Friday, November 14, 2014

ASSW Session Announcement and Call for Abstracts

ASSW Session Announcement and Call for Abstracts
Arctic in Rapid Transition (ART)
27-30 April 2015
Toyama, Japan
Abstract submission deadline: Monday, 17 November 2014.
Organizers of a session entitled "Arctic in Rapid Transition -- Future Research Directions from the Perspective of Early Career Scientists." This session will be held during the 2015 Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW), as part of the Third International Conference on Arctic Research Planning (ICARP III). The meetings are taking place 23-30 April 2015 in Toyama, Japan.
Much research has been conducted in the Arctic in the past few decades, however some areas received more scientific attention than others, i.e., Atlantic and Canadian Arctic is more advanced than Pacific and Central Arctic. Pan-Arctic research is important to quantify the changes occurring within the complex Arctic systems, especially since the ecosystems and biogeochemical cycles could have strong regional variability. Contribution from Asian countries to Arctic research is not large in comparison with European and North American countries due to geographical limitations. In order to fill the geographical gaps in Arctic research, it is fundamental that Asian early career to mid-career scientists become involved in international collaborations. Also, research resources such as personnel, facilities and funding are still limited in the world. Thus, involvement of Asian early to mid-career scientists into the frame of international collaborations is important to logistically, as well as scientifically, improve pan-Arctic research in coming decades.
This session specifically aims at allowing early career scientists, to get involved in international collaborations under the umbrella of the Arctic in Rapid Transition (ART) network, with especially encouraging scientists from Asia. The Arctic in Rapid Transition (ART;, an official network of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), is an integrative, international, interdisciplinary, Pan-Arctic network to study the spatial and temporal changes in biogeochemical cycling and ecosystem functioning of the Arctic Ocean over multiple time scales. Early career researchers' perspective is of great importance to ensure the involvement of the next generation of Arctic researchers, since they will be the ones sustaining current monitoring and implementing new projects into the future. The goal of this session is to integrate studies from various Arctic research fields in order to better understand the changing Arctic system beyond its regional variability and across multiple time-scales, and will also include outcomes from the former ART science workshop held in Sopot 2012 as well as the workshop in Brest 2014 (, and the session of the Permafrost Young Researchers Network (PYRN; at the EUCOP-4 conference ( in Portugal.
Abstract submission deadline: Monday, 17 November 2014.

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