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January
Artic Frontiers 2011: “Arctic Tipping Points”. 23.01.2011 - 29.01.2011

The fifth annual conference of Arctic Frontiers (AFT) will be held from January 23rd to 29th, 2011 at the University of Tromsø in Norway. The annual conference will be divided into two parts: a policy section “Arctic Tipping Points” (from January 24th to 25th), which will present research as a driver for business and resource management in the High North; and a science section “The Arctic in the Earth System perspective: the role of tipping points” (from January 26th to 28th).
These science sessions will focus on the changing Arctic, and the challenge of handling tipping points, in science and in the advisory role toward business and management. Four main topics will be discussed during these sessions:
* Sea ice and oceanographic perspectives
* Marine ecosystems and fisheries
* Socioeconomic and institutional perspectives (social, economic and institutional perspectives)
* People of the North

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February
March
5th Zooplankton Production Symposium Special Session: Zooplankton in Polar Ecosystems and Extreme Environments. March 14 – 18, 2011

The session welcomes studies from high latitudes of both hemispheres, examining the response of zooplankton to spatial and temporal environmental variability and change. Organizers encourage broader scale comparative contributions (of species, regions, or hemispheres), especially those that explore the mechanisms of sensitivity or resilience.
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Arctic Science, International Law and Climate Protection - Legal aspects of marine science in the Arctic Ocean. 17-18 March 2011

The International Conference on Arctic Marine Science, International Law and Climate Protec­tion: Legal aspects of future marine science in the Arctic Ocean will focus on these and many other related questions. Numerous experts and media representatives will attend the conference on 17 and 18 March 2011 at the invitation of the Federal Foreign Office and the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The conference is a continuation of the 2009 event New Chances and New Responsibilities in the Arctic Region, which engaged with the momentous changes underway in the Arctic Ocean.
The discussion of relevant scientific, scientific policy and international legal question will focus on five thematic areas. The organizers strongly value exchange and interaction among scientists, international law experts and representatives of indigenous Arctic peoples.
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International Scientific-Practical Conference «EUROARCTIC-2011» - «Development of the Russian Arctic Hydrocarbon Resources» - 25th March 2011, Naryan-Mar, Russia

The Administration of the Nenets Autonomous District in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Russian Federation, the Apparatus of the Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the North-West Federal District and North (Arctic) Federal University organizes An International Scientific-Practical Conference of "EUROARCTIC - 2011". «Development of the Russian Arctic Hydrocarbon Resources (On Example of the Nenets Autonomous District)» - in Naryan-Mar on the 25th March 2011
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Arctic Science Summit Week 2011 (ASSW 2011). March 27 - April 1, 2011. Seoul, Korea

The Science Symposium will take place during March 29-31, Seoul, Korea. The main theme of this symposium is “The Arctic: New Frontier For Global Sciences”. The session will consist of five DISCIPLINARY sessions and three INTERDISCPLINARY sessions.
Disciplinary Sessions:
Arctic Atmosphere, Climate Processes and Teleconnections
Arctic Change and Implications for Terrestrial Ecosystem Services
Arctic Marine Climate Change: Causes and Impacts on the Marine System
State of Glaciers and Permafrost and Associated Feedbacks to the Climate System
Societal Changes in the Arctic and North-South Relations
Interdisciplinary Sessions:
Ecosystem Responses to Climate Change: Past, Present and Future
State and Fate of Sea Ice and Legal and Policy Consequences on the Global Community
Observing, Modeling and Prediction of Arctic Change

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April
European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2011. Vienna. Austria. 03 – 08 April 2011

The General Assembly 2011 of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) is held at the Austria Center Vienna (ACV) in Vienna, Austria, from 03 – 08 April 2011. The assembly is open to the scientists of all nations.
The EGU General Assembly 2011 will bring together geoscientists from all over the world into one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences. Especially for young scientists the EGU appeals to provide a forum to present their work and discuss their ideas with experts in all fields of geosciences.
The 720 sessions for the EGU2011 programme are distributed amongst 23 scientific and 8 union-wide Programme Groups (PGs). You can search the programme by either (i) to the left, clicking on the Programme Group of interest, which will bring you to a list of all sessions in that PG, (ii) using the search box (above the word "Programme Groups"), to search for words within session titles or author names.
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International Conference on the Status and Future of the World's Large Rivers. April 11-14, 2011, Vienna, Austria.

