The Local Organizing Committee and Portland State University look forward to welcoming the Antarctic community to Portland, Oregon in July of 2012.
This SCAR Open Science Conference will focus on SCAR's dual role of science and advice to policy makers. In a change to previous conferences the first time slots (2.5 hours) of the last three days will be in plenary, with a focus on high level overarching themes we believe will be of interest to the majority of attendees:
Visit the world’s only university-owned rocket range, located in the heart of the Interior’s gold-mining district – Chatanika. Poker Flat Research Range has launched sounding rockets since 1969, but has recently grown to include a fleet of unmanned aircraft. You’re invited to tour the lower range, view models of rockets and unmanned aircraft and earn about the history of this exciting site that draws scientists from around the world. The Poker Flat Research Range Open House runs from 4 to 8 p.m. and admission is free!
The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and the World Climate Research Program (WCRP) are pleased to announce the kick-off workshop of the renewed Ice-Sheet Mass Balance and Sea Level (ISMASS) expert group.
This workshop will provide training in the sampling, production, description and interpretation of thin sections of sediments from a wide variety of environments, with particular focus on glacigenic sediments. It is intended for research students, early career and established researchers who wish to explore the potential of thin section micromorphology, SEM and 3D-computed tomography within their research.
The workshop is limited to 18 delegates, and will cost £250 (£150 for postgraduates); on-campus accommodation is available at QMUL.
Glaciers and ice sheets are making large contributions to rising sea level, and their mass losses are expected to accelerate in a warming climate. New technologies have broadened our ability to detect and monitor glacier and ice sheet changes, though large uncertainties about the current state of the cryosphere remain. Moreover, predictive models are at present unable to capture many key processes of glacier mass balance and dynamics, many of which are non-linear. How are glaciers and ice sheets responding to recent changes in climate, and what changes can we expect in the future?
The 2012 NMEA conference is entitled "North to Alaska's Seas: A Confluence of Science and Culture". The NMEA Annual Conference will bring together formal and informal educators, scientists, students, and resource managers to share ideas about the world of water. Conference sponsors are the Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators (NAME) and the Alaska Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE Alaska).
The workshop will bring together a multi-disciplinary group of scientists representing the bio-, cryo-, geo- and atmospheric sciences to investigate the issues that can be addressed by remote field programs. The aim is to exchange ideas about scientific priorities which could be explored from 2-3 possible sites and develop a consensus on the highest priority site that would be the focus of the next round of proposals (in 2013). Another goal is to introduce a new generation of researchers to the possibilities for future scientific investigations in the Transantarctic Mountains.
Panelists include Suzanne Bevan, of Swansea University, Erin Pettit of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Ross Powell of Northern Illinois University, and Ian Willis of Cambridge University. Each panel member will give a short overview of their career to date and then there will be a discussion session with the opportunity for all attendees to ask questions of our panelists on all matters pertaining to building a successful career in polar or cryospheric research.