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PEEX Arctic-Boreal Hub Newsletter Issue #01.   11-April 2017   View online

PEEX Arctic-Boreal Hub Newsletter

ERC anniversary seminar
19.April at 9:30-14:00, Helsinki, FI

Center of Excellence in Atmospheric Sciences has received approximately 10% of all ERC grants nominated to Finland since 2008. This year is the 10th anniversary of the first grants. To celebrate, there will be a public seminar dedicated to the work of those researchers who have been ERC grantees. You can view the seminar live on April 19th online here.
Prof. Markku Kulmala was awarded the honorary title of Academician of Science, the highest honour bestowed on any individual scientist in Finland. President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö granted the titles at a presidential session on 10th March. Read more
11th GEO European Projects Workshop (GEPW) 19-21.Jun, Helsinki, FI
PEEX will host a session: Coordinated, comprehensive in situ data component of atmospheric and ecosystem measurements for complementing the space borne Earth Observation.  Read more.
PEEX programs and partners
PEEX has become a Futurearth program partner as of January 2017.
Arctic-Boreal Hub has joined as a
UArctic Thematic Network. The goal is to provide research, research infrastructure and education activities aimed at resolving sustainability questions in the circumpolar Arctic-Boreal region.
PEEX Special Issue
PEEX Special has been opened in the Journal of Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (ACP) under the themes of climate change, air quality, biodiversity loss, chemicalisation, food supply, fresh water and the use of natural resources through mining, industry, energy production and transport.
Editors are V.-M. Kerminen, M. Heimann, D. Spracklen, T. Laurila, A. Ding, and I. Salma.

Visit ACP special issue website.
Aimed at all scientists interested in research on grand challenges and climate change
The goal of the 3rd PEEX Science Conference is to bring together professional and scientific experts with a interest in Grand Challenges in the Arctic–boreal pristine and urban environments. A system understanding workshop will be part of the conference program, organized in collaboration with IIASA. A special session on “Arctic Aerosols” in organized in collaboration with IASOA.

Conference Keynote Speakers:
Prof. Meinrat O. Andreae, MaxPlanck, Germany:
Changing climate and biogeochemical cycles of the North”.
Prof. Torben R. Christensen, Lund University, Sweden:
Challenges in extrapolating greenhouse gas exchanges across Arctic".


Call for abstracts – 3rd PEEX Science Conference themes:
• Permafrost thawing
• Urban air quality in megacities
• Micro-climates and planetary boundary layers
• Structural changes in the ecosystems, Arctic greening
• Atmospheric composition and chemistry
• Aerosols in the Arctic environment
• Arctic and high mountain cold regions (Silk Road)
• Biogeochemical cycles
• Weather and atmospheric circulation
• Arctic Ocean, maritime environments
• Lakes, wetlands and large river systems
• Natural hazards, forest fires
• Social transformations and changing climate

Submit your Abstract by
15.June here and Register by 31. Aug here.
You can dowload the PEEX Conference announcement
pdf here. 
The 2017 International workshop on Observations and Understanding of Changes in High Mountian and Cold Regions (HiMAC 2017) was successfully held in Beijng 3-4.March 2017. As the main organizer of this event, PEEX was on board the scientific committee of HiMAC 2017, and Dr. Joni Kujansuu joined the meeting. More than 60 people from 7 countries attended the meeting and witnessed the establishment of the task force on High Mountain and Cold Regions under Digital Belt and Road (DBAR-HiMAC), which is the main body for tackling the scientific challenges in HiMAC linked with the Belt and Road initiative. PEEX is a member of the DBAR-HiMAC task force, which would foster the joint effort between PEEX and DBAR at the in-situ and remote sensing observations and connections of high mountain Asia and North-Eurasia cold reigons.
Group photo of HiMAC 2017 (DBAR-HiMAC Task Force) (Text: Ubao Qiu, RASI, CAS).
A Semester in and about the Arctic
As a specialization in Arctic climate and environment, Arctic Research Centre at Aarhus University and Greenland Institute of Natural Resources offer six Arctic courses in the spring semester. The courses take place in Nuuk, Greenland.
Interested? Send a short application letter to Education Coordinator Lise Lotte Sørensen (lls(a)bios.au.dk) at Arctic Research Centre. For single courses you must also apply to Aarhus University. Apply by 1
November.

