Multiple Resource Announcements

Date: 
12 March 2013

Multiple Resource Announcements

1. Online Database
Arctic Science and Technology Information System (ASTIS)

2. Summer Undergraduate and Graduate Field Course Available
Arctic Vegetation Ecology
6-23 June 2013
University of Alaska Fairbanks

3. Virtual Exhibition Published
The Wegener Diaries: Scientific Expeditions into the Eternal Ice
Environment and Society Portal

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1. Online Database
Arctic Science and Technology Information System (ASTIS)

Canada's national northern database, the Arctic Science and Technology
Information System (ASTIS), now describes 77,000 publications and
research projects. The database is available at:
http://www.aina.ucalgary.ca/astis.

ASTIS includes all subjects and covers the Yukon, the Northwest
Territories, Nunavut, the northern parts of seven provinces, and
Canada's arctic waters. The publications cited in the database include
both peer-reviewed and grey literature. Major new additions to the
database during the past year include 760 Canadian IPY 2007-2008
publications, 450 ArcticNet publications, 190 Northern Contaminants
Program publications, and 250 publications about the environmental
impacts, socio-economic effects, and regulation of oil and gas
exploration, development, and transportation in northern Canada.

There are now 20,600 ASTIS records that link to full-text PDF files of
publications. In order to focus resources on important aspects of
northern Canada, fifteen subsets of the main ASTIS database are
available as separate databases from their own websites.

To view a complete list of the subset databases, please go to:
http://www.arctic.ucalgary.ca/databases.

For further information or to search the ASTIS database, please go to:
http://www.aina.ucalgary.ca/astis.

For questions, please contact:
Shannon Vossepoel
E-mail: shannonv@ucalgary.ca

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2. Summer Undergraduate and Graduate Field Course Available
Arctic Vegetation Ecology
6-23 June 2013
University of Alaska Fairbanks

The University of Alaska Fairbanks announces that applications are now
being accepted for an 18-day three-credit summer field course entitled
"The 2013 Arctic Vegetation Ecology." The course will be taught at the
University of Alaska Fairbanks campus, the Toolik field station, and
remote locations in northern Alaska 6-23 June 2013.

The course is appropriate for vegetation scientists and botanists, as
well as students interested in an overview of the Arctic, its
ecosystems, and its role in contemporary discussions of climate change
and land-use change. An interdisciplinary approach will examine
vegetation, soils, permafrost, geology, land-use and climate-change
issues in a wide variety of habitats and settings along the climate
gradient. Students will learn methods of vegetation, soil, and
environmental sampling required for vegetation analysis.

The course will be offered through the Summer Sessions program at the
University of Alaska Fairbanks and is limited to ten students. The cost
of meals, lodging and travel between the field sites is included in the
course fee. Students are expected to pay for their travel to Fairbanks
and meals while in Fairbanks.

A $500 non-refundable deposit is required within one week of acceptance
the course. Final payment is due 6 May 2013.

For further information and to download the application form,
please go to: http://www.geobotany.uaf.edu/teaching/biol495.

The 2013 Arctic Vegetation Ecology Northern Alaska Field Course (BIOL
495/695) is one of a series of vegetation science courses offered at the
University of Alaska Fairbanks. For more information about the series,
please see: http://www.geobotany.uaf.edu/teaching.

For questions, please contact:
Skip Walker
Email: dawalker@alaska.edu
Phone: 907-474-2460

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3. Virtual Exhibition Published
The Wegener Diaries: Scientific Expeditions into the Eternal Ice
Environment and Society Portal

The Environmental and Society Portal team announces publication of a new
virtual exhibition entitled "The Wegener Diaries: Scientific Expeditions
into the Eternal Ice," which is available online.

The exhibition includes the complete handwritten diaries from the three
major Greenland expeditions of German polar researcher Alfred Wegener,
which are now accessible in digital form for the first time. The
exhibition also includes photos, documentary film footage, and a
transcribed and translated digital edition of some two hundred selected
diary pages.

Wegener's writings offer first-hand impressions of Greenland's extreme
environments, the dynamics of its ice sheet, and the challenges of
collecting scientific data under extreme conditions. He reflects on
science and technology, relationships with his colleagues, and his
professional aspirations for a future expedition to the South Pole.

To view the exhibit, enter "Wegener" in the search portal at:
http://www.environmentandsociety.org.

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