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Neryungri workshop took place last week
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 13:06

(Photo: Studiopolar) (Photo: Studiopolar) As much of future oil and gas development will happen in the Arctic, the links between the circumpolar North and the rest of our planet will further increase as well as the public impact of industrial development, not least on companies as well as states' reputations and most significantly on the populations which live in the Arctic.


It is known that economic activity and business development play a crucial role in ensuring welfare and employment in the North. Petroleum and other extractive industries can contribute to increasing capital, and employment opportunities in the Arctic; however, successful establishment of these industries requires further focus on the social, cultural, environmental and economic impacts from the local to the global level, and building competence and skill-sets needed for industry support.


North Eastern Federal University in Yakutsk, Russia, (NEFU named after M.K. Ammosov) held a PhD course within the Uarctic Thematic Network Arctic Extractive Industries last week. The workshop took place from November 9 to November 15, 2014.

Follow the events that took place at the workshop and course on PhD students live blog here.

The main activity of the Thematic Network is a Pan-Arctic Extractive Industries PhD programme in the Social Sciences related to extractive industries. The format is that a limited number of PhD students from partner universities (usually not more than 15) meet intensively for a week with world-class specialist professors to discuss extractive industries social sciences in the Arctic.


Courses usually consist of a lecture series, and discussion sessions where the PhD students works are analysed together among all course participants. The TN offers two such courses per year, organised by partner institutions within the TN (past courses see below). PhD students attending three of these courses and completing the required assignments, including the participation in three relevant conferences or forums of the students' choice, can get a certificate issued by Uarctic that certifies their expertise in Arctic Extractive Industries research and that they can use as an addendum to their PhD degree.

Opportunities available at Ulapland
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Friday, 14 November 2014 08:53

(Photo: University of Lapland) (Photo: University of Lapland) Five master's degree programs at the University of Lapland, Finland will be open for applications December 1, 2014 - January 31, 2015. The programs are Arctic Art and Design, Comparative Social Work, International and Comparative Law, Media Education, and Tourism, Culture and International Management. Studies start in Sept 2015.

Arctic Art and Design, with specialization in Applied Visual Arts or Service Design, is a new program at ULapland. The unique program focuses on the intersection of art and design using the essential qualities of both disciplines, and connects areas of applied visual arts, interaction design, service design and social design to increase wellbeing of the periphery and marginal areas.

Comparative Social Work (CSW) students acquire a better understanding of national and global social work by studying different spheres of social work and international legislation connecting social work and social policy. Through the program's comparative approach and its location in the Arctic as well as in the border area between EU and Russia, students acquire skills to work in a changing field of social work all over the world.

International and Comparative Law (MICLaw) gives students a wide perspective on Public International Law and Comparative Law. During their studies, graduates of the program will also specialize in either Arctic Law and Governance or Transcultural Business Law, being in the forefront of legal research in these fields.

Media Education aims at developing profound media literacy and competence. The three themes of the program – Media in Teaching and Learning; Empowerment, Control and Influence of Media; and Media in the Lives of Individuals and Communities – provide students with understanding and skills in different areas where media education plays a significant role.

Tourism, Culture and International Management (TourCIM) has been created to respond to the needs of cultural and tourism industries. Graduates of the program gain knowledge and education in international business and international management as well as cultural experience and heritage, tourism being seen as a modern link between them.

To learn more and to apply, visit the university website.

Better weather predictions
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 13 November 2014 12:05

(Photo: The Arctic Journal) (Photo: The Arctic Journal)When Danes check their weather reports starting next autumn, they can thank cheap, Icelandic energy, rather than the weatherman himself, that the forecasts have become more accurate.

DMI, Denmark's national weather office, is in the midst of a regular upgrade of the supercomputer it uses to generate weather forecasts, and, like an increasing number of commercial business, the agency has seen the value of placing its power-hungry equipment in the North.

The reason, DMI says, is because energy in Iceland is cheaper than in Denmark and because Iceland's generally lower temperature means the computer will require less cooling.

Typically, DMI calculates that only half of its supercomputer budget goes to acquiring a replacement. The other half, it says, is used to pay for the power needed to run it. By placing the new supercomputer, which is ten times faster than the current model, in Iceland, DMI estimates that it will be able to cut its energy bill by half, even though it will use twice as much energy.

The funds, it says, will be used to buy a faster computer.

The decision to move the physical location of the computer from Copenhagen to Reykjavik, where it will stand in the offices of the IMO, the Icleandic weather agency, changes where the Danish numbers get crunched (weather observations will still be made over Denmark), but Icelandic forecasts stand to be improved as well.

Some of the increased computing power will be used to study Greenlandic weather patterns (DMI is responsible for Greenlandic weather forecasting), which typically also influence Icelandic weather.

The new weather computer is due to come on line in a year. It is expected to remain in service for six years.

Both countries will be hoping that by that time, its replacement can improve not just the forecasting, but also the forecast as well.

Source: The Arctic Journal



The Arctic Yearbook launched
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 14:14

(Photo: the Arctic Yearbook 2014) (Photo: the Arctic Yearbook 2014) The Arctic Yearbook was launched on October 31st 2014, during the Arctic Circle conference that took place in Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland.


The full publication is available free of charge on the Arctic Yearbook website, created and hosted by the Arctic Portal.

The Arctic Yearbook is edited by Lassi Heininen (Editor) with Heather Exner-Pirot and Joël Plouffe (Managing Editors) and is an activity of the UArctic Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security and UArctic Institute Northern Research Forum.


The theme of this year's edition of the Yearbook is Human Capital in the North.

The online version of the Arctic Yearbook was fully developed and it is being hosted and supported by the Arctic Portal.

Click here to download the free copy.











PAGE21 General Assembly starts tomorrow
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 11:08

(Logo: PAGE21) (Logo: PAGE21)Tomorrow, the 12th of November 2014, the 3rd PAGE21 General Assembly will take place in Twente, The Netherlands at the conference hall of "Landgoedhotel De Wilmersberg".

During the first day, Wednesday 12 November, 16:00-19:00, a joint PAGE21 / GRENE-TEA workshop will be held. This workshop is open to all GA participants and will present selected results of projects, highlighting the complementarity nature of these two projects as well as new results, on both experimental and observation data and modeling.

Second day will focus on work packages presentations, their achievements during the past project year, milestones, deliverables, publications, other achievements.

During the 3rd PAGE21 GA, the upcoming deadlines will be discussed and their major outstanding issues.

Young scientists and their supervisors will update on the results from the field season and present the gathered data.

The conference will end on Friday, 14th of November. Click here for the updated agenda.

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