The conference is organised by BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. Take the opportunity to participate in the conference on the World‘s Large Rivers, to be held from 11 - 14 April 2011.
The International Conference on “The Status and Future of the World’s Large Rivers” aims to provide a global forum for a wide-ranging discussion of key issues related to research on large rivers and to their effective and sustainable management, involving both scientists and decision makers. A statement, agreed by the participants, will be produced to assess the existing and future needs of large rivers in order to better integrate their use, protection and restoration and to devise an action plan.
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The International Symposium on “Weather Radar and Hydrology” (WRaH). 18 - 21 April 2011, The University of Exeter, United Kingdom.

The International Symposium on “Weather Radar and Hydrology” (WRaH) will be held in the United Kingdom in 2011 from 18 to 21 April at the University of Exeter. The Symposium will provide a forum for the exchange of experiences and ideas on the use of weather radar in hydrology.
The theme of the 2011 Symposium will place emphasis on user applications of weather radar for flood forecasting and water management. All sessions will aim to combine developments in weather radar with advances in its hydrological application. You are strongly encouraged to submit abstracts of papers for the Symposium with this focus in mind. We aim to promote a strong interchange between researchers, practitioners in the water industry and those making advances in weather radar technology.
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May
11th Conference on Polar Meteorology & Oceanography, Boston, MA, USA. 2 - 4 May 2011
3-rd International Multidisciplinary Conference on Hydrology and Ecology. Vienna, Austria, 2 - 5 May 2011.

This conference – HydroEco2011 – has as focus “Pressures and Options”. An important pressure are the global changes, that refer to stresses both from the human activity and from natural changes. The natural changes include the natural climate change. The “Options” refer to the solutions to the problems and needs the society faces with regard to the functioning and quality of ecosystems. The focus “Pressures and Options” is explicitly covered by the planned session “Global change (human activity, natural changes): from noises to trends“.
This session will allow to draw your attention to, among others:
- long term series;
- pertinent scales of appraisal of changes;
- indicators of changes;
- the importance of combining ecology and hydrology to define new sensitive tools to measure changes;
- revisiting the current monitoring strategies/policies;
- modelling;
- dealing with uncertainties.
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AMAP Conference: The Arctic as a Messenger for Global Processes - Climate Change and Pollution, Copenhagen, 4-6 May 2011

Topics to be covered:
- Climate change and its Impacts on the Arctic Cryosphere – Past, Present & Future (Sea Ice, Greenland Ice Sheet, Arctic Ice Caps, Snow and Permafrost, Frozen Rivers and Lakes, Arctic Livelihood)
- Pollution of the Arctic – Sources, Pathways and Effects
- Global and Arctic Systems – Feedback Mechanisms
- Arctic Ecosystems – How Resilient are They?
- Human Aspects of Climate Change and Pollution
- Science and Policy-Making (Actions taken in Response to AMAP Assessments)
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THE VII RUSSIAN SCIENTIFIC-TECHNICAL CONFERENCE - "NAVIGATION, HYDROGRAPHY AND OCEANOGRAPHY: PRIORITIES OF DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATIONS OF MARITIME ACTIVITIES" - "NHO-2011". May 18 - 20, 2011, St. Petersburg, Russia

In the course of the conference "NHO-2011" it is planned to hold a plenary meeting and a number of thematic sessions covering the following topics:
1.Methods, accuracy, safety and effectiveness of navigation
2.Self-contained navigation systems and complexes
3.Satellite and ground-based radionavigation systems, astronavigation systems, hydroacoustic, electromechanical marine aids to navigation, visual aids to navigation
4.Means, facilities and methods of hydrography, marine cartography and marine geophysics.
5.Information and hydrometeorological support for the maritime activities.
6.Employment of the potential of navigation, hydrography and oceanographic support - the innovation factor in the development of the continental shelf resources.
The present-day technical means and facilities of navigation, hydrography and hydrometeorology will be displayed at the exhibition organized at GUINGI.
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6th International Conference on Sustainable Water Resources Management. 23 - 25 May 2011, Riverside, California, USA

The sixth International Conference on Water Resources Management will present the more recent technological and scientific developments associated with the management of surface and sub-surface water resources. Numerous water-related conferences organised by the Wessex Institute of Technology have been successfully held in many locations throughout the world. Water Resources Management is one of the most important conferences in the series.
The first conference on Water Resources Management was held in Halkidiki, Greece in 2001, the second in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria (2003), the third in the Algarve, Portugal (2005), the fourth in Kos, Greece (2007) and the fifth in Malta (2009).
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2011 Summer School. Modeling of the Arctic Climate System. 23 May - 4 June 2011. International Arctic Research Center University of Alaska Fairbanks

