POLAR2018 – SCAR OSC in Davos, Switzerland, in 2018

Next year is the SCAR OSC in Davos in Switzerland.

POLAR2018 –Where the Poles come together
A SCAR/IASC Conference
Davos – Switzerland
15 – 26 June 2018
Call for Abstracts – Open Science Conference

This is the session which I will convene at this conference. If you are interested in submitting an abstract to this session, my fellow convenors and I would be pleased to meet you in Davos next year.

SH Social Sciences and Humanities & AC Atmosphere, Climate

 Session Number SH-8

Session Title
Data science for polar environments – discovery, rescue, and mining
 Session Description

This session brings together two communities who recover and interpret historic information, the users of environmental data and the community applying new data mining methodologies to that data. While observational data near the poles are still sparse, the quantity of data from historical records, satellite observations, reanalyses and climate models is growing constantly. To improve our understanding of the complete climate system, it will be critical to take full advantage of the recent data available and to link it to historical reference data.

Contributions on improving understanding and modeling of the Polar climate system through data rescue, data mining and machine learning methods are welcome. Studies that develop and implement new data‐mining methods for climate diagnosis in the atmosphere, ocean or cryosphere are encouraged, but submissions that integrate information from multiple components of the climate

system are particularly welcome. Historic records are vital for a better understanding of changes in Polar environment such as climate, landscape, flora and fauna. Recent advances in image and data processing, digitizing, and crowd sourcing allow placing this information in a better spatio‐temporal context. Abstracts from historians, humanities and GIS researchers dealing with the recovery, visualization, and interpretation of information from indigenous narratives, log‐books, maps and diaries are welcome.

Lead Convener: Ursula Rack
Email: ursula.rack@canterbury.ac.nz
Affiliation lead-convener: Gateway Antarctica, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Co-convener 1: Adrian McDonald
Email: adrian.mcdonald@canterbury.ac.nz
Affiliation: Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Co-convener 2: Thomas Mote
Email: tmote@uga.edu
Affiliation: Department of Geography, University of Georgia, USA
 Co-convener 3: David B Reusch,
Email: david.reusch@nmt.edu
Affiliation: Department of Earth and Environmental Science, New Mexico Tech, USA
 Co-convener 4: Petteri Uotila
Email: petteri.uotila@fmi.fi
Affiliation: Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finland
Co-convener 5: Clive Wilkinson
Email: c.w.wilkinson@uea.ac.uk
Affiliation: Climate Research Unit, University of East Anglia, UK

Submit an abstract


Today’s data collection in the Antarctic


28 August – talk at the Pegasus Ladies Club in New Brighton.

Last week I gave a talk on my time in the Antarctic at the Pegasus Ladies Club in New Brighton. There were approx. 70 ladies present. It was a very nice group and they were really interested in the topic. Also, this group asked me to come again to their meeting with another talk. This is always a nice feedback.


 Me, digging out the weather station in January 2016

Merid’s Ladies Club talk




Human footprint in the Antarctic


The ladies at the Merid’s Ladies Club invited me again to talk about my quilting and the quilt exhibition at Scott Base in 2015/16 when I was down with the PCAS course. The ladies were very interested and had many questions about the Antarctic even when I gave a talk at this club half a year ago on that topic. It was great to see that my presentation left an impression on them and was still a matter of interest. It was a great feeling to see them so enthusiastic about the quilts and the Antarctic.



Nature – Antarctic



Winston Churchill Fellowship

I did it again: I submitted an application for the Winston Churchill Fellowship. It was yesterday a bit a struggle with the online form but I did it. After weeks of hard work, as always,  lots of thinking and communicating I had the ideas sorted and could submit. Tomorrow is the deadline for the Fellowship. At the end of October, or beginning of November, the lucky ones will be announced. So fingers’ crossed that I will be amongst them. If I should get awarded, I will tell more about it and what the next steps are.

Portrait of Winston Churchill. (taken from the webpage)

Two new publications online

The book review on “Deutsche in der Antarktis: Expeditionen und Forschungen vom Kaiserreich bis heute” by Cornelia Luedecke and the report on the “Historic Antarctic Sealing Industry Conference” which was held in Cambridge in September last year are now published in The Polar Journal, 7:1 92017). The review is located on pages 244-247 and the report on pages 253-255. Last time when I put in the Doi it was blocked by the publisher. I hope you can find it when you look after it.


Greetings from a Weddell seal – at my first trip to the Antarctic 2014/2015 with PCAS


Mentor for APECS seminar

The organisers of the APECS seminar at the HASSEG workshop in Hobart invited me as mentor to encourage young researcher to apply for a COMNAP or SCAR research fellowship. I have been the first history/humanities researcher who received a COMNAP research fellowship in 2012.


I am in the very middle at the table – as mentor for the APECS seminar at the HASSEG workshop in Hobart (4 July 2017)

Presentation at the Cashmere Rotary Club

I have been invited by the Cashmere Rotary Club, Christchurch, to give a talk on my time as tutor with PCAS in the Antarctic. It was “word of mouth” advertising because one of the members heard that my presentations are great. I did not disappoint regarding to the response what was really great.

At first I got introduced, then we had an excellent meal, and after some proceedings for the club I gave my presentation. Thanks to Antarctica New Zealand I could show some of the gear we use down in the ice – that never fails.

Even with the wintry weather yesterday evening, 36 members of the club attended (45 people are members of this branch).