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Apr 2017

  1. Can Arctic ecosystems survive without river icings?

    Winter ice deposits that form on top of Arctic rivers and provide crucial water for ecosystems in the summer are melting far earlier with each successive year. These arctic river icings, which can be up to 33 feet thick, multiple kilometers wide and stretch tens of kilometers in length,...

  2. AMAP report: Arctic warming comes with a big global price tag

    An assessment report with contributions from more than 90 scientists warned this week that, between now and the end of this century, continuing climate change in the Arctic could inflict tens of trillions of dollars of cumulative costs on the global economy. “What happens in the Arctic...

  3. New Report Showcases Global Support for Arctic Research

    Data company ÜberResearch and the UArctic Science & Research Analytics Task Force today released a report analyzing global funding trends in Arctic research: International Arctic Research: Analyzing Global Funding Trends. A Pilot Report (2017 Update). In this annual update to the...

  4. 2015 Final Report Available: Arctic Observing Open Science Meeting

    The 2015 Arctic Observing Open Science Meeting (AOOSM) provided the research community with a forum to discuss the advances supported by sustained, broad, contemporaneous observations in the Arctic and to identify areas for integration into an Interagency Arctic Observing Network. The meeting...

  5. Best Practices of Wind in the Arctic – Infographic

    In March 2017, The Arctic Institute in partnership with Yukon College, the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER), and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, with support from the U.S. Mission to Canada held a two-day workshop in Whitehorse, Yukon on the future of Arctic entrepreneurship....

  6. Ancient Methane Eruption Scars Found In Canadian Arctic

    Around 100 million years ago, there was an enormous explosion of methane that made its way up into Earth’s atmosphere, which, along with a few powerful volcanic eruptions, helped bring about a profoundly hot climate. Now, it appears that researchers wandering through the Arctic have...

  7. Invitation to survey on key priorities for polar research

    EU-PolarNet and a group of 50 polar experts and stakeholders are working together to develop a set of polar white papers. These white papers will provide a state of the art for a range of societal relevant polar issues and outline possible approaches on how to address these. They now invite you...

  8. Arctic river ice deposits rapidly disappearing

    Climate change is causing thick ice deposits that form along Arctic rivers to melt nearly a month earlier than they did 15 years ago, a new study finds. River icings form when Arctic groundwater reaches the surface and solidifies on top of frozen rivers. They grow throughout the winter until...

  9. Methane Seeps in the Canadian High Arctic

    Cretaceous climate warming led to a significant methane release from the seafloor, indicating potential for similar destabilization of gas hydrates under modern global warming. A field campaign on the remote Ellef Ringnes Island, Canadian High Arctic, discovered an astounding number of methane...

  10. Earth Day Polar "Tweetstorm"

    The US National Committee of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (USAPECS) is organizing a "Tweetstorm" event to celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd. The basic gist of the event is that polar scientists who use Twitter should tweet blurbs about why their research is...

  11. Call for Nominations for Polar Research Board

    The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine seek nominations of potential new Polar Research Board (PRB) members with expertise and practical experience across all areas of polar science (both physical and social sciences), engineering, and policy. The goal is to have a board...

  12. The Arctic Ocean Is Becoming More Like the Atlantic Ocean

    The Arctic is undergoing an astonishingly rapid transition as climate change overwhelms the region. New research sheds light on the latest example of the changes afoot, showing that parts of the Arctic Ocean are becoming more like the Atlantic. Warm waters are streaming into the ocean north...

  13. Digital Elevation Model Available: Greenland Ice Mapping Project

    The Making Earth System Data Records for Use in Research Environments (MEaSUREs) Greenland Ice Mapping Project (GIMP) Digital Elevation Model (DEM) from GeoEye and WorldView Imagery data set is now available at the NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center (NSIDC...

  14. Satellite Data Available: Greenland Ice Sheet, 1992-2016

    The European Space Agency (ESA) Greenland Climate Change Initiative (CCI) project has released a new updated set of essential climate variables for the Greenland ice sheet. These data confirm the continued rapid mass loss of the ice sheet and highlight the possibility for detailed tracking of...