POLARCSIC Observatorio de zonas polares: Horizonte 2050
POLARCSIC Newsletter nº 9 - March 2022


* News


* Publications

* Outreach activities

* Exhibitions

* Books

Webinars: "Café con hielo"



Spanish Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS-Spain)


The Spanish Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS-Spain) is the national committee of APECS in Spain. APECS-Spain was founded to link the students, researchers and educators interested in polar regions and that develop their activity in the Spanish territory. We pretend therefore, to stimulate the interdisciplinary scientific collaboration and scientific dissemination to promote the future leaders in polar research and polar education in Spain

The main aims of APECS-Spain are to:


  • Disseminate the polar research of early career scientists
  • Facilitate networking to develop new scientific collaborations among members
  • Provide tools and training to gain and improve communication skills, teamwork, organization of events, to promote development of future leaders in polar investigation and outreach in Spain.


From the association, we encourage all of polar early career researchers to contact with us. If you are interested in APECS, you can become a member at the website: https://apecsspain.wordpress.com/


Presentation of the book:

"Observando los polos"

24 February 2022

Venue: Delegación del CSIC a Catalunya

Vanessa Balagué, Clara Cardelús y Magda Vila, researchers at the Instituto de Ciencias del Mar (ICM-CSIC) and editors of the book "Observando los polos", have officially presented  the book at the CSIC Delegation in Cataluña. They were accompanied by three of the book's authors Marta Estrada (ICM-CSIC), Dolors Vaqué (ICM-CSIC) and Jordi Felipe (ICM-CSIC), and the POLARCSIC coordinator Santiago Giralt (GEO3BCN-CSIC) and manager Teresa Madurell (ICM-CSIC).

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POLARCSIC Conference & Steering Board Meeting

11 -12 May 2022 , Madrid



Wednesday 11/05/2022

15:00 - 18:30 Steering Board Meeting

Thursday 12/05/2022

 8:30 a 17:00  POLARCSIC Workshop

Friday 13/05/2022

10:00 a 14:00  POLARCSIC Early Career Workshop (ON-LINE)

New POLARCSIC publications


Proteorhodopsin Phototrophy in Antarctic Coastal Waters

Jerónimo, C.-A., E., A.-A. M., Tomás, A.-S., Javier, T.-L., Carlos, P.-A., Laura, F., et al. (2022).  MSphere6(4), e00525-21. https://doi.org/10.1128/mSphere.00525-21


Leukocyte counts in blood smears of Antarctic seals and penguins: a new less time-consuming method. 

Menéndez-Blázquez, J., Soto, F., Negrete, J., Colominas-Ciuró, R., Marín-Sierra, A., Ricca, M., & Barbosa, A. (2021). Polar Biology44(11), 2195–2198. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00300-021-02950-0


Mercury Levels in Feathers of Penguins from the Antarctic Peninsula Area: Geographical and Inter-Specific Differences. 

Motas, M., Jerez, S., Esteban, M., Valera, F., Cuervo, J. J., & Barbosa, A. (2021). International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health . https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189918


Evaluation of PCDD/Fs, PCBs and PBDEs in two penguin species from Antarctica.

Morales, P., Roscales, J. L., Muñoz-Arnanz, J., Barbosa, A., & Jiménez, B. (2022).  Chemosphere286, 131871. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2021.131871


Variability in tissue-specific trophic discrimination factors (∆13C and ∆15N) between Antarctic krill Euphausia superba and free-ranging Pygoscelis penguins.

Ceia, F. R., Cherel, Y., Seco, J., Barbosa, A., Chipev, N., & Xavier, J. C. (2021).  Polar Biology44(8), 1541–1551. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00300-021-02889-2


Antarctic ozone hole modifies iodine geochemistry on the Antarctic Plateau.

