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Second Issue of Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON) Canada Results Bulletin Now Online

The second issue of the Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON) Canada Results Bulletin is now online. This bulletin, developed in partnership with the Canadian chapter of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), communicates results from monitoring and assessment projects in the Canadian North and highlights their links to policy.

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Canadian Polar Commission Welcomes Royal Assent of the Canadian High Arctic Research Station Act

Ottawa, December 17 2014

 The Canadian Polar Commission, Canada’s primary polar knowledge agency, welcomes Royal Assent of the Canadian High Arctic Research Station Act, which it received today as part of Bill C-43. The Act will merge the mandates and functions of the Canadian Polar Commission and the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) in a single organization.

Reminder: Nominations Open for the 2015 Northern Science Award

Nominations are open for the 2015 Northern Science Award.

The Northern Science Award is presented annually to an individual or a group who have made a significant contribution to meritorious knowledge and understanding of the Canadian North. In the spirit of the last International Polar Year (2007-2008) the Northern Science Award recognizes the transformation of knowledge into action.

FOXY wins 2014 Arctic Inspiration Prize!

The third annual Arctic Inspiration Prize awards ceremony was held in Ottawa, Ontario on 10 December 2014 in conjunction with the international Arctic Change 2014 conference. The $1 million prize was awarded to a single team, FOXY (Fostering Open eXpression among Youth), for their extraordinary knowledge to action plan.

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Canadian High Arctic Research Station launches its first Call for Proposals

The CHARS’ pan-northern S&T program is now launching its first Call for Proposals (CfPs). This first CfP’s will initiate elements of the CHARS pan-northern S&T Program by requesting proposals that will: strengthen monitoring in northern Canada; and fill research gaps in northern regions of significant resource development.
The total approximate funding available is $2 million for 2015-2016, $2.5 million for 2016-17 and $2.5 million for 2017-2018. The deadline for proposal submission is February 9, 2015 at 11:59 AM (noon) Eastern Standard Time.

Polar Blog: Innovative techniques monitor polar bears without disturbing them

How is the changing Arctic sea ice affecting the well-being of polar bears? That’s just one of many questions Queen’s University biologist Peter van Coeverden de Groot is hoping to answer with some innovative non-invasive research techniques. Inuit hunters — who are often skeptical of more invasive polar bear research methods — are prepared to give de Groot’s methods a chance, and those from the Gjoa Haven Hunters and Trappers Organization in M’Clintock Channel, Nunavut, are working with him to conduct the study.

United Kingdom: Call for comments on the concept design of a new polar research vessel

The United Kingdom’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has invited the international polar science community to submit comments on the concept design of a new polar research vessel, in terms of its science capability and capacity requirements.  This new vessel, which will enter service in Fall 2019, will be operated for NERC by the British Antarctic Survey.  The deadline for comments is January 31st, 2015.

 For more information, and to submit any input you may have, we encourage you to visit the following link:

Update: Arctic Change 2014 conference

The international Arctic Change 2014 conference aims to stimulate discussion and foster collaborations among people with a vested interest in the Arctic and its peoples.