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Instagram auarctic!
UNIS courses in Svalbard 2017:
"Shipping in the Arctic” 31.July-11.August
The course (AGF219) is designed for BSc and MSc students. It is interdisciplinary and relevant for the training and education activities of INTAROS, EU-PolarNet, BLUE ACTION and APPLICATE.  Apply by 15 April 2017. See UNIS website.


"The Arctic Ocean and the marginal ice zone (MIZ)” 31.July-05.August.
Hosted by the Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research (NVP) and UNIS. Interdisciplinary PhD and Post-Doc summer school . Apply by 8.May.
Read more.

Hyytiälä intensive winter school: training the future scientists

Text by Taina Ruuskanen

The international intensive field course on advanced data-analysis, Winter School - Atmospheric Processes and Feedbacks and Atmosphere-Biosphere Interactions was held 6th to 17th March 2017 in Hyytiälä field station, Finland. The course is based on intensive work in small groups, using MATLAB as the main tool for statistical analysis. This years’ topic was comparison of long time series from SMEAR II, Hyytiälä forest site with intensive field campaign data from Siikaneva peatland site.
The course is facilitated by the SMEAR II holistic atmospheric research approach and it strives to improve the students’ transferable skills, including statistical analysis and use of MATLAB, working with multidisciplinary science, collaborative learning, enhancing communication skills and broadening of the personal comfort zone. The course involves a few short relevant lectures, with the main emphasis placed on intensive group work and a final report written after the course. The course was aimed at PhD students in atmospheric and biospheric sciences (also advanced MSc students are welcome to apply). During the course the students utilized long-term aerosol, air ion, trace gas, meteorological and ecophysiological data measured at the SMEAR field stations in order to learn advanced data treatment and data analysis methods.


Newly appointed Academician Markku Kulmala (top left) discussing Diego Aliaga’s(bottom left) findings. Student groups also shared their research plans and results to the whole course in more formal oral presentations. (photo: Taina Ruuskanen)

Multidisciplinarity was also reflected in the student backgrounds: participants from atmospheric science, biology/ecology, chemistry, earth science, environmental technology, forestry, meteorology, physics and statistics were included. T he course was truly multicultural, it had 30 students from 16 nationalities: Bangladesh, Bolivia, China, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, Iraq, Norway and Sweden.
The teaching staff represented 10 nationalities: Austria, China, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Italy, Lebanon, Mexico and Russia. Diversity is an essential part of the course philosophy and a strength of the course that came across in the student feedback: “It was really good having people from so many different backgrounds and countries”.
 
The students were divided to mixed groups in terms of data-analysis skills, nationality and study field with the aim to promote peer support and horizontal learning. One student wrote “I learned how to write some coding for data-analysis, how to focus on the same topic with people with very different knowledge, what to look at when trying to comprehend natural phenomena”. Based on a scale of 1 to 5 participants rated working on a joint research topic as a good way to learn data-analysis and other transferrable skills needed by researchers. The research projects done in by each of the small groups focused on chemical and physical processes during the winter to summer transition of a peatland, without much room for learning the basics: “I also learned how little I know about atmospheric chemistry and physics, and so that I need to take more relevant courses to learn more about those topics.”

Days at the intensive course were long, social activities in the evenings as well as morning skiing exercise were encouraged. Maintain a good balance between working and recharging is also essential for achieving scientific goals, one of the students learned on the course “That if the daily schedule is from 8 am to 8 pm I get exhausted and makes my produced work worse”. Other students did not feel stressed by the intense days and took the opportunity to take part in the arranged activities: “The structure of the days and the balance between working and social time was especially good“.
Corresponding courses are organized annually, keep a lookout for the next one by following the education websites at PEEX website.



Winter school 2017 Atmospheric Processes and Feedbacks and Atmosphere-Biosphere Interactions gathered participants to widen and share knowledge as well as develop skills needed in multidisclipinary research. (photo: Juho Aalto).
 
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