Spolaor, A., Burgay, F., Fernandez, R. P., Turetta, C., Cuevas, C. A., Kim, K., Kinnison, D. E., Lamarque, J.-F., de Blasi, F., Barbaro, E., Corella, J. P., Vallelonga, P., Frezzotti, M., Barbante, C., & Saiz-Lopez, A. (2021).  Nature Communications12(1), 5836. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-26109-x


The influence of iodine on the Antarctic stratospheric ozone hole. 

Cuevas, C. A., Fernandez, R. P., Kinnison, D. E., Li, Q., Lamarque, J.-F., Trabelsi, T., Francisco, J. S., Solomon, S., & Saiz-Lopez, A. (2022). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences119(7), e2110864119. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2110864119


DecTephra: A new database of Deception Island's tephra record (Antarctica)

Hopfenblatt, J., Geyer, A., Aulinas, M., Álvarez-Valero, A. M., Sánchez, A. P., Giralt, S., & Smellie, J. L. (2022). Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research425, 107516. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2022.107516


Anthropogenic microfibres flux in an Antarctic coastal ecosystem: The tip of an iceberg? 

Alurralde, G., Isla, E., Fuentes, V., Olariaga, A., Maggioni, T., Rimondino, G., & Tatián, M. (2022). Marine Pollution Bulletin175, 113388. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2022.113388



Using Remotely Sensed Sea Surface Salinity and Colored Detrital Matter to Characterize Freshened Surface Layers in the Kara and Laptev Seas during the Ice-Free Season. 

Umbert, M., Gabarro, C., Olmedo, E., Gonçalves-Araujo, R., Guimbard, S., & Martinez, J. (2021). In Remote Sensing (Vol. 13, Issue 19). https://doi.org/10.3390/rs13193828


Compendium of 530 metagenome-assembled bacterial and archaeal genomes from the polar Arctic Ocean.

Royo-Llonch, M., Sánchez, P., Ruiz-González, C., Salazar, G., Pedrós-Alió, C., Sebastián, M., Labadie, K., Paoli, L., M. Ibarbalz, F., Zinger, L., Churcheward, B., Babin, M., Bork, P., Boss, E., Cochrane, G., de Vargas, C., Gorsky, G., Grimsley, N., Guidi, L., Coordinators, T. O. (2021).  Nature Microbiology6(12), 1561–1574. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41564-021-00979-9


Improved BEC SMOS Arctic Sea Surface Salinity product v3.1. 

Martínez, J., Gabarró, C., Turiel, A., González-Gambau, V., Umbert, M., Hoareau, N., González-Haro, C., Olmedo, E., Arias, M., Catany, R., Bertino, L., Raj, R. P., Xie, J., Sabia, R., & Fernández, D. (2022). Earth System Science Data14(1), 307–323. https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-14-307-2022


Overview of the MOSAiC expedition: Snow and sea ice.

Nicolaus, M., Perovich, D. K., Spreen, G., Granskog, M. A., von Albedyll, L., Angelopoulos, M., Anhaus, P., Arndt, S., Belter, H. J., Bessonov, V., Birnbaum, G., Brauchle, J., Calmer, R., Cardellach, E., Cheng, B., Clemens-Sewall, D., Dadic, R., Damm, E., de Boer, G., … Wendisch, M. (2022).  Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene10(1), 46. https://doi.org/10.1525/elementa.2021.000046


Climate changes modulated the history of Arctic iodine during the Last Glacial Cycle.

Corella, J. P., Maffezzoli, N., Spolaor, A., Vallelonga, P., Cuevas, C. A., Scoto, F., Müller, J., Vinther, B., Kjær, H. A., Cozzi, G., Edwards, R., Barbante, C., & Saiz-Lopez, A. (2022).  Nature Communications13(1), 88. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-27642-5


The case of a southern European glacier which survived Roman and medieval warm periods but is disappearing under recent warming. 

