2024 European polar science week

3 6 September 2024 | The Black Diamond | Copenhagen, Denmark


Overview

Polar regions are sentinels of climate change, biodiversity, and human resilience. They have experienced the most rapid rates of warming in recent years. Its expected impacts will exceed those forecasted for many other regions, resulting in significant consequences affecting natural ecosystems and human activities.

Improving our observational capacity and enhancing the basic understanding of the drivers and processes governing those changes, and translating knowledge into solutions for society, are major challenges for the future.

Earth observation from space and Earth system science will represent an essential element in this process. Addressing the major challenge in polar research will require a significant and sustained collaborative effort and an integrated approach to science where the synergistic use of satellite data, in-situ and citizen observations, advanced modelling capabilities, interdisciplinary research and innovative technologies will be essential elements.

This is why the European Commission (Directorate General for Research and Innovation) and the European Space Agency are working together to improve cooperation and to identify and address the grand science challenges in polar research that may drive joint EC-ESA scientific activities in the coming years.


Objectives

The 2nd European Polar Science Week is an important milestone in the cooperation between the European Commission and the European Space Agency. The event will take place from 3 to 6 September, 2024, in Copenhagen.

The overall objective of the European Polar Science Week is to bring together the European polar science community and reinforce European cooperation for polar science.

More specifically, the 2nd Polar Science Week will aim to:

  • Share latest results in polar science with a focus on Earth observation, and promote networking and collaborative research in polar sciences, bringing together different expertise, data, and resources in a systemic manner
  • Discuss progress in addressing recommendations from the 1st European Polar Science Week
  • Identify major polar scientific challenges, observation gaps and research needs for the coming years
  • Formulate recommendations for a Polar Science Agenda, in particular with regard to maximising synergies between the ESA and Horizon Europe Programme
  • Develop and provide policy relevant recommendations

During this week, key scientists and stakeholders of polar science will have the opportunity to discuss the major challenges and opportunities in front of us, promote networking and collaboration across projects and activities advancing the EC-ESA Polar research cooperation.


Themes

Key topics for abstract submission are the following: 


1. The current state and forthcoming changes in the polar regions

2. Polar ice, ocean, climate dynamics and tipping points

3. Polar ecosystems, biodiversity and carbon cycles

4. Humans in the Arctic

5. Societal impacts of polar change 

6. Polar observations, models and data 

7. New methods for understanding the polar regions




Overview Programme


The Queen's Hall, The Black Diamond

Blixen, The Black Diamond

The Atrium, The Black Diamond



DAC Room, Danish Architecture Center


Tuesday 3rd September

StartEnd
9:0010:30Opening High Level Plenary
10:3011:00Coffee Break
11:0012:30Scientific Plenary
12:3014:30Lunch Break
14:3016:00European Polar EC - ESA Collaboration Plenary
16:0016:30Coffee Break
16:3018:00Copernicus Plenary
Copernicus Polar Roadmap for Service Evolution Plenary
18:0019:00Workshops
&
Poster Session




Wednesday 4th September

StartEnd
9:0010:30Session 1
Heterogeneity in Subglacial Conditions: a Key Influence on Solid Earth-Ice Sheet Interactions
Session 2
Studying and Managing Arctic Tourism in Transition
Session 3
Enhanced Understanding of Polar Ocean-Ice-Atmosphere Interactions Within the Climate System 
10:3011:00Coffee Break
11:0012:30Session 4
Glacier Change Observations for Hydrological and Sea-level Rise Assessments
Session 5
Overwintering Zooplankton, the Seasonal Lipid Pump, and Global Carbon Cycling
Session 6
How Satellite Measurements can help in Better Understanding Dense Water Formation in the Southern Ocean and its Impacts on the Global Circulation and Climate
12:3014:30Lunch Break
14:3016:00Session 7
Beyond Borders: Strengthen Global Polar Research through Advanced Research Infrastructures
Session 8
Exploring Polar Dynamics: Insights from the Mid Pleistocene Transition to Future Climate Scenarios
Session 9
From Ice Sheets to Oceans: a Comprehensive View of Arctic Freshwater Fluxes
16:0016:30Coffee Break
16:3018:00Session 10
Taking the Pulse of the Southern Ocean: an Internationally Coordinated, Circumpolar, and Year-Round Mission – Antarctica InSync
Session 11
Plastic Pollution in Polar Regions: Sources and Solutions
Session 12
Copernicus Polar Expansion Missions: Preparing the Users for a Quantum Step in Monitoring the Arctic and Antarctica
18:0019:00Workshops
&
Poster Session



Thursday 5th September

StartEnd
9:0010:30Session 13
Towards a Three-Dimensional Monitoring of Greenlandic Marine Ecosystems
Session 14
Gaps and Opportunities of Future Sensors in Monitoring Ice Sheet Dynamics, Discharge and Surface Processes
Session 15
Arctic Navigation - Practical Application of Sea Ice Information in Current and Future Maritime Operations
10:3011:00Coffee Break
11:0012:30Session 16
Developing the Atlantic-Arctic Distributed Biological Observatory (A-DBO): Improved Observational Capacity in the high Arctic 
Session 17
A New Era of Polar Observations: The Copernicus Imaging Microwave Radiometer (CIMR) for Polar Ocean, Sea Ice, Snow, Land and Climate Change Monitoring
Session 18
Challenges with Implementing Technologies in the Arctic 
12:3014:30Lunch Break
14:3016:00Session 19
The ESA-NASA Arctic Methane Permafrost Challenge (AMPAC) – Moving to the Future
Session 20
From Circulation Change to Sea Level Rise: the Polar Regions in the Earth System 
Session 21
Arctic Biodiversity at a Crossroads - Research Directions Along the Land-Coast-Ocean Continuum
16:0016:30Coffee Break
16:3018:00Session 22
Ice-ocean-atmosphere Interactions – Focus on Antarctic Ice Shelves
Session 23
Machine Learning for Observing and Forecasting Sea-Ice
Session 24
Space-borne Studies of Permafrost in the Arctic
18:0019:00Workshops
&
Poster Session



