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WP 8 meets in Akureyri

(Photo: M.Tomasik) WP 8 meets in Akureyri Today, 19th of February 2014 Karina Schollän, Boris Biskaborn from Alfred Wagener Institute located in Potsdam, Germany and Jean – Pierre Lanckman, Ævar Karlsson, Kerstin Gillen from the Arctic Portal, situated in Akureyri, Iceland, met to discuss provisions of Work Package (WP) 8.

Ævar and Jean – Pierre introduced the group with the accomplished tasks of database workload to include such features as: user account, metadata input tools, data input and download in CSV, control vocabulary, data visualization and automatic gap filling tool.

The team discussed the most important provisions of the current state of permafrost database and the workload that needs to be accomplished before the project´s deadline.

Both teams will work together until Friday the 21st of February. The outcome of their cooperation will be visible in the official database launch next month.
 

Announcement for Visiting Research Professor position

The Biogeochemistry Educational and Scientific Training Center (BEST) of North-East Federal University named after M.K. Ammosov (NEFU), Yakutsk, Russia, is seeking for individual candidates for the position of a Visiting Research Professor for 2014-2015 academic sessions.
 
Expected qualifications include:

1) PhD with 5+ years of post-doctoral experience in general biology, ecology or Earth sciences;
2) Skilled in reading lectures of below-mentioned disciplines with a particular focus on using modern methods, devices and techniques;
3) Strong commitment to research, evidenced by peer-review publication productivity;
4) English proficiency (speaking and writing), knowledge of the Russian language is a plus;
5) Russian employment eligibility required.
 
 
Terms of exemplary contract as stated below:

Affiliation: Visiting Research Professor at the Biogeochemistry Educational and Scientific Training Center (BEST) of North-East Federal University named after M.K. Ammosov (NEFU), Yakutsk, Russia;
Period of the sessions: 2014-2015;
Duration of Employment: 3 months or more;
Salary: A salary of 172,000 Russian Rubles (approx. $5,700 or €4,400) is provided on a fixed day of every month ;
Working Hours: 40 hours per week;
Number of lectures (2 academic hours each) per work period: 15-20;
Residence: The BEST Center will assist you in finding lodging (average apartment rent fee is approx. 20000 Russian Rubles);
Travel expenses and others: Air fares (economy class) or railway fares, and a daily travel allowance to Yakutsk via the most economical and usual route will be paid in Russian Rubles upon your arrival. After the expiration of the contract term with NEFU, we will pay your return fares. Note that the travel expenses will be paid if your stay in Russia covers the whole contract period (3 months or more) and you leave Russia within one month after the expiration of the contract.
 
 
Example of scheduled disciplines to be taught by the candidate:

- Biogeochemistry;- Biogeochemistry;
- Ecophysiology video blackjack online of plants;
- Biochemistry of plants;
- Permafrost sciences (e.g. geology of permafrost, glaciology etc.);
- Ecohydrology;
- Meteorology and climatology (especially land-atmosphere interactions);
- Methodology of science (especially on eddy-covariance, stable isotopes, greenhouse gases);
- Modeling and Remote sensing (specific for global climate changes).
 
 
Example of suggested particular themes of lectures:

- Analysis of the greenhouse gases dynamics in the soil profile.
- Specific character of boreal plants biochemical compounds.
- The influence of surface disturbances on the hydrothermal conditions of permafrost ecosystems.
- Factors affecting inter-annual variation of carbon fixation in boreal trees.
- Photosynthetic activity and biochemical parameters of plants.
- The study of carbon dioxide and water fluxes using the eddy covariance method.
- The reaction of the taiga forest ecosystems to environmental factors.
- The impact of global warming on permafrost in permafrost regions.
- Permafrost ecosystems in a changing climate.
- The heat balance of thawing snow surface.
- Fluxes of heat, water and carbon in various terrestrial ecosystems.
- Methane emissions from northern wetlands.
- Studies of photosynthesis in order to understand the ecosystem – why do we measure leaf photosynthesis?
- Role of continental climate of northern Eurasia in the global organic carbon cycle.
- Modern global environmental problems.
 
