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6th International Workshop on Sea Ice Modelling and Data Assimilation

ICE-ARC - EU project website - Published on 16 April 2014 by Elaina Ford

The Organizing Committee of the workshop of the International Ice Charting Working Group Data Assimilation Working Group together with the EU FP7 ICE-ARC Project invite you to a workshop that will take place at the Novotel hotel in the heart of Toulouse, France on September 15th to 16th 2014. This workshop will continue a series of events ...more

The clear-up begins

Ellsworth Live - Published on December 29, 2012 by Administrator


INTERACT Transnational Access: Call for Proposals

NERC Arctic Office - Published on April 14, 2014 by Nicola Munro

The U.S. partners in INTERACT (International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic) announce a call for proposals for European-based research groups to conduct research at two Alaskan field stations: the Toolik Field Station and the Barrow Environmental Observatory. Access is supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). The support includes access to ...more

Call for Program Content and Registration

NERC Arctic Office - Published on April 14, 2014 by Nicola Munro

The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Working Group of the Arctic Council announces a first call for program content for the Arctic Biodiversity Congress and open registration. The Congress will convene 2-4 December 2014 in Trondheim, Norway. The purpose of the Congress is to promote the conservation and sustainable use of Arctic biodiversity through dialogue ...more

Data from research cruise analysed

iSTAR - NERC Ice Sheet Stability Programme - Published on April 10, 2014 by Paul Seagrove

iSTAR cruise update The CTD (conductivity-temperature-depth profiler) being deployed near Pine Island Glacier during JR294/295. Photo: Povl Abrahamsen, BAS.This year’s iSTAR research cruise has been hailed a success by project leaders.  Twenty-four scientists and engineers set sail, from Punta Arenas in Chile, on the RRS James Clark Ross at the end of January. Less than ...more

Place-name of the Month - Jan/Feb 2014

APC - Published on April 9, 2014 by Kate Bazeley

South Sandwich Islands A new geological map of the South Sandwich Islands has recently been produced as a collaboration between Peter Fretwell in MAGIC, and geologists including Rob Larter, Phil Leat and John Smellie. The individual maps of the each of the islands use newly acquired WorldView2 satellite imagery, and include lots of information about the ...more

Place-name of the Month - Nov/Dec 2013

APC - Published on December 9, 2013 by Kate Bazeley

Busen Region The Busen Region is an area of ice free land midway along the north coast of South Georgia. It is bounded on the west by Neumayer and Fortuna glaciers, to the north Fortuna and Stromness bays, to the east by Cumberland Bay, to the south by Cumberland West Bay, and incorporates Lewin Peninsula. The ...more

Place-name of the Month - Sept/Oct 2013

APC - Published on October 9, 2013 by Kate Bazeley

The Great Storm Following the “Great Storm” of 2013, this Place-name of the Month highlights many of the stormy-sounding names in the Antarctic (see map), such as Blow-me-down Bluff, Gale Ridge, Whirlwind Inlet and Thunder Glacier (detailed below). Although windspeeds in the UK during the storm reached up to 99 mph (on the Isle of Wight ...more

Arctic Science Summit Week 2014

ICE-ARC - EU project website - Published on 9 April 2014 by Elaina Ford

We have given three talks and two posters introducing ICE-ARC at the ASSW2014 in Helsinki this week. Kathy Law and Naja Mikkelsen have given talks at IASC working groups, Elaina Ford at the YOPP (Year of Polar Prediction) workshop with general introductions to the people involved in the project and what our aims are and two ...more

Sentinel-1 launch success

Earth Observation - Published on April 9, 2014 by ahf

Congratulations to ESA and everyone involved in the successful Sentinel-1 launch on 3 April 2014 . This new C-band SAR satellite is going to provide abundant new data to monitor the polar regions. The Polar View programme ( will be making extensive use of the images to provide timely information about sea ice in the Arctic ...more