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PAGE21 field season continues
Climate Change News
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 23 July 2013 09:56

(Photo: S. Weege) The coring team working to get the core barrel out of the ground which got stuck. Buzzing around are hundreds of mosquitoes from Herschel Island (Photo: S. Weege) The coring team working to get the core barrel out of the ground which got stuck. Buzzing around are hundreds of mosquitoes from Herschel Island PAGE21 young researchers have continued their season of permafrost investigation in remote areas, located in the northern hemisphere.


Teams of scientists took off to Kytalyk and Herschel Island in the end of June. Researchers will come back to their home institutions at the beginning of September.


While collecting data on permafrost temperature, CO2 and CH4 fluxes, delegates from all the research stations, explain the particularity of the research done at each site. What is more they describe adventures, dangers and exciting daily life in remote tundra locations.


PAGE21 Blogs are available for the public and can be accessed here.


PAGE21 project aims 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.




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Internet for the Arctic might be available
Other News
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Monday, 22 July 2013 10:11

(Photo: Getty Images) Uummannaq-village in Greenland (Photo: Getty Images) Uummannaq-village in GreenlandNorwegian Space Center stated last week that there might be a possibility to provide the high speed internet to the one of last places on Earth where it is still not available: the Arctic.


Norwegian Space Center has teamed up with Telenor Satellite Broadcasting to assess the feasibility of a new satellite system covering northern areas outside the reach of current geostationary communications satellites.


The appointed team was measuring the feasibility and cost of establishing broadband internet cover in the Arctic.


The research shows that the cost of the activity might reach 4 billion NOK.


The Arctic is one of the last places on Earth remaining without the high – speed internet. The reason for that is the location of satellites. Because they are set up close to equator, the signal does not have a chance to reach further than 70°N.


Although the demand is not big it will grow, together with melting ice and growing potential for commerce and scientific research.





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Elections for APECS Executive Committee
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Friday, 19 July 2013 10:54

(Logo: APECS) (Logo: APECS)Association of Early Career Scientists (APECS) encourages their members to apply for next elections to APECS Executive Committee that will be held in September 2013.


APECS is now an internationally respected association and is recognized as one of the major legacies of the 4th International Polar Year.


APECS members, particularly those of our past APECS Executive Committees and Councils have largely contributed to this through their excellent and hard work. To maintain this high level of success, and bring new vision and ideas to APECS, it is truly important for potential participants to be active in this election.


To read more about the function of APECS Executive Committee, please access the organization´s website.


Application deadline is 8th of September. All applications should be sent directly to Allan Pope This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


For more information on how to apply, please visit APECS website.





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Iceland struggles for mackerel quota
Politics News
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 18 July 2013 10:15

(Photo: Government of Iceland) Icelandic Prime Minister, Sigmundur Davið Gunnlaugsson. (Photo: Government of Iceland) Icelandic Prime Minister, Sigmundur Davið Gunnlaugsson.

Icelandic Prime Minister (PM), Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, announced that European Union (EU) will not impose sanctions on Icelandic state for mackerel over - fishing.


Icelandic PM returned from Brussels on Wednesday and stated optimistically, that Iceland was prepared to negotiate over mackerel quotas.


Signundur D. Gunnlaugsson has clearly stated that Iceland had practiced sustainable fishing in recent years and the measurable amount of mackerel in the Atlantic waters was ample evidence of this statement.


Iceland and the Faroe Islands have increased their total mackerel catches in the past seven years. The share of mackerel they jointly took out of the northeast area of the Atlantic Ocean was five per cent in 2006.


Iceland claims the right to higher mackerel quota as due to the warming Arctic, fish populations is now to be found in their territorial waters in bigger quantities.


The president of European Commission (EC), José Manuel Barroso, gave a speech that indicated that other solutions rather than financial sanctions will be proposed to Icelandic state.


Barroso explained that EU was frightened of mackerel stock being at risk of over - fishing. Maria Damanaki, EU commissioner for fisheries, stated at the beginning of this week, that allowing Iceland to impose their own quotas could seriously deplete mackerel stocks in the East Atlantic region.




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Greenland´s ice cap melt rapid spread
Climate Change News
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 10:51

(Photo:  National Snow and Ice Data Center/Thomas Mote, University of Georgia) Cumulative surface melt days for mid-May to mid-June in Greenland. (Photo: National Snow and Ice Data Center/Thomas Mote, University of Georgia) Cumulative surface melt days for mid-May to mid-June in Greenland.Summer melt on Greenland ice sheet had slightly late start this summer but the surface has been now melting very quickly.


In the last three months the melt has been spreading rapidly over the significant area, extending over more than 20% of the ice sheet in early June and reaching above 2000 meters elevation in some areas.


The satellite used for the research reported small lakes that started to form on the ice sheet.


After the annual re-calibration of the melt algorithm in mid March, very little melt was detected until May.


A few southern coastal areas began melting in mid-May, followed by inland higher-elevation ice and all remaining coastal areas about June 3, when warmer conditions arrived.


Surface melting reached the "Saddle" region of the ice sheet on June 11 and 13. Only the central eastern coast remains relatively melt free.


Cool conditions in April and May shifted to warmer-than-average weather along both coasts in early June, which initiated more widespread melt on the ice sheet.

The sea ice on both sides of Greenland remained at near-normal extent through the period.


More information about this year´s melt of Greenlandic ice sheet is available at National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Georgia.






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