Friday 6th September

StartEnd
9:0010:30Session 25
The Role of the Solid Earth for the Evolution of the Polar Ice Sheets
Session 26
Strategies for Arctic observing - The importance of ground observations  
10:3011:00Coffee Break
11:0012:30Session 27
The Real-World Impact of AI in the Polar Regions
Session 28
FAIR Scientific Data in Support of Polar Monitoring and Assessment Efforts
12:3013:30Wrap Up
&
Closing Plenary



Detailed Programme

DAY 1: TUESDAY, 3 SEPTEMBER




StartEndTitle Location 

9:00 10:30OPENING PLENARY
Moderator: Martin Breum

Welcome and Introduction:
  • Representative from the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science
  • Representative from the Greenland Government
  • John Bell (Director Healthy Planet, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission)
  • Simonetta Cheli (Director Earth Observation Programmes, European Space Agency)
  • Raphael Goulet (Head of Unit Ocean Governance, Law of the Sea, Arctic Policy, DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission)

Keynotes:
  • Mike Sfraga (Chair of the United States Arctic Research Commission)
  • Claude Veron-Reville (Special Envoy for the Arctic, European External Action Service)
The Queen's Hall, The Black Diamond
10:3011:00Coffee BreakAtrium, The Black Diamond
11:0012:30SCIENTIFIC PLENARY
Moderator: Martin Breum

  • Antje Boetius (Director of AWI, AntarcticaInSync)
  • Gerlis Fugmann (IASC)
  • Burcu Özsoy (SCAR)
  • Maribeth Murray (Arctic Institute of North America)
  • Rune Fjellheim (Senior Advisor, Saami Council Norway)
  • René Forsberg (DTU) 
The Queen's Hall, The Black Diamond
12:3014:30Lunch BreakAtrium, The Black Diamond
(Poster Session only)
14:3016:00EUROPEAN EC - ESA COLLABORATION PLENARY
Moderator: Martin Breum

  • Programme Level Cooperation
    Diego Fernàndez Prieto (ESA) & Larissa Lorinczi (RTD)
  • EU-PolarNet - Achievements and Key Products
    Nicole Biebow (AWI)
  • EU Polar Cluster
    Anneli Strobel (AWI) / Elaina Ford (BAS)
  • ESA Polar Cluster
    Diego Fernàndez Prieto (ESA)
  • OCEAN:ICE
    Priscilla Mooney
  • So-ICE, So=-FRESH and SO-CHIC Collaboration
    Anna Hogg
  • Towards a Dynamic View of Antarctica
    Noel Gourmelen
  • Towards a European Coordinated Effort on Greenland
    Louise Sandberg Sorensen
  • European Polar Coordination Office (EPCO)
    Renuka Badhe (European Polar Board)
The Queen's Hall, The Black Diamond
16:0016:30Coffee BreakAtrium, The Black Diamond
16:3018:00COPERNICUS POLAR ROADMAP FOR SERVICE EVOLUTION PLENARY
Chairs: Thomas Diehl (European Commission), Jose Miguel Rubio Iglesias (EEA)

  • Presentation of the Copernicus Polar Roadmap
    Maria Berdahl
  • Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S)
    Carlo Buontempo

  • Copernicus Marine Service (CMEMS)
    Laurence Crosnier
  • Copernicus Land Service (CLMS)
    Usue Hoyos Donezar
  • Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS)
    Laurence Rouil
  • Copernicus In-situ Component
    Jose Miguel Rubio Iglesias

Panel Discussion: In-situ activities in the Polar areas
Panelists:
Carlo Buontempo (ECMWF); Laurence Crosnier (Mercator Ocean International); Polona Itkin (Norwegian Polar Institute); Thierry Marbach (EUMETSAT)
The Queen's Hall, The Black Diamond
18:00 19:00Workshops & Poster Session
Atrium, The Black Diamond



DAY 2: WEDNESDAY, 4 SEPTEMBER


StartEndTitle Location 
PARALLEL SESSION 1 - Heterogeneity in Subglacial Conditions: a Key Influence on Solid Earth-Ice Sheet Interactions
Chairs: Jörg Ebbing (Kiel University), Fausto Ferraccioli (OGS)
9:0010:30RINGS probing into the Antarctic Ice Sheet margin
Kenichi Matsuoka (Norwegian Polar Institute)

Heterogenous geological boundary conditions and geothermal heat flux revealed beneath Antarctica's subglacial lake districts
Fausto Ferraccioli (OGS)

Ice sheet englacial temperature derived from satellite observations
Marion Leduc-Leballeur (Institute of Applied Physics "Nello Carrara")

