Thank You to Those Delegates & Participants Attended SCAR Open Science Conference 2016

Side Meeting Schedule

The SCAR Open Science Conference is a great opportunity for groups to meet face to face and move science plans and research discussions forward. Below is a list of Side meetings. Click on the title to see the date, time, location and meeting description.  If you would like to download the full side meeting program, please click here.

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If you have meeting specific questions, please contact the contact person listed. If you would like to hold a side meeting, please contact Jenny Baeseman (jbaeseman@gmail.com). 

Date:  Sunday, 21 August

Time: 11:00-13:00

Location:  Function Room 3, Ground Floor

Astronomy and Astrophysics from Antarctica will meet to assess progress over the past 12 months, and plans for the next year.  Planning for the 2017 meeting and milestones to be before then will be discussed.

Contact: John Storey - UNSW, Australia

Email: j.storey@unsw.edu.au

Date: Sunday, 21 August

Time: 16:00-20:00

Location: Boardroom 1, Ground Floor

This is a closed meeting of the members of the ACCE Advisory Group.

Contact: John Turner - British Antarctic Survey, UK

Email: jtu@bas.ac.uk

Date: Sunday, 21 August

Time: 08:00-12:00, 14:00-18:00

Location: Function Room 9, Ground Floor

The Antarctic Digital Magnetic Anomaly Project (ADMAP) completed the first international magnetic anomaly compilation of Antarctica in 2001. Since then, close to 2 million line-km of new air- and shipborne data have been acquired. The increased international dimension of magnetic surveying has enabled several major previously largely unexplored Antarctic frontiers to be investigated.

To initiate the production of a next generation magnetic anomaly map and database an international ADMAP-2 steering committee was formed and KOPRI thankfully sponsored a data manager to compile all available data for a new magnetic anomaly map of the Antarctic.

This meeting will be dedicated to the presentation and review of the new ADMAP compilation and to discuss future steps in the continuing effort to provide the scientific community with (regularly?) updated products (in form of an open accessible data base?) of the ADMAP Expert group. We will discuss possibilities to enhance the geological utility of Antarctic magnetic surveys; how to ensure timely contributions for the next generation World Digital Magnetic Anomaly Map; how to help foster and launch new international magnetic anomaly surveys and strengthen interdisciplinary links with other Antarctic geosciences communities.

Contact: Detlef Damaske, Germany and Fausto Ferraccioli, British Antarctic Survey, UK

Email: detlefdamaske@web.de and ffe@bas.ac.uk

Date: Wednesday, 24 August

Time: 19:00-21:00

Location: KLCC, Room 403 & 404

At the SCAR Open Science Conference in Auckland (2014), we held a workshop to discuss 'Aerobiology over Antarctica' and in particular, why the study of aerobiological transfer of microorganisms and the function they might have in the atmosphere has received much less attention than the larger marine microbial biodiversity projects such as GOS and TARA-Oceans. As a result of this workshop we established a wide consortium to look at Aerobiology over Antarctica and have since published our discussions as a concept note in Frontiers in Microbiology. At the SCAR meeting in Kuala Lumpur, we would like to hold a follow up workshop to discuss progress in this area to date and plan future directions.

Contact: David Pearce, Northumbria University, UK

Email: david.pearce@northumbria.ac.uk

Date: Sunday, 28 August

Time: 13:00-17:00

Location: Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel, Function Room 7, Ground Floor

In this closed session, the five members (China, India, Japan, Korea and Malaysia) and observers of the Asian Forum for Polar Sciences (AFoPS) will discuss the collective endeavors in human and information exchange, research collaboration, and logistics cooperation among the Asian polar science institutions.

Contact: Jihoon Jeong - KOPRI, Korea

Email: jj@kopri.re.kr

Date: Sunday, 21 August

Time: 16:00-19:30

Location: Arcade 5, Lower Ground

The AnT-ERA Steering Committee invites all interested colleagues for a discussion on "Nine months after the Paris climate conference - New approaches studying Antarctic biological processes?". The mini-workshop will be chaired by Irene Schloss.

Contact: Irene Schloss

Email: ireschloss@gmail.com

Date: Wednesday, 24 August

Time: 18:45 - 20:00

Location: KLCC, Room 406 & 407

The AnT-ERA SC will discuss actions for the next 2 years.

