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Advances in Polar Science calls for papers on polar atmospheric aerosols
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Written by Federica   
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 10:10

Cover of the Advances in Polar ScienceCover of the Advances in Polar ScienceAdvances in Polar Science together with the Arctic Portal invites you to submit manuscripts to a special issue on"Current Research on Atmospheric Aerosols and Trace Gases over the Polar Regions(AATGPR)", to be published by the end of 2015.
APS is an international, peer-reviewed journal jointly sponsored by the Polar Research Institute of China (PRIC) and the Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration.
It is a quarterly journal published in March, June, September and December by Science Press of China and circulated internationally(ISSN 1674-9928, CN 31-2050/P).
Article publishing in APS is free of charge thanks to generous funding from PRIC.
For more details, please visit the websites http://mc03.manuscriptcentral.com/apsci or http://journal.polar.org.cn/EN/volumn/current.shtml.
We would like to thank you in advance for your consideration to submit manuscripts to this special issues, and we encourage you to share this announcement broadly with interested colleagues. Any queries should be addressed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
Two applications for exclusive licences for exploration for and exploitation of hydrocarbons in Jameson Land
Energy News
Written by Federica   
Monday, 19 January 2015 08:42

Main Oil and Gas Areas, Mining Sites and Sea-Ice Extent in the Arctic (source: Arctic Portal for arcticinfo.eu. Map based on Nordregio; Johanna Roto and José Sterling, 2011, www.nordregio.se/Maps--Graphs/05-Environment-and-energy) Main Oil and Gas Areas, Mining Sites and Sea-Ice Extent in the Arctic (source: Arctic Portal for arcticinfo.eu. Map based on Nordregio; Johanna Roto and José Sterling, 2011, www.nordregio.se/Maps--Graphs/05-Environment-and-energy)Few days ago, the government of Greenland has relesed the following piece of news regarding  exclusive licences for exploration for and exploitation of hydrocarbons  to be awarded in Jameson Land, East Greenland:

 

 

In the fall of 2014 the Government of Greenland invited prospective applicants to submit applications for exclusive licences for exploration for and exploitation of hydrocarbons in Jameson Land in East Greenland. In the period from 1 September until 28 November 2014 the Mineral Resource Authority (MRA) has received applications from two different companies. Both companies have submitted applications for licences for two of the three available areas. These two applications are therefore in direct competition for a possible licence.

The MRA is now in the process of evaluating the applications. The applications will be evaluated based on a range of criteria such as the applicants' previous experience in exploration for and exploitation of hydrocarbons, the applicants' experience in working in areas with similar conditions, financial capability and the manner in which the applicants intends to carry out activities. The applicants' competences and experiences in relation to health, safety and environment will also be considered.

It is still possible for other companies to submit applications relating to the three areas in Jameson Land. If the Government of Greenland decides not to award licences to any of the two companies who have at present submitted applications, new applications will be considered. New applications will be processed and evaluated in the order in which they are received by the MRA.

Further information and application materials can be found on www.govmin.gl.

For further information please contact:

Minister for Mineral Resources, Andreas Uldum: Phone: +299 345212

Acting Deputy Minister, Jørgen T. Hammeken-Holm: Phone: +299 346846

 

Source: Government of Greenland

 

 
Apply for funding: Nordic Centres of Excellence in Arctic Research
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Written by Federica   
Friday, 16 January 2015 08:47

 

Arctic landscape (source: Getty Image) Arctic landscape (source: Getty Image) Here we report the call released by Norden to apply for funding for a " Nordic Centre of excellence". 

 

Given the global importance of the Arctic region, and the transnational implications of environmental change in the region, NordForsk is now initiating a larger-scale, joint Nordic Initiative on Arctic Research by establishing Nordic Centres of Excellence (NCoE).
The call is open to international consortia of researchers and research groups from various sectors, including institutions of higher education, e.g., universities and other research institutions, and other organisations with a strong research focus. Participation in the previous NordForsk call for applications for planning grants (with deadline 5 June 2014) is not mandatory to apply to this NCoE call.

The programme will invite cross-disciplinary, high quality and innovative NCoE proposals on topics relevant to a responsible development of the Arctic region. The thematic framework for the programme is:

Drivers of change in the Arctic region - interactions and impacts
Arctic resource development in a global context
Waters, ecologies and life environments
NCoE status and funding will be granted for a period of five years. Three to four NCoEs will be funded.

Proposals should be submitted electronically no later than 4 March 2015 at 14.00 CET.

