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Job Opportunity: Research associate in the PERMOS Office (50%)
Climate Change News
Written by Federica   
Monday, 01 June 2015 09:11

permos logoPermos Logo (photo: 50% position for a research associate at postdoctoral level is available in the coordination office of the Swiss Permafrost Monitoring Network PERMOS at the Department of Geosciences, University of Fribourg, Switzerland.
The Swiss Permafrost Monitoring Network (PERMOS) is tasked for the systematic long-term documentation of state and changes of mountain permafrost in the Swiss Alps. PERMOS is operational since 2000 and the network is carried by the six partner institutions ETH Zurich, SLF Davos, Universities of Fribourg, Lausanne, Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) and Zurich. It receives substantial financial support from MeteoSwiss, the Federal Office for the Environment and the Swiss Academy of Sciences. The successful candidate will be involved in administrative and scientific tasks of the PERMOS Office, which include e.g.:
• Administration and general organisation of the network
• Coordination and overview of the monitoring activities and measurement program with all PERMOS
partners including the implementation and evaluation of monitoring sites, strategies and standards
• Data management and processing within the PERMOS Data Base, including quality control,
documentation, and publication. The successful candidate should work to develop strategies to process,
quality check, homogenize and archive permafrost monitoring data, particularly 2- or 3-dimensional
data from kinematics and/or geophysics.
• Writing and editing of reports, maintenance of the website
• National and international coordination of permafrost monitoring activities
PhD in geosciences, meteorology/climate sciences or related field with excellent skills in cryospheric sciences and a documented scientific background in mountain permafrost research • significant experience in the processing and homogenization of field data, experience with geophysical and/or kinematic data is highly desired • scientific computing skills, including programming, database and website maintenance (mainly R, MySQL, ev. Matlab, HTML/CSS) • excellent coordination, communication and writing skills (in English, preferably German and French) • interest in long-term monitoring strategies • motivation to work within a multidisciplinary team with a high degree of collaboration
Place of work
Department of Geosciences, University of Fribourg, Fribourg
Work and contract duration
50% Postdoctoral position to start immediately or as per agreement. The contract will be until end of 2018 (with one year trial period), an extension is planned. Employment and payment will follow the standards of the University of Fribourg.


Prof. Reynald Delaloye, Department of Geosciences, University of Fribourg, +41 26 300 9021 ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Dr. Jeannette Nötzli, PERMOS Office, University of Zurich, +41 44 635 5224 ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).


Please send your application (one PDF file including letter of interest, CV, publication list, copies of academic certificates, references, etc.) to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Secretariat of the Department of Geosciences, University of Fribourg, Chemin du Musée 4, CH–1700 Fribourg, Switzerland.


Review of applications will begin 30 June 2015 and are accepted until the position is filled.



"Permafrost in XXI century: basic and applied researches" September 27-October 01, 2015, Pushchino, Russia
Other News
Written by Federica   
Friday, 29 May 2015 09:24

Pemafrost conferenceLogo of the Conference (photo: Institute of Physicoсhemical and Biological Problems in Soil Science, Scientific Council on Earth Cryology and Institute of Earth Cryosphere of Russian Academy of Sciences would like to invite you to take part in the International conference "Permafrost in XXI century: basic and applied researches". The conference will be held from September 27 to October 01, 2015, in Pushchino, Russia. Registration fee is 3500 Russian rubles, the banquet ticket is about 2500 Russian rubles. Students and Ph.D. students are welcome to participate without registration fee. Working languages are Russian and English. Foreign participants will be provided with a simultaneous English translation. Deadline for registration and abstracts is June,1, 2015.

The main topics of the conference will be:

  • General, regional and historical geocryology
  • Permafrost response to climat change
  • Physico-chemical aproach in permafrost studies
  • Permafrost engineering and hazards
  • Permafrost soils
  • Permafrost hydrology and hydrogeology
  • Microbiology, biotechnology and astrobiology aspects of permafrost research
  • Geophysical and remote sensing data in permafrost investigations
  • Education of the new generation of permafrost researchers
  • Several roundtables will be organized: TSP, CALM, Antarctic permafrost and soils (AntPaS). The special PYRN event will celebrate 10-th Anniversary of this young permafrost researchers network. Additional ones can be organized on request. We invite researchers of wide range of studies of the cryosphere in the Arctic, Antarctic and mountain areas of the Earth.

Abstract Requirements
Abstract must be sent as Word (any version) document to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The abstract is should be in English and around 4000 characters (including spaces). Use the this file as a sample. In addition, your letter should include:

1. type of your report (poster or oral)

2. topic name (names of sections will be known later)

Deadline for registration and abstracts – June,1, 2015.

Once we received your abstract, we will send a confirmation letter to you. If you don't receive the letter within 24 hours, please contact us using This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

A maximum of 15 minutes will be allowed for the oral presentation. Your presentation should be made using PowerPoint 2007 (or earlier version). Maximum size allowed for posters is A0 (portrait) size. 

Letter of Invitation
Upon request, we will be pleased to send a letter of invitation in order to enable participants to apply visas for attending the Symposium. This letter cannot be considered as an offer of financial support by the organizers. The invitation will be issued for period from September 20 (entry data) to October 10 (departure date). Please, remember about it when you will plan your visit in Russia. However, if you need to stay longer, please specify the exact dates of your arrival and departure, and the cities that you plan to visit.



Chairman: Vladimir Melnikov (Academician of RAS)
Co-Chairman: Valery Kudeyarov (Corresponding Member of RAS, Prof., Director of IPCBPSS RAS)
Chair of the Scientific Committee: Elizaveta Rivkina (Head of Soil Cryology Laboratory IPCBPSS RAS)
Chair of the local Organizing Committee: Andrey Abramov (Soil Cryology Laboratory IPCBPSS RAS)
Secretary of the local Organizing Committee: Svetlana Chudinova (Soil Cryology Laboratory IPCBPSS RAS)


More info and registration, please clik here.