Contact: Julian Gutt - Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany

Email: julian.gutt@awi.de

Date: Tuesday, 23 August

Time: 13:00-15:00

Location: KLCC, Room: 408

Meeting for the steering committees of AntoBIS, RAS and RAMS

official SCAR product linked to EGG ABI EGG BAM AntECO and AntERA

Contact: Anton Van de Putte - RBINS, Belgium

Email: Antonarctica@gmail.com

Date: Saturday 27 (open) and Sunday 28 August (invite only)

Time: 08:00-18:00

Location: Arcade 4, Lower Floor; Function Room 3, Ground Floor

This workshop will bring together atmosphere, ocean and ice sheet modellers with leading representatives across near-term and palao earth system modelling communities to assess model skill in representing processes that drive regional change of the Antarctic / Southern Ocean environment for century timescale projections, in particular for sea level contributions from Antarctica. The aims of the workshop are to improve the interpretation of projections from current models and to develop guidelines for key improvements, including timescales of response of the Antarctic climate system and the coupling of regional ocean/ice sheet/climate models. The first day of the workshop is open to all participants (maximum participant no. 50) while on the second day we hope to focus on specific issues with a small writing team (maximum participant no. 20) and is by invitation only.

To register for the Saturday Open meeting, send a short description of why you are interested in attending the workshop to Joellen Russell, workshop coordinator. Early career scientists are particularly encouraged to apply.

Contact: Joellen Russell - Depts. of Geosciences and Planetary Science, University of Arizona, USA

Email: jrussell@email.arizona.edu

Date: Sunday, 21 August

Time: 09:00-13:00

Location: Function Room 5, Ground Floor/p>

The meeting facilitates the face to face meeting of the AntClim21 Steering Committee to discuss progress, milestones, challenges and future steps of the AntClim21 team.

Contact: Nancy Bertler - Joint Antarctic Research Institute, Victoria University and GNS Science, New Zealand

Email: Nancy.Bertler@vuw.ac.nz

Date: Monday, 22 August

Time: 18:00-20:00

Location: KLCC, Room: 403

AntEco Steering Committee

Contact: Huw Griffiths - BAS, UK

Email: hjg@bas.ac.uk

Date: Sunday, 21 August

Time: 12:00-16:00

Location: Function Room 4, Ground Floor

The Antarctic Nearshore and Terrestrial Observation System (ANTOS) is a biologically focused initiative to coordinate a cross-continent and cross-national programme scale assessment of environmental variability and change. It is a SCAR Action group established in response to the needs identified in multiple sectors for long-term commitment to acquiring basic information to underpin identification of trends and changes in iconic Antarctic ecosystems. Such information transcends short-term national funding regimes, yet is crucial for informing management approaches and strategies that national bodies must address. This workshop will work towards a clear vision for the implementation of ANTOS, review a recent resource analysis, review the current implementation plan, and develop a clear direction to acquire recognition of its importance and approval by national programmes that will be key to the success of ANTOS. The findings will be summarised in a report.

Contact: Craig Cary - University of Waikato, New Zealand

Email: caryc@waikato.ac.nz

Date: Saturday, 27 August

Time: 9:00-13:00

Location: Function Room 4, Ground Floor

ANTPAS was first initiated at SCAR meeting in Bremen in 2002 and since then coordinated the research on permafrost and periglacial environments of Antarctica. The meeting will focus on the new actions to coordinate the research an Antarctic scale and to promote the jointed research activities. We invited also all the people interested on the relationships between soil, permafrost, snow and vegetation because the multidisciplinary approach is essential in permafrost and periglacial environments. Another important multidisciplinary issue that will be discussed is the use of the remote sensing techniques to monitor and to map active layer thickness, snow and geomorphic processeses.

Contact: Mauro Guglielmin - Insubria University, Italy

Email: mauro.guglielmin@uninsubria.it

Date: Monday, 22 August

Time: 18:00-20:00

Location: KLCC, Room: 405

This will be the periodic meeting of the SCAR EG ANTVOLC aimed at discussing and planning activities of the group

Contact: Massimo Pompilio - INGV-PIsa, Italy

Email: massimo.pompilio@ingv.it

Date: Sunday, 21 August

Time: 09:00-18:30

Location: Arcade 3 & 4, Lower Ground

APECS will be organising a one-day career development workshop for early career researchers participating at the SCAR OSC. More details will be made available on the APECS website http://www.apecs.is/events/upcoming-event-highlights/scar-2016.html

Contact: Gerlis Fugmann - APECS, Norway

Email: gerlis.fugmann@apecs.is

Date: Monday, 22 August

Time: 18:00-21:00

Location: KLCC, Room: 404

The meeting will convene members of the ASPeCt Expert Group to report on progress with ASPeCT activities and research plans.

