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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Friday, 28 November 2014 10:10

(Logo: Nenets Agrarian Economic Technical School) (Logo: Nenets Agrarian Economic Technical School) The Nenets Agrarian Economic Technical School invites interested individuals to take part in the scientific conference "Science. Education. Production."

The annual conference will be held in Naryan-Mar, Russia on February 6, 2015 in the framework of the Day of Science.

Specialists and students of colleges and universities, school teachers, members of scientific institutions, representatives of state and local authorities are invited to participate and make a presentation / report.

Conference topics are to include: development of education, economics, technologies, humanities and natural sciences.

Applications are admitted till - January 23, 2015.

The publishing of conference presentations / reports is planned as the follow up of this event.

For further information please contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

White paper is now available
Climate Change News
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 27 November 2014 10:08

(Photo: H.Þ.Hreinsson) Vegetation of Svalbard (Photo: H.Þ.Hreinsson) Vegetation of Svalbard The final version of the white paper on Requirements for Monitoring of Permafrost in Polar Regions in response to the WMO Polar Space Task Group, is now available online.


The Polar Space Task Group (PSTG) has been established as the coordinating body of space agencies, in particular the Space Task Group (STG), for space-based observations of Polar Regions after the International Polar Year (IPY). The PSTG has been established under the auspices of the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Executive Council Panel of Experts on Polar Observations Research and Services (EC-PORS).


The group's mandate is to provide coordination across space agencies to facilitate acquisition and distribution of fundamental satellite datasets, and to contribute to or support development of specific derived products for cryospheric and polar scientific research and applications.

Requirements for space-based monitoring of permafrost observables had been defined within the IGOS Cryosphere Theme Report at the start of the IPY in 2007 (IGOS, 2007). However, during the PSTG-3 meeting in Paris May 2013, the PSTG identified the need to review the requirements for permafrost monitoring and to update these requirements as necessary.


Recommendations and data requirements specified are requested to be verified within the community. Requirement surveys with focus on satellite data are available from the ESA DUE Permafrost User requirements survey (2009), the United States National Research Council (2014) and the ESA-CliC-IPA-GTN-P workshop in February 2014. These connect needs especially those listed in the IGOS Cryosphere Theme report (IGOS, 2007).


In the present white paper, both monitoring site-specific and sensor-specific recommendations are made for polar regions in response to the PSTG request.


A draft has been discussed at the Third European Conference on Permafrost (EUCOP) meeting in June 2014. Its modified version was presented at the 4th WMO-PSTG meeting in September 2014.

Arctic Encounter Symposium coming soon
Other News
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 10:25

(Photo: University of Washington) (Photo: University of Washington) The Arctic Encounter Symposium will take place in Washington, United States on January 30th – 31st 2015.

The second annual Arctic Encounter Symposium will challenge participants to tackle the shared interests and concerns of the United States and the global community as we look north to the last emerging frontier the Arctic.

Leading experts, CEOs, and thought leaders from the science, technology, maritime and energy sectors, will gather to challenge the status quo dialogue, critically address challenges to realizing the Arctic's full potential and collaborate on solutions. Participants will include key industry leaders, policy makers and regional stakeholders.

This year's Symposium will focus on the role of the U.S. as an arctic nation and the challenges it will confront in its upcoming chairmanship of the Arctic Council, including: climate change, natural resources, investment opportunities and international relations.

The goal of the 2015 Arctic Encounter is to facilitate a creative environment for the development of a proactive agenda, short and long-term domestic and international priorities and a strategic execution plan.

The two-day program will take place at the University of Washington with a dinner reception on Friday, January 30, 2015 at the Museum of History and Industry.

Please direct any questions to Rachel Kallander, Symposium Executive Director,at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

New Circumpolar academic opportunities available
Other News
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 10:39

uarcticThe University of the Arctic has just opened the application process for seven different Circumpolar Studies courses to its member universities and international studies worldwide.


The Circumpolar Studies Core Courses consist of a single lower-level introductory course and six upper-level advanced courses in three interdisciplinary fields of study. The core courses enable students to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of the lands, peoples, and critical issues of the Circumpolar North. Circumpolar Studies prepares students for advanced study or professional employment in fields as diverse as sustainable resource management, self-government, Arctic engineering, and northern tourism.


Courses are delivered online and are worth 6 ECTS, or 3 credit units at most North American institutions. The language of instruction is English. Tuition and other fees are charged only by a student's home institution, where applicable.


Credit will be recorded at the offering institution and may be transferred to a student's home institution after successful completion of the course.


As a home institution, you collect and keep all of your regular tuition fees for these courses from your students. It is a great system allowing smaller UArctic member institutions to have access to the Circumpolar Studies courses for their students but not having to bear the cost of delivering these courses.


Click here for more information about the courses and to access the application form. 

Mandatory Polar Code accepted
Other News
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Monday, 24 November 2014 11:36

(Photo: Getty Images) (Photo: Getty Images)This month the International Maritime Organization (IMO), at the 94th session of its Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), adopted the mandatory International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code), and related amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) in order to make it mandatory.


The expected date of entry into force of the SOLAS amendments is 1 January 2017, under the tacit acceptance procedure. It will apply to new ships constructed after that date.


Ships constructed before 1 January 2017 will be required to meet the relevant requirements of the Polar Code by the first intermediate or renewal survey, whichever occurs first, after 1 January 2018.


Because the new Polar Code contains both safety and environmental provisions, it will be mandatory under SOLAS and MARPOL (Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships).


Detailed information about legacy and the content of new mandatory Polar Code are available on IMO´s website.


Click here to learn more.

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