New Funding for PEARL
Eureka's Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory in Nunavut has been awarded a grant through CANDAC to sustain core operations. Click here
to learn about sustained operations moving forward.
Summit Station News
Researchers from Summit Station's ICECAPS project were in the news at NSF this week for their recent Nature publication explaining the role of thin, low-lying clouds in Greenland's widespread surface melt last summer. Click here
for the NSF news summary.
Join IASOA at AOS
The first Arctic Observing Summit (AOS) is to be held in Vancouver, Canada 30-Apr to 02-May. We welcome your comments on our community white paper. Click here for a copy.
IASOA will also host an IASC-sponsored half day workshop on 03-May to craft its contributions to the 2013 Arctic Report Card. Please contact Sandy Starkweather for more details on participating in the workshop.
News from Ny-Aalesund
The 31st edition of the Ny-Ålesund Newsletter is now available. Click here to learn about plans for new radiation instruments at Zeppelin and new greenhouse gas flux measurements on the Amundsen Nobile Climate Change Tower (CCT).
Expansions at St.Nord
Aarhus University has begun the construction of a modern research station in northern Greenland that will monitor how climate change is affecting the region.
Click here for the full story.
DOE ARM Facility RFP
Request for Preproposals
Scientific Research at the ARM Climate Research Facility
U.S. Department of Energy
Preproposal deadline: Friday, 1 February 2013
To submit a proposal, please go click here.
Polar Met Call
The 12th Conference on Polar Meteorology and Oceanography is being held 29Apr - 02May, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. Abstracts are due January 14, 2013. Click here for more information.
2012 Arctic Report Card
The latest Arctic Report Card was released at AGU on December 5. Atmospheric results from the annual roll-up include updates on 2012 temperature anomalies as well as greenhouse gas and UV baseline measurements from Arctic observatories. Observations show that increases from human sources in greenhouse gases continue, while warm air temperature anomaolies were relatively small compared to the last decade. Click here
for more information.
IASOA at WMO-GCW
Represenatives from the IASOA consoritum will travel to Vienna, Austra Nov 20-22, 2012 for the First WMO-GCW-CryoNet Implementation meeting to share IASOA experiences with network coordination in a pan-Arctic context and contribute to areas of common value for the co-development of IASOA and CryoNet. Click here
for more information and look for updates after the meeting.
First Tiksi Science Mtg
The first Tiksi Science Meeting was held in at the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute in St. Petersburg, 18-20 Sept 2012. A summary of the presentations and work plan can be found here
On The observational needs for climate modelers in the polar regions. Click here to access the document and provide your feedback. Author contact information is provided in the document.
Arctic News in SOTC 2011
Read about changes to the Arctic atmosphere in this briefing on highlights from the 2011 BAMS State of the Climate Report. For access to the full report, click here.
IASOA's New Newsletter
IASOA distributed its first quarterly newsletter to 200 contacts last week. Click here to see the newsletter and subscribe today!
Ozone News, BROMEX Blog
to read about Paul Shepson's work in the news. And click here
for a link to the Barrow-based March BROMEX campaign blog.
Update - CREATE 2012
NSERC's CREATE Training Program in Arctic Atmospheric
Science has announced new opportunities for 2012 graduate and undergraduate programs. Click HERE for more information.
PEARL in the News
Researchers Jim Drummond and Kim Strong discuss the role of Canada's Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL) near Eureka, Canada in the detection and understanding of 2011's record-sized Arctic ozone hole. Click here
for the full article in the Montreal Gazette.
Cherski in the News
To learn about the role that Cherski plays in permafrost studies, click here
to see NBC's Jim Maceda report on a trip to visit Sergei and Nikita Zimov at the station.
Responding to Change
International Study of Arctic Change (ISAC), in partnership with the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University, announces:
Responding to Arctic Environmental Change Workshop: Translating Our Growing Understanding into a Research Agenda for Action
Jan 30, 2012 - Feb 1, 2012
Click here for more info.
Workshop on Polar Simulations with the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) Model.
November 2 and 3, 2011
Byrd Polar Research Center, The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio USA
There is no registration fee. You are invited to attend! For more details or to register online: http://polarmet.osu.edu/workshops/pwrf_2011/
New UNIS Course
The Arctic Atmospheric Boundary Layer and Local Climate Processes
Objective: After the course, the student will have an
understanding of physical processes typical for the Arctic
atmospheric boundary layer, how the Arctic boundary layer
differs from that at lower latitudes; the challenges of
taking meteorological measurements and a basic
understanding of how numerical models in the Arctic work.
Registration Deadline: 15.Oct.2011
For more information about the
course and how to apply, see http://www.unis.no
Is black carbon contributing to the warming of the Arctic? Click here to read about an international study currently taking place in the Arctic to investigate the role of black carbon in Arctic warming.
CREATE Summer School
CREATE Summer School addressing the broad theme of Arctic Atmospheric Science, will be offered from July 11 to 15, 2011 in Alliston, Ontario. Details are HERE.
