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Local weather impacts melting of one of Antarctica’s fastest-retreating glaciers

iSTAR - NERC Ice Sheet Stability Programme - Published by Povl Abrahamsen

Local weather plays an important part in the retreat of the ice shelves in West Antarctica, according to new research published in the journal Nature Communications. The study led by scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) of the Pine Island Glacier (PIG) used a unique five-year record to study how the interactions between the ...more

Arctic Office Bulletin - January 2017

NERC Arctic Office - Published by Nicola Munro

The January 2017 issue of the NERC Arctic Office Bulletin is now available and can be downloaded ...more

Scientists unravel the process of meltwater in ocean depths

iSTAR - NERC Ice Sheet Stability Programme - Published by Povl Abrahamsen

An international team of researchers has discovered why fresh water, melted from Antarctic ice sheets, is often detected below the surface of the ocean, rather than rising to the top above denser seawater. The research, led by the University of Southampton, is published this week in the journal Nature in association with colleagues at the National ...more

Call for UK representatives on IASC Working Groups

NERC Arctic Office - Published by Nicola Munro

The NERC Arctic Office is seeking nominations for United Kingdom representatives on the International Arctic Science Committee’s Atmosphere, Terrestrial, Social and Human, Cryosphere and Marine Working Groups. Self-nominations are welcome. The deadline for nomination is 21 February 2017. Applications should be sent to arctic@bas.ac.uk. Further details about the call can be downloaded ...more

Call for Abstracts - UK Arctic Science Conference 2017

NERC Arctic Office - Published by Nicola Munro

The  2017 UK Arctic Science Conference will be hosted by the Scottish Association for Marine Science in Oban from Tuesday 19th September through to Thursday 21st September. We are pleased to announce that the call for abstracts is now open! The organisers welcome abstracts from across the IASC Working Group themes and particularly welcome abstracts ...more

£10m to investigate impact of climate change on Arctic Ocean

NERC Arctic Office - Published by Nicola Munro

NERC has awarded funding for four new research projects under it's 'Changing Arctic Ocean: Implications for marine biology and biogeochemistry' research programme. These four projects will aim to investigate how life in the Arctic Ocean is coping with dramatic changes such as ocean acidification and pollution as well as sea ice loss. The four projects ...more

Leading scientists gather at Davos, with Al Gore and Christiana Figueres, for urgent meeting on Arctic change

ICE-ARC - EU FP7 project website - Published by gemquin

Growing concern prompts ‘Arctic Basecamp’ at World Economic Forum Annual Meeting calling for responsible and responsive leadership on Arctic change. On Wednesday 18 January, 2017, eminent scientists, government representatives and business leaders will come together to discuss and address the complex challenges Arctic change presents to the world. Their message to the Davos delegation, the world’s most ...more

Clarence and Clemmie go fossil hunting

CACHE ITN - Published by nina

The intrepid clams continue on their travels and journeys of discovery: Well fellow shell lovers, something slightly different for a change! So far we’ve been looking at live shells or shellfish, with the odd trip to the sea side for an ice cream or two. But this time we’ve been on a trip looking for fossilised ...more

Arctic Office Bulletin - November 2016

NERC Arctic Office - Published by Nicola Munro

The November 2016 issue of the NERC Arctic Office Bulletin is now available and can be downloaded here: http://www.arctic.ac.uk/resources/publications-and-reports/ ...more

COP22 Session: Arctic change and its implications for global risk

ICE-ARC - EU FP7 project website - Published by katsli

  ICE-ARC and EU PolarNet are holding a joint briefing session in the European Union Pavilion at COP22 in Marrakesh this week, the session will provide up-to-date information on the regional and global impacts and risks associated with Arctic change. Description The Arctic is experiencing dramatic environmental, economic, and societal changes that not only have implications for the high ...more