high resolution

The key tool for this work will be simulations with the atmospheric model ICON (ICOsahedral Nonhydrostatic) (https://www.dwd.de/EN/research/weatherforecasting/num_modelling/01_num_weather_prediction_modells/icon_description.html) applied as limited area model over the Arctic. The project will start with adapting the model for long-term simulations, followed by simulations of the contemporary climate. Those will be evaluated with, for example, observations from the recent Arctic MOSAiC expedition
(https://mosaic-expedition.org/). Finally, storyline-based high-resolution projections for the Arctic are simulated from present-day to 2100. The ICON results will be exploited in the context of the multi-model ensemble of regionally downscaled simulations, which include ~7 models and various realizations. The detailed analysis includes particularly Arctic amplification processes.

Overall, the objectives of the work include: (i) set up storyline-based ICON simulations over an Arctic-focused domain, driven by global climate model output, (ii) perform simulations of at least two storylines from present-day to 2100, (iii) analyze the multi-model ensemble projections with a focus on atmospheric processes contributing to Arctic Amplification.


We are looking for a motivated, curiosity-driven person, with the ability to work both independently and within a wider research team. The position requires a PhD degree in meteorology, physics, or related fields. Experience in regional climate modelling or earth-system modelling, and good knowledge in atmospheric physics and dynamics is required. Experience in the set-up and performance of regional or global climate model simulations and affinity with numerical model development is expected. Knowledge of polar atmospheric processes is of advantage.

Strong skills in statistical data analysis and scientific programming (R, Python, Fortran, C, Matlab, or similar) are required. Excellent level of written and spoken English, and good reporting and presentation skills are expected to disseminate results on international conferences and in leading scientific journals.

Further Information: please contact Dr. Annette Rinke ().

The position is limited to 3 years. The salary will be paid in accordance with the German Tarifvertrag des öffentlichen Dienstes (TVöD Bund) with salary level 13. The place of employment will be Potsdam, Germany. The targeted starting date is the 1st January 2022.

Please forward your application by 15th October, 2021 exclusively online via https://www.awi.de/en/work-study/jobs/job-offer.html.

Reference number: 21/163/D/Kli-bT


Year of Polar Prediction Final Summit


Save the dates: 01–04 May 2022, Montreal (QC), Canada

Exactly one year from now, the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) Final Summit will take place in Montreal (QC), Canada, 1-4 May 2022. The conference will bring together the polar prediction community, from operational centres and academia, to environment services and polar prediction users and northern communities, to showcase the successes of YOPP and contribute to the legacy of the Polar Prediction Project.

Topics to be discussed during the meeting will be on the representation of polar processes in numerical models, especially coupling of the atmosphere, ocean & sea ice; ocean and sea-ice modelling and services; the MOSAiC expedition and polar observation campaigns; supersite multi-variate observations and process studies (YOPPsiteMIP); Observing System Experiments and reanalyses in polar regions; teleconnections linking polar weather to mid-latitudes predictability; science to services: tailoring polar forecasting products and services to meet user needs; societal and economic implications of accessible, relevant, and useable forecasts. Participation of early career scientists is warmly encouraged, to shape the future of polar science.

Amongst others, science plenary speaker will include:

  • Petteri Taalas (WMO), Secretary General of WMO
  • Thomas Jung (AWI), Chair of PPP steering group
  • Gilbert Brunet (BoM), Previous WWRP-SSC chair and Chief Scientist Australia
  • Peter Bauer (ECMWF, Deputy Director Research Department
  • Gunilla Svensson (Stockholm University), PPP steering group and co-chair of YOPPSiteMIP
  • Gregory Smith (ECCC), Former PPP steering group member
  • Matthew Shupe (CIRES-NOAA), Co-Coordinator of MOSAiC
  • Jackie Dawson (University of Ottawa), Canada Research Chair
  • Karin Strand (Hurtigruten) Vice President Expedition, Norway

Further information will be available in June when registration and abstract submission opens.

Download the flyer here.

Call for Session Proposals 17th AMS conference on Polar Meteorology and Oceanography

Call for Session Proposals
17th AMS Conference on Polar Meteorology and Oceanography

American Meteorological Society
8-12 August 2022
Madison, Wisconsin

Proposal submission deadline:15 October 2021, 11:59 Eastern Daylight Time

For more information, go to:
Call for Proposals

Organizers invite session topic proposals for the 17th American Meteorological Society (AMS) Conference on Polar Meteorology and Oceanography. This conference will convene 8-12 August 2022 in Madison, Wisconsin, and will be part of the AMS Collective Madison Meetings.

The Collective Madison Meeting is made up of the following Conferences; the 25th Conference on Satellite Meteorology, Oceanography, and Climatology, the 17th Conference on Polar Meteorology and Oceanography, and the 16th Conference on Cloud Physics/16th Conference on Atmospheric Radiation.