The flip side: Thermal state of Greenland's ice-bed interface in ice flow models
William Colgan (GEUS)

Influence of geothermal flux variations on Greenland Ice Sheet topography and dynamics
Synne Høyer Svendsen (GEUS)
The Queen's Hall, The Black Diamond
PARALLEL SESSION 2 - Studying and Managing Arctic Tourism in Transition
Chairs: Halvor Dannevig (Western Norway Research Institute), Carina Ren (Aalborg University)
9:00 10:30Sustainable tourism in the Arctic: Examining the potential for adaptive tourism governance in Svalbard and Greenland
Anna G. Sveinsdóttir

Contested wilderness - identifying competing narratives about Svalbard futures
Ragnhild F. Dale

Comparison and cross-case learning in Arctic cruise tourism?
Julia Olsen

Climate change and tourism in Greenland – friction, opportunism and everyday concerns?
Carina Ren

Socio-ecological perspectives expedition cruise tourism management in Svalbard
Kristin Løseth

Melting ice and last chance tourism - an opportunity for greenwashing or transformation?
Halvor Dannevig
Blixen, The Black Diamond
PARALLEL SESSION 3 - Enhanced Understanding of Polar Ocean-Ice-Atmosphere Interactions Within the Climate System
Chairs: Risto Makkonen (FMI), Jennie Thomas (CNRS / IGE)

9:0010:30Air-Ice-Sea interactions in present and future climate: Recent advances and modeling challenges in the Arctic and the Antarctic
Tore Hatterman

Processes controlling Polar Aerosols and Clouds in the sea ice environment
Paul Zieger

Insights into the biogeochemical dynamics of ice-covered oceans
Letizia Tedesco

The polar climate in the coupled Earth System
Marianne Tronstad Lund

Panel Discussion
All Speakers
DAC Room, Danish Architecture Center
10:3011:00Coffee BreakAtrium, The Black Diamond
PARALLEL SESSION 4 - Glacier change observations for hydrological and sea-level rise assessments
Chairs: Michael Zemp (University of Zurich), Livia Jakob (Earthwave)
11:0012:30Glacier Mass Balance Intercomparison Exercise - results and roadmap
Inés Dussaillant & Noel Gourmelen

Arctic glacier mass changes: insights gained through satellite gravimetry observations
Ingo Sasgen

Complex pattern of ice loss in polar regions and High Mountain Asia from satellite altimetry: Implications on sea level and local hydrology
Abbas Khan

Systematized monitoring of ice peripheral glaciers in Greenland and the relevance for global glacier mass change assessments
Signe Hillerup Larsen

Improving global glacier modeling efforts through observations
Harry Zekollari
The Queen's Hall, The Black Diamond
PARALLEL SESSION 5 - Overwintering zooplankton, the Seasonal Lipid Pump, and global carbon cycling
Chairs: Jen Freer (British Antarctic Survey), Nadine Johnston (British Antarctic Survey)
11:0012:30Concentration of diapausing copepods to the Southern Ocean lipid pump
Aidan Hunter (British Antarctic Survey)

Estimating the lipid pump by mesozooplankton, krill and salps of the Southern Ocean
Guang Yang (Institute of Oceanology Chinese Academy of Sciences)

Quantifying the global contribution of the lipid pump
Sigrún H. Jónasdóttir & André W. Visser (DTU Aqua)

TBC
TBC
Blixen, The Black Diamond
PARALLEL SESSION 6 - How satellite measurements can help in better understanding dense water formation in the Southern Ocean and its impacts on the global circulation and climate
Chairs: Estrella Olmedo (Institute of Marine Sciences), Alessandro Silvano (University of Southampton)
11:0012:30Overview of processes: current state of the art and gaps
Alexander Haumann

State of the art and gaps of the in-situ observation
Alessandro Silvano

State of the art and gaps of models
Torge Martin

Satellite Sea Surface Salinity products for better understanding freshwater fluxes in the Southern Ocean
Verónica González-Gambau
DAC Room, Danish Architecture Center
12:3014:30Lunch BreakAtrium, The Black Diamond (Poster Session only)
PARALLEL SESSION 7 - Beyond Borders: Strengthen Global Polar Research through Advanced Research Infrastructures
Chairs: Nicole Biebow (AWI), Anneli Strobel (AWI)
14:3016:00EU-PolarNet and research coordination initiatives requiring large-scale coordinated implementation
Carlo Barbante (ISP-CNR)

EU-PolarNet 2 white paper with 80 actionable policy level recommendations for strengthening international polar observation
Gael Lymer (RBINS)

Accessing research infrastructures in the polar regions: The Polar Research Infrastructure Network
Veronica Willmott (AWI)

The Tara research station
Romain Troublé (Fondation Tara Océan)

Strengthening international observation through cooperation with ESA
Diego Fernàndez Prieto (ESA-ESRIN)
The Queen's Hall, The Black Diamond
PARALLEL SESSION 8 - Exploring Polar Dynamics: Insights from the Mid Pleistocene Transition to Future Climate Scenarios
Chairs: Carlo Barbante (University of Venice), Dorthe Dahl-Jensen (University of Copenhagen)
14:3016:00Introduction to the Session
Carlo Barbante & Dorthe Dahl-Jensen

Global and regional temperature change over the past 4.5 million years
Peter Koehler (AWI)

Characterising the Antarctic Ice Sheet through time and space
Olaf Eisen (AWI)