CANDAC Outreach Update
In March/April 2011, CANDAC launched a new outreach project called Student-Researchers Atmospheric Collaboration at Qarmartalik School in Resolute Bay, Nunavut and Pickering College in Newmarket, Ontario. HERE
Tiksi Update 2011
Successful site visit by FMI HERE
SOA Conf Resolution
The March 16-19, 2010 State of the Arctic Conference has published a final resolution and access to presentations HERE
FMI Trip Report to Tiksi, March 2011
FMI Trip Report to Tiksi, March 2011
The full names of the trip team are: FMI: Tuomas Laurila, Eija Asmi, David Brus, and MGO: Victor Ivakhov
The trip in March 2011 was successful. Permissions were ready in Yakutsk, weather was sunny during all days and all planes were on time. Personnel in Tiksi and Yakutsk were very friendly, helpful and in a good mood. All instrumentation outdoors (both from US and FMI) looked OK. We couldn~t notice any damage except two of our soil temperature PT100 sensors were missing perhaps bitten by a dog or a lemming. Eija and David repaired the aerosol size distribution instrumentation. The main original reason for the problems had been snow blocking the inlet and also one of the pumps was not running properly. They also repaired the aethalometer which had the filter tape scrambled (maybe there had been water in the filter) and adjusted the sample flow which was much too low. They also installed an aethalometer data logging programme to the laptop which is now logging the black carbon data from the instrument. The same programme is now in the FMI aerosol PC as well. The best thing would be the aerosol PC logging the aethalometer. Then it would be simple for AARI tiksi centre to transfer data automatically from one PC only. For this, an additional RS232 serial comport is needed for the PC. We can bring these parts on the next trip in May. When we arrived ozone concentration was around 30ppb but later there was were lower concentrations when wind was from the sea. Maybe this was an ozone depletion event which S. Oltman is looking for. The CH4/CO2 instrument was running as expected. We did some maintenance on it. Victor assembled additional Decabon tubing for flask sampling from the 10 meter tower. There was no data from the micromet cabin because the Mascot power source of the ADAM serial data converters was broken and also one of the ADAMs. We had a spare power unit and changed the ADAMs so that the data transfer is OK. The CO2/H2O Licor needed service and calibration which we did. The measurements in CAF seem to run routinely. Somehow we should get air conditioning to CAF before the summer. Eija measured the indoor air aerosol concentration in CAF which is very high. They are very small particles probably from vapors from building materials.
CANDAC Outreach Program Update
The Canadian Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Change (CANDAC) has been participating in classroom and community outreach activities in Nunavut and Southern Ontario since 2004. In March/April 2011, CANDAC launched a new outreach project called Student-Researchers Atmospheric Collaboration at Qarmartalik School in Resolute Bay, Nunavut and Pickering College in Newmarket, Ontario. Similar to CANDAC scientists, students will be monitoring the atmosphere using a variety of scientific instruments, and then sharing and comparing their data to make meaningful
analyses. Student researchers will be making and recording daily measurements using thermometers, anemometers, pyranometers, and sun photometers. The students in Southern Ontario and Northern Nunavut will also have the opportunity to share their views of the environment and atmosphere with each other, CANDAC researchers, and their communities through the project blog and teleconferencing. Please visit http://candacstudentresearchers.blogspot.com/ to follow our student researchers as they learn more about studying our dynamic atmosphere. If you would like to learn more about this project, or to arrange classroom
visits at your school or organization, please visit http://candac.ca/candac/Outreach/CANDACcollaboration or email
EUREKA 2010: Canadian Arctic Science at 80N
For over 60 years, the Canadian station at Eureka, Nunavut (80N, 86.4W) has provided a base for research in the High Arctic as well as fulfilling its role as a weather station for Environment Canada.
Over that time, a substantial body of research has been accomplished and a large group of researchers
have utilized the facility. However because of the varied nature and timing of the research, these
groups have rarely met together. More recently, International Polar Year has provided opportunities for researchers from various international stations to collaborate with the researchers at Eureka,
particularly those who are part of the International Arctic Systems for Observing the Atmosphere (IASOA).
The aim of this workshop is to bring together the various research groups that utilize the facilities at Eureka, Nunavut for science research in the High Arctic to share research and results and to offer plans
for future research and future collaboration. It is hoped that by providing this workshop venue,
collaborations can be stimulated and strengthened. Logistics for activities at Eureka are a continual
challenge and increased dialog and sharing of resources can be very beneficial. Eureka is a unique
resource for Canada and innovative ideas for future activities and facilities will be welcome. The
workshop format will be informal with opportunity for both presentations and discussion.
We encourage researchers from other IASOA stations to attend this meeting. We will be holding a round table discussion about potential collaborations among the IASOA stations.
Click here to see the draft agenda!
Dates: January 13-15, 2010
Venue: Lord Elgin Hotel, 100 Elgin Street, Ottawa, ON
Please contact the hotel for arrangements by December 21, 2009.
Call tollfree 18002674298
or email email@example.com.
Mention that you are with the CANDAC group.
Registration: There is no charge, but we ask that everyone register at
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Workshop Opens 9:00 AM
Sessions: Morning: IASOA Research and the Eureka Station
Afternoon: Roundtable on how to facilitate collaboration
Evening: Keynote talk
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Sessions: Science at Eureka: Opportunities and Challenges
Friday, January 15, 2010
Sessions: Operations and Logistics: Challenges and Successes
The CANDAC Annual Workshop was held at the Park Hyatt, 4 Avenue Rd.,
Toronto from 15 until 17 October 2009. See the abstracts and draft agenda for the workshop.
The NOAA team has arrived in Tiksi! For details about this trip, visit http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/psd/psd3/arctic/observatories/tiksi/.
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