Contact: Marilyn Raphael - UCLA, USA

Email: raphael@geog.ucla.edu

Date: Sunday, 21 August

Time: 13:00-16:00

Location: Arcade 5, Lower Ground

The meeting of the Expert Group on Birds and Marine Mammals will provide updates on the group activities, especially on the Retrospective Analysis of Antarctic Tracking (RAATD) Data effort. RAATD aims at determining the areas of ecological importance around the Antarctic continent using the tracking data of a selection of several meso and top predators. Following on two workshops in 2015 and early 2016, the RAATD project has now entered its final stage: the modelisation of the data collected over the past 4 years.

Contact: Mark Hindell – Tasmania University & Yan Ropert-Coudert - CNRS-CEBC, France

Email: Mark.Hindell@utas.edu.au & yan.ropert-coudert@cebc.cnrs.fr

Date: Saturday, 27 August

Time: 10:00-1300

Location: Function Room 3, Ground Floor

Meeting of the SCAR Advisory Group on Capacity Building, Education and Training. The meeting aims to discuss the activities outlined in the CBET plan. This includes planning of the activities of the next year and fund raising for the support of the fellowship progrmme.

Contact: Karin Lochte - Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany

Email: karin.lochte@awi.de

Date: Sunday, 21 August

Time: 12:00-14:00

Location: Function Room 9, Ground Floor

The scattered geological exposures of Antarctica have been mapped and understood to strongly varying degrees. Systematic aerogeophysical surveying is increasing our ability to reveal the sub-ice geology and crustal architecture of the continent. Major lineaments and the spatial extent of individual crustal provinces are successively becoming more apparent. However, the connection of the exposed geology with geophysical data is often loose. CGG aims to identify key areas where detailed geological field studies and focussed geophysics should be carried out in order to better understand the geologic significance of major geophysical lineaments and tectonic blocks. We would like to discuss high priority areas where lineaments and/or inferred tectonic boundaries intersect with outcrops and intend to initiate future international expeditions to such key areas.

Contact: Joachim Jacobs - University of Bergen, Norway

Email: joachim.jacobs@uib.no

Date: Sunday, 21 August

Time: 12:00-14:00

Location: Boardroom 1, Ground Floor

This is an opportunity for the executive group of the SCAR Development Council to meet, summarise recent events, and consider plans for future actions.

Contact: Peter Convey - British Antarctic Survey, UK

Email: pcon@bas.ac.uk

Date: Wednesday, 24 August

Time: 19:00-21:00

Location: KLCC, Room: 401 & 402

EU-PolarNet – Connecting Science with Society

EU-PolarNet supports and advises the European Commission (EC) in all topics related to the Polar regions. The project will develop and deliver a strategic framework and mechanisms to prioritise science, optimise the use of polar infrastructure, and broker new partnerships that will lead to the co-design of polar research projects that deliver tangible benefits for society. EU-PolarNet seeks to engage with all relevant actors on an international level.

This Town Hall meeting aims to interact with and inform our Antarctic stakeholders about the project and discuss with them how they can contribute to the project.

Contact: Renuka Badhe - EPB / EUPolarNet, NL

Email: r.badhe@nwo.nl

Date: Sunday, 21 August

Time: 08:00-11:00

Location: Function Room 3, Ground Floor

First formal meeting of the Action Group on Geoheritage and Geoconservation. Preliminary discussions addressing the key components of the Action group Terms of reference as approved by the SCAR ExCom

ACTION GROUP on Geological heritage and Geoconservation

Contact: Chris Carson - Geoscience Australia, Australia

Email: chris.carson@ga.gov.au

Date: Sunday, 21 August

Time: 17:00-20:00

Location: Function Room 7, Ground Floor

The Geological Mapping Update of Antarctica (GeoMap) action group aims to facilitate an integrated programme to promote the capture of existing geological map data, update its spatial reliability, improve representation of glacial sequences and geomorphology, and enable data delivery via web-feature services. This will be the second main meeting of this group. All interested parties are welcome to attend. Further representation and participants would be welcome!

