What is IPY
IPY Report: September 2009Written by Melissa Deets
2. IPY Reports
4. APECS update
Methane seeps from Arctic sea-bedWritten by Melissa Deets
Scientists say they have evidence that the powerful greenhouse gas methane is escaping from the Arctic sea-bed.
Researchers say this could be evidence of a predicted positive feedback effect of climate change.
As temperatures rise, the sea-bed grows warmer and frozen water crystals in the sediment break down, allowing methane trapped inside them to escape.
The research team found that more than 250 plumes of methane bubbles are rising from the sea-bed off Norway.
The joint British and German research team detected the bubbles using a type of sonar normally used to search for shoals of fish. Once detected, the bubbles were sampled and tested for methane at a range of depths.
For the full story, please go to http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8205864.stm.
2010 State of the Arctic Conference - New Website and Call for Community InputWritten by Melissa Deets
The State of the Arctic Conference will be held 16-19 March 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Miami in Miami, Florida. The main goal of the conference is to review our understanding of the arctic system in a time of human-induced, rapid environmental change. It will provide an open international forum for discussion of future research directions aimed toward a better understanding of the arctic system and its trajectory.
The Organizing Committee would like your ideas on conference themes, topics, structure, or other suggestions relevant to the conference program. This is not a formal call for sessions, but rather an opportunity for the broader arctic community to provide initial input to the conference planning. A formal call for abstracts will be forthcoming.
Arctic Marine Sciences Early Career WorkshopWritten by David Carlson
The UK Polar Network (UKPN), British branch of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) organizes a series of workshops for early career scientists. The 2nd workshop will take place in Plymouth, UK, 12-13 October 2009. It will focus on Arctic Marine Sciences and is aimed at young researchers at various career stages (from undergraduate to early faculty) who are going to be mentored by experienced researchers in the field.
Thomas Puestow on Polar View Meeting User Needs in the IPY and BeyondWritten by Stefan Geens
On SciencePoles, the scientific website of the International Polar Foundation, Polar View Project Manage Thomas Puestow of C-CORE talks about how the conglomerate of earth observation service providers he has been heading since it began in 2003 has emerged as a key player in meeting user needs during International Polar Year and beyond.
IPY Report: August 2009Written by David Carlson
4. Changes to IPY Website
7. ICSU Visioning process for Earth System Research
ICSU Consultation Process for Earth System ResearchWritten by David Carlson
A Vision for Earth System Research: Have Your Say