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IASC Bulletin 2014 is now available

(Logo: IASC) The IASC Bulletin is now available on line.
Each year IASC reports on its activities and highlights international Arctic science initiatives in its Bulletin. The 2014 Bulletin is now available for download on the IASC website.
A printed copy will be available on the ASSW 2014 in Helsinki, Finland.
The International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) is a non-governmental, international scientific organization.
The IASC mission is to encourage and facilitate cooperation in all aspects of Arctic research, in all countries engaged in Arctic research and in all areas of the Arctic region.
Overall, IASC promotes and supports leading-edge multidisciplinary research in order to foster a greater scientific understanding of the Arctic region and its role in the Earth system.
For a digital copy, please visit the service section of IASC website under

Call for funded IPA Action Group applications

(Logo: International Permafrost Association) The IPA is pleased to introduce a call for funded Action Groups.

ActionGroups are meant to fund targeted groups working towards the production of well-defined products. Action Groups will be funded on a competitive basisat up to 2500 € per year (maximum of 5000 € over the life of an Action Group).
Up to 10 000 € per year of the IPA total budget will be devoted to Action Groups. These groups will have limited terms and will need to focus on clearly defined research outputs, such as maps, science plans, or databases, that can be supported through the organization of workshops, management support, technical support, etc.

The application form is available online. The first deadline for Action Group proposals will be April 15, 2014.

The application process requires the demonstration of a clear timeline and clear deliverables for the Action Group. It also calls for the involvement of young researchers and a commitment to disseminate results.
Do not hesitate to contact the Secretariat of the IPA for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Permafrost Young Researchers Workshop to be held in June

(Logos: International Arctic Science Committee, Climate and Cryosphere, Bolion Center for Climate Research, Stockholm University, International Permafrost Association)  The Permafrost Young Researcher Workshop (PYRW) to be held on June 18th 2014 in Évora, Potugal, just prior to the European Conference on Permafrost (EUCOP).
This workshop will be organized in a joint effort of PYRN (Permafrost Young Researchers Network), APECS (Association of Polar Early Career Scientists ) and the young researcher representatives of the two projects PAGE21 (Changing Permafrost in the Arctic and its Global Effects in the 21st Century) and ADAPT (Arctic Development and Adaptation to Permafrost in Transition).
The workshop is an official ICARP III activity and it aims at building interdisciplinary knowledge on how the Arctic and Antarctic permafrost regions play a key role in the Earth System and to give each participant a more overarching view on the regions beyond disciplinary research questions. To achieve this, the participants will share knowledge with each other in thematic break-out sessions and elaborate the future avenues of permafrost research together, with mentors playing a key role in permafrost research either in large-scale international projects or science policy.
PYRN will organize this workshop together with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) who also connects numerous young researchers working in polar and alpine permafrost regions. This workshop builds on the scientific momentum with two very large projects in Europe (PAGE21) and Canada (ADAPT) dealing with permafrost exclusively. Management capabilities from PYRN and APECS along with the targeted scientific input from PAGE21 and ADAPT will allow us maintaining an active, dynamic and growing early career scientific network on permafrost that will last into the future and reach progress by increased collaborations and interdisciplinary studies.

To be advised with practical information for the workshop, PAGE21 Young Researchers are welcome to contact PAGE21 Project Manager – Leena Viitanen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For information about blogging from the workshop, please contact Arctic Portal Project Manager – Magdalena Tomasik at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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THAW 2014 starts today

Sinking seawall in Shishmaref in N. Alaska (photo: Lawrence Hislop - Aquatic ecosystems Workshop (THAW) will take place this week in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
The workshop is organized by PAGE21 cooperative project in Canada – Arctic Development and Adaptation to Permafrost in Transition ADAPT and endorsed by the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), the International Permafrost Association (IPA) and the Climate and Cryosphere program (CliC), and it is an activity within the IASC/CliC/AMAP Freshwater Synthesis.

Permafrost systems are attracting considerable interest at present given the accelerated warming of the Arctic and its associated effects on thermokarst processes, peat erosion and water balance.

These phenomena may affect biogeochemical pathways, including those controlling greenhouse gas fluxes and the export of dissolved and particulate materials to downstream river and coastal waters.

Although many scientific events have been organized to share information on permafrost degradation and its associated carbon dynamics, few have focused specifically on aquatic ecosystems, and there has been little attention to date given to the strikingly diverse and changing limnology of these systems, including their geomorphological dynamics, hydrological properties, hydrogeochemistry, microbiology, food web structure and regional differences. More knowledge about each of these aspects is needed for a full understanding of their importance as ecological oases in the tundra, biogeochemical reaction sites and gas conduits to the atmosphere, and to predict their responses to the rapidly changing northern climate.

THAW 2014 will bring together researchers from these different disciplines to share their knowledge about freshwater systems in permafrost landscapes, and to plan for future collaborative research, data exchange and synthesis.
Several PAGE21 reserachers will present their lates results at teh workshop. List can be found in here.
Thermokarst Infograph (Graphics: Arctic Portal)   

Positive reviews for PAGE21 blogs

(Photo: S. Weege) Swimming after a day with temperatures of 30C in a lake close to Inuvik. PAGE21 summer blogs have been receiving positive reviews from their readers since the beginning of initiative. Recently, the amount of the reviews and comments has increased. The editors of the PAGE21 Blogs have received significant amount of e – mails from readers from all over the world, encouraging Young Researchers to keep up with the initiative.

I´m checking your website every day in hope the new entry occurs. I bookmarked it to be able to come back later (...), says in her e-mail Katie from Canada.

Thanks for a marvellous posting! I really enjoyed reading it, you may be a great author.I will ensure that I bookmark your blogs and will often come back in the future. I want to encourage continue your great posts (...) writes in her comment Alana.

Last year, PAGE21 summer blogs all together received over 50 000 visits. Scientists reported from 7 different field sites.
This year PAGE21 YR will again travel to the field. The schedule for the blogs is not yet confirmed but we are hoping to establish the new record.

PAGE21 project is very actively involved in field activities in all 5 primary and 7 secondary sites within the project.

Click here to read 2012 and 2013 PAGE21 scientific blogs.