Open Meetings Available - Arctic Community Meeting Room

28 November 2012

Open Meetings Available
Arctic Community Meeting Room
American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting
2-7 December 2012

San Francisco Marriott Marquis, Pacific Room J
55 4th Street, San Francisco, California

For further information, please go to:

The Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) is again hosting the
Arctic Community Meeting Room at the American Geophysical Union (AGU)
Fall Meeting in San Francisco, California, 2-7 December 2012. Many of
the meetings scheduled in the Arctic Community Meeting Room are open
invitation. Organizers of the following meetings invite the arctic
community to attend (all times are listed in Pacific Standard Time):


10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. -- PolarConnect Live Webinar
PolarTREC teacher Michael Lebaron and the WISSARD project team sign on
for a live webinar from McMurdo Station, Antarctic. The webinar will
start at 10:30 a.m. For further information, please go to:

12:15-1:45 p.m. -- Arctic Field Risk Management
Arctic field training instructor Allen O'Bannon (CH2MHILL Polar
Services) will present information about best practices for responding
to bear encounters in remote areas during research fieldwork. He will
talk about general bear behavior, and how best to react to those
behaviors. Allen is an experienced instructor, outdoor guide, and
author. His talks focus on practical methods for managing risk in the

6:15-7:15 p.m. -- AGU Polar Science Outreach: Moving Forward
Meet up with educators, scientists, and community members to discuss the
goals for Polar Educators International, the APECS Education & Outreach
Committee (EOC), and other partnering organizations that hope to engage
students and the public in science learning for the polar regions.
Additional information and virtual participation are available at:

7:30-9:00 p.m. -- ISAC Town Hall - 2013 Arctic Observing Summit
This year's annual ISAC Town Hall meeting will focus on the Arctic
Observing Summit 2013. Information on other ISAC activities will also be
included. For further information, please go to:


12:00-1:30 p.m. -- Naval Academy Ice Experiment Planning Meeting
The Naval Academy is proposing to host a field experiment with
undergraduate students from the U.S. Naval Academy and graduate students
from the University of Delaware. This planning meeting will cover
logistics and field experiment plans for the project, which will make
sea ice observations out of Barrow, Alaska in mid-March 2013.

1:45-3:15 p.m. -- Science Resources in Barrow, Alaska
CH2M HILL Polar Services (CPS) staff will talk about the unique arctic
community of Barrow, Alaska, and the resources available to support
research projects in the area. Topics will include recent changes in
science support providers; infrastructure and services; the project
planning process, including cost estimates, letters of support, and
permitting; and community outreach. Virtual participation options are
available; please contact Marin Kuizenga ( for

3:30-4:30 p.m. -- Arctic Freshwater Budgets Meeting
The purpose of this informal meeting is to discuss various projects
dealing with freshwater inputs into the Arctic Ocean, changes in
freshwater ice cover and hydrology in the Arctic, and related
initiatives. The goal is to find ways to better connect these efforts to
improve observations and regional and global climate models. The meeting
is sponsored by the Climate and Cryosphere Project (CliC) and the
International Arctic Science Committee (IASC).


8:00-9:30 a.m. -- Cryospheric Climate Data Record
Through NASA MEaSUREs support, a team of cryospheric scientists at five
universities and a NASA lab are assembling a climate data record that
merges satellite-derived records of snow cover extent and snow melt
condition over Northern Hemisphere continents, arctic sea ice, and the
Greenland ice sheet. This open working meeting of the team and its
advisory committee will discuss the merging process and how to handle
the boundary conditions that exist along the land and coastal regions.
Updates on the various snow products that are being combined will also
be discussed.

9:45-11:45 a.m. -- Using Video to Communicate Science
This meeting is structured as a workshop for science filmmakers. It will
start with a free video workshop by Ryan Vachon for all new and
potential filmmakers, followed by a discussion with other experienced
amateur and professional science filmmakers in attendance.

12:00-1:30 p.m. -- NSF Arctic Sciences Town Hall
NSF program officers will provide the community with updates on what is
new at NSF and the status of the programs. There will also be time for
questions and concerns from the community.

6:00-8:00 p.m. -- U.S. Permafrost Association, Annual Meeting
Meet colleagues in permafrost science and engineering and learn about
recent and upcoming activities of USPA and its members. For further
information, please go to:


12:00-1:30 p.m. -- PolarCube: Advancing Science at the Poles Through the
Integration of Cyber-Infrastucture and Polar Research
The goal of the meeting is to provide a venue for computer scientists
and polar researchers interested in both the Arctic and Antarctica to
exchange ideas, report on ongoing collaborations, and identify potential
areas for future collaborations. Organizers request that anyone
interested in attending complete the survey available at:

3:00-4:00 p.m. -- Cryosphere Organizations Meeting
With the ever-increasing interest in the changing Arctic, Antarctic,
Alpine, and frozen parts of our world comes more research activity and
demands on researchers' time. This is creating a need for better
coordination among organizations to maximize resources and outcomes. The
goal of this meeting is to discuss ongoing and upcoming activities
sponsored by various organizations in an attempt to consolidate similar
activities/meetings and identify areas where gaps may need to be filled.
Anyone is welcome to attend, with active members from various
organizations especially encouraged.

Limited space is still available in the Arctic Community Meeting Room.
The complete schedule is available on the ARCUS website, at: If you would
like to reserve space, please contact Kristina Creek at ARCUS

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