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Upcoming Events

  • XXXV SCAR Biennial Meetings June 19, 2018 – June 23, 2018 Davos, Switzerland
  • EUCOP5 June 22, 2018 – July 1, 2018 Chamonix, Francen 5th European Conference on Permafrost
  • SSAG Conference October 1, 2018 – October 5, 2018 UCT For any queries, please contact ssag2018@ufs.ac.za.
  • SSAG Student Conference October 5, 2018 – October 7, 2018 UCT For any queries, please contact ssag2018@ufs.ac.za.
  • Antarctica Day December 1, 2018
  • AGU Fall Meeting December 10, 2018 – December 14, 2018 Washington, DC, United Statesn
  • AGU Fall Meeting December 9, 2019 – December 13, 2019 San Francisco, CA, United Statesn
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PhD position – Mapping of Permafrost Landforms and Soils

The Department of Physical Geography of Stockholm University invites applicants to a 4-year fully funded PhD focusing on the mapping of permafrost landforms and soils.

PhD Project Description

The goal is to combine fieldwork and high resolution remote sensing to characterize and map landforms and soils of coastal permafrost stream catchments.

PhD Position

This position is announced within the European project Nunataryuk (see nunataryuk.org). Stockholm University is workpackage leader for terrestrial permafrost where one of the goals will be to characterize and map landforms and soils of small coastal permafrost stream catchments. Together with research from other Nunataryuk partners, these results will be used to quantify permafrost thaw-impacts on lateral fluxes of sediments, organic matter, nitrogen and contaminants into the aquatic realm.

Applicant Minimum Requirements / Skills

  • Experience in GIS;
  • Experience in remote sensing;
  • Experience in soil science;
  • Experience in geomorphology;
  • Fieldwork experience or experience from working with Arctic environments.  Ability to deal with complex logistical issues, challenging field conditions; and
  • Will have to spend a substantial amount of time abroad

Closing date is 5 February 2018. For more information see: http://www.su.se/english/about/working-at-su/phd?rmpage=job&rmjob=4519&rmlang=UK or contact Gustaf Hugelius at  Gustaf.Hugelius@natgeo.su.se.

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New SAAG Logo

Have a look at the new Southern African association of Geomorphologists (SAAG) logo!

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NRF/SANAP Symposium

NRF SANAP 5th Symposium.pngDon’t forget to register for the 2018 NRF/SANAP Symposium by Monday 29 January. The 5th Symposium will be held in Hermanus and is organised by the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). All interested participants are invited to submit an abstract to the organisers using this template. Alternatively contact the organisers at SANAPsymposium2018@gmail.com.

A little bit of fun…

Have you ever wondered what the knowledge you gain through your studies looks like in images? Then have a look at this great piece by Matthew Might on the Illustrated Guide to a PhD.

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New Young Researcher Award

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.

 

2017/2018 Field Season: Part II

Ian has been at Troll Station since 9 January waiting for his flight back to Cape Town. The flight to Cape Town is scheduled to depart tomorrow – with only 5½ hours separating Antarctica and Africa, spelling the end of another successful field season.  It is always sad to leave Antarctica. The work we do here is important. As part of international networks, such as GTN-P and ANTPAS, our work contributes to our understanding of permafrost, the active layer (specifically in the Southern Hemisphere), as well as climate studies. But our field work does take us from our families, especially over Christmas and the rest of the festive season, so knowing you will soon be home with your loved ones is absolutely priceless! We thank the DEA, the NRF, NPISANAP and countless supporting personnel, both South African, Norwegian and others, for their continued support. We cannot thank you enough! We will be back soon to the beauty, majesty and scientific realm of investigation that is Antarctica.

2017/18 Field Season

December – Departure Preparations

Operation Load Ship. Ian was in Cape Town in early December 2017 to load our equipment on the South African polar research vessel S.A. Agulhas II. Our red lady, as the Agulhas is affectionately known by those who have sailed on her before, was scheduled to depart on Thursday 7 December. Ian was not to be on her – instead he would be flying down to the Norwegian station of Troll and then on to SANAE IV on the 18th of December. As usual, Cape Town showed her beauty when loading operations were in full swing. The Volvo Round the World Yachts were also there, having completed the first leg of their trip.