The role of the Antarctic ice sheet in the regional to global climate system
Laura De Santis (OGS)

Future perspective - recommendations for a Polar Science Agenda
TBC
Blixen, The Black Diamond
PARALLEL SESSION 9 - From ice sheets to oceans: a comprehensive view of Arctic freshwater fluxes
Chairs: Nanna B. Karlsson (Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland), Marta Umbert (Institute of Marine Sciences - CSIC), Anne Munck Solgaard (Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland)
14:3016:00Towards an EO-based freshwater budget of the Greenland ice sheet
Louise Sandberg Sorensen

Freshwater fluxes from a modeling perspective
Laurent Bertino

Modeling Greenland Fjords circulation
Eva de Andrés

Ecosystem perspectives on freshwater fluxes in Arctic fjords - results from EU project FACE-IT
Johanna Holding

Sea Surface Salinity measurements from space for improving the freshwater estimates in the Arctic Ocean
Estrella Olmedo
DAC Room, Danish Architecture Centre
16:0016:30Coffee BreakAtrium, The Black Diamond
PARALLEL SESSION 10 - Taking the pulse of the Southern Ocean: an internationally coordinated, circumpolar, and year-round mission - Antarctica InSync
Chairs: Stefanie Arndt (AWI / UHH), Alexander Haumann (AWI / LMU)
16:3018:00Introduction to Antarctica InSync
Stefanie Arndt & Alexander Haumann

Southern Ocean heat, freshwater, and carbon budgets and their response to climate change
Andrew Meijers & Marcel du Plessis

Rapid sea ice decline and its interdisciplinary consequences
Petra Heil

Melting ice shelves and coastal impacts
Tore Hatterman

Improving knowledge and protection of the unique Antarctic life from land into the deep sea
Nadine Johnston

Panel Discussion
All Speakers
The Queen's Hall, The Black Diamond
PARALLEL SESSION 11 - Plastic Pollution in Polar Regions: Sources and Solutions
Chairs: Elizabeth Boyse (British Antarctic Survey), Emily Rowlands (British Antarctic Survey)
16:3018:00Marine litter and microplastic pollution in the Antarctic environment: a general overview
Giuseppe Suaria

Trends and composition of plastic pollution in West and East Greenland 2016 - 2022
Jakob Strand

Microplastic pollution in Arctic marine systems with implications for key zooplankton species
Rachel Coppock

The status of monitoring microplastics in the Arctic, with a focus on multi-matrix approaches
Amy Lusher

Cost-efficient strategies for microplastic removal from scientific research facilities within the Antarctic Treaty area
Aanchal Jain
Blixen, The Black Diamond
PARALLEL SESSION 12 - Copernicus Polar Expansion Missions: preparing the users for a quantum step in monitoring the Arctic and Antarctica
Chairs: Maria Berdahl (DG.DEFIS), Diego Fernàndez Prieto (ESA)
16:3018:00User Service requirements for the polar Regions – the findings of Polar Expert Group
Guy Duchossois

Overview and Status of the Copernicus Polar Expansion Missions (CRISTAL, CIMR and ROSE-L)
Craig Donlon (ESA)

Horizon Europe activities to prepare the community for Copernicus Expansion Mission exploitation
Maria Berdahl (DG.DEFIS)

The ESA polar science cluster and the Sentinel User Preparation activities
Diego Fernàndez Prieto (ESA)

Future Science Facilities (CRISTALair, CIMRair), planned campaigns and related field activities for polar science
Paolo Cipollini (ESA) 
DAC Room, Danish Architecture Center
18:0019:00Workshops & Poster SessionAtrium, The Black Diamond



DAY 3: THURSDAY, 5 SEPTEMBER


StartEndTitle Location 
PARALLEL SESSION 13 - Towards a three-dimensional monitoring of Greenlandic Marine Ecosystems
Chairs: Rafael Gonçalves-Araujo (DTU Aqua), Thomas Juul-Pedersen (GINR)
9:0010:30In situ monitoring of Greenlandic waters
Thomas Juul-Pedersen

Marine optics monitoring in Greenland: benefits, challenges and future
Piotr Kowalczuk

From surface to the bottom: Ocean color retrievals and Argo floats
Rafael Gonçalves-Araujo

Marine ecosystem modelling with remote sensing data assimilation
Camila Serra-Pompei
The Queen's Hall, The Black Diamond
PARALLEL SESSION 14 - Gaps and opportunities of future sensors in monitoring ice sheet dynamics, discharge and surface processes  
Chairs: Thomas Nagler (ENVEO), Anna Hogg (University of Leeds)

9:00 10:30Satellite observations of ice sheet velocity and grounding line dynamics: science goals, data continuity, and data gaps
Eric Rignot; co-authors: Bernd Scheuchl, and Sam Herreid

Ice velocity and discharge and surface melt dynamics from Earth Observation data – status and opportunities of upcoming sensors
Jan Wuite; co-authors: Thomas Nagler

Large-scale ice velocity mapping in Antarctica - current status, advances and opportunities
Ben Wallis; co-authors: Anna Hogg

Perspectives from monitoring Greenland Ice Sheet mass balance through the PROMICE and GC-Net programs
Andreas Ahlstrom; co-authors: Robert Fausto, Signe Hillerup Larsen, Anne Solgaard, Ken Mankoff, Anders Kusk and the PROMICE/GC-Net team