Contact: Cox Simon - GNS Science, New Zealand

Email: s.cox@gns.cri.nz

Date: Sunday, 21 August

Time: 15:00-18:00

Location: Function Room 6, Ground Floor

The Expert Group on Geodetic Infrastructure in Antarctica (GIANT) regularly meets in order to discuss all aspects of conducting geodetic work and research in Antarctica. All people are welcome who have an interest in the application of geodetic technique such as gravimetry, tide gauges, GNSS and further ground-based satellite methods for the investigation of a variety of questions in geodesy, geophysics, glaciology, oceanography and atmospheric research.

Contact: Mirko Scheinert - TU Dresden, Germany

Email: Mirko.Scheinert@tu-dresden.de

Date: Sunday, 21 August

Time: 14:00-16:00

Location: Function Room 5, Ground Floor

GRAPE (GNSS Research and Application for Polar Environment) is an Expert Group cross-link between SSG PS and SSG GS. The meeting, open to SCAR community, will be the occasion to review the state of art of the activities carried out by the participants to the EG in the last two years (short presentations by participants are foreseen). Particular attention will be devoted to the advancement reached on data management and availability as well to the improvement/development of algorithms and tools for data analysis and modelling. Open discussion will be addressed to the future common actions and projects at national/international level. Finally the meeting will be the occasion to interact with other groups that may be interested in joining the EG. Please read more at www.grape.scar.org.

Contact: Giorgiana De Franceschi - INGV, Italy

Email: giorgiana.defranceschi@ingv.it

Date: Saturday, 27 August

Time: 09:00-13:00

Location: Arcade 5, Lower Ground

It is generally accepted that ecological resilience is built upon species diversity and the provision of functions required by the community. Ecosystems with high functional redundancy are hypothesised to be more resilient to environmental perturbation. However, applying such theory to microbial communities is challenging since microorganisms generally display a high degree of metabolic flexibility and physiological tolerance to changing environmental conditions. As a result, microbial communities have rarely been assessed from the standpoint of functional redundancy. This side meeting will address several issues currently preventing useful analysis of microbial function redundancy in Antarctica. Studies to date have relied on the presence of metabolic pathways, key genes, and specific taxa to characterize resilience. However, it is not clear which, if any, of these approaches reflect true resilience. Foremost among these issues are the need to harmonise methods and the lack of a consistent definition of microbial redundancy. Currently, the ad hoc implementation of sampling techniques, nucleic acid extraction procedures, and bioinformatic approaches prevent robust cross-study comparisons and the development and use of meaningful historic datasets. The long-term goal is to initiate a meaningful discussion within the community, leading to development of rigorous methods for comparison, optimisation, and standardisation. We anticipate that this side meeting will catalyse formation of an Action Group on these critical issues.

Contact: Chun Wie Chong - International Medical University, Malaysia

Email: ChongChunWie@imu.edu.my

Date: Wednesday, 24 August

Time: 14:00-17:00

Location: KLCC, Room: 405

This meeting will be used to exchange information between two SCAR Expert Groups (EGs): the History EG and the Humanities and Social Sciences EG (HASSEG). The groups will discuss their plans for future joint conferences and explore strategies for broadened collaboration. This meeting is open to all conference participants with an interest in humanities and social sciences.

Contact: Daniela Liggett - University of Canterbury (and HASSEG co-chair), New Zealand

Email: daniela.liggett@canterbury.ac.nz

Date: Friday, 26 August

Time: 13:00-14:00

Location: KLCC, Room: 410

During the business meeting of the SCAR History Expert Group we will exchange information about our current projects and discuss problems of research and publication. Most importantly we have to decide upon a new topic of our bi-annual workshops beside the SCAR OSC and to fix a new meeting place for it.

Contact: Cornelia Lüdecke - University of Hamburg, germany

Email: C.Luedecke@lrz.uni-muenchen.de

Date: Saturday, 27 August

Time: 08:00-21:00

Location: Function Room 9, Ground Floor

During the workshop of the SCAR History EG we want to offer a possibility for students and early career scientists as well as other scholars not presenting during the SCAR OSC to give a talk about their research. The workshop provides much mor time for a fruitful discussion than the conference and will be very helpful especially for PhD students

Contact: Cornelia Lüdecke - University of Hamburg, Germany

Email: C.Luedecke@lrz.uni-muenchen.de

Date: Sunday, 21 August

Time: 18:00-20:00

Location: Function Room 4, Ground Floor

In 2013, the first version of the International Bathymetric Chart of the Southern Ocean (IBCSO Version 1.0) became publicly available. In this meeting we want discuss the state and the future development of the project. Furthermore, we want to get an overview of new bathymetric datasets that have been acquired in the meantime and which mapping projects are undertaken or planned. We further envisage conducting data exchange of contributions to the IBCSO data base for a second version with the extent of the project being enlarged to 50°S.