 
NOTICE! Your passport must have a valid visa (Status of residence Professor) issued by an official granting institution. Your legal status may need additional paperwork when being employed at North-East Federal University.
 
Please submit preliminary application materials (CV and Statement of Research Interests, see Appendix) to Director of BEST Center of NEFU: Trofim Chr. MAXIMOV, Dr. of Sci., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Please, do not hesitate to contact Mr. Maximov (Spasskaya Pad and Kytalyk stations), Director of BEST Center, if you have any questions or concerns, by e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
 

CryoGridEdu is now available

CryoGridEduPAGE21 Snow – Permafrost Interaction Soil Model – CryoGridEdu has now been oficially launched.
 
CryoGridEdu allows two different types of input data that are used as an external forcing for the soil model. On the one hand you can generate tailored data with a sinusoidal temperature curve and a trapezoid shaped snow depth curve.
 
On the other hand you can also load files with measured temperatures and snow depth or snow water equivalent.
 
CryoGridEdu was developed by Dr. Moritz Langer, Max Heikenfeld and Sebastian Wastermann from Alfred Wagener Institute for Polar Research, Division of Geosciences within PAGE21 project.
 
Dr. Langer and M.sc Heikenfeld have been working on the role of degrading permafrost and carbon turnover in the coastal, shelf and deep – sea environment as a part of PAGE21 Work Package 4.
 
The CryoGridEdu software and the manual are available for the free of charge download. For more information and to download the program, please click here
 
 
 
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PAGE21 Young Researcher Profile: Sarah Dantec - Nédélec

Sarah Dantec - NédélecToday we have a pleasure to introduce one of our PAGE21 young researchers, Sarah Dantec - Nédélec from Laboratory of climate and environmental sciences (LSCE), UVSQ located in France.
 
Name: Sarah Dantec - Nédélec
 
Institution: Laboratory of climate and environmental sciences (LSCE), UVSQ
 
Nationality: French
 
Please describe your research field: 
First of all I am a hydrologist and I use a land surface model called ORCHIDEE
 
How it is affiliated with the PAGE21 project ? 
I work on impact of climate evolution  for hydrology and vegetation in Siberia, and my tool is ORCHIDEE model.
 
What is the current challenge within this topic? 
The challenge is to evaluate how all the components of hydrology can evolve due to climate change and the impact it can have on vegetation.
 
How did it happen that you became a researcher? 
I have studied geology and hydrology  in the university and I have wanted to finish my academic career with a PhD. I have made an internship in Master degree in a similar subject of my PhD with my actual director , and I have really enjoy my internship so I have decided to carry on!

Why do you like being the researcher? 

It is a very interesting work where we are in constant evolution.

 

What do you like most in being a researcher?

I like a lot of things, like to be in interaction with the other researchers.

How a typical working day looks like?

Sitting in front of computers...

What are your plans for the upcoming three / five years?

Finish my Ph.D and continue as a PostDoc in the other country.

Most interesting experience / occurrence so far in your career? What are the challenges in the cooperation with the field people? 

The usual response is “ When are you going to go to Siberia?”

 

Answered by Sarah

 

 

 

 

 

MoU with INTERACT

INTERACTlogoWe are very pleased to announce the next step in our cooperation with the EU 7th framework programme funded infrastructure project INTERACT- International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic.
 
Last week PAGE21 and INTERACT signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which especially encourages exchange of best practices and creation of synergies in permafrost research.
 
The INTERACT project, led by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and Prof. Terry Callaghan, is a circumarctic network of 58 terrestrial field bases in northern Europe, Russia, US, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, The faroe Islands and Scotland. The project seeks to build capacity for research and monitoring in the European Arctic and beyond, and is offering access to numerous research stations through its Transnational Access-program.
 
For PAGE21 this cooperation means enhanced opportunities to conduct internationally coordinated permafrost research in the circumpolar scale and even broaden the geographical scope of activities within the project.