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Polar Science – Global Impact

The IPY Oslo Science Conference will demonstrate, strengthen, and extend the International Polar Year’s accomplishments in science and outreach. The conference is an essential opportunity to display and explore the full breadth and implications of IPY activities. The international and interdisciplinary science conference will in particular highlight the global impact of the changes that have been observed in the Polar Regions.


The Registration and Hotel booking systems are now open. Deadline for early bird registration is 8th March.



Published: 12.08.2009

The IPY Oslo Science Conference will emphasize the breadth and global impact of polar research during IPY. It will highlight the extraordinary interdisciplinary and multinational efforts in research and in communication of research to the public.

NOTE: The wording of titles might be changed from what is in 2nd Circular.  Session titles will be kept up to date on the website. The secretariate will also keep the programme POSTER updated. Refer to the Downloads section.

Participants will present early scientific results from all the IPY themes, particularly in the urgent areas of:

Theme 1. Linkages between Polar Regions and global systems

Theme 2. Past, present and future changes in Polar Regions

Theme 3. Polar ecosystems and biodiversity

Theme 4. Human dimensions of change: Health, society and resources

Theme 5. New frontiers, data practices and directions in polar research

Science committee: David Hik CAN (chair), Chuck Kennicutt US, Valerie Masson-Delmotte FRA, Harald Loeng NO, Sverker Sörlin SWE

The Conference programme will also include sessions for presentation of IPY activities and products in education, outreach and communication.

Theme 6. Polar science education, outreach and communication

Last updated: 25.01.2010




Published: 01.12.2009

The PolarEXPO will be held at Norway Convention and Exhibition Centrein conjunction with IPY-OSC 2010. PolarEXPO 2010 can accommodate more than 200 exhibitors. About 3000 participants are expected.

The IPY-OSC 2010 and PolarEXPO provides a meeting spot for people from a huge variety of companies, private and governmental research institutions, universities as well as all the organisations coordinating and facilitating polar research in the Arctic and Antarctica.

PolarEXPO is the ideal opportunity for contacts, exchange of experience and business opportunities for all those who work either as scientists or business operators in the relevant fields. It is also an ideal setting for science publishers to display their most recent books and journals. A large number of students will be present at the conference, and exhibitors should also consider the PolarEXPO as a unique venue for recruitment. We look forward to see state-of-the-art equipment, products and services.

The venue is located midway between Oslo International Airport and the city centre, and encompasses a total of 38000 m2.

Some exhibitor categories will be particularly relevant to the IPY-OSC participants:

  • Polar logistics providers
  • Field equipment and supply industry
  • Space and satellite technologies
  • Suppliers of instruments/laboratories
  • ICT – technology
  • Mineral / petroleum / energy industry
  • Environmental associations / NGOs
  • Publishers – books, journals, maps
  • Universities or research institutes

Booths and prices

Standard stand

Price pr sq.m. Euro 460 + VAT
Depth is always 3 meters. Includes: floorspace and standard white walls and stand sign.
(Not for profit org. price is Euro 230 + VAT per sq.m.)

Stand plus

Price per sq.m. Euro 520 + VAT
Depth is always 3 meters.includes 1,5 Kw power, carpets, Spotlights.
(Not for profit org. price is Euro 290 + VAT per sq.m.)

Open stand

Price per sq.m. Euro 400 + VAT
Depth is always 6 meters. Open stand price comes with only floor space and must be at least 36 sq.m. in total.
Prices for stand equipment for open stands can be found on separate pricelist, sent out 3-4 months before the exhibition.

See which stands that are still available.

All stands include:

  • One free registration providing entry to all scientific sessions, lunches and barbeque
  • Coffee breaks served in the Polar-EXPO Hall
  • Acknowledgement in the IPY OSC 2010 programme and website
  • 50-word description of exhibiting organisation in the meeting programme

Please fill in the Exhibitor Contract also available as a Download item (top menu).


