Another exciting ooportunity below – the MOSAiC live-link session is scheduled for 23 October (17:00-18:00 UK time)
What does it feel like to be locked in ice, drifting across the Central Arctic Ocean in the middle of the polar night? Why is it both fascinating and challenging to do scientific research from a frozen ice-breaker? How do you build an ice camp on a moving Arctic floe? What mysteries does the Central Arctic Ocean hold, and in what way are Arctic researchers helping to solve them?
Join us for a live-link with Dr. Markus Frey from British Antarctic Survey who has just returned from the MOSAiC expediton, the largest year-round multinational expedition in the Central Arctic Ocean. Get an insider view into the life and work of an Arctic researcher.
On 22 October, 10-11:15am UK time, SIN Russia and the NERC Arctic Office are organising a UK-Russia Arctic Science Links webinar jointly with Tomsk State University “A journey along the Siberian mega-transect: Discovering Tomsk State University and environmental research“. This is a unique opportunity to hear directly from Russian researchers on their ongoing and future scientific projects linked to Arctic research and climate change as well as learn more about their research infrastructure and explore potential for joint work.
From environmental monitoring in the Arctic and sub-Arctic regions to Siberian rock glaciers to research into the Northern Hemisphere’s largest swamp system (the Great Vasyugan Mire) – Tomsk State University covers it all and much more! We will take you on an exciting journey to discover the University’s BioClimLand multidisciplinary research centre, environmental research across Siberia’s mega-transect and opportunities for fieldwork and networking across Siberia through the Siberian Change Network (SecNet).
“Arctic-focused youth find inspiration at the UK Polar Network”
You’ll see a familiar face in the WWF’s first magazine of the year. This edition of The Circle showcases the voices of the youth and their movements forwards. Our own festival co-coordinator, Chloe Scott, discusses ways to support the interested youth; those disproportionately affected by climate change, and so those who deserve the opportunity to be involved in future decisions.
The online Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) launches tomorrow followed by the Arctic Observing Summit (AOS)!
The ASSW is an international assembly convened by the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), fostering communication and collaboration between international policymakers, scientists, indigenous people, businesses and NGOs in discussing and addressing key Arctic issues.
This year event will be held online on 27 March – 2 April, and registration is currently live and open to everybody.
We are happy to report, that the second Arctic Interdisciplinary Studies 2020, ARCTIS 2020, field course in Khanty-Mansiysk city and vicinity, Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Region, West Siberia, Russia was successfully held in February 2020, co-organised by the UKPN and APECS Russia.
As per tradition, the course included various disciplines: Atmosphere, Cryosphere, Terrestrial, Marine (Hydrology) and Social & Humanitarian, which were covered via lectures, practical sessions and fieldwork, including a trip to the Mukhrino research station.
The course also benefited from a stakeholder meeting, trips to local museums and get together events. “The course was a success and everyone, including participants from the UK and Russia, lecturers and organizing committee enjoyed it”, sharedSaule Akhmetkaliyeva, Head of UK Arctic – Russia ECR group for UKPN.
We are looking forward to receiving more photos and feedback on the course, keep your eyes open for future posts!
In collaboration with Pint of Science and supported by the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust as part of their Antarctica In Sight programme, come and enjoy an evening of Arctic and Antarctic celebration. There’ll be a quick-fire quiz with a variety of prizes, so make sure to bring some knowledgeable friends!
It is now well-recognised that science outreach is an essential soft skill for any researcher. Do you understand the necessity but feel too underprepared to get involved? We’re offering online training for anybody interested in taking their science into the classroom and adding a polar theme. The training will be led by a science communication expert and a school teacher to allow both worlds to come together. The focuses will be science communication for children and activity preparation, with tips on public speaking.
The UK Polar Network will be holding a workshop at the Arctic Sciences conference in Loughborough in September. We are offering an optional social media for conferences session on the evening of the 10th, a morning workshop on proposal writing, and a free lunch. Don’t forget to register before 8th August.
Training the next generation of polar scientists in software sustainability
Organised in collaboration with the UK Polar Network and the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM) UCL, more than 20 early career polar scientists were given the opportunity to improve their software skills during an interactive workshop. As with many scientific disciplines within polar sciences we have our software heroes with the opensouce code stored in github… and we have those who would never dream of sharing their code. There are, however, many who would like to fit into the first category and to be more open but are concerned about sharing their code. It was this group that we aimed to help, as well as those who would like to learn better practices in writing and developing their software.
The UCL Earth Sciences deinonychus ready to welcome participants to the workshop.
Several SSI fellows provided invaluable help on the day, not only through delivering their own sessions but also staying around and helping participants through the other practical sessions. Adam Jackson kicked off the day with an introduction to open science and sustainable software, and David Perez-Suarez and Yo Yehudi ran hugely successful workshops on testing and open scientific code through github respectively.
SSI Fellow Adam Jackson kicks off the day with an introduction to open science and sustainable software.
In addition to this training we had two speakers from industry who demonstrated that their software skills have transferred to careers outside of academia: Ruari Rhodes (Hiscox) spoke to us and Sam Thomas (Zopa) shared some of his wisdom from his previous work in academia. We were also fortunate enough to have an interlude from the coding from UCL’s Professor Chris Rapley who shared his extensive knowledge on climate change communication, setting us up nicely for the following day’s hackday.
Workshop particpants get to grip with David Perez-Suarez’s testing session.
The UK’s First Polar Hackathon?
Following the training workshop, many of the participants returned to participate in (as far as we are aware!) the UK’s first polar science hackathon. We were joined by participants from Airbus and other departments from UCL (physics and geography) to work on a variety of problems, including machine learning, shipping routes through the Arctic and extreme events in Greenland.
Projects were judged by popular vote, with a focus on open science, collaboration within the team, as well as results found during the day. Prizes for the hackathon were generously provided by Indorse.
A welcome pizza break from coding during the hackathon.
We will share results of this workshop with the international earth sciences community at December’s American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. We would like to thank the Software Sustainability Institute for providing funding for this workshop through my fellowship fund as well as the Association for Early Career Polar Scientists for additional travel support and endorse for sponsoring our Hackday.
The resources from the workshop are available here:
During the recent BAS workshop in Cambridge the UKPN facilitated a competition for a polar science outreach proposal. The project “Sounds of Change: Greenland Ice Sheet Melt” was picked for it’s original idea. We wish to congratulate Heather Bell (Durham University), Joseph Nolan (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research), and Zuzanna Swirad (Durham University) for this achievement and we are looking forward to support their efforts realising the proposed project.
The project aims to produce an open access digital soundscape documenting the melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet. The project organisers plan on using mostly ambient noise which has already been recorded and is available in archives and from polar researchers who undertake fieldwork in Greenland. The soundscape will travel from the interior of the ice sheet following researchers in the field, on a route out to the ocean with the sounds of rivers in flood, iceberg calving events and the impacts that the melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet is having on local inhabitants. They hope that this resource will be used in schools and alongside museum or art exhibits.
Please get in touch with the UKPN or the project leaders if you have some interesting recordings you wish contribute to this exciting project or would be willing to document some soundscapes during your upcoming research trip.