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This page provides recent announcements from the polar community that are not directly related to GCW. New documents, job opportunities, student training, special datasets, and field experiments are posted here. All items are extracted from email lists such as CRYOLIST and ArcticInfo, various newletters, and other public mailings. GCW news and other cryosphere news are available elsewhere on this site. Meetings, workshops, and some conferences are available on the Community Calendar.

[2017-06-22] The World Glacier Monitoring Service has updated its Fluctuations of Glaciers (FoG) database with more than 30,000 new or corrected data records. You can access the new database version using the WGMS FoG Browser at http://wgms.ch/fogbrowser/ or download the entire database from http://wgms.ch/data_databaseversions/. [CRYOLIST]

[2017-04-21] The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has agreed to produce two new reports: Special Report on Oceans and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, and Climate Change and Land. Both are expected to be finalized in September 2019. Outlines for the two reports were drafted at scoping meetings in December 2016 and February 2017. More information is available at https://public.wmo.int/en/media/news/ipcc-agrees-outlines-of-new-reports-oceans-and-cryosphere-land. [WMO]

[2016-12-02] We would like to draw your attention to a session at EGU 2017 that is focused on projects related to the objectives of GCW and its partners: "Cross Disciplinary Observations for an Integrated Understanding of the Arctic system". Information for submitting an abstract is at http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2017/session/24604. EGU 2017 will be held April 23-28 2017 in Vienna, Austria. Abstracts are due 11 January 2017. Hope to see you in Vienna! - Jeff Key and Wolfgang Schöner

[2016-11-22] The U.S. launched it"s next-generation geostationary satellite, GOES-R, on 19 November 2016. GOES-R contains a 16-band imager, a lightning mapper, and instruments for space weather. While geostationary satellites are not normally used for high-latitude observations, the higher spatial resolution GOES-R imager will provide useful data in the southern portion of the western Arctic. Sea and lake ice products will be generated, with a particular emphasis on the Great Lakes. An advanced fractional snow cover product will also be produced. Watch the launch at https://youtu.be/FDhJYgcHDX8.

[2016-10-21] The World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS) is now providing a standardized dataset of 19 first-order and more than 90 second-order glacier regions from the GTN-G website at http://www.gtn-g.ch/data_catalogue_glacreg/. These are basically the regions used in the fifth assessment report of the IPCC, in the Randolph Glacier Inventory, and in the Global Glacier Change Bulletin No. 1 of the WGMS. [CRYOLIST]

[2016-10-06] From the Polar Prediction Project: "The first issue of the PolarPredictNews, a newsletter with updates on recent, ongoing and upcoming activities during the Year of Polar Prediction, is now available for download. Edited by the International Coordination Office for Polar Prediction, the PolarPredictNews keep you updated with recent, ongoing and upcoming activities during the Year of Polar Prediction. With this newsletter, we are aiming to build a common platform to exchange information, updates, and developments in polar prediction." [Polar Prediction]

[2016-10-04] A new scientific data portal that provides convenient functionality for searching, viewing, visualising and downloading satellite based products for ice sheets, glaciers and seasonal snow is now available at http://cryoportal.enveo.at. The products are generated by ENVEO and several partners in various projects, funded by ESA, EC and national agencies. The products are freely available for download after simple registration. [CRYOLIST]

[2016-09-06] A database of "Greenland surface mass balance observations from the ice-sheet ablation area and local glaciers" is now available from the Programme for Monitoring of the Greenland Ice Sheet (PROMICE). The database contains 3000 point measurements of surface mass balance spanning the 123 years from 1892 to 2015. The data have been compiled in the framework of the Programme for Monitoring of the Greenland Ice Sheet PROMICE and are freely accessible at http://www.promice.dk/MassebalancedataDownload.html.  [CRYOLIST]

[2016-09-06] The NOAA ESRL/PSD Arctic Processes & Modeling Team has started their second season of issuing "Experimental Sea Ice Forecasts", on the 0-10 day timescale, using the coupled ice-ocean-atmosphere model, RASM-ESRL. Please visit their website to view a variety of 2016 forecast products, model validation, skill assessment results from the 2015 freeze-up season, and 2016 model output archive. [J. Intrieri, NOAA]

[2016-05-31] The World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS) announces a new release of the WGMS Fluctuations of Glaciers Browser. It is available at http://wgms.ch/fogbrowser/. The WGMS team and ESRI Switzerland jointly developed this new interface to the Fluctuations of Glaciers (FoG) database. The map-based web-browser provides a global overview of available observation series of glacier front variation, glaciological mass balance, and geodetic thickness change. [CRYOLIST]

[2016-04-21] A new paper by Nager et al. (2016, http://www.mdpi.com/2072-4292/8/4/348) describes a method for monitoring snowmelt with Sentinel-1 SAR. This work addresses the snow observation requirements of the WMO Polar Space Task Group (PSTG) and GCW. 

[2016-04-17] The European Space Agency launched the GlobPermafrost initiative to develop, validate and implement information products to support the research communities and related international organisations in their work on understanding permafrost better by integration of Earth Observation data. As a first step, GlobPermafrost is updating the user requirements and has developed an online survey for this purpose. If you are interested in participating in the surface, provide your requirements by 22nd of April at http://www.globpermafrost.info/cms/news/user-requirements-survey-online. [CRYOLIST]

[2016-03-19] The U.S. Department of State announced the blog "Our Arctic Nation," an initiative of the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council to share how each U.S. state is connected to the Arctic. Each week throughout 2016, a local voice from a different corner of America will share the reasons why his or her home state contributes to America"s identity as an Arctic nation. The blog is available at https://medium.com/our-arctic-nation.

[2016-03-19] From the European Space Agency (ESA): "As part of the Scientific Exploitation of Operational Missions (SEOM) programme element, the European Space Agency (ESA) is organising a new advanced Cryosphere Training Course devoted to train the next generation of Earth Observation (EO) scientists to exploit data from ESA and operational EO Missions (e.g. the Sentinels) for science and applications development. Post graduate, PhD students, post–doctoral research scientists and users from European countries and Canada interested in Cryosphere Remote Sensing and its applications are invited to apply to the 5 day course which will be held at the University of Leeds, UK from 12 to 16 September 2016. Research scientists and students from all other countries are also welcome to apply and participate to the course subject to space availability." More information at http://seom.esa.int/cryotraining2016/index.php.

[2016-01-23] The Fourth International Summer School in Glaciology will by hosted by the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in McCarthy, Alaska, 7-17 June, 2016. The course is intended to provide glaciology graduate students with a comprehensive overview of the physics of glaciers and current research frontiers in glaciology with focus on quantitative glaciology, modeling and remote sensing of glaciers and ice sheets. The course is taught by glaciology faculty of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and several invited guest lecturers. APPLICATION DEADLINE: 1 February 2016. [CRYOLIST]