For more information and to apply please click here

 

Facts about the call
Budget
NOK 30 000 000
Application deadline
04.03.2015 - 14:00 CET
Programmes
Responsible Development of the Arctic: Opportunities and Challenges - Pathways to Action
Topics
Humanities and social sciences
Health, welfare and medicine
Natural sciences, mathematics, technology
Large-scale initiatives
Funding scheme
Nordic Centre of Excellence

 
Low oil prices: which consequences for the Arctic?
Energy News
Written by Federica   
Thursday, 15 January 2015 09:24

Pipelines in the Arctic (source: Getty Images)Pipelines in the Arctic (source: Getty Images)Oil prices have drop down a 25% worldwide since June 2014. From roughtly $100 a barrel in June 2014, today's price according to Nasdaq is about $ 47,37 a barrel (data from Nasdaq), and, experts say, prices are staying low for now. The U.S. Energy Information Administration has therefore forecasted an an average price of $58 a barrel for 2015, while the investment banking firm Goldman Sachs has reduce it to $40 a barrel. The key point of this situation is oil production costs. In fact, whether oil production in the Middle East is very cheap, at an exstimated cost of less than $30 a barrel on average (which makes it profitable to sell even at this low price) the situation is completely different in the other region. For instance, in the US, it costs an average of $62 a barrel. 

In the Arctic, where oil production is the most expensive in the world, producing a barrel costs $78 on average. As the prices on crude oil are now, experts foresee a sensitive slowdown on Arctic exploration and exploitation of oil resources, with consequences for its inhabitants. For example, in Alsaka, after years of high oil prices and surplus dollars, as reported by the" Eye on The Arctic", "it is suddenly expected to be $7 billion in the red this year and next.  But that shortfall could be even worse if the price keeps falling. Most of the state's unrestricted funds come from oil revenue. State officials expect oil prices over the next 18 months or so to also average in the mid-$60 and mid-$70 range". In Russia, former prime minister and current foreign minister Yevgeny Primakov stated that, given the market situation, there is no rush to exploit Arctic offshore oil, as Russia has cheaper options to produce oil ( as for instance in Siberia). Again, as reported by "Eye on the Arctic": "Most [other] fields are already secured an acceptable return at a price of $60 dollars, and LUKOIL has said that production in Western Siberia is profitable even at $25,"he said according to RIA Novosti. However, when it comes to more 'problematic' oil, the situation is different, Primakov says: "Arctic offshore oil production is only profitable at an oil price of 100-120 dollars per barrel. Is it really worth boosting oil production on the shelf under conditions such as now?" "Despite the importance of the region to Russia, why should we not take a pause in development of Arctic oil and gas fields? Several of our competitors have already done it:USA drilled its last well on the Arctic shelf in 2003, Canada in 2005."

The current situation, however, has not stopped oil production and exploration, not even in the Arctic. "And that's the reason why companies are making these investments, because they're long-term investments in projects that are expected to provide very large quantities of oil and natural gas for the U.S. economy and for the global economy," says Erik Milito, director of Upstream and Industry Operations for the American Petroleum Institute. 

 

Sources: Eye on the Arctic, NPR and Nasdaq

 
Arctic Summit 2015 Still icy: Has investing in the Arctic been oversold?
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Written by Federica   
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 09:29

Arctic landscape (source: Getty Images) Arctic landscape (source: Getty Images) This year Economist Events' Arctic Summit will be held in Oslo on March 12. The summit will address whether commercial interest in the Arctic is a bubble about to burst. 

 

"The ice might be melting but megaprojects planned in the Arctic are coming to a grinding halt due to dropping oil prices, rising tensions with Russia and America's new production capabilities. The icy 'last frontier' is expensive and hazardous for all industries and stakeholders are now weighing the return on their current and future investments. In addition indigenous groups and NGOs remain sceptical about the impact commercial activity will have on climate change, biodiversity and local communities.
In 2015, the Economist Events' Arctic Summit asks whether commercial interest in the Arctic is a bubble about to burst. Join senior level politicians, government bodies, NGOs, indigenous groups, intergovernmental organisations, and corporations from across the insurance, infrastructure, oil gas and mining, logistics, shipping, tourism and risk management industries for the Arctic Summit in Oslo to unpick the complexities of doing business in the High North."


Discounts on registration are available for NGOs, government, academics, charities and students. Please contact our Customer Service team on +44 (0) 207 576 8118 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

More info here. 

 
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