Recent advances and future opportunities in measuring Surface Mass Balance processes from space
Authors: Jennifer Maddalena, Malcolm McMillan, Amber Leeson, Robert Wassink, Diarmuid Corr, Emily Glen, Tom Slater, Jacqueline Otto
Blixen, The Black Diamond
PARALLEL SESSION 15 - Arctic Navigation - Practical application of sea ice information in current and future maritime operations
Chairs: Andrew Fleming (British Antarctic Survey), Frank Kauker (O.A.Sys / AWI)
9:0010:30Patterns of historic Arctic shipping risk in sea ice and how they inform future information needs to support Arctic ship operations
Andrew Fleming (British Antarctic Survey)

IcySea – Building Digital Aids for Ice Navigators
Lasse Rabenstein (Drift+Noise Polar Services)

Calculation of optimal shipping routes through polar waters based on AI supported evaluation of earth observation data and weather forecasts
Bernhard Schmitz (University of Bremen)

Deriving novel IMO Polar Code POLARIS sea ice risk forecasts from models to mitigate sea ice hazards
Xinfang Zhang (FMI)

Provision of metrics and visualisation of sea ice information and forecasts to ensure relevance for Arctic maritime stakeholders
Penny Wagner (Met Norway)
DAC Room, Danish Architecture Center
10:3011:00Coffee BreakAtrium, The Black Diamond
PARALLEL SESSION 16 - Developing the Atlantic-Arctic Distributed Biological Observatory (A-DBO): Improved observational capacity in the high Arctic 
Chairs: Arild Sundfjord (Norwegian Polar Institute)
11:0012:30Why an Atlantic DBO
Michael Karcher

How an Atlantic DBO
Anna Nikolopoulos

Atlantification in the Svalbard and Fram Strait regions and its impact on deep-sea properties: a view from combined in situ and satellite data
Manuel Bensi

The Polar Ocean Mitigation Potential (POMP) project and the A-DBO
Mikael Sejr

Bridging Biological Observations and Models in Polar Oceans: Insights from the CRiceS Project
Letizia Tadesco
The Queen's Hall, The Black Diamond
PARALLEL SESSION 17 - A New Era of Polar Observations: The Copernicus Imaging Microwave Radiometer (CIMR) for Polar Ocean, Sea Ice, Snow, Land and Climate Change Monitoring
Chairs: Emy Alerskans (DMI), Gunnar Spreen (U Bremen)
11:0012:30The Copernicus Imaging Microwave Radiometer (CIMR): Mission Overview and Status
Craig Donlon

CIMR L2PAD: Developing Open-source Level-2 Algorithms: Sea Ice as an Example
Thomas Lavergne

Retrieval of Terrestrial Snow and Cryosphere Parameters From CIMR
Kari Luojus

Sea Surface Salinity and Ocean Surface Wind Vector Retrieval Capabilities of the CIMR Instrument
Nicolas Reul

Passive Microwave Sensing of Polar SST and Retrieval Algorithm for CIMR
Emy Alerskans
Blixen,The Black Diamond
PARALLEL SESSION 18 - Challenges With Implementing Technologies in the Arctic
Chairs: Henrik Navntoft Sønderskov (Danish E-Infrastructure Consortium), Sheila M. S. Christiansen (SheileX)
11:0012:30Grand Solution Visions and their Obstacles in the Arctic
Sheila M. S. Christiansen

From Problems and Challenges to Better Scientific Results
Michael Linden-Vørnle

Infrastructure and data needed to provide a backbone for implementation in the Arctic, and problems implementing them
Nanna Vangkilde

The Challenges in Collecting Data From the Arctic Region and How Technology Can Help Us Solve Common Obstacles
Alexandru Csete

Panel Discussion
DAC Room, Danish Architecture Centre
12:3014:30Lunch BreakAtrium, The Black Diamond (Poster Session only)
PARALLEL SESSION 19 - The ESA-NASA Arctic Methane Permafrost Challenge (AMPAC) - Moving to the future
Chairs: Dirk Schuettemeyer (ESA - ESTEC), Chip Miller (NASA/JPL/Caltech)
14:3016:00AMPAC-Net - The AMPAC Networking Action
Annett Bartsch

MethaneCAMP - Remote Sensing of High Latitude Emissions
Johanna Tamminen

Biogeochemical impacts of Arctic expansion: past and future
Kimberley Miner

Reconciling permafrost carbon dynamics, high-latitude thermal inertia, and the data dichotomy paradigm by leveraging artificial intelligence and multimodal data products
Bradley Gay

AMPAC 2025+ Goals and Objectives
Ed Malina
The Queen's Hall, The Black Diamond
PARALLEL SESSION 20 - From circulation change to sea level rise: the Polar Regions in the Earth System
Chairs: Priscilla Mooney (Norce Research), Gael Durand (Institut des Géosciences de l’Environnement (IGE))
14:3016:00The challenge of MOSAiCMIP: Data to evaluate models and Earth observation
Ruth Price (BAS) or Oskar Landgren (MetNo)

Permafrost: the hidden challenges of observing and modelling the largest part of the cryosphere
Heidrun Matthes (AWI)

Greenland ice sheet surface properties from remote sensing
Kirk Scanlan (DTU)

Damage and solid ice fluxes from Antarctica
Romain Millan (IGE)