Contact: Jan Erik Arndt - Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany

Email: Jan.Erik.Arndt@awi.de

Date: Tuesday, 23 August

Time: 18:00-19:00

Location: KLCC, Room: 404

This is a biannual meeting of representatives of the members of the International Antarctic institute. It is open to new members or other interested individuals. The aim of the meeting is to bring members up to date on recent activities, to make plans for future events and to seek feedback on the IAI. SCAR is an associate member of the IAI

Contact: Bryan Storey - Gateway Antarctica, New Zealand

Email: bryan.storey@canterbury.ac.nz

Date: Sunday, 21 August

Time: 08:00-17:00

Location: Function Room 8, Ground Floor

ICECAP2 is a multinational (US, China, UK, Australia, India) collaboration, following from SCAR ACE and PAIS SRPs, that acquires airborne geophysical data in Antarctica. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the last season's data, and to plan ahead for this coming season.

Contact: Martin Siegert, Imperial College London, UK

Email: m.siegert@imperial.ac.uk

Date: Saturday, 20 August

Time: 15:00-18:00

Location: Function Room 9, Ground Floor

The aim of the meeting is to discuss ongoing and future research in the Totten Glacier continental margin, to present existing data, to prioritise targets to achieve, to discuss logistic and technical details.

Contact: Leanne Armand, Deputy Director of the MQ Marine Research Centre, Senior Researcher/Lecturer, Department of Biological Sciences Faculty of Science and Engineering, Macquarie University, Australia

Email: leanne.armand@mq.edu.au

Date: Wednesday, 24 August

Time: 18:00-21:00

Location: KLCC, Room: 405

Steering committee of ISMASS (expert group of SCAR/IASC/CLiC)

Contact: Catherine Ritz - UGA/CNRS, FRANCE

Email: catherine.ritz@lgge.obs.ujf-grenoble.fr

Date: Saturday, 27 August

Time: 09:00-13:00

Location: Function Room 10, Ground Floor

Title: Ice sheets mass balance: update of the observation estimate. This workshop is a follow-up of the workshop organized at the SCAR OSC in Portland (2012). The aim is to provide a state-of-the-art of current estimates of ice sheet mass balance (Greenland – Antarctica) in concordance with IMBIE (Ice Sheet Mass Balance Intercomparison Exercise). The workshop is organized around a series of invited presentations along with plenary discussions.

Contact: Catherine Ritz - UGA/CNRS, France

Email: catherine.ritz@lgge.obs.ujf-grenoble.fr

Date: 21 & 22 Aug

Time: 13-21, 14-18

Location: Function Room 3, Ground Floor; KLCC Room: 307

Business Meeting of the SCAR COMNAP Joint Expert Group Human Biology and Medicine

Contact: Dr Anne Hicks - British Antarctic Survey Medical Unit, UK

Email: annehicks1@nhs.net

Date: Sunday, 21 August

Time: 11:00-12:00

Location: Function Room 6, Lower Ground

The Mapping Application for Penguin Populations and Projected Dynamics (MAPPPD) is a newly developed online searchable database specifically designed to support conservation-focused decision making in Antarctica. This new tool provides extensive details on gentoo, chinstrap, Adelie, and emperor penguin breeding locations, recorded abundances through time, and projected dynamics into the future. When fully developed, MAPPPD will automatically download and interpret satellite imagery for Antarctic penguin colonies, will seamlessly integrate presence/absence records from citizen scientists or other sources, and will provide a transparent permanent record of Antarctic seabird biogeography in support of environmental assessments, conservation planning, and environmentally-sensitive tourism. We would like to hold a side meeting of interested parties to demonstrate the MAPPPD application, show end users how to search and download data from MAPPPD, and discuss additional features that end users would like to see developed in the future.

Contact: Heather Lynch - Stony Brook University, USA

Email: heather.lynch@stonybrook.edu

Date: Monday, 22 August

Time: 13:00-14:00

Location: KLCC, Room: 307

mARS is an information system dedicated to facilitate the discovery, access and analysis of molecular microbial diversity (meta)data generated by Antarctic researchers.

This meeting provides an opportunity to inform the user community about updates and new development for this project.

