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Summer school of NEFU still welcomes applications!
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 08 May 2014 10:27

(Photo: PAGE21) Youn researchers in Cherskii Siberia, during the summer 2013 (Photo: PAGE21) Youn researchers in Cherskii Siberia, during the summer 2013The deadline for applications for the annual summer school programs at North – Eastern Federal University has been extended until the May 30th.


Waivers are still available for two programs: Russian Language and Culture in Siberia; and Climate Change: Transformation of Landscapes and Adaptation of the Society.

 

Russian Language and Culture in Siberia, hosted by the Philological Faculty, will provide courses in Russian language and culture. Students will get knowledge on Russian language, literature and culture in Siberia. The program offers diverse cultural and social program and also a field trip.

 

The summer school Climate Change: Transformation of Landscapes and Adaptation of the Society is led by the Institute of Natural Sciences in cooperation with DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).

 

This school is intended for both undergraduate and graduate students interested in studying the climate change from natural and social sciences perspective.

 

All successful applicants are allocated tuition and accommodation fee waivers. However, they are still responsible for travel, cultural program and field trips costs.

 

For further information, contact: Daria Burnasheva This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.s-vfu.ru/summerinsiberia

 
Non – lethal use of whales discussed
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 07 May 2014 09:45

(Photo: Getty Images) (Photo: Getty Images) Yesterday, 6th of May 2014, nine representatives of Icelandic museum and eco – tourism workers have travelled to the United States to look at the economics, science and policy of the non – lethal uses of whales.


Earlier this month President Barack Obama's government issued a memorandum to encourage the North Atlantic nation to come up with ways to take advantage of the economic opportunities available to it for the "non-lethal uses of whales" and bring an end to its commercial whaling.


During their 10-day visit to Washington DC, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, the exchange participants will meet conservationists, eco-tourism companies and policy experts. Other activities include visiting marine research institutes and whaling museums, going on whale watching trips and meeting environmental non-governmental organisations.


The team hopes to return to Iceland with new ideas and strategies to share with general public, policy makers, and businesses. More, the representatives wish to develop new commercial possibilities in Iceland related to non – lethal use of whaling.

 

Source: IceNews

 
Canadian Polar Commission Report released
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 06 May 2014 09:49

(Logo: Canadian Polar Commission) (Logo: Canadian Polar Commission)The Canadian Polar Commission has released a new report on the state of northern knowledge in Canada that analyses the significant gains made since the beginning of International Polar Year 2007 with the view to determining today´s high – level research opportunities.


The report was released in Yellowknife. It is built on semi – structured interviews with 114 northern subject matter experts, two – third of thirds of them resident in Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunatsiavt and Nunavik.


The report was corroborated through an extensive survey of peer-reviewed literature and reinforced by further expert consultation during the 18-month study.


The Canadian Polar Commission (CPC) is Canada's national institution for furthering polar knowledge and awareness. The report was produced under its mandate to monitor and report to Canadians on the state of knowledge of the Polar Regions.


Click here to download the report.

 
GTN-P database has been launched
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Monday, 05 May 2014 09:31

(Photo: Google Maps, edited by the Arctic Portal) (Photo: Google Maps, edited by the Arctic Portal) Permafrost is a direct indicator of climate change and has been identified as Essential Climate Variable (ECV) by the global observing community. The monitoring of permafrost temperatures, active-layer thicknesses and other parameters has been performed for several decades already, but it was brought together within the Global Terrestrial Network for Permafrost (GTN-P) in the 1990's only, including the development of measurement protocols to provide standardized data.

 

GTN-P is the primary international observing network for permafrost sponsored by the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) and the Global Terrestrial Observing System (GTOS), and managed by the International Permafrost Association (IPA). All GTN-P data was outfitted with an "open data policy" with free data access via the World Wide Web.

 

The existing data, however, is far from being homogeneous: it is not yet optimized for databases, there is no framework for data reporting or archival and data documentation is incomplete. As a result, and despite the utmost relevance of permafrost in the Earth's climate system, the data has not been used by as many researchers as intended by the initiators of the programs. While the monitoring of many other ECVs has been tackled by organized international networks (e.g. FLUXNET), there is still no central database for all permafrost-related parameters.

 

The European Union project PAGE21 created opportunities to develop this central database for permafrost monitoring parameters of GTN-P during the duration of the project and beyond. The database aims to be the one location where the researcher can find data, metadata, and information of all relevant parameters for a specific site. Each component of the Data Management System (DMS), including parameters, data levels and metadata formats were developed in cooperation with the GTN-P and the IPA.

 

The general framework of the GTN-P DMS is based on an object oriented model (OOM), open for as many parameters as possible, and implemented into a spatial database. To ensure interoperability and enable potential inter-database search, field names are following international metadata standards and are based on a control vocabulary registry. Tools are developed to provide data processing, analysis capability, and quality control. Our system aims to be a reference model, improvable and reusable. It allows a maximum top-down and bottom-up data flow, giving scientists one global searchable data and metadata repository, the public a full access to scientific data, and the policy maker a powerful cartographic and statistical tool.

 

To engage the international community in GTN-P, it was essential to develop an online interface for data upload. Aim for this was that it is easy-to-use and allows data input with a minimum of technical and personal effort. In addition to this, large efforts will have to be produced in order to be able to query, visualize and retrieve information over many platforms and type of measurements. Ultimately, it is not the layer in itself that matter, but more the relationship that these information layers maintain with each other.

 

Click here to access the GTN - P Database

 
Arctic Circle: registration now open
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Friday, 02 May 2014 11:02

(Photo: Arctic Circle) The Arctic Circle(Photo: Arctic Circle) invites interested organizations and individuals to attend and engage in important Arctic discussion. Sessions will bring together a diverse group of stakeholders from around the world, and participants are invited to interact at roundtables, receptions and special events in the world's northernmost capital city.

 

Proposals on sessions and speakers should be sent by June 30, 2014 to the Arctic Circle Secretariat; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

The Arctic Circle is nonprofit and nonpartisan. Organizations, forums, think tanks, corporations and public associations around the world are invited to hold meetings within the Arctic Circle platform to advance their own missions and the broader goal of increasing collaborative decision-making without surrendering their institutional independence.

 

The 2013 Arctic Circle Assembly was attended by 1200 participants from over 40 nations.

 
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