Summer is well and truly upon us now, and in the Arctic, this is peak season for field work on the land: putting the ‘field’ in work. For many if not most researchers, it is the best part of the year. With the gradual easing of pandemic restrictions in many countries, in person meetings between researchers, indigenous and local peoples
Late spring and summer is normally a busy time for fieldwork in the Arctic. The conditions are more amenable, work routines allow for extended periods away from teaching and administrative duties and the fieldwork season is one which many eagerly look forward to – a chance to leave the office, get out in the field and spend time with colleagues
Although much of our work has moved to a virtual space, what seems ordinary now (almost exclusively working virtually) would have been largely unthinkable a year ago. All future CHARTER project meetings will continue to be online for the forseeable, and discussions around the summer field work season are underway, and plans vary widely depending on the work package concerned.
While the continued travel restrictions have limited our abilities to meet, connect and plan in person, the CHARTER project has continued apace virtually. We have added new video interviews with our team to the video gallery, notably Work Package 6 leader Professor Jussi Eronen of the University of Helsinki and one of our (many) new CHARTER post docs Stefaniya Kamenova
Three Horizon2020 projects in a common Rovaniemi event by Markku Heikkilä. CHARTER was one of the three new EU Horizon 2020 projects on stage during a Arctic Café discussion event in Rovaniemi on 25thNovember. The event was organized together with the Arctic Centre and Horizon2020 projects CHARTER, JustNorth and ArcticHubs. All three projects have a strong presence in Rovaniemi research
Although international travel and fieldwork is more or less off the table due to COVID-19 restrictions, there are some in-country exceptions. Professor Timo Kumpula (CHARTER Work Package 1) and CHARTER project leader Bruce Forbes, were able to do some maintenance on a long term met-albedo station located on the border of Norway and Finland in Enontekio. The station is inside
The CHARTER project has launched a Working Papers series. Working Papers are pre-publication versions of academic articles, book chapters, or reviews. They also may include project status reports and policy briefs and project pre-completion findings. Working papers are cited by author, are not refereed and will be numbered sequentially. They may be in multiple languages. The content of these Working
The CHARTER kick off meeting is now 3 weeks behind us and since then we have been busy updating the website and several CHARTER folks have been participating in the European Polar Science Week, a virtual event which has been running all last week. You can watch replays of the entire virtual event here, and track it on social media
We have just posted a new video interview with Dr. Dorothee Ehrich (Dept. of Arctic and Marine Biology, University of Tromsø), and a researcher the Climate-ecological Observatory for Arctic Tundra COAT, where she works mostly with arctic foxes on the Varanger Peninsula, northern Norway but also with snow, red foxes, small rodents and other components of the tundra ecosystem affected by climate change.
The EU funded CHARTER (Drivers and Feedbacks of Changes in Arctic Terrestrial Biodiversity) will hold our kick off meeting tomorrow (October 6-8). While all of us were greatly looking forward to gathering and brainstorming together, as in-person communication is so valuable for science, creativity and new thinking, these extraordinary times require adaptation and new approaches and due the ongoing risks associated with COVID-19,