It’s our great pleasure to announce that The Sixth International Symposium on Arctic Research will be held at Hitotsubashi Hall in Tokyo from March 2 to 6, 2020. It will be launched under the Japan Consortium of Arctic Environmental Research (JCAR) with the auspices of several institutions in Japan.

The rapid warming in the Arctic has been revealed. However, the precision of forecasting the future of climate and environmental change is still insufficient for utilization in sustainable development in the Arctic, while interests for resource utilization and economic activities are growing and progressing rapidly. The ISAR is aimed at presenting and discussing the scientific research results together with the Arctic researchers from all over the world, extracting and sharing issues to solve, and exploring the future of the Arctic. In ISAR-6, we are planning to discuss how Arctic research has been progressing in the past ten years, and what we should do in the next ten years for sustainable development.

ISAR-6 will consist of general and special sessions. The general sessions will address the following topics: atmosphere; ocean and sea ice; rivers, lakes, permafrost and snow cover; ice sheets, glaciers, and ice cores; terrestrial ecosystems; marine ecosystems; geospace; laws, politics and economy; language, culture and health; engineering for sustainable development. The special sessions will be solicited on cross-cutting themes, till May 6, 2019. Please visit the WEB site (
The special sessions are of inter-disciplinary and solicited from the participants. Proposal for Special Session should be submitted using the form to ISAR-6 secretariat: no later than May 6, 2019.
The Sixth International Symposium on Arctic Research(ISAR-6)

Sub-title: Arctic research: the decade past and the decade future

・ Understanding the Arctic change and its accelerating and cascading impacts.
・ How the Arctic research has contributed to sustainable development.

Dates: March 2-6, 2020
Venue: Hitotsubashi Hall
National Center of Sciences Building 2F
2-1-2 Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-8439, JAPAN

Main Organizer:
Japan Consortium of Arctic Environmental Research (JCAR)
National Institute of Polar Research
Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology
Hokkaido University
Japan Arctic Research Network Center
(As of January 18, 2019)
Web Site:

Call for Special Sessions:
・The proposal for the special session can be submitted following the procedure described at the web site:
・The proposal should be sent to ISAR-6 secretariat: no later than May 6, 2019

For any inquiries, contact ISAR-6 Secretariat


Link to First Circular

Link to 6 Special Session Proposal Form






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.

Register here.

The Polar Data Planning Summit was held 23-25 May in Boulder, Colorado, USA:…/conferenc…/polar-data-planning-summit

A report will be coming up, but it was very clear that we have many important and productive polar data initiatives in place. Based on leadership efforts of groups like the IASC-SAON Arctic Data Committee, the Standing Committee on Antarctic Data Management, Southern Ocean Observing System, the EU Arctic Cluster, Polar View, Arctic Portal, GEOCRI and others, we are increasingly seeing good collaboration among these initiatives.

Material will be posted at

SAON Committee on Observations and Networks (SAON CON)

Side meeting at POLAR2018

Arctic Value Tree Analysis –Recent developments and implications for societal benefits
Date: Thursday, 21 June, 2018
Time: 12:30-14:00
Room: A Wisshorn

There is an increasing societal and political interest calling for efforts to observe the Arctic areas and monitor their environmental changes for mitigation and adaptation in the future. At the same time, the Arctic monitoring efforts and related research are still lacking long-term support to maintain sustained and harmonized observations. Furthermore, the connections between the Arctic earth observations and monitoring data and the different societal benefit objectives should be strengthened for efficient policy advice.

The side meeting is highlighting the SAON CON activities supporting improved information flow between the international and national Arctic monitoring efforts, and two current Arctic value tree projects, aiming to connect the Arctic observations with related key societal benefit objectives.

More information is available here.


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