The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) is launching an international call for bids to host the International Directorate for the organisation starting February 2017.

Expressions of interests from interested institutions/countries are being accepted until 30 April 2016. The deadline for full bids is 20 June 2016.

APECS is the preeminent international and interdisciplinary organization for early career researchers with interests in Polar and Alpine regions and the wider Cryosphere. With the current funding agreements for the APECS international directorate coming to a close on 31 January 2017, we are looking for a new host(s) and sponsor(s) starting February 2017.

The International Directorate is the secretariat of APECS serving as the main contact point for members and partners, coordinating the day-to-day management of the organisation, providing support for APECS activities, projects, and committees while also providing continuity and institutional memory. It currently includes one full-time position (Executive Director). Due to the enthusiasm of our growing community, and its accordant commitments, collaborations, number of projects, and organizational needs, additional funded positions (part-time or full-time) supporting the work of the secretariat are also sought located either at the main secretariat host or at other institutions.

Detailed information regarding the call for bids can be found at For questions please contact the APECS Executive Director Dr. Gerlis Fugmann at or the APECS Executive Committee at %3cmailto:<a href="/>


A story about the new Arctic whaling variant of Old Weather (SAON task) put together by KUOW/NOAA.

‚ÄčThe video about halfway down the page is interesting.

Integrating Arctic Research - a Roadmap for the Future

The official outcomes of the Third International Conference on Arctic Research Planning (ICARP III) were published online today. The enclosed report, entitled "Integrating Arctic Research – A Roadmap for the Future“ presents the key messages that emerged from the 2-year ICARP III process. 

Initiated by the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) with engagement from its partners, ICARP III provided a process for integrating priorities for forward-looking, collaborative, interdisciplinary Arctic research and observing, and for establishing an inventory of recent and current synthesis documents and major developments in Arctic research. The report identifies the most important Arctic research needs and provides a roadmap for research priorities and partnerships. The ICARP process points the way for scientists to take action, in cooperation with rights holders and stakeholders, to produce results that will have global impact. It concludes that the role of the Arctic in the global system, the prediction of future climate dynamics and ecosystem responses, and improved understanding of the vulnerability and resilience of Arctic environments and societies must be prioritized.

For more information please visit the ICARP III website:

Hi everyone,

I hope you are all having a good beginning to 2016!  We have a few updates related to activities stemming from the Polar Data Forum II:

1.  The Forum Communiqué is online!  Please access it at the following link and share widely with your colleagues to promote collaboration and good practice in data management activities:

2.  The PDF II Knowledge Bank has been updated with your oral and poster presentations: Please check out your files there (each presenter should have an Abstract file plus either a Presentation or a Poster file) and let me know if you have any questions.  Please note that many of the poster files are just the single slide that was used for the Lightning Talks

- if you would like to have your full poster available online, please send it to me and I will forward it to Paul.

NOTE:  I understand we should instead have files in the “PDF Archive”

format (, so we will be working on this for preserving the presentation files for the long term!

3.  The deadline for the PDF II Special Issue in the Data Science Journal has been extended, and funding has been made available to pay the publishing charges for a limited number of papers!  We have a few submissions to date but would like to have at least 8-10 papers for the Special Issue.  Please contact myself or Peter Pulsifer if you are planning to submit a manuscript or if you have questions.  Further details are available at the PDF II website:

4.  I understand that the Live Stream from the Forum is still available online for viewing those presentations you may have missed:

Tuesday, 27 October, 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM Eastern time:

Wednesday, 28 October, 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM Eastern time:

Thursday, 29 October, 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM Eastern time:

NOTE:  We will also be archiving these videos in a permanent storage location, in keeping with our community mandate to preserve data and information for future availability!  :)

Please let us know if you have questions or comments anytime.  We look forward to another year of working together with you for polar data!

Julie and the PDF II organizers


Julie E. Friddell, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Canadian Cryospheric Information Network/Polar Data Catalogue Department of Geography & Environmental Management University of Waterloo

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Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1

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The Arctic Council Secretariat has received an invitation from Arctia to participate in an Arctic expedition named 'Arctic 100 Expedition'. More information here and at

IASC is pleased to announce that the 2016 IASC Medal, which is awarded in recognition of exceptional and sustained contributions to the understanding of the Arctic, goes to E. Walsh.

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