World Meteorological Day will be celebrated on 23 March 2006 by National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) throughout the world and by the WMO Secretariat around the theme "Preventing and mitigating natural disasters".
20.03.06 Nikolay Spassky, Deputy Secretary of the Russian Federation Security Counsil, will visit Norwegian archipelago of Spitzbergen to discuss issues of industrial activity and cooperation with Norwegian authorities, the Counsil press service reports. Possibilities for industrial activity at Spitzbergen were hampered after Norway adopted Law on Environment Protection in 2002.
16.03.06Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme - deadline 1st April, 2006
The University of Alaska is pleased to offer 10 postdoctoral fellowships, starting during academic year 06-07, for a period of up to three years to cover the time frame of the fourth International Polar Year plus analysis and publication of results....
06.04.06Rapid Climate Change International Science Conference
24 - 27 October 2006. Birmingham, U.K.
Some models predict that rapid (decadal-scale) climate change could occur under the scenario of global warming that is likely to happen over the next century. The Atlantic Ocean's thermohaline circulation (THC) is thought to have played a key role in rapid changes in the past and to have the potential to do so in the future, although other processes may also cause rapid climate change to occur. This conference will explore the scientific understanding of rapid climate change, with a main but not exclusive focus on the role of the THC in such change.
A new report from the World Conservation Union (IUCN) states that the polar bear is one of 16,000 species and plants threatened by extinction because of global warming, illegal hunting or disrupted nature. - The development goes the wrong way, the report reads.
The IUCN believed every fourth mamal and every eight bird is in danger of disappearing. Global warming is the main reason for the negative development.
Leader of the Union, Achim Steiner, says new alliances between groups in society will have to be formed in order to turn the development.
A huge area in the Russian North is about to be transformed into a mud dump because of global warming. The area located in western Siberia is comparable in size with all of France and Germany. -This is an ecological avalanche, which is impossible to stop, says Sergey Kirpotin from the University of Tomsk. The researcher says the melting is linked with global warming and that the changes have been taken place in the course of the last few years.
10.05.06 July 17-19, 2006 - Second International Conference on Global Warmingin Santa Fe, New Mexico. This conference and workshop will focus on drivers and regulators of climate change and variability other than greenhouse gases. Greenhouse gas effects on climate have been much more thoroughly investigated and are assessed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Our goal is to provide a scientific perspective on the changes associated with other climate forcings and feedbacks that are more uncertain. For more information visit the conference website.
22.05.06. Early end of sea ice season in Kongsfjorden
As in other fjords at the western coast of Spitsbergen, Kongsfjorden was very early sea ice free. In the framework of the two NFR projects “MariClim” and “Climate effects of reducing black carbon emissions”, and as a part of the NPI long-term Kongsfjorden sea ice monitoring project, six scientists worked in Kongsfjorden and Krossfjorden the last 10 days.
01.06.06. Research Fellow (PhD position) at the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research
A 4-year position as research fellow (PhD position) is available at the Department of Earth Science from 1 August 2006. The workplace will be at the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research (BCCR). The BCCR has been awarded the status of a Centre of Excellence by the Research Council of Norway, and is affiliated with Unifob AS.
02.06.06 NPs forsker og leder for Polarklimaprogrammet, Dr. Nalan Koc is a co-author of three papers that appear in the June-issue of arguably the most prestigious scientific journal in the world, Nature. The papers use novel results from sea bed samplings to argue the case that previous mathematical models underestimated the temperatures in the ancient Arctic Ocean.
July.21.06.06 Work begins on global seed bank on Arctic island
LONGYEARBYEN, Norway (Reuters) - Work began in the Arctic on Monday on building a global bank of crop seeds that scientists hope will prevent the extinction of unique species such as those lost in wars in Afghanistan and Iraq more information