If you have practical questions or specific  requirements, please contact

Jetske Roodvoets, Tel: +31204852939 (international exhibitors)

Mads Vold, Tel:  + 47 22 56 19 30  (exhibitors from Norway)

If you want to discuss sponsorship opportunities, please tick off in the Exhibitors Contract form or contact the IPY-OSC Secretariat:

Asgeir Knudsen, Tel: +47 22037296  (direct line) +47 40040210 (cell)

Important dates

  • 8th of March 2010 – Rooms guaranteed hotel reservation deadline
  • 7th of April 2010 – Deadline – company description for the IPY-OSC programme
  • 5th – 7th of June 2010 – Exhibition set-up
  • 12th -13th of June 2010 – Exhibition break down

Download full PolarEXPO brochure here

Last updated: 18.02.2010


World Meteorological Organization


MeteoAlarm – Europe
(although they are flooded right now – partly because sea walls gave way and partly because the storm was bizarre in the way it formed and acted – I’m trying to look that up . . . )


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(find this here – )




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Napoleon-era sea walls blamed for French storm deaths

Decaying sea walls going back to the time of Napoleon were being blamed for the deaths of at least 50 deaths in violent storms which ravaged France.

By Peter Allen in Paris
Published: 10:02PM GMT 01 Mar 2010

In a growing scandal, those left homeless by the disaster on the western coast said proper Atlantic defences could have saved everybody.

“The sea was being held back by puny walls which were hundreds of years old,” said a Gilles Aucoin, who lives near the town of L’Aiguillon-sur-Mer.

“Massive waves were able to crash through our streets and drown people. This should have been predicted a long time ago and dealt with by proper town planning.

[ . . . ]

President Nicolas Sarkozy, who visited L’Aiguillon today, pledged almost £3 million in emergency aid.

“It is a national disaster, a human drama with a terrible death toll,’ said Mr Sarkozy, who refused to be drawn into an argument about the defences, saying ‘I don’t want to get involved in a polemic’.

Mr Sarkozy added: “The urgent thing is to support the families who have members missing or dead.”

Mr Sarkozy was touring the worst-affected western coastal regions of Vendee and Charente-Maritime.

The Atlantic storm, dubbed Xynthia, also hit Portugal and Spain on Sunday, with torrential rain driven by winds of up to 90mph.

It has since swept north-eastwards into Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

[ . . . ]

The city of La Rochelle and the coastal area to the north and south of it suffered the greatest damage and the most deaths.

Today more than 9,000 emergency workers supported by helicopters were trying to reach stranded residents in the western Vendee and Charente regions.




Weak sea walls blamed for France storm disaster


Blame is being laid on weak and aged sea defences after violent storms left at least 50 dead and thousands homeless along France’s Atlantic coast.

Many died after the sea wall off the coastal town of L’Aiguillon-sur-Mer was breached, allowing 8m-high (26ft) waves to crash through the streets.

A local governor said the walls dated back to the time of Napoleon and needed to be replaced with taller barriers.

[ . . . ]

The Atlantic storm, named Xynthia, smashed into the western coasts of France, Portugal and Spain on Sunday, with torrential rain driven by winds of up to 140km/h (87mph).

The storm has since swept north-eastwards into Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. and deaths have been reported in Portugal, Spain, Belgium and Germany.

Napoleonic walls

While many L’Aiguillon-sur-Mer residents were trying to be stoical about the situation, there is some anger in the town that not enough had been done to maintain its sea defences, says the BBC’s Emma Jane Kirby in the town.

Poor planning was also being blamed for constructing a mobile home park so close to the old sea wall.

[ etc.]

French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said flood prevention dykes would be strengthened.

“The priority now is to make all the homeless people safe, all the people who are still threatened by the rising waters,” he said.

More than a million homes in France have lost electricity, from the Brittany peninsula in the west to the highlands of the Massif Central.

Huge waves and strong gusts battered many coastal towns, flooding inland areas and destroying buildings.

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Statement From Dr. Jane Lubchenco on the Death of Sam D. Hamilton, Director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

February 22, 2010

I was deeply saddened to learn of Sam Hamilton’s untimely death this weekend. Sam was a wonderful colleague for whom we at NOAA had deep admiration.  The NOAA family shares in this great loss to the conservation community, and we extend our sincere condolences to Sam’s family and to all of our colleagues at the Department of the Interior.