The International Arctic Research Center (IARC) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) announces a summer school program entitled 'Modeling of the Arctic Climate System.' The course will be offered 23 May - 4 June 2011.
The two-week summer school is coordinated by John Walsh and Vladimir Alexeev. The course will bring graduate students and young scientists together with specialists in arctic climate and climate modeling to convey to a new generation of scientists the opportunities and challenges of arctic climate modeling.
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June
APEX Fifth International Conference and Workshop. Longyearbyen, Svalbard. 1 – 4 June, 2011

Conference and Workshop will be held at the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) located in Longyearbyen, Svalbard. 1 – 4 June, 2011
The APEX Fifth International Conference and Workshop will be held at the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) located in Longyearbyen, Svalbard. The meeting includes a one-day boat excursion to Billefjorden to visit Kapp Ekholm and the Nordenskioldbreen glacier. The Conference and Workshop comprise three days with the main focus on the original APEX themes:
• Cold extremes: Arctic marine and terrestrial glacial maxima; sea level minima and sea-ice maxima; Arctic Ocean palaeoceanography; ice shelf extent; past atmospheric circulation
• Warm extremes: interglacial and interstadial environments; sea level maxima; sea-ice minima; Arctic Ocean palaeoceanography; ice shelf extent
• Hydrological extremes: Fluvial-marine interaction; freshwater budget and ice-dammed lakes
• Permafrost extremes: Maximum and minimum extent; rates of change; response to climate change
• Glacio-dynamical extremes: Ice sheet configurations and instability; palaeo-ice stream dynamics and feedback mechanisms
• Biotic change: Evolution of the Arctic marine and terrestrial biosphere and its response to extreme palaeoclimatic conditions; ice-age development of human settlement.
Registration will open in february and deadline is March 15.

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International symposium on interactions of ice sheets and glaciers with the ocean. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California, USA, 5–10 June 2011
Fourth Russian Conference on Geocryology. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow. June 7-9, 2011.

Conference will take place on June 7-9 2011 in the Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Geology.
SCIENTIFIC TOPICS:
* The history and methodology of geocryology
* Lithogenous geocryology
* Gases and gas hydrates in permafrost
* Permafrost dynamics
* Regional and historical geocryology
* Permafrost of planets
* Ecological problems
* Biological problems
* Physics, chemistry, thermophysics and mechanics of frozen soil
* Permafrost geophysics
* Geological survey for construction and designing in permafrost areas
* Oil and gas fields development in permafrost areas
* Engineering geocryology
* Education in geocryology (Higher school)

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International symposium "Physics, chemistry and mechanics of snow". 12–17 June 2011. Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Sakhalin. Russia.

The symposium will consider basic aspects of the study of snow cover.
The physics of the processes responsible for the formation and existence of snow and snow cover are extremely complex. They are therefore extremely difficult to model or to characterize.
Topics:
* Physical and chemical properties of snow and snow cover: methods of investigation;
* Mechanical properties of snow and snow cover: experimental data and results of modelling;
* Structure, texture, stratification of snow cover: instruments and methods of investigation;
* Snow metamorphism: physical and mathematical modeling of the processes taking place in snow cover.
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ICASS VII: Circumpolar Perspectives in Global Dialogue: Social Sciences beyond the International Polar Year

The Seventh International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS VII), to take place in Akureyri, Iceland, June 22-26, 2011, calls for individual paper and poster proposals.
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International Polar Field School

The IPY Field School 2011 will take place June 20-July 8, 2011.
Online application opens 15. February 2011. Application deadline: 1. April 2011.
To give an interdisciplinary introduction to environmental change in the Polar areas based upon past, present and future research being done in the Arctic during and after the IPY. The course will offer a unique field-training experience for internationally recruited students (undergraduate/early graduate) in a high-arctic environment, further on providing them with the latest IPY research data and information to be used for interdisciplinary project work during the field-school.
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July
21-st International Conference on Port and Ocean Engineering under Arctic Conditions. Montreal, Canada. July 10-14 2011.

POAC conferences address the unique issues related to coastal and offshore engineering in ice-covered waters. The objective of each conference is to improve knowledge of ice-related problems by having scientists, technologists, and design and development engineers discuss and exchange ideas on relevant topics.
Conference Theme: Resource Development and Transportation in Polar Regions
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XVIII INQUA-Congress. 21-27 July 2011 in Bern, Switzerland

The current scientific scope of INQUA is reflected by its five Comissions:
- Coastal and Marine Processes
- Palaeoclimate
- Humans and Biosphere
- Stratigraphy and Chronology
- Terrestrial Processes, Deposits and History
The Congress programme will address the themes of the Commissions during 6 days of oral and poster sessions, plenary presentations, and side meetings.
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August
The Northern Research Basins 18th Symposium. August 15 – 20, 2011