Proposal submission deadline:15 October 2021, 11:59 Eastern Daylight Time

For more information, go to:
Call for Proposals

For questions, contact:
Alice DuVivier

Annual Polar CORDEX meeting 2021

The annual Polar CORDEX (COordinated Regional Climate Downscaling EXperiment) meeting will be held online from Tuesday 12 October to Thursday 14 October at 15:00-17:00/ 3-5 pm UTC.

There will be 3 sessions, as follows:

Tues 12: Arctic CORDEX
Wed 13: Antarctic CORDEX
Thur 14: Plans for 2022: plenum discussion

Registration is now closed

If you have any questions about the meeting, contact Andrew Orr (anmcr at bas dot ac dot uk).

Open Call for Nominations to the CliC Steering Scientific Group

The Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) Project of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) is launching an open call for nominations to its Scientific Steering Group (SSG) for the period 2022-2025.

The SSG is the governing body of CliC and has the overall responsibility for planning, and implementing the CliC strategy plan and monitoring its activities. The SSG helps shape the international research agenda and functions as an integrator of activities to avoid duplication of efforts. CliC´s vision for the coming decade is to " facilitate collaborative, international research, and its communication, targeting the global and regional cryosphere (bridging across climate, ecosystems, human society) and their change, from local to regional to global scales, to address societal needs”. 

SSG membership is initially for four years with possibility for two extensions of two years each. The CliC SSG meets once a year.

 SSG Terms of Reference:

  • Provide scientific guidance and oversight to CliC community and its activities
  • Oversee specific CliC existing activities and launch new ones
  • Liaise with other activities within WCRP and with the international cryospheric research community at large, partners, agencies and organisations. 
  • Engage with Early Career Researchers (ECR) networks (e.g., APECS, YESS, etc)
  • Represent the CliC community in academic meetings and events

We seek nominations and self-nominations from scientists active in cryosphere-related research, both in the natural and social sciences, including those studying the interaction of e.g., ecosystems, fisheries and communities with the one or more cryosphere components. Candidates from South America, Africa and Asia are particularly encouraged to apply.  

To apply, please fill in the application form. Deadline 31st October 2021

 For inquiries about the position please contact CliC co-chairs Fiammetta Straneo or James Renwick

For questions about the application form, please contact

Announcement: Postdoctoral position at NERSC

The Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NERSC) in Bergen, Norway,  invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher in the areas of sea ice, data assimilation, and machine learning. This three-year position will be located in Bergen, Norway.

The successful candidate will be part of an international research team with expertise in data assimilation, machine learning techniques, remote sensing, and in situ sea ice observations. The postdoctoral researcher will use the TOPAZ modeling and data assimilation system for the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans.

Responsibilities include:

  • Identify predictors of sea ice thickness distribution from existing data;
  • Design, train, and validate an emulator of sea ice thickness;
  • Modify an Ensemble Kalman Filter using machine learning to update the ice thickness distribution; and
  • Publication of results.

Qualifications include:

  • PhD in applied mathematics, computer science, climate change, or related field;
  • Strong background in applied mathematics;
  • Experience in either machine learning or data assimilation; and
  • Experience in parallel programming with complex codes would be beneficial.

Applications must include a curriculum vitae, with contact information, and contact information for two references.

Application deadline: 15 December 2021

For more information and to apply, go to:
Position description

For questions, contact:
Laurent Bertino
Email: laurent.bertino@nersc.no
Phone: +47 93 45 62 15


IAMAS Early Career Webinar Series

The IAMAS (International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences) early career scientist commitee has recently launched a webinar series. The webinar will be held monthly, and alternate among the 10 IAMAS committees.

The first webinar will be held on June 22nd, 2021. The IAMAS president Prof. Joyce Penner will be delivering an introductory talk about the IAMAS organization, followed by the first invited speaker, Dr. Jiale Lou (University of Colorado), who will talk about South Pacific Climate Dynamics and Predictability. Registration and zoom link can be found here.

Upcoming sea ice prediction webinar

The Sea Ice Prediction Network-Phase 2 (SIPN2) will host a webinar on Prospects for Improved Regional Prediction of Arctic Sea Ice on 13 July, 2021

The webinar will provide an overview of a newly developed dynamical and seasonal prediction system and its performance in predicting Arctic sea ice conditions. Details about the presenters can be seen here.

The one-hour webinar will be held on 13 July at: 9am (AKDT), 10am (PDT), 11am (MDT), 12pm (CDT), 1pm (EDT), and 7pm (CEDT).

Registration is required: https://www.arcus.org/sipn/meetings/webinars/register