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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.

CNARC Fellowship program launched
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 09:38

(Photo: Hjalti Þ. Hreinsson) Chinese researchers from the Snow Dragon during their visit in Iceland (Photo: Hjalti Þ. Hreinsson) Chinese researchers from the Snow Dragon during their visit in Iceland The China´s Nordic Arctic Research Center (CNARC) fellowship program has just been launched.


The program offers opportunities for excellent researchers from both China and Nordic states, under the collaborative framework of the CNARC, to conduct join research within leading research organizations in Arctic studies.


The program allows researchers to advance their own research projects while contributing to an increased awareness, understanding and knowledge of the Arctic and its impacts for both China and the Nordic states.


More detailed information about the fellowship is available here. Click here to download the application form.


The China-Nordic Research Center (CNARC) was established in Shanghai on 10th December 2013 by 10 Member Institutes, four Chinese and six Nordic, which all have capacities to influence and coordinate Arctic research.


CNARC's purpose is to provide a platform for academic cooperation to increase awareness, understanding and knowledge of the Arctic and its global impacts, as well as to promote cooperation for sustainable development of the Nordic Arctic and coherent development of China in a global context.




IASC new president elected
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 09:25

(Photo: IASC) IASC Executive Committee at the meeting in Helsinki 2014 (Photo: IASC) IASC Executive Committee at the meeting in Helsinki 2014During the Arctic Science Summit Week that took place in Helsinki, IASC Council elected a new president and three vice presidents.


The elections took place 8th of April.


The new IASC President is Susan Barr, Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage. Susan Barr has been working on the IASC Executive Committee as a Vice-President since 2010 and she is now taking over the Presidency from David Hik whose 4-year term came to an end. David Hik will, however, continue to work with the Executive Committee in his function as the Chair of the 3rd International Conference on Arctic Research Planning (ICARP III). IASC Council re-elected Vice-President Naja Mikkelsen, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, for another 4 years.


Larry Hinzman, International Arctic Research Center, Fairbanks AK, and Vladimir Pavlenko, Russian Academy of Sciences, were elected new Vice-Presidents.

The Executive Committee is complemented by the fourth Vice-President Huigen Yang, Polar Research Institute of China, and the Executive Secretary Volker Rachold.


Click here to go the IASC website.

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