The program of The Northern Research Basins 18th Symposium is divided into seven sessions covering different other topics related to cold climate hydrology as solid precipitation, cold climate hydrology effects on ecosystems, nested catchments studies and supersites and presentation within these fields are encouraged. There are also two open sessions for presentations that does not fit in these topics.
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September
Ninth International Symposium on Permafrost Engineering. 03.09.2011 - 07.09.2011, Mirny, Yakutia, Russia

The aim of the Symposium is to provide a forum for discussion of permafrost engineering issues, as well as for exchange of practical experience in construction and maintenance of engineering structures on frozen ground. We hope that the Symposium will bring together researchers and engineers who work in cold/permafrost regions to discuss the ways and means for early detection of adverse frost-related processes that may cause economic losses and environmental damage, as well as to provide climate change adaptation measures based on permafrost monitoring and experimental research on frozen soil/rock mechanics.
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The International Young Scientists Conference “Land-Ocean-Atmosphere interactions in the Changing World”

The International Young Scientists Conference “Land-Ocean-Atmosphere interactions in the Changing World” will be held at the Vistula Spit, located in the Baltic Sea region, in Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia, in September 5-10, 2011. The aim of the conference is to promote our understanding of changes in all components of the geosphere-biosphere system and to assess the causes and consequences of these changes for ecosystems and humans. The important focus of the conference will be the strategy to mitigate and adapt to a changing global climate and environment.
We extend our invitation to young scientists, post-graduate students, graduates and undergraduates interested in geosphere-biosphere science across the world to attend. The conference offers a great opportunity for extensive discussion and cooperation.
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VI International conference «Current Problems in Optics of Natural Waters»? St.Petersburg, Russia, September 6-10, 2011.

Topics of ONW 2011:
1. Fundamental problems of radiative transfer theory
2. Optical properties of natural waters
3. Light propagation in water media and underwater imaging
4. Remote sensing, including satellite sensors and lidars
5. Optics of maritime atmosphere and the sea surface
6. Instruments for measuring optical properties
7. Optical remote sensing of European seas waters (case 2)
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The 6th NRF Open Assembly (Northern Research Forum). Oslo and Kirkenes, Norway, 4-7 September 2011

he 6th NRF Open Assembly will be held in Oslo and Kirkenes, Norway, 4th - 7th of September 2011. Overarching Theme of the 6th NRF Open Assembly is "Our Ice Dependent World".
The overall objective of the Open Assembly in Oslo and Kirkenes is to address the impact of dwindling ice - terrestrial as well as ocean bound - on the complex interface of nature and society in all climatic zones of the world, with an emphasis on the Arctic, the Antarctic and the Himalayans. In light of the man-made part of climate change, particularly meaning global warming, and the natural phenomena of ice is gradually becoming a concept of global politics - a common heritage of humankind- affecting societal life in quite dramatic ways on a global scale. This turn in the interrelationship and working of the society/nature interface is the focus of the Assembly.
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October
WCRP OSC. Climate Research in Service to Society. 24-28 October 2011. Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Denver, CO, USA

A better understanding of the behaviour of the climate system and its interactions with other Earth system components is critical to predict its future evolution, reduce vulnerability to high impact weather and climate events, and sustain life. This need is perhaps greater than ever before given that humans have emerged as the dominant agent of future change. Progress will require, moreover, an increasingly holistic approach across scientific disciplines, as well as an unprecedented commitment to the development of a diverse and talented future workforce.
To advance on such challenges, the WCRP will assemble for the first time ever its entire research community, and engage other key international research programmes, in a major Open Science Conference (OSC) in October 2011.
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November
Problems of adaptation to climate change (PACC-2011)

The issue of climate change is now at the forefront of global and long-term challenges of the 21st century and a top priority on the international agenda. The "Global Risks 2011" Report of the Word Economic Forum in Davos has identified climate change as one of the major risks for the word development, given a probability of its materialization being high and possible adverse consequences for the world development, given a probability of its materialization being high and possible adverse consequences for the world economy and public estimated at trillions of dollars.
Considering the need for scientific discussion of adaptation issues, international exchange of adaptation experiences and plans, and identifying priorities for adaptation research, the Russian Federation will hold a major international conference on the problems of adaptation to climate change (PACC-2011), the idea of which was supported be the G8 Summit in Muskoka (Canada, 25-26 June 2010).
PACC-2011 will provide a forum for in-depth discussion and scientific justification to actions towards adaptation to the current and projected climate change and aims at the exchange of experiences and plans concerning adaptation.
First information letter
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December

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