Dear colleagues,

We would like to invite you to the 4th Polar Ecology Conference organised by the Centre for Polar Ecology at University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, Czech Republic. The conference will be held on Feb 12-15th 2020 and its theme is “Interactions between Ocean and Terrestrial Ecosystems”. However, we accept submission of abstracts from all polar disciplines. 

Registration is now open and there are no conference fees but the attendee list is limited to 70 participants. More details and regular updates can be found on the conference website  If you have any enquiry, feel free to contact us at:  or check the Centre for Polar Ecology facebook page

Hope to see you all in Ceske Budejovice, 

Warmest Regards on behalf of the Organizing Committee,

Josef Elster


Head of the CPE

January 25, 2018, 1 to 2pm EST.  See connection information below.

Dr. Øystein Godøy of the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) program and the Norwegian Meteorological Institute presents on the YOPP meteorological and sea ice observations and provides an introduction to YOPP data management - status and future.  Please share this with your networks.

The objective of this session is to provide researchers, community members and data professional with an understanding of the YOPP data program and tools, as well as creating an opportunity for the broader community to learn more about YOPP efforts to improve synergies in data use, and build collaborative relationships

The Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP)(2017-2019) promotes cooperative international research enabling development of improved weather and environmental prediction services for the polar regions, on time scales from hours to seasonal. YOPP is a concerted international campaign to improve predictions of weather, climate and ice conditions in the Arctic and Antarctic has been launched to minimize the environmental risks and maximize the opportunities associated with rapid climate change in polar regions and to close the current gaps in polar forecasting capacity.

The YOPP Data Portal will provide metadata and links to respective data sets generated during the Year of Polar Prediction. As a legacy for YOPP, this data portal is going to take into account the various requirements of end-users working with the YOPP data collection.

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IASC is proud to host Dr. Alice Bradley, 2018 Cryosphere Working Group Fellow, to the IASC Secretariat in Akureyri for a general-audience seminar - Friday 26 January 2018 at 12:00 GMT

As an pilot, IASC will be streaming this talk online as a webinar. Register here.

Title: Observational Approaches for Seasonal Sea Ice Environments

Abstract: Melting summer Arctic sea ice is one of the most visible indicators of climate change. Ice that grows out of open water, increasingly common in the modern Arctic, presents particular challenges for observation. This presentation covers two remote sensing methods developed to study first-year ice environments. The first uses an ice-tracking algorithm to trace ice floes backwards through the winter from an end-of-season ice thickness measurement to the time and location of freeze-up. The second method addresses a remote sensing gap: persistent monitoring of ice conditions on coastlines. Initial validation against Alaska Native community records show that this approach can detect freeze-up events and seasonal breakup. This data product will provide a more complete estimate of sea ice extent in the Arctic and will be a tool for operational ice centers that require sea ice information near shorelines.

Bio: Alice Bradley is a postdoctoral researcher at Dartmouth College. She develops methods for observing coastal sea ice, including instrumented buoys and remote sensing techniques. She completed her PhD at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2016 with a dissertation on observed over-winter feedback processes in the Arctic seasonal ice zones. Alice was President APECS in 2016-7 and is now an IASC Fellow for the Cryosphere Working Group.

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