EU Polar Cluster News

INTERACT Transnational Access Call is open for projects taking place between April and August 2020

The EU-H2020 funded INTERACT (International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic) opens a call for research groups to apply for Transnational Access to 42 research stations across the Arctic and northern alpine and forest areas in Europe, Russia and North-America. The sites represent a variety of glacier, mountain, tundra, boreal forest, peatland and freshwater ecosystems, providing opportunities for researchers from natural sciences to human dimension. Transnational Access includes free access (either physical or remote) for user groups/users to research facilities and field sites, including support for travel and logistic costs.

Overall, INTERACT provides three different modalities of access: Transnational and Remote Access that are applied through annual calls, and Virtual Access which means free access to data from stations, available at all times through the INTERACT VA single-entry point.

The call for Transnational and Remote Access applications is open on 12th August - 8th October 2019, and it is the final TA/RA call for our current EU-H2020 funding period. The call is targeted for access taking place between April and August 2020.  You can find the TA/RA Call information, stations available in the call, descriptions of stations and their facilities, and registration to the INTERACCESS on-line application system from the INTERACT website.

An on-line webinar will be held on Wed 4th Sept at 13:00-14:00 (CEST) to provide information about the ongoing TA/RA call and for answering any questions related to the application process and TA and RA in general. Join the webinar by clicking this link

For any additional information, please contact the Transnational Access coordinator Hannele Savela, hannele.savela(at)oulu.fi.

Apply INTERACT Transnational Access to conduct research at the coolest places of the North!

The EU Arctic Cluster becomes Polar

The EU Arctic Cluster is a network of Horizon 2020 and 7th Framework Programme funded Arctic projects. Currently it involves 11 projects. With the recent approval of new Horizon 2020 projects with an Arctic/polar component and additional funding projects under the ongoing Horizon 2020 call on the cryosphere, the Arctic cluster will broaden its scope to include also the Antarctica, to become a “Polar” cluster, ensuring a bigger impact of around 20 EU-funded projects from the beginning of 2020. More information can be found here.


Polar Prediction Matters

The EU Arctic Cluster Projects APPLICATE and Blue-Action are contributing to Polar Prediction Matters (PPM), a non-peer reviewed forum initiated to foster the dialogue between those that research, develop, and provide polar environmental forecasts and those that use (or could use) polar environmental forecasts to guide socio-economic decisions. From mid-2017 through mid-2019 – the Year of Polar Prediction Core Phase – PPM will feature written contributions that provide a range of individual views on how polar environmental forecasts (and other environmental information, e.g., satellite imagery) are actually used, whether additional needs exist, and what factors might limit the effective use of forecasts. While the majority of contributions will offer perspectives from forecast users, contributions by “providers” (meteorological and sea-ice services and natural scientists) and social scientists concerning the creation, delivery, and utilization of forecast information and “products” will complement PPM. It will also be possible to post comments, enabling open communication and exchange of views in relation to the individual contributions. Collectively, the perspectives assembled in PPM will provide a solid basis for a better understanding of actual user needs, which may help to guide research towards significantly improved and applied polar prediction capabilities in a way that is meaningful to various stakeholders. Visit Polar Prediction Matters here.