Sam was, above all, a true champion of wildlife conservation. Those of us who worked with Sam on restoration efforts in the Florida Everglades and the Gulf of Mexico greatly appreciated his passion, integrity, knowledge and devotion to conservation issues and to people. His unique ability to work across agencies and with diverse stakeholders to craft meaningful solutions to challenging problems was legendary. It will surely be a part of his legacy and a model for all of us.

It can be said that Sam enriched all of our lives and made our nation stronger. We will miss him dearly.

Dr. Jane Lubchenco
Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator




In an announcement on Feb. 8, 2010, the Department of Commerce and NOAA proposed establishing a NOAA Climate Service

Individuals and decision-makers across widely diverse sectors – from agriculture to energy to transportation – are increasingly asking NOAA for information about climate change in order to make the best choices for their families, communities and businesses. To meet the rising tide of these requests, this newly proposed line office would be dedicated to bringing together the agency’s strong climate science and service delivery capabilities.

About the NOAA Climate Service

Proposed NOAA Climate Service Organization. View Larger [pdf].

The NOAA Climate Service will encompass a core set of longstanding NOAA capabilities with proven success. The climate research, observations, modeling, predictions and assessments generated by NOAA’s top scientists – including Nobel Peace Prize award-winners – will continue to provide the scientific foundation for extensive on-the-ground climate services that respond to several requests each day for data and other critical information.

This web site offers background materials relating to NOAA’s plans as well as background materials that will help explain the internal and external input that led to the Climate Service’s creation. Please check back frequently for updates.

Background Information

For more background and information on NOAA’s climate programs, please visit http://www.noaa.gov/climate_background.html.

For NOAA Employees

Video messages from Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke and NOAA Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco on the NOAA Climate Service:

Employees can also submit questions regarding this new Office to: climateservice at noaa.gov

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Climate change is real. It is here, and it is happening now, in our backyards and around the globe.Dr. Jane Lubchenco
NOAA Administrator


The National Climatic Data Center is the world’s largest active archive of weather and climate data. These are the cornerstone for the prediction of future events, which affect the world’s environment and economy. NCDC responds to data requests from all over the world.

NCDC is the authoritative source for climate monitoring. State of the Climate reports are published monthly and annually for the United States and the globe.

NCDC operates the World Data Center for Meteorology which is co-located at NCDC in Asheville, North Carolina, and the World Data Center for Paleoclimatology which is located in Boulder, Colorado.
NCDC supports a three tier national climate services support program – the partners include: NCDC, Regional Climate Centers, and State Climatologists.

A free pdf copy of the 2010 Products and Services Guides can be found here.

(also found on this page by clicking on the tab above the entries already listed -)

National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) provides scientific stewardship, products, and services for geophysical data from the sun to the Earth and the Earth’s sea floor and solid Earth environment, including Earth observations from space.

The Solar-Terrestrial Physics program provides data from the Earth’s upper atmosphere and space environment to the surface of the Sun, and Earth observations from space. Space weather data can be accessed from the Space Physics Interactive Data Resource (SPIDR).

The Marine Geology and Geophysics Division provide global geophysical and digital elevation data, marine geological and geophysical data, and natural hazards data. Looking for data or maps of bathymetry, topography, or digital elevation models?
NGDC is also home to the National Snow and Ice Data Center through a cooperative agreement and maintains the World Data Center System.




National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC) archives and distributes oceanographic data and information. These data include physical, biological, and chemical measurements from in situ oceanographic observations, satellite remote sensing, and industrial oceanographic activities in coastal and deep ocean areas.

Through NODC archive and access services, these ocean data are used to answer questions about climate change, ocean phenomena, and management of coastal and marine resources, marine transportation, recreation, national security, and natural disasters. Another significant user community is Education, where these data and information products help teach each new generation of students about the oceans. Requests for oceanographic data and information have increased each year since the Center was established in 1961.

NODC is also home of the National Coastal Data Development Center and the
NOAA Central Library





The mission of the National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC) is to provide scientific stewardship of national and international marine environmental and ecosystem data and information.

The NODC archives and distributes global oceanographic data and information. The data is used to preserve a historical record of the Earth’s changing environment for ocean climate research, and for operational applications. NODC provides data products and services to scientists, engineers, resource managers, policy makers, outdoor adventurers and hobbyists, as well as other users in the United States and around the world.