New Director Appointed for the Arctic Observing Network Program
Other News
Written by Federica   
Thursday, 28 May 2015 09:39

Lighthouse in Norway (Photo:Karin Beate Nøsterud, NN – in Norway (Photo:Karin Beate Nøsterud, NN – RELEASE BY NSF 

The Arctic Section in the Division of Polar Programs, Geosciences Directorate of the National Science Foundation (NSF) announces staffing changes for the Arctic Observing Network program. Dr. Erica Key completed her three-year appointment as the AON Program Director on April 28, 2015. We thank her for her service. Dr. William Ambrose will begin service as new Program Director of the Arctic Observing Network program in the Arctic Sciences (ARC) section on 15 June 2015. Dr. Ambrose will be joining NSF from Bates College, Maine where he holds an appointment as Professor of Biology and has served as Chairman of the Department of Biology. Dr. Ambrose is a long time Arctic scientist with an extensive research career in Arctic benthic ecology and Arctic environmental change. He is experienced in international collaborative research, including serving as a Fulbright Professor at the University of Oslo and Visiting Professor at the University of Tromso.
We welcome Dr. Ambrose to NSF and look forward to working with him to advance the frontiers of Arctic knowledge through the critical observations needed to detect and understand environmental change in Arctic systems.


How can the EU protect the Arctic? Press Release from the University of Dundee
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Written by Federica   
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 08:26

Yellowknife Airport (photo:Nengye Liu, University of Dundee) Yellowknife Airport (photo:Nengye Liu, University of Dundee) An international panel of experts will come together at the University of Dundee this week to explore how European Union countries can prevent the Arctic from environmental catastrophe.


The 2015 EU-Arctic Conference takes place at the Dalhousie Building on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th May and will bring together academics, practitioners and industry figures. Thirty speakers from 15 countries will discuss the EU's potential to enhance Arctic governance, with WWF, Greenpeace, BP, the European Commission and the Arctic Council among the organisations represented at the conference.

A roadmap for increasing the effectiveness of the EU's action in the Arctic will be drawn at the end of the conference, which is timely as the Council of the European Union has requested proposals from the European Commission for the further development of an integrated and coherent Arctic Policy by December 2015.

Conference organiser Dr Nengye Liu, from the University's School of Law, said, "The protection of the Arctic environment is a stated objective of the EU but what does that mean in practice? The conference will look at what measures can be taken to achieve that goal.

"We are delighted that experts from NGO's, industry, governments and academia will be contributing to this important event, bringing evidence and proposals from the perspectives of international law, international relations, political science, marine biology and other disciplines."

Delegates from the US, Canada, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Germany, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Poland, China, Singapore, Australia and UK will take part in the conference. The keynote speech will be given by Diana Wallis, former Vice President of the European Parliament and President of the European Law Institute.

Dr Liu and Elizabeth Kirk are leading a two-year study into 'The European Union and the Legal Protection of Marine Biodiversity in the Arctic'. This project will establish how the EU can best use its legal powers to help generate an effective legal system for the protection of marine biodiversity in the Arctic.




Arkhangelsk Sea Trade Port for Sale
Shipping News
Written by Federica   
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 09:24

Arkhangelsk Sea Port Economiya (Source:Sasha Krotov-Wikipedia) Arkhangelsk Sea Port Economiya (Source:Sasha Krotov-Wikipedia) Different news sources have recently reported that the Russian company MMC Norilsk Nickel, the world's largest producer of nickel and palladium (read more about MMC Norilsk Nickel here)  has planned to sell the Arkhangelsk sea trade port by the end of 2015. The all-year-round navigation Arkhangelsk sea trade port  is strategically located, as it builds at the beginning of the Northern Sea Route, on the White Sea (North-West Russia), but it is also the shorter exit to the railroad network that are used for the carriages along the transsibirian main line and transport corridor "North-South, making the port one of the main "gate to the Arctic". Accordingly with the Arkhangelsk Port's website , the total length of the berth front is 3,3 km, capable to receive vessels of 9,2 m draught and 175 - 200 m in length, while its container terminal, the only one of this kind in the North includes air-open square of 98.000 sq metres, where 5762 TEUs may be stored at once, includes up to 200 refrigerator containers and 2200 with dangerous cargo. The container terminal capacity is 75.000 TEUs in a year. (read more here). Indeed, the amount of the company in its turnover is 20%.

This is the piece of news as reported by Arctic info:
The Norilsk Nickel company is ready to sell a string of non-core assets, including the Arkhangelsk Sea Port. A Norilsk Nickel company presentation made in London on May 18 revealed that the company intends to sell its stake in the Arkhangelsk port in the course of 2015. Also other socalled none-core assets might be sold, among them the company's gas fields in the Taimyr Peninsula, reports. In addition, Norilsk Nickel considers selling the Yenisey River Shipping Company, another key Arctic asset. According to the company press-center, the accumulated sales price for the objects could amount to about $1 billion.
The Arkhangelsk Sea Port, a key regional infrastructure object, in 2014 had a cargo turnover of 1,5 million tons, of which 400 000 tons were goods belonging to Norilsk Nickel. The port is considered a hub of major importance for shipping along the Northern Sea Route and is connected with Belkomur, the projected railway line between Arkhangelsk and western Siberia. Among potential buyers of the Arkhangelsk port are Chinese investors. During a recent business visit to China, representatives of the Arkhangelsk regional administration confirmed that a "principal interest" in the port was displayed by chinese companies.


(Source: Arctic InfoArkhangelsk Port

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