Sub-ice shelf melt processes from space and in-situ observations
Keith Nicholls (BAS) or Anna Olive Abello (IGE)

SMB  from RCMs: structural uncertainties in sea level projections from both ice sheets
Charles Amory (IGE) or Nicolaj Hansen (DMI)

Interactions between ice sheets from Greenland to Antarctica
Heiko Goelzer (NORCE) or Christian Rodehacke (DMI)
Blixen, The Queen's Hall
PARALLEL SESSION 21 - Arctic biodiversity at a crossroads - Research directions along the land-coast-ocean continuum
Chairs: Simon Jungblut (University of Bremen), Bruce Forbes (University of Lapland)
14:3016:00Biodiversity and carbon sequestration in the Arctic seas
Marja Koski

The collapsing coastal cryosphere: Consequences from ecology to economics
Kai Bischof

Shifting social-ecological systems, limits to adaptation and biodiversity in a warming tundra biome
Mariana García Criado

Changes of the cryosphere and linkages to space observable biodiversity indicators
Annett Bartsch

Protecting the vulnerable Arctic biodiversity and EU perspective
Larissa Lorinczi
DAC Room, Danish Architecture Centre
16:0018:00Coffee Break
PARALLEL SESSION 22 - Ice-ocean-atmosphere interactions – focus on Antarctic Ice Shelves
Chairs: Noel Gourmelen (U. of Edinburgh), Pierre Dutrieux (BAS)
16:3018:00Ice-ocean interactions around Antarctica
Alessandro Silvano

Status and opportunities in modeling of ice shelf processes
Frank Pattyn

Ice shelves basal melt rates from Earth Observations
Katie Lowery

Ice shelves basal melt rates from in-situ phase sensitive radar
Keith Nicholls

Status of ice shelves research within ESA's polar science cluster
Anna Hogg
The Queen's Hall, The Black Diamond
PARALLEL SESSION 23 - Machine learning for observing and forecasting sea-ice
Chairs: Julien Brajard (NERSC), Matilde Brandt Kreiner (DMI)
16:3018:00Deep learning for deriving sea ice drift from SAR data
Anton Korosov

On the location accuracy of deformation zones retrieved from spaceborne SAR image time series
Anja Frost

CNN-based retrieval of Arctic sea ice information from SAR and Passive Microwave
Tore Wulf

Improving short-term sea ice concentration forecasts using deep learning
Cyril Palerme

Four-dimensional variational data assimilation with a sea-ice thickness emulator
Charlotte Durand

IceNet: Advancing the Frontiers of Subseasonal-to-Seasonal Sea Ice Forecasting with Deep Generative Modelling
Andrew McDonald
Blixen, The Black Diamond
PARALLEL SESSION 24 - Space-borne studies of permafrost in the Arctic
Chairs: Tazio Strozzi (Gamma), Annett Bartsch (b.geos)
16:3018:00The CryoGrid community model and Permafrost_CCI results
Frederieke Miesner

Validation of Permafrost_cci ground temperature and active layer time series using international and national permafrost monitoring networks
Birgit Heim

New ECV parameter Rock Glacier Velocity (RGV)
Line Rouyet

Thaw-season InSAR surface displacements at Zackenberg, NE Greenland
John Peter Merryman Boncori

Landcover characterization for permafrost methane flux studies contributing to AMPAC
Annett Bartsch

Land-surface modeling of Arctic permafrost regions - use of satellite observations in the ERC Synergy project Q-Arctic
Philipp De-Vrese
DAC Room, Danish Architecture Center
18:0019:00Workshops & Poster SessionAtrium, The Black Diamond


DAY 4: FRIDAY, 6 SEPTEMBER


CCI Meeting: Earth's Cryosphere is shrinking: The ESA Climate Change Initiative (CCI) provides key satellite observations to track and understand the changes.

FRIDAY MORNING (9:30 - 10:30)
 in ROOM HOLBERG (The Black Diamond, Floor 1)  



StartEndTitle Location 
PARALLEL SESSION 25 - The Role of the Solid Earth for the Evolution of the Polar Ice Sheets
Chairs: Rebekka Steffen (Lantmäteriet), Clinton P. Conrad (University of Oslo)
9:0010:30Importance of the Solid Earth structure for understanding the evolution of the Greenland ice-sheet
Jörg Ebbing

Understanding the Impact of Lithospheric Thickness Variations on Outputs from Glacial Isostatic Adjustment Models
Rebekka Steffen

The effect of the Earth’s 3D structure on 500 year projections of the Antarctic ice sheet evolution
Caroline van Calcar

Analysis of mantle viscosity beneath southeast Greenland constrained by GNSS
Valentina R. Barletta

UKANET: a continuous GNSS network for solid-Earth and atmospheric geophysics in western Antarctica
Peter Clarke
The Queen's Hall, The Black Diamond
PARALLEL SESSION 26 - Strategies for Arctic observing - The importance of ground observations  
Chairs: Joao Canario (University of Lisbon, Portugal)
9:00 10:30Introduction

The ROADS process with a focus on the status of the development of Shared Arctic Variables within permafrost
Ilkka Matero (Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System)

Observing capacities of INTERACT and the increasing bias view 
Elmer Topp Jørgensen (Aarhus University)

Problems of observing extreme events and their impacts
Gareth Phoenix 

Different ways of knowing – the 7Ms model
Terry V Callaghan (CMG)

