Antpas members recently attended two conferences: Polar2018 and EUCOP5. For more on Polar2018 have a look at our previous post. News items from the EUCOP5 held in Chamonix, France are listed below.
Megan Balks presented at the council of the International Permafrost Association the 1st Southern Hemisphere Conference on Permafrost (SouthCOP). This conference is scheduled to take place in Queenstown, New Zealand, from 7-11 December 2019. So pencil in these dates, you won't want to miss this conferene!
Marc Oliva, our new Co-Chair, presented a proposal for organizing the next VI EUCOP in Puigcerdà (Eastern Pyrenees) in June 2022. It was a preliminary proposal but could be an excellent opportunity to disseminate ANTPAS research activities on Antarctic permafrost and periglacial processes.
A workshop was also held on the latest activities and new structure of the GTN-P. Information in this is available at: https://gtnp.arcticportal.org/.
A new IPA-Action Group on rock glaciers was also presented at EUCOP5 aiming to provide common guidelines for the inventory and cataloging of these landforms. Several activities (including a workshop) are planned during the next two years to be presented at the next ICOP meeting in Langzhou, China, scheduled for 2020. ANTPAS has committed to catalog all rock glaciers existing in Antarctica so if you would like to contribute to this initiative please contact us.
Don't forget to submit your papers for consideration for the Awards for Young Researchers. The deadline is 1st September 2019. Who can apply for the award? You must be a young researcher in the process of presenting your PhD thesis have submitted your PhD not before January 1, 2014.
Outstanding submissions will be published in two issues of the journal Cuadernos de Investigación Geográfica. Editors of the Cryosphere Science Special Issue are David Palacios (Complutense University of Madrid), Jose M. García-Ruiz (CSIC), Marc Oliva (University of Barcelona), and Jose María Fernández-Fernández (Complutense University of Madrid). Editors of the Research on Mountain Areas Special Issue are Nuria de Andrés (Complutense University of Madrid), Amelia Gómez-Villar (University of León), Luis Miguel Tanarro (Complutense University of Madrid), and Jesus Ruiz-Fernández (University of Oviedo).
More on the award can be seen found on the comprehensive https://www.ucm.es/gfam/young-researchers-award. Good luck!
Have a look at the POLAR2018 book of abstracts here.
Join us for the Permafrost landforms in the two Poles as possible Mars analogue session at POLAR2018 tomorrow (20 June). The session is chaired by Mauro Guglielmin, the ANTPAS Chair, and will be held in A Dischma in the Davos Kongresszentrum from 16:00-17:30.
Antpas will hold a workshop at the upcoming POLAR2018 conference. The session will be held on 17 June from 12 AM to 3 PM at the Rinerhorn Room. All those interested in joining the workshop are welcome! The agenda follows below.
We hope to see you on the 17th!
It has been 25 years since the Conference on Periglacial Processes in Granada (1993), where the IPA-Spain group was created. The group joined the International Permafrost Association (IPA) one year later. Since then, successive IPA-Spain meetings took place until, and in 2007, the Spanish and Portuguese groups of the IPA began their collaboration, which was reflected in six Iberian conferences, the latest one held in 2017. In parallel, researchers from IPA-Spain and IPA-Portugal have advanced in the scientific knowledge about permafrost and periglacial geomorphology in Iberian and other mountain ranges, as well as in Polar Regions.
On the occasion of this event, it has been proposed that a Special Issue be published in the prestigious journal Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, sponsored by the IPA (impact factor 2.815 in the 2016 Journal Citation Reports®).
The aim is to update knowledge on cold geomorphological processes, including permafrost, in mountain environments where these are restricted to the highest altitudes. To this end, scientific research papers focusing on the study of periglacial geomorphology and permafrost in the Iberian massifs and in other mountains of the Mediterranean region, as well as in other mountain areas of low- and mid-latitudes where these processes are marginal (e.g. high inter-tropical mountains) will be considered for publication.
Researchers interested in participating in this Special Issue should send an e-mail with a brief abstract (max. 200 words) to email@example.com by 20 April, also indicating the title of the contribution and its authors.
The papers sent for the Special Issue must follow the format of the journal (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/page/journal/10991530/homepage/forauthors.html). The originals can be sent only through the journal’s platform, between 1 September and 31 December 2018.
For more information please contact Jesús Ruiz-Fernández (University of Oviedo, Spain) or Marc Oliva (University of Barcelona, Spain).
A new version of Quantarctica has been released. Quantarctica compiles Antarctic spatial data in various themes and data are provided by various organisations, institutions and programs. The download is free and available here or click on the image below.
It is with great pleasure that ANTPAS announces our new Co-Chair and we would like to warmly welcome Marc Oliva from the University of Barcelona into the ANTPAS family. Marc will take over as Co-Chair from Gonçalo Vieira during the SCAR Biennial Conference in Davos (POLAR2018) in June of this year. Mauro Guglielmin, our second Co-Chair, will remain in his position. ANTPAS extends its gratitude and appreciation to Gonçalo for co-chairing ANTPAS for the previous years. He will remain a member of our Steering Committee.
We also warmly thank the four other candidates - Dan Morgan, Filip Hrbacek, William Berry Lyons and Zicheng Yu - for their participation and commitment to supporting ANTPAS by standing as candidates for the Co-Chair position. Their participation greatly increased the profile of our group and the interest in the voting process.
We wish the Steering Committee (existing and new members) all the very best for their term!
An exciting new young researcher award has just been announced. The University of Madrid, through the Department of Geography and its Research Group of Physical Geography of High Mountains has opened a call for a Young Researchers Award on works related to the cryosphere science and research in mountain areas. The outstanding works will be published in two issues of the journal Cuadernos de Investigación Geográfica. These are:
Young researchers in the process of presenting their PhD thesis or who have submitted it not before January 1, 2014 are encouraged to participate. Have a look here for guidelines of the award.
ANTPAS wishes everyone a happy Antarctica Day! Every year on 1 December we celebrate that amazing, beautiful and absolutely inspiring continent that belongs to none of us and all of us at the same time. On 1 December 1959 the Antarctic Treaty System was signed, bringing together the global community in preserving Antarctica for peace and science. We wish all our colleagues already in Antarctica, or departing for Antarctica, a successful field season!
How do I become a member?
HOW CAN ANTPAS HELP MY RESEARCH?
You can list your project(s) as one that contributes to one of ANTPAS objectives. In order to have your project considered as an ANTPAS project, you should send a request by email to the co-chairs with an abstract of the project objectives and expected outcomes.
HOW CAN I LINK MY PROJECT WITH ANTPAS?
The Steering Committee is able to provide a letter of support to project proposals showing excellent quality and clearly linked to ANTPAS objectives. An abstract of the project, with clearly stated objectives, including the list of project researchers and the top 5 publications by the team should be sent to the Steering Committee for evaluation, so that a letter is prepared.
HOW DO I ACKNOWLEDGE ANTPAS SUPPORT?
A reference to ANTPAS should be included in the acknowledgements in the papers to be published. If you are presenting at an ANTPAS-organised event or one that is affiliated with ANTPAS, or have received funding from ANTPAS to present your work at any event, please include the ANTPAS logo and SCAR logo in your presentation.
IS ANTPAS INTERNATIONALLY AFFILIATED?
ANTPAS IS an Expert Working Group of SCAR. SCAR fosters international collaboration and engagement and is an International Council for Science (ICSU)-affiliated body. The ICSU is a non-governmental organisation with a global membership of national scientific bodies and International Scientific Unions.