POLARCSIC Observatorio de zonas polares: Horizonte 2050
POLARCSIC Newsletter nº 10 - June 2022


* News

* Coming Events

* Past Events

* Publications

* Outreach activities

* Exhibitions

* Books

Webinars: "Café con hielo"

* SCAR News

* Upcoming Polar deadlines



We inform you that since last May 12, and as voted by the POLARCSIC Steering Board on May 11, Maria Gema Llorens will replace Santiago Giralt as coordinator of the PTI together with Adelina Geyer.


Maria Gema Llorens did her Doctoral Thesis in Structural Geology and Glaciology at the University of Tübingen and the Alfred Wegener Institute for Marine and Polar Sciences (AWI: Bremerhaven). She was also a postdoctoral researcher at the AWI until 2017 where she worked comparing ice simulations with Antarctic and Greenland ice surveys. For 5 years (2013-2017), she was coordinator of the European Research Network MicroDICE (microdynamics of ice), of the ESF. She is currently a member of the section of cryospheric sciences of the Spanish Commission of Geodesy and Geophysics.


We welcome Maria Gema Llorens and take this opportunity to thank Santiago Giralt for the time and effort he has devoted to launch and coordinate POLARCSIC during the last four years!

Coming events

"Polar Early Career soft and complementary skills seminars”

Addressed to all Polar Early Careers and organized jointly by POLARCSIC, SCAR Spain and APECS Spain.
The next seminar "Introduction to QGIS (II)" by the researcher Adelina Geyer (Geo3BCN - CSIC) will be held on-line  (Zoom platform) on July 11 from 9:00 to 12:00h. Those who want to participate can fill out the registration form until July 7:
NEOCLIM project Arctic Campaign

NEOCLIM is the project of the coordinated proposal NEOARCTIC that seeks to characterize the role of the main modes of climate variability that have modulated the Arctic climate of the North Atlantic for the last 4,000 years. The objective is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the main predominant climate conditions that have ruled the advances and retreats of the glaciers present on WGreenland and N