In The Spotlight
Ocean Climatology
Project Data Sets


Global Ocean Heat Content –

Global Ocean Heat Content 1955-present

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Data distribution figures, temperature anomaly fields, and heat content fields updated from the paper Global ocean heat content
(1955-2008) in light of recent instrumentation problems published in Geophysical Research Letters.
See the manuscript below for details.




ocean profile data title image

  • World Ocean Database Search and Retrieval System (WODselect) – select criteria, and search for ocean profile data in the World Ocean Database. Also see the Ocean Climate Laboratory’s product page for more information on World Ocean Database or World Ocean Atlas products.
  • Argo Daily Data – Argo daily data include real-time and delayed-mode profiles of ocean temperature and salinity (and conductivity, if any) measured by the Argo profiling floats.
  • NODC’s Ocean Archive System can also be queried for ocean datasets that contain ocean profiles. This system does not search individual profiles, but whole datasets that were originally submitted to the NODC (i.e., blocks of data). If you want to search and retrieve ocean profiles, your better option may be WODselect.
  • Global Temperature-Salinity Profile Program (GTSPP) – access to upper ocean observations from an international program; in cooperation with Canada’s Marine Environmental Data Service (MEDS); includes data summaries, station location plots, and downloadable data files. Every 3 months these data are included in the World Ocean Database after additional quality control procedures have been applied. More on why NODC has two ocean profile databases.

Parameters &
Data Types

biology data
buoy data
ocean currents

satellite data
sea level

Other data and
projects at NODC

Archive of
original data

NOAA Library




U.S. National Oceanographic Data Center: Global Temperature–Salinity Profile Programme. June 2006. U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Oceanographic Data Center, Silver Spring, Maryland, 20910. Date of Access, <http://www.nodc.noaa.gov/GTSPP/&gt;.


>> Real-Time Data Sets

This page provides public access to real-time data from the GTSPP Continuously Managed Database. Individual files are arranged in monthly segments and then compressed in single data sets, accordingly, by using the “gzip” utililty progam. We invite you to explore the data sets.

Step 1. Select a product of your choice:

{etc. – include info through 2009}

Global Temperature – Salinity Profile


(not what I’m trying to find – but pretty handy nonetheless)




Office of Satellite Data Processing and Distribution

Office of Satellite Data

SST Analysis

Sea Surface  Temperatures






The Office of Satellite Data Processing and Distribution (OSDPD) manages and directs the operation of the central ground facilities which ingest, process, and distribute environmental satellite data and derived products to domestic and foreign users.

Below is the latest OSEI Image of the Day. It has been reduced in size for display purposes. For the full-resolution version and more detailed images of significant environmental events be sure to visit the event directories on our website at http://www.osei.noaa.gov/. The “Current” directory contains the latest imagery produced by the OSEI team.

Image of the Day

OSEI  Image of the Day


OSEI Image of the Day


These web pages are designed and maintained by the Operational Significant Event Imagery support team of the Satellite Services Division (SSD) of the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS).

To access real time satellite data and products, visit the SSD Web Site: http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/




Sample TRaP Image

Detailed Product Information

Tropical Systems

Tropical  Systems

Detailed Product Information

Sea Surface Temperatures

Sample Sea Surface  Temperature Image

Detailed Product Information

Sea Surface Heights

Sample Sea Surface height anomaly

Detailed Product Information

Sea/Lake Ice

Sample MSPPS Ice Coverage Image

Detailed Product Information

Ocean Color

Sample Ocean Color Image

Detailed Product Information

Coral Bleaching

Sample Coral  Bleaching Hotspots

Detailed Product Information

(found on this page)



Satellite imagery of North Atlantic 03-02-10 - am89 - Ocean energy

Satellite imagery of North Atlantic 03-02-10 - am89 - Ocean energy


AMSU Microwave Imagery – 89 GHz Radiance

(above view)


From this list – and page of very nifty views -(NOAA)


North Atlantic satellite imagery including ocean energy / temperatures / currents / atmospheric moisture content / ocean temperatures / surface winds / high level wind currents / weather / radar / infrared / microwave


Atlantic and Caribbean Tropical Satellite Imagery


(See the lists on this page – also includes these links – )