Contact: Anton Van de Putte - RBINS, Belgium

Email: antonarctica@gmail.com

Date: Friday, 26 August

Time: 14:00-19:00

Location: KLCC, Room: 410

Practical workshop where people are tutored to provide data for the mARS. Linked to EGG-ABI activities as well as AntEco and AntERA

Contact: Anton Van de Putte - RBINS, Belgium

Email: antonarctica@gmail.com

Date: Saturday, 27 August

Time: 14:00-18:00

Location: Arcade 5, Lower Ground

Many scientists are studying biodiversity, evolution, and ecosystem functioning in King George Island, South Shetland Islands, and Antarctic Peninsula. Collaboration among scientists with different skills and with different accesses to various locations in this region will help to develop better sciences, but there have been few chances to know what research programmes are going on and who are studying. The purpose of this meeting is to make opportunity for scientists to gather together and to know each other, and find opportunity to collaborate.

This meeting includes the next schedule:

  1. introduction to national research programmes
  2. discussion to increase international collaboration, to develop tools and approaches for sustainable collaboration activities, and future plan for the meeting

Contact: Soon Gyu Hong - Korea Polar Research Institute, Korea

Email: polypore@kopri.re.kr

Date: Sunday, 21 August

Time: 08:00-11:00

Location: Function Room 6, Lower Ground

The amount of data that underpins current Antarctic science and policy is enormous, including increasing numbers of collections recovered from non-digital archives. Challenges remain, however, in extracting science- and policy-relevant information from data, particularly for data that did not result from designed sampling or experimental work. This session will focus on the use of non-traditional data for achieving tangible science outputs and outcomes, including conservation, management, and policy objectives.

Non-traditional data include those that historically have not been widely utilized as primary science data, including:

  • large data sets that require storage- and computation-intensive solutions such as high-throughput sequencing; satellite; and outputs from climate, atmospheric, or oceanographic models
  • unstructured data such as free text, images, video, and other media
  • large data sharing efforts

The session will also consider methods for making use of such data, including machine- and deep-learning, numerical optimization techniques, and crowd-sourced and social media-based solutions.

Contact: Falk Huettmann - University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA

Email: fhuettmann@alaska.edu

Date: Tuesday, 23 August

Time: 18:00-20:00

Location: KLCC, Room: 403

This will be a chance to discuss operational meteorology issues with members of the OpMet expert group

Contact: Steven Colwell - British Antarctic Survey, UK

Email: src@bas.ac.uk

Date: Sunday, 21 August

Time: 08:00-12:00

Location: Boardroom 1, Ground Floor

Close-door Steering Committee meeting of the Past Antarctic Ice Sheet Dynamics Research Programme of SCAR.

Contact: Carlota Escutia - Spanish Research Council , Spain

Email: cescutia@ugr.es

Date: Sunday, 21 August

Time: 12:00-14:00

Location: Function Room 6, Ground Floor

Like elsewhere in science, the availability of 'big data' is proving to be both a blessing and a curse for Antarctic science, and requires advances in cyberinfrastructure to effectively manage the ever increasing requirements for data storage, transmission, and processing. The US National Science Foundation has recently funded a Research Coordination Network (RCN) in Polar Cyberinfrastructure to develop the high performance and distributed computing (HPDC) capacity of the polar community, and to identify next steps in infrastructure needs. The polar cyberinfrastructure RCN would like to convene a Birds of a Feather (BoF) side meeting at SCAR OSC 2016 to bring together Antarctic researchers working with HPDC challenges from the international Antarctic community. We will discuss common challenges, share solutions, and brainstorm how lingering bottlenecks might be overcome. We will also discuss what skills polar scientists need to learn in order to take advantage of HPDC resources, and how we (the polar cyberinfrastructure community) might share in best practices and materials for training the next generation of Antarctic scientists.

