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Fall, 2016
The ASP UpDate is distributed biannually (Fall and Winter) to highlight activities and share information within the Arctic Science Partnership.  Visit our website to find information on ASP research, administration, operations, communications, education, student opportunities and upcoming events!
Welcome to our new ASP Associate Member: The Alfred Wegner Institut (Germany). Current ASP roadmap and ASP organisation are available at the ASP website.
Dr. Feiyue Wang, CEOS/UM is awarded a Canada Research Chair in Arctic Environmental Chemistry
Dr. David Barber, CEOS/UM is elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada – Academy of Science.
Greenland Climate Change Research Centre received continued funding for 2017, 2018 and 2019 from the Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education. The agreement was signed this summer (News in Danish).
Winnipeg will host the 2016 ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting December 5-9 (see below). This is Canada’s largest gathering of Arctic researchers and policymakers.  We encourage our colleagues and collaborators to register and join us in networking and presenting results from ASP campaigns and collaborations.
Feature research story:
A Year of Marine Observations in the Wandel Sea (NE Greenland) – submitted by S.Kirillov/D.Babb(CEOS)
Field Campaign Highlights: click here for complete list of campaigns
  • 2016 Amundsen - The CCGS Amundsen returns to Quebec, QC after 125 days at sea supporting ArcticNet marine sampling and mooring projects. 
  • UofM team collaborate with the Green Edge project to understand under-ice algae blooms in the Arctic
  • 2016 Baffin Bay Sanna Campaign
  • News from GINR and a summary of GINR field work 2016
  • News from ARC
New Initiatives
  • 2016 BaySys Fall Campaign - Scientists from UofM and Manitoba Hydro conducted work in Hudson Bay from September 26-October 4 - deploying moorings in the Churchill and Nelson River Estuary, and James Bay region using the CCGS Des Groseilliers. The winter field camp campaign in 2017 will involve estuary and sea ice sampling. Click here for more details on BaySys.
  • CEOS/UM and University of Calgary will co-lead ‘GENICE’ a new $10M, 4yr project funded by Genome Canada to examine the potential for microbial bioremediation of oil spills in the Arctic. For more information contact: Dr. Gary Stern
Check out the news section for more research news and the calendar for upcoming events and dates for fieldwork.
 For any administrative assistance (Purchasing, Travel, Shipping, Booking of Facilities, HR and Financial Budgets, etc.) please contact local administrators:
•Aarhus University - Susanna Pakkasmaa, email:, phone +45 9350 8342
•Greenland Institute of Natural Resources - Administration, email:, phone +299 361200
•University of Manitoba - Linda Chow, email:, phone 1-204-272-1541
Isaaffik Arctic Gateway is a portal where researchers, coordinators and logistical personnel share knowledge and planning for specific field projects in the Arctic with the goal of optimizing use of resources. Isaaffik also contains plans and news about Arctic education and courses. It is cooperation between Danish, Greenlandic and Faroese’s Universities and research institutions as well as well as the Danish Defence.
Contact:  Lead Coordinator Peter Schmidt Mikkelsen, Greenland Institute of Natural Resources and ARC
  • Students and research staff planning to work in the labs, in a field camp, onboard a research vessel or aircraft (including helicopters) need to verify with their supervisors and operations managers that they have all the required training to meet the safety protocol of each field campaign. Safety in the field and in the labs is everyone’s responsibility. Planning ahead is essential. 
  • Anyone working with helicopters from a Canadian Coast Guard vessel (CCGS Amundsen, Des Groseilliers, Radisson) is a required to take a certified a Helicopter Underwater Egress/Escape Training (HUET) course.CEOS/UM arranged to have this course offered in October for its staff and students. 
  • If you have questions about safety contact your supervisor (first) or Emmelia Wiley (CEOS); Egon Frandsen (ARC)
Reminder… the ASP website now has a photo gallery for sharing photos! Visit the Arctic Images Gallery: click “add new gallery image; for instructions.  Help us communicate the great work that is being conducted in the very unique field sites of ASP!
Follow us on Twitter! @aspscience & @ARC_AU
  • Nordic summer school “Effects of climate change on Arctic ecosystems and societies” took place in Reykjavik and Nuuk in July 2016
  • High School – Schools on Board (ArcticNet/UM) will co-host the 2016 Arctic Climate Change Youth Forum (ACCYF) with Elmwood Collegiate in collaboration with the 2016 ArcticNet Science Meeting (Winnipeg, December 5, 2016).This event will draw 150-175 high school students from schools across the province in a one day event focused on the science and issues of Arctic climate change.
  • High School - Schools on Board’s annual Arctic field program took 10 high school students and 2 teachers from across Canada on board the CCGS Amundsen in September. They travelled through the Northwest Passage while working with ArcticNet scientists.
  • Arctic semester: specialisation in Arctic climate and environment for Natural Science students consists of six courses in Greenland in the spring semester 2017. The teaching is coordinated by Aarhus University in collaboration with Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, Ilisimatusarfik and University of Manitoba.
  • A new natural science and health education building is expected to be ready in spring/summer 2017 at Greenland Institute of Natural Resources
ASP Young Scientists
  • Karley Campbell, UofM PhD student receives the V.E Barber Memorial Fellowship in Arctic Research 
  • Students planning to attend the ArcticNet meeting should check out the student day program on the conference website.  Anyone interested in volunteering at the conference please contact Michelle Watts
  • The ASP Young Scientists (ASPYS) executive committee acts an ambassador of ASP.If you are looking for research or exchange opportunities, or information on ASP initiatives and volunteer opportunities contact: Annie Eastwood (UM); Odile Crabeck (UM); Wieter Boone (UM); Lorenz Meire (GCRC); Maia Olsen (GCRC), Jacob Thyrring (ARC). 
  • Soon graduating from ARC: PhD student Rikke R Hansen defends her thesis “Effects of climate change on Arctic arthropod assemblages and distribution” on 14 November 
  • Soon graduating from ARC: MSc student Mette Mørup Schlütter and MSc student Ida A Rosendahl will graduate in November 
  • Newly graduated students from ARC: Jesper Kamp Jensen (MSc thesis “Flux measurements of gaseous elemental mercury in High Arctic”)
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