Towards increasing ground observations – the activities and potential of INTERACT Non-Profit Association (INPA)
Caroline Coch (INTERACT Non-Profit Association)

Moderated discussion including the presenters
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10:3011:00Coffee BreakAtrium, The Black Diamond
PARALLEL SESSION 27 - The Real-World Impact of AI in the Polar Regions
Chairs: Pilvi Saarikoski (British Antarctic Survey), Andreas Stokholm (Technical University of Denmark)
11:0012:30AI in routine production of regional ice charts
Keld Qvistguaard (Danish Meteorological Institute)

Safe travel in the Arctic: from global artificial intelligence satellite products to local Inuit led travel safety maps
Michel Tsamados (UCL)

AI for Arctic species conservation: improving monitoring and decision-making under changing conditions
Alasdair Davies (Arribada Initiative)

Accessible air quality forecasts for Arctic communities: how AI can help citizens and policy-makers
Illaria Crotti (European Commission Joint Research Centre Italy)

Deep sea learning: Detection of Southern Ocean taxa using computer vision
Cameron Trotter & Rowan Whittle (British Antarctic Survey)
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PARALLEL SESSION 28 - FAIR scientific data in support of polar monitoring and assessment efforts
Chairs: Øystein Godøy (MET), Mathias Bavay (WSL/SLF), Ilkka Matero (SIOS KC)
11:0012:30GCW data management as a bridge between scientific communities and WMO Information System
Øystein Godøy

SAON Data management in support of assessments
Jan Rene Larsen

The SIOS Data Management System
Ilkka Matero

PROMICE and GE-NET data within information networks like WMO GCW
Mads Christian Lund

MeteoIO as a data publication service in the context of Arctic PASSION and WMO GCW
Mathias Bavay
Blixen, The Black Diamond
12:3013:30Wrap Up & Closing PlenaryThe Queen's Hall, The Black Diamond


PARALLEL SESSIONS IN THE DANISH ARCHITECTURE CENTER (DAC)

Please access the DAC room from floor -2, on the river side. The DAC room is on the 2nd floor.

                      


Session Proposal Submission

The Session Proposal Submission is now closed.

Note: Session overview length should be maximum 500 words. Your Session proposal should include proposed Chairs and their email addresses, proposed Speakers and their email addresses, a Session agenda proposal together with the time required for each talk, and any references or comments, if some. 

The maximum time allowed for sessions is 90 minutes.

Information about the co-authors (name, last name, affiliation) and the presenter is required.


Poster Submission

Poster Submission is now closed. 

Poster will then be reviewed by the Scientific Committee and the Notification of Poster acceptance is 13 June 2024.


Guidelines for Authors

ORAL PRESENTERS

The Queen's Hall, The Black Diamond

  • Presenters shall respect the allocated time of each Session (90 minutes maximum including individual talks and discussion time)
  • Please prepare your presentations in MS PowerPoint or Adobe Acrobat format (PDF) (only these formats will be accepted) and have them available on a memory stick.
  • Should you have any videos to show, we recommend integrating these into the presentation.
  • At the beginning of the day, before your session is scheduled, please approach the technical personnel at the bottom of the meeting room, provide your presentation and carry out a short technical check if necessary. 
  • Presenters are kindly requested to be present in the meeting room at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the session and to make their presence known to the chair/s of the session.
  • We strongly discourage the use of personal laptops. Should you wish to use your own laptop in the case of an emergency, please contact us by the end of August.
  • Please ensure that any external fonts are embedded within your PPT presentations.


Blixen, The Black DiamondThe Danish Architecture Centre (DAC) Room

  • Presenters shall respect the allocated time of each Session (90 minutes maximum including individual talks and discussion time)
  • Please prepare your presentations in MS PowerPoint or Adobe Acrobat format (PDF) (only these formats will be accepted) and have them available on a memory stick.
  • Should you have any videos to show, we recommend integrating these into the presentation.
  • The presentation laptop will be running Windows connected to a large projector/screen.
  • As the meeting room is quite large, the presentations should contain clear information with appropriate font (and image) size that is legible from the back of the conference room.
  • Please bring your presentations on a USB stick (make a folder if not a single file), name it LastnameInitial.type (e.g., PresenterA.ppt) and make sure your presentation has been copied to the computer in the meeting room well before the start of your session.
  • Presenters are kindly requested to be present in the meeting room at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the session and to make their presence known to the chair/s of the session.
  • We strongly discourage the use of personal laptops. Should you wish to use your own laptop in the case of an emergency, please contact us by the end of August.
  • Please ensure that any external fonts are embedded within your PPT presentations.

Please be aware that Q&A is foreseen after each session, not each individual talk.


POSTER PRESENTERS

  • Presenters at the poster sessions shall bring their own printed posters. It will not be possible to print a poster on site.
  • The expected poster size is A0 (ca. 84.1 x 118.9cm ), Portrait orientation.
  • Authors are strongly encouraged to produce a “proper” full-size poster rather than using multiple smaller (e.g. A4) sheets. 
  • Poster numbers (according to the conference programme) will be noted on the poster panels.
  • Formal poster sessions will be held, but coffee breaks are also opportunities to present your research.


Registration

Registration is now open. Please register your attendance here by 31 July 2024 20 July 2024 23:59PM.

Due to high-demand, the registration portal will close on Saturday 20/07 at 23:59PM, to avoid exceeding the maximum capacity of the venue.