Contact: Heather Lynch - Stony Brook University, USA

Email: heather.lynch@stonybrook.edu

Date: Saturday, 20 August

Time: 09:00-13:00

Location: Function Room 4, Lower Ground

The workshop aims to update the scientific community about ongoing activities related to drilling projects from the Antarctic continental margins and Southern Ocean:

  1. present IODP, ICDP, ANDRILL, SHALLDRIL, MeBo and other active full and pre-proposals (aims and status),
  2. present new ideas/areas for future drilling and plans for site surveys
  3. discuss scientific gaps to address in future proposal
  4. present the status of drilling technology capability
  5. discuss how to continue to carry on a coordinated strategy to drill Antarctic margins

Pramso Workshop 2016 Provisional Agenda

Contact: Carlota Escutia - Instituto Andaluz de Ciencias de la Tierra, CSIC, Univ. de Granada, Spain and Laura De Santis - OGS, Trieste, Italy

Email: cescutia@ugr.es and ldesantis@ogs.trieste.it

Date: Saturday, 27 August

Time: 18:00-19:00

Location: Function Room 4, Ground Floor

Quantarctica editorial board meeting

Contact: Kenny Matsuoka - Norwegian Polar Institute, Norway

Email: matsuoka@npolar.no

Date: Saturday, 27 August

Time: 14:00-18:00

Location: Function Room 4, Ground Floor

Quantarctica (QA; www.quantarctica.org) is a GIS data package built on the free GIS software QGIS. It includes a range of satellite imagery and scientific data, and users can develop their own GIS system based on QA. This workshop will gather a range of QA users to develop their knowledge base further and receive feedback from them to finalize QA's version 3 to be released in 2017. The workshop will start with a talk on the vision and future of QA, followed by a lecture on QA's overall functions, hand-on sessions, and reports of QA's applications by experienced users. We request all participants of the hand-on sessions to bring a laptop with QA installed. Registration is via the following survey: www.surveymonkey.com/r/RR7G3PF but drop-ins are also welcome if space is available.

Contact: Kenny Matsuoka - Norwegian Polar Institute, Norway

Email: matsuoka@npolar.no

Date: Sunday, 21 August

Time: 08:00-12:00

Location: Arcade 5, Lower Ground

The workshop will gather the experts who are currently involved with the Retrospective Analysis of the Antarctic Tracking data, an EG-BAMM (Birds and Marine Mammals Expert Group) project, which had previous workshops organized in Brussels 2015 and Bremerhaven 2016.

Contact: Yan Ropert-Coudert - CNRS-CEBC, France

Email: yan.ropert-coudert@cebc.cnrs.fr

Date: Saturday, 27 August

Time: 09:00-12:00

Location: Function Room 2, Ground Floor

Workshop to discuss the development of a spatial tool to support broader scale environmental management, in accordance with the Environmental Principles of the Protocol under the Antarctic Treaty. The proposed management tool will facilitate regional scale assessments of activities and impacts. Rather than just focusing on a single location, the tool is being designed to be applied to any region within Antarctica dependant on the development of relevant data. Types of data required to support the use of the tool will also be discussed at the workshop. We foresee that the tool will fill an important gap in the suite of management tools available to Parties when planning and conducting activities to limit adverse impacts on the Antarctic environment. To ensure the tool supports the work being undertaken within the policy we invite participants from both the policy and science perspectives. If you wish to attend please contact the organiser.

Contact: Fraser Morgan, Landcare Research, New Zealand

Email: morganf@landcareresearch.co.nz

Date: Saturday, 20 August

Time: 09:00-18:00

Location: Function Room 1 & 2, Ground Floor

This is a joint meeting of the SCAR Action Group on remote sensing of animals and the new SOOS working Group Censusing Animal Populations from Space (CAPS). Half of the day will be devoted to SCAR Action Group business, and half to discussing the CAPS pack-ice seal census project.

Contact: Hans-Ulrich Peter - Jena University, Germany

Email: bpe@uni-jena.de

Date: Sunday, 21 August

Time: 08:00-17:00

Location: Function Room 7, Ground Floor

The Standing Committee on Antarctic GeoInformation organizes a plenary meeting every second year just before the Open Science Conference, enabling participants to take part in one of both of these events.

In between we are used to organize intercession meetings on a lower scale.

Contact: Jean-Yves Pirlot - IGN (BE), Belgium

Email: jyp@ign.be

Date: Friday 19 - Sunday 21 August

Time: 08:00-17:00

Location: Function Room 10, Ground Floor

Annual meeting of the Standing Committee on Antarctic Data management. Usually planned as two days before the meeting. last year we had also a working meeting after the conference ( 3 days in total). Those that wish to attend can get in touch with the SCADM Chief Officer Anton Van de Putte. (antonarctica@gmail.com or avandeputte@naturalsciences.be)

Contact: Anton Van de Putte - RBINS, Belgium

Email: antonarctica@gmail.com

Date: Tuesday, 23 August

Time: 18:00-19:00

Location: KLCC, Room: 405

An introduction to participation in SCAR for U.S. scientists, addressing: What is SCAR? How are SCAR science activities organized? How can you participate? The U.S. science delegation to SCAR, together with representatives from Division of Polar Programs, NSF, will be introduced to attendees. This meeting is intended for U.S. participants, but others are welcome.