19 December – Departing South Africa

A day later than expected, Ian departed for Antarctica on 19 December. It was a lovely 5½ hour flight from Cape Town on the Australian Antarctic Division Airbus A319, which had been charted by the Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI).  IT was a wonderful quick and pleasant flight – very different to the usual 2 weeks spent at sea to reach Antarctica. Once safely arrived at Troll, Ian had to wait for the S.A. Agulhas II to arrive at the ice shelf and for good weather to be flown to SANAE IV. In the meantime he, with the help of Gwynneth Matcher and her field assistant Nigel Kuhn from the NRF/SANAP sponsored project Antarctic Microbial Ecology, recovered our two temperature and moisture loggers located on Nonshogda, just north of the main buildings of the station. One has been in for 11 years and it was incredibly sad to have to remove it. Removal was slightly problematic – while the ground looked easy to work with this is not necessarily the case. From about 30 cm the permafrost is like concrete, so not a very easy job to complete.

20 December – Arrival at Troll

the 20th of December welcomed Ian with a sunny and stunning day at Troll. With logger removal completed, Ian simply have to wait for the weather at both Troll Station and SANAE IV to be favourable to allow for a helicopter to fetch him, Gwynneth Matcher, and her field assistant Nigel Kuhn to the South African research station. Our thanks and gratitude go out to the Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI) for once again hosting us and giving all possible assistance in the execution of our work.

 

20 December –  4 January: Field Work at SANAE IV

Once safely arrived at SANAE IV Ian removed all other loggers we currently have deployed in the area. His flight to Troll Station, and from there onward to South Africa, was scheduled for early January so the work commenced immediately upon arrival. With the return flight from Troll Station 4 January, he was unable to pull the loggers at Grunehogna and Schumacher. Thankfully the current overwintering team offered to remove the loggers in the coming year. For that we are grateful and thank them for their assistance. unfortunately the weather moved in shortly before the scheduled flight to Troll Station and Ian missed his flight back to South Africa. What does that mean? He will remain at SANAE IV and help out the other teams with their work until he takes the next flight back home to South Africa. That is currently scheduled for 15 January. We will keep you updated so watch this space!

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Happy Antarctica Day!!!

We here at Landscape Processes in Antarctic Ecosystems wish everyone a wonderful Antarctica Day!  Today in 1959 the Antarctic Treaty System was signed, bringing together the global community in preserving Antarctica for peace, science and environmental endeavors. We wish everyone departing for Antarctica this year a successful field season!

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PYRN Workshop at EUCOP5

The Permafrost Young Researcher Network (PYRN) will be organising a 2-day workshop, open to all PYRN members, in conjunction with EUCOP5 (European Conference on Permafrost). The workshop will take place on June 23-24, 2018 at Chamonix (France) and all permafrost young researchers (current students or early career, within 6 years after their PhD) are invited to attend. If you are not yet a member of PYRN please join them through their online form. The workshop is kindly supported by UFA, IPA, IASC, Petzl, Nunataryuk project, Lions club and free of charge for the participants! There are also travel grants of up to EUR250 on offer to a limited number of participants. You can apply for a travel grant here – please apply by 15 January 2018. For any queries please contact PYRN at contact@pyrn.org.

The workshop program is as follows:

  • Friday, June 22nd 2018: Welcoming ice-breaker
  • Saturday June, 23rd 2018: Introduction to PYRN activities by the PYRN ExCom, plenary lectures and breakout sessions lead by outstanding senior and junior scientists covering major permafrost topics, career planning, research perspectives, and soft-skills development.
  • Sunday June, 24th 2018: Local excursion lead by outstanding local researchers and land-planners to learn about environmental settings and land-planning issues in the Mont Blanc massif.

ANTPAS Workshop Photo

Ian, Christel, Jenna, Liezel, Nicola, and Tebogo recently attended the ANTPAS Workshop in Varese, Italy from 4-5 October. The photo of all the attendees appears below. For more on ANTPAS and the workshop have a look at their website.

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