Deadlines

MilestonesDate
Call for Sessions9 February 2024
Call for Posters openingpostponed to 30 April 2024
Call for Sessions deadline15 March 2024
Call for Posters deadlinepostponed to 6 June 2024
Notification of Sessions acceptancepostponed to 30 April 2024
Notification of Posters acceptance13 June 2024
Registration Opening2 May 2024
Registration Closing 31 July 2024 20 July 2024 23:59 PM
Publication of Draft Programme2 May 2024


Organisation

The European Polar Science Week is organised by the European Space Agency and the European Commission together with REA (Research Executive Agency), CINEA (European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency) and EPB (European Polar Board), as well as EU-PolarNet.

The European Polar Science Week will contribute to the implementation of several major policy initiatives and global assessments.


Co-organisers: 



Scientific and Organising Committee

                          Organising Committee                                Scientific Committee
  • Renuka Badhe (NWO)
  • Nicole Biebow (AWI)
  • Srdan Dobricic (JRC-ISPRA)
  • Diego Fernandez Prieto (ESA)
  • René Forsberg (DTU)
  • Ola Gråbak (ESA)
  • Franz Immler (EC RTD)
  • Gaelle Le-Bouler (REA)
  • Larisa Lorinczi (EC RTD)
  • Szilvia Nemeth (EC RTD)
  • Nicolas Segebarth (EC RTD)
  • Anneli Strobel (AWI)
  • Martin Wearing (ESA)
  • Alberto Zocchi (CINEA)
  • Stefanie Arndt (AWI)
  • Renuka Badhe (NWO)
  • Jonathan Bamber (University of Bristol)
  • Annett Bartsch (b.geos)
  • Nicole Biebow (AWI)
  • Mark Drinkwater (ESA)
  • Fausto Ferracioli (OGS, Italy)
  • Diego Fernandez Prieto (ESA)
  • René Forsberg (DTU)
  • Bruce Forbes (University of Lapland)
  • Noel Gourmelen (University of Edinburgh)
  • Johnny Johannessen (NERSC)
  • Michael Karcher (AWI)
  • Nanna Karlsson (GEUS)
  • Giovanni Macelloni (CNR)
  • Kenichi Matsuoka (Norwegian Polar Institute)
  • Mal McMillan (University of Lancaster)
  • Heinrich Miller (AWI)
  • Thomas Nagler (ENVEO)
  • Dirk Notz (University of Hamburg)
  • Paolo Ruti (EUMETSAT)
  • Louise Sorensen (DTU)
  • Michel Tsamados (UCL)
  • Gonçalo Vieira (IGOT)
  • Martin Wearing (ESA)
  • Corine Wood-Donnelly (Uppsala University)





School Labs at EU Polar Science Week 2024

Education Activities for Primary and Secondary Schools

Taking advantage of the EU Polar Science Week 2024, ESA decided to involve schools in the area of Copenhagen in activities related to Earth Observation, and the Polar Science. With these specific educational initiatives, ESA aims to promote awareness, knowledge, and understanding of the great significance of polar research in finding solutions to climate challenges in the Polar regions in particular, and ultimately for all of us on planet Earth. The young generation will need to take action and be able to be informed in order to make the best decisions in the future and be able to contribute further to climate research. 


Through ESERO DK, a project between ESA and national partners, funded also by the Danish Minister of Higher Education and Science and implemented under the leadership of the House of Natural Sciences, contacts has been established with primary and secondary schools in the area of Copenhagen to show how experts work to solve societal challenges and engage students in practical activities in which they can “learn by doing” about Polar research. 

The ESERO DK team will offer the opportunity to classes of Danish primary and secondary students to meet researchers, participate in workshops, and see the practical applications of research. The educational activities in connection with the EU Polar Science Week 2024 conference are designed to directly link students' experiences to the conference's scientific content, issues, or methods, so students not only hear about and see the researchers' work but also understand its relevance and application to real societal challenges.

This connection should strengthen students' understanding of how scientific research contributes to solving global climate challenges. More specifically, we aim to communicate that the polar region plays a special role in solving climate challenges, and that satellites are among the best tools we have to find scientific solutions.

ESERO DK will inspire students with hands-on experiments involving several practical experiments that link primary school curriculum with the topics discussed at the EU Polar Science Week 2024.

Primary School Programme

Three workshops per day over two days for primary school classes at the middle school level (4th-5th grade). Workshops to be held at local schools.

Secondary School Programme

September 3, 9:00 AM – 4 PM

Open to secondary school classes (limited availability)

Location: Saxo room, The Black Diamond

ESERO DK will engage students with hands-on experiments involving several practical experiments that link secondary school curriculum with polar research and specifically the topics discussed at the EU Polar Science Week 2024.

They will have the opportunity to meet Danish and international Polar Science experts.

 

For more information about the activities, please contact the ESA-ESERO Denmark  point of contact:


Simon Olling Rebsdorf
Email: sor@nvhus.dk


Venue



The Black Diamond

Royal Danish Library
Søren Kierkegaards Plads 1
1221 Copenhagen
Denmark



Contacts


For logistics and organisational matters please contact the ESA Conference Bureau:

ESA-ESRIN
Largo Galileo Galilei, 1
00044 Frascati (RM) Italy
events.organisation@esa.int
T +39 06 94 188 495

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