Contact: Terry Wilson, U.S. Delegate to SCAR

Email: wilson.43@osu.edu

Date: Sunday, 21 August

Time: 14:00-16:00

Location: Boardroom 1, Ground Floor

Business meeting Antarctic Seismic Data Library System (SDLS).

We will discuss the current status of the SDLS and member will have the opportunity to report about recent and planned seismic data collections.

Contact: Frank Nitsche - Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, USA

Email: fnitsche@ldeo.columbia.edu

Date: Sunday, 21 August

Time: 16:00-20:00

Location: Function Room 5, Ground Floor

Various groups will present reports on the proposed activity that they want to contribute to enhance the scientific return of research in Antarctica in the field of solar terrestrial effects. Disturbances that originate on the Sun travel to Earth and generate effects that impact on human activities. Such effects determine the variability of conditions in all regions of the magnetosphere, ionophere and atmosphere, and are generally known under the title of "space weather". The outcome of the meeting will consist of:

  • indication of leading scientists to implement SERAnt
  • work program for the next four years
  • identification of group leaders to coordinate reporting by subgroups

Contact: Maurizio Candidi - IAPS/INAF, Italy

Email: maurizio.candidi@iaps.inaf.it

Date: Saturday, 27 August

Time: 14:00-18:00

Location: Function Room 10, Ground Floor

A discussion and planning forum for scientists interested in the interdisciplinary objectives of the SCAR-SERCE research programme, which address the fundamental interactions between the Antarctic ice sheet and the underlying Antarctic crust and mantle, with the overarching goal to advance understanding of the interactions between the solid earth and the cryosphere, to better constrain ice mass balance and sea level change in a warming world.

During this forum, emphasis will be on potential future internationally coordinated activities that can be facilitated by SERCE, including:

  1. an internationally coordinated measurement network (continuation of POLENET)
  2. improving data exchange to facilitate pan-antarctic analyses
  3. data products needed for interdisciplinary science activities, such as:
    1. Seismic models (crustal thickness, lithosphere thickness, mantle shear wave velocity/density/viscosity models) in forms useful for geodynamic modeling
    2. Surface & ice sheet mass balance estimates in a form appropriate for elastic rebound modeling
    3. Crustal motion velocities in formats needed for geodynamic modeling
    4. Gravity models
    5. Ice Sheet loading models over millennial timescales for visco-elastic GIA

Contact: Terry Wilson - The Ohio State University, USA

Email: wilson.43@osu.edu

Date: Sunday, 21 August

Time: 12:00-13:00

Location: Arcade 5, Lower Ground

Presentation of past actions and planning of future actions

Contact: Martin Schneebeli - WSL-SLF, Switzerland

Email: schneebeli@slf.ch

Date: Saturday, 27 August

Time: 14:00-19:00

Location: Function Room 3, Ground Floor

This topic will focus on: 1) what kind of (sound) biodiversity data are available for the Southern Ocean; 2) what are the statistical issues/corrections that have to be considered given the variety of sampling methods adopted and the asymmetrical sampling intensity; 3) what are the best models that can be used to link biodiversity data and environmental variables.

This shop has been endorsed by AntEco.

It will be structured as:

  1. Introductory part: flash presentation from participants showing their state of the art and related issues/problems (presentations will be 4 minutes max and, in any case, we'll allow 1 hour only for this part of the workshop)
  2. Discussion part: possible solutions to problems, recommendations, collaborations
  3. Discussion about a 'position paper' to be written together

Contact: Stefano Schiaparelli - DISTAV, Università di Genova, Italy

Email: stefano.schiaparelli@unige.it

Date: Tuesday, 23 August

Time: 19:00 - 21:00

Location: KLCC, Room: 401 & 402

This event will be a celebration of female Antarctic researchers and plans to raise their profile to help provide more visible female role models for early career scientists. The event will consist of a 'Wikibomb' where ~150 wikipedia biographies of Antarctic women will be launched. A few short speeches and hopefully some refreshments will be provided should sponsors be found.

For more information, visit http://www.scar.org/outreach/women

Contact: Jan Strugnell - La Trobe University, Australia

Email: J.Strugnell@latrobe.edu.au