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INTERACT calls for proposals
Climate Change News
Tuesday, 18 September 2012 11:52

 Permafrost research site in Ny Alesund, Svalbard (Photo: Hjalti Hreinsson - Arctic Portal) Permafrost research site in Ny Alesund, Svalbard (Photo: Hjalti Hreinsson - Arctic Portal)The INTERACT project is commencing its autumn period and is now calling for proposals for the next one.

A call for summer 2013 and winter 2013/2014 will be open until 31st of October.

The INTERACT project under EU FP7 has a Transnational Access program that offers access to 20 research stations in northernmost Europe and Russian Federation.

The sites represent a variety of glacier, mountain, tundra, boreal forest, peatland and freshwater ecosystems, providing opportunities for researchers from natural sciences to human dimension.

Transnational Access includes:
 - Free access for user groups/users to research facilities and field sites, including support for travel and logistics
 - Free access to information and data in the public domain held at the infrastructures

The call for proposals for summer 2013 and winter 2013/2014 field seasons is open on the INTERACT website until 31st October, 2012.

For additional information, visit the INTERACT website or contact WP4 coordinator Hannele Savela,  hannele.savela(at), or WP4 leader Kirsi Latola, kirsi.latola(at)

NatureGate awarded by Finnish State Award
2012 Other
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Monday, 17 September 2012 09:33

(Logo: Nature Gate)(Logo: Nature Gate)

State Award for Public Information Granted to Eija and Jouko Lehmuskallio, the Founders of NatureGate.

Eija and Jouko Lehmuskallio were awarded the State Award for Public Information 2012.


The award was handed by the Minister of Education, Mr. Jukka Gustafson to Mrs. Eija Lehmuskallio, Producer and Editor, and Mr. Jouko Leh-muskallio Chief Photographer at NatureGate Ltd, who are pioneers in digital information systems.


They have established and patented the NatureGate internet service, which is a digital identifying method for species and other nature elements.

(Photo: the Arctic Portal by Lilja Filippúsdóttir)(Photo: the Arctic Portal by Lilja Filippúsdóttir)

"Mr. and Mrs. Lehmuskallio are awarded for their innovative mind-set and the means and ways to implement new technology in this sector. They have brought the nature closer to people. The curiosity and identification of different species usually ignite the interest in nature. For this purpose, NatureGate is a great tool", said Mr Jukka Gustaf-son, Minister of Education, on the behalf of the Government of Finland.


State Award for Public Information is conferred by the Ministry of Education and Culture for non-fiction, which may be a book, radio or television programme, an article in a newspaper or a periodical, or some other informative product published during the year.


NatureGate service is based on a worldwide patented species identification tool which helps to identify plants, trees and shrubs, birds, fish and butterflies effortlessly.


Tools for several other species groups are under construction as well. It is already available in eight languages. NatureGate serves as a global gateway to nature. Educational material, including interactive games tailored for learning levels ranging from elementary school to post-secondary school will be released in the future.


Please, click here to enter the NatureGate portal. 



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Compare sea ice extent by dates
Climate Change News
Friday, 14 September 2012 12:12


Sea ice extent on the 19th of August in 1982, 1992, 2002 and 2012. The pink color shows the thickest ice, it thins out to red, yellow and finally light blue. The dark blue is the ocean. Pictures from CryoSphere Today. Sea ice extent on the 19th of August in 1982, 1992, 2002 and 2012. The pink color shows the thickest ice, it thins out to red, yellow and finally light blue. The dark blue is the ocean. Pictures from CryoSphere Today.A website by the university of Illinois, USA, allows users to compare sea ice extent between exact dates since 1979.


The user-friendly website clearly demonstrates the sea ice extent with data from the National Center for Environmental Prediction/NOAA, NSIDC, U. Bremen.


By selecting two different dates comparison can be made between pictures that show the extent.


The picture on the right actually shows four pictures, but the system compares two. The picture, expandable by clicking on it, shows the sea ice on August 19th in 1982, 1992, 2002 and 2012.


Comparing even the last 10 years shows incredible changes in the sea ice extent.


The website also demonstrates all the pictures in a video showing the extent from 1978-2006 here.


Click here to go to the system on the website Cryosphere Today.

Click here to see and test the system. 




PAGE21 meets in Akureyri
2012 Other
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Friday, 14 September 2012 09:08

(Photo: the Arctic Portal) Page21 working together with the Arctic Portal (Photo: the Arctic Portal) Page21 working together with the Arctic Portal

On Tuesday, 11th of September, managers from PAGE21 project (Changing Permafrost in the Arctic and its Global Effects in the 21st Century), arrived in Akureyri, Iceland to discuss the future project management.


For the past two days, PAGE21 has been working together with the Arctic Portal staff to develop new outreach strategy for the project and work on the permafrost database.


New Facebook and Twitter accounts have been open for PAGE21 in order to increase the public awareness about the progress of research and the project´s outcomes.


PAGE21 will aim to understand and quantify the vulnerability of permafrost environments to a changing global climate, and to investigate the feedback mechanisms associated with increasing greenhouse gas emissions from permafrost zones.


This research will make use of a unique set of Arctic permafrost investigations performed at stations that span the full range of Arctic bioclimatic zones.


The project will bring together the best European permafrost researchers and eminent scientists from Canada, Russia, the USA, and Japan.


The PAGE21 is a Large-scale integrating collaborative project under the ENV call topic "Vulnerability of Arctic permafrost to climate change and implications for global GHG emissions and future climate" (ENV.2011.1.1.3-1) coordinated by Professor Hans-Wolfgang Hubberten from AWI.


Please, join PAGE21 on Facebook and Twitter to help us with our social media strategy! 





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Canadians to cross the North Pole
Shipping News
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 13 September 2012 10:40

(Photo: Getty Images) (Photo: Getty Images)Russian – Canadian expedition will aim to cross the North Pole. The voyage will try to connect the northern Russian shore with the Canadian one.


The trip is expected to be 8.000 kilometers long. The travel is scheduled to start in February 2013. It is expected to reach Canadian shore in the end of May 2013. It will be led by the Russian captain – Vladimir Chukov.


Eight explorers will set out in two specially designed vehicles with overinflated tires that allow for travel over the snowdrifts and dangerous Arctic ice cap, where above-freezing temperatures in the summer months can cause the ice to break up.


The expedition will conduct the scientific research to include the observation of the polar bear populations at the Pole and their adaptation to changing Arctic climate. The outcome of the research will be shared with scientists world – wide.


The expedition will serve for some of the first tests of Russia's GLONASS satellite navigation technology, Moscow's bid to challenge the dominant U.S. global positioning system (GPS) as reported by Barents Observer.






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