Moreno, A., Bartolomé, M., López-Moreno, J. I., Pey, J., Corella, J. P., García-Orellana, J., Sancho, C., Leunda, M., Gil-Romera, G., González-Sampériz, P., Pérez-Mejías, C., Navarro, F., Otero-García, J., Lapazaran, J., Alonso-González, E., Cid, C., López-MartÍnez, J., Oliva-Urcia, B., Faria, S. H., … GarcÍa-RuÍz, J. M. (2021). The Cryosphere15(2), 1157–1172. https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-1157-2021

Outreach activities

11F - International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Avatar of Dr. Asunción de los Ríos - Geology Universe

Talks at primary and secondary schools 


Dolors Vaqué (ICM). Entrevista i Charla: Qui viu a l’Antàrtida?.  Escola Anglesola. Curs de 4rt de primaria

Vanessa Balagué (ICM-CSIC).  Charla: “Un viatge científic a l’Antàrtida” Biblioteca Bellavista (Les Franqueses del Vallès), dirigida al Centre de Formació d’Adults de Bellavista. Febrer Científic 2022 

Vanessa Balagué (ICM-CSIC).  Charla: “Un viatge científic a l’Antàrtida” ES 4 Cantons (Barcelona), 1ºESO. 10 febrero 2022. SIMPOSIO ANTÁRTICO organizado por el IES 4C

Vanessa Balagué (ICM-CSIC).  Charla: “Un viatge científic a l’Antàrtida” IES Thos i Codina (Mataró), 1ºESO. 11 febrero 2022, videoconferencia. Organizado por 100científiques (FCRI y BIST)

Vanessa Balagué (ICM-CSIC).  Charla: “Un viatge científic a l’Antàrtida” IES Sòl de Riu (Alcanar, Tarragona), 2º ESO. 11 febrero 2022, videoconferencia

Vanessa Balagué (ICM-CSIC).  Charla: “Un viatge científic a l’Antàrtida” IES Arnau Cadell (Sant Cugat del Vallès), 2º BACHILLERATO. 11 marzo 2022

Asunción de los Ríos (MNCN). Charla presentando el avatar dentro del universo GEOLOGÍA . CEIP PROFESOR ALBINO NÚÑEZ (GALICIA) – 4º PRIMARIA


Exhibition: "El Museo en la Antártida"

Commissioner: Andrés Barbosa (MNCN - CSIC)

Venue: Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales

Dates: 15/10/2021 - 05/09/2022

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Exhibition: "Una mirada polar: Un viaje visual a los confines de la Tierra"

Venues (2021): Thau Barcelona (Barcelona), CIC Batxillerat (Barcelona), ICM-CSIC (Barcelona), IES Icaria (Barcelona), CEIP Tirso de Molina (Madrid)

Dates: Travelling exhibition

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Observando los polos

Edited by: Vanessa Balagué, Magda Vila, Clara Cardelús

Illustrated by:  Nia Schamuells

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Una mirada polar:

Un viaje visual a los confines de la Tierra

Exhibition catalogue

Download the exhibition catalogue at high resolution (approx. 120 Mb) here

A version of the catalogue with interactive menus can be also downloaded here

Geyer, A. , Giralt, S. and Madurell, T. (eds) (2021) Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas ,  83 pp. eISBN: 978-84-00-10859-5

Webinars: "Café con Hielo"

"Café con hielo" is a series of dissemination talks that will cover current issues on polar science. The activity comes from the collaboration between the platform POLARCSIC (from the Spanish National Research Council) and APECS-Spain, with the aim of approaching polar science to the general public.


This year, we celebrate the 2nd Edition of "Café con hielo". The series will include 6 sessions, all of them during Spring 2022. In each session, two scientists will give a flash talk about different perspectives of the session topic and afterwards, there will be an open round table, conducted by a chair related to the topic. The idea is to promote the participation of the audience with questions and comments to create a conversation among all the participants.


The activities will be broadcasted live on Youtube and will be in Spanish, so we encourage all our Spanish speaker colleagues from all over the world to join us!


Session 1: 23/03/2022 - "Microplásticos y contaminación en los polos"


Session 2: 05/04/2022 - "Clima y Cambio Climático"

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