Organizers announce that a conference on 'Sustainability in Mining in the Arctic' will be held 9-11 April 2013 at the Sanaartornermik Ilinniarfik facilities in Sisimiut, Greenland. Abstracts are now being accepted, and must be submitted by Saturday, 15 December 2012 -- please note that this deadline has been extended from the original date.
Contributions are invited on all topics within geo-information and remote sensing applications. Organizers especially welcome contributions on existing and future orbital IS sensors, existing and future airborne IS sensors, image processing methods and tools, new analytical techniques, calibration and validation, application to terrestrial ecosystems, coastal and marine ecosystems, inland waters, urban environment, geology and soils, risk management, climate change, and commercial applications.
The main theme of the conference is the examination of high frequency climate changes reflected in the geological record, and the pacings of change and their geological consequences, during the Holocene (the past 11,700 years). The meeting will be divided into sessions on ocean change, sea-level variability, terrestrial change, ice core change, the modeling of any or all of these, and the interaction between climate and humans. Provisional keynote speakers include Graeme Barker, Ian Hall, Anthony Long, Rosalind Rickaby, Bo Vinther, and Heinz Wanner.
Snow grain size is an essential property required for many applications: cold regions hydrology, polar and mountain climatology, optical and microwave remote sensing, snow chemistry, etc. However, field and laboratory measurements of snow grain size are notoriously difficult and impaired by the coexistence of inconsistent definitions.
Akasofu Building, Room 204, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 5:00-7:00pm
The Geophysical Institute and International Arctic Research Center are sponsoring a First Friday event entitled "Views of the Boreal Forest," on April 5, 2013 in Room 204 of the Akasofu Building on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. The art show will feature unique perspectives of northern forests through the eyes of local artists. The event runs from 5 to 7 p.m. and parking is free!
The 9th Annual Polar Technology Conference will be held 2-4 April 2013 in Annapolis, Maryland at the U.S. Naval Academy. The primary purpose of this conference is to bring together polar scientists and technology developers in a forum to exchange information on research system operational needs and technology solutions that have been successful in polar environments.
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This is a three-day boating course provided by Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA http://amsea.org). Aimed at researchers working in or around water, this course covers topics such as inflatable boat and motor use, emergency signaling devices, personal flotation devices, and hypothermia. Students spend time on and in the water during training.
For more information and registration, please email fieldrisk [at] polarfield.com.
Alaska Sea Grant and other sponsors will hold a 3.5-day Wakefield Fisheries Symposium, to advance understanding of present and future responses of arctic marine ecosystems to climate change at all trophic levels, by documenting and forecasting changes in environmental processes and species responses to those changes. Presentations will focus on collaborative approaches to understanding and managing living marine resources in a changing Arctic, and to managing human responses to changing arctic marine ecosystems.
The Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) will meet to receive comments or questions regarding their draft document, "U.S. Arctic Marine Transportation System: Overview and Priorities for Action." To join the conference call, please email your request to ArcticMTS [at] cmts.gov. Staff will provide the call-in information. Both U.S. and international lines are available. The draft CMTS Arctic MTS paper is available here.