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  1. The Arctic's black gold

    Forget the North Sea and the Middle East, it is the frozen oceans of the Arctic which are the next great frontier that companies such as Statoil are exploiting. The Norwegian company, the petroleum industry, authorities and other implicated parties are bringing together all their expertise to...

  2. Characterizing permafrost microbes in a changing climate

    In the effort to curb climate change by reducing global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, thawing permafrost poses a critical challenge. These reservoirs of frozen organic matter embedded in Arctic soils are one of the major (~1.5 billion tons) stores of carbon on Earth. One of the abiding...

  3. Glacier Model Intercomparison (GlacierMIP): Call for participation

    GlacierMIP is a new 4-yr Targeted Activity under the umbrella of the Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) programe aiming at systematic intercomparison of glacier models that are capable of modeling the evolution of glaciers outside the ice sheets on a global-scale. Similar to previous ice sheet...

  4. Advanced Climate Dynamics Courses 2015

    ACDC 2015 (Advanced Climate Dynamics Courses) Topic: Climate and Volcanism Date: August 23rd - September 4th,2015 Location: Heradskolinn on Iceland (a former boarding school at Laugarvatn) Target: Advanced PhD candidates and early career scientists. Goal: To mix students and lecturers with...

  5. Polar Prediction School - Call for Expressions of Interest

    We would like to call your attention to the WWRP/WCRP/Bolin Centre Polar Prediction School that will be held at the Abisko Field Station in Arctic Sweden from 5-15 April 2016 sponsored by WWRP, WCRP, and the Bolin Center.  The school is part of the WWRP Polar Prediction Project and...

  6. Norway Prioritizes High North Equipment

    As Russia strengthens its naval, air and ground forces in its northern territories, Norway has responded by scaling-up manpower, equipment and Arctic combat units as part of a broader reinforcement of its High North defenses. Norway's program, part of the Norwegian Defense Forces'...

  7. First rules for Arctic drilling released

     The Department of the Interior (DOI), acting through BOEM and BSEE, proposes to revise and add new requirements to regulations for exploratory drilling and related operations on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) seaward of the State of Alaska (Alaska OCS). The Alaska OCS has the...

  8. Submarine data used to investigate turbulence beneath Arctic ice

    Using recently released Royal Navy submarine data, researchers at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have investigated the nature of turbulence in the ocean beneath the Arctic sea-ice. Recent decreases in Arctic sea ice may have a big impact on the circulation, chemistry and biology of...

  9. DARPA to delve into the Arctic

    As Arctic ice recedes, the region could become of greater importance commercially, for trade routes and energy exploration, but also militarily. The U.S. government, in fact, has for the first time proposed federal regulations for oil and natural-gas drilling in the Arctic Ocean and last...

  10. Concerns over future of joint Russian-American weather station

    The future of a climate change monitoring facility in the Arctic run jointly by Russia and the United States is under threat following tensions between the nations. The Hydrometeorological Observatory was developed through a partnership between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and...

  11. New Theory Behind Dozens of Craters Found in Siberia

    When a massive and mysterious hole was discovered in Siberia last July, social media users pointed to everything from a meteorite to a stray missile to aliens to the Bermuda Triangle as possible causes. But the most plausible explanation seemed to be the explosive release of melting methane...

  12. King Outlines Arctic Priorities Ahead of Energy Committee Hearing

    In a letter today to the leaders of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) outlined several priorities he hopes the Committee will consider when it holds a hearing on the Arctic in the coming weeks in anticipation of the United States assuming the...