We are pleased to announce the launch of www.arcticcbm.org, an online Atlas of Community Based Monitoring in a Changing Arctic. We hope that the atlas will help raise awareness about the important role of community-based and led monitoring programs in Arctic observing, and serve as a resource for researchers, funders, policy makers, and interested communities.

The atlas is an initiative of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC), the Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge of the Arctic (ELOKA), Brown University’s Environmental Change Initiative, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami’s Inuit Qaujisarvingat: Inuit Knowledge Center, and Carleton University’s Geomatics and Cartographic Information Centre, and is connected to the Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON). A
secondary phase of the initiative will involve in-depth interviews with CBM practitioners to identify best practices and challenges. The information gathered will inform a review on the state of CBM in the Arctic.

We are currently seeking community-based monitoring (CBM) programs to join the atlas! If you know of a CBM project that might like to be part of the atlas, please share the atlas website with them. Project coordinators can enter information about their monitoring programs at www.arcticcbm.org directly.

If you have any questions about the atlas, please contact:
Noor Johnson: ,
Eva Kruemmel: , or
Peter Pulsifer:

Open Research Data ... building global partnerships

RDA Second Plenary Meeting

16-18 September 2013

National Academy of Sciences, Washington DC, US

Building Global Partnerships to ensure that data is created and shared across communities, disciplines, stakeholders, public-private partnerships, research entities and non, public and private research funders, etc.

All of society’s grand challenges--be it addressing climate change, curing cancer and other disease, feeding and watering 7+ billion people, understanding the origins of the universe or the mind--all of them require these diverse (sometimes large) data to be shared and integrated across cultures, scales, and technologies. This requires a new form and new conception of infrastructure. The newly launched Research Data Alliance RDA (rd-alliance.org) is creating and implementing this new data infrastructure and building the social and technical connections that make data work across barriers.

INTERACT Transnational Access call will be open 1st August - 30st September

Register to the on-line application system already now, and apply INTERACT Transnational Access to conduct research at the coolest places of the North!

The INTERACT project under EU FP7 has a Transnational Access program that offers access to 20 research stations in the northernmost Europe and Russian Federation. The sites represent a variety of glacier, mountain, tundra, boreal forest, peatland and freshwater ecosystems, providing opportunities for researchers from natural sciences to human dimension.

Transnational Access includes:

  • Free access for user groups/users to research facilities and field sites, including support for travel and logistic costs
  • Free access to information and data in the public domain held at the infrastructures

The call for proposals will be open at the INTERACT website on 1st August 30th September 2013 for Transnational Access visits taking place between October 2013 and October 2014.

News from SAON Task 14:

Up today the basic accomplishments include:

  1. the assembling approximately 12000 CTD observation from eight countries (including the Russia)
  2. development the interactive database: http://oregon.iarc.uaf.edu/dbaccess

Read more about this SAON Task here

News from SAON Task 15 (incorporating SAON Task 14):

Progress at the US National Archives to date: 275,000 pages photographed (~23 million data points)
Transcription via Old Weather - Arctic (since November 2012): 22,439 pages transcribed (~3.5 million data points)
Additional partnerships implemented: Providence Public Library and New Bedford Whaling Museum (~250 Arctic whaling logbooks imaged)
DMI State of the Ice in the Arctic Seas (1897-1956) digitized and republished by the US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)
IASC funding for Arctic Data Rescue and Crowdsourcing Workshop to be held this autumn (likely hosted by IMO in Reykjavik)

Presentations, videos and other material can be access here (all free to use unless otherwise noted): http://blog.oldweather.org/resources/

Compo et al. have just published 'Independent confirmation of global land warming without the use of station temperatures' in GRL (uses data from Old Weather 1 & 2).

Read more about this SAON Task here

EUROFLEETS2 is a EU funded project providing scientists with 200 fully funded days of ship-time and 104 fully funded days of marine equipment to carry out ship-based research activities within any field of marine sciences.

  • Polar and Subpolar Call OPEN Application deadline: 24th of May 2013
  • Super-Integration Call – Expression of interest – OPEN – until the 15th of May 2013.

This Call seeks a truly cross cutting proposal which needs to mobilise a combination of EUROFLEETS Research Vessels (RVs) together with other appropriate scientific tools like nationals RVs, research planes or onshore infrastructures with their own EC or national funding. All EUROFLEETS RVs and equipment are available for this call.

The “Expression of Interest” is not binding but desirable. Logistically accepted pre-proposals will be invited to submit a full proposal from the 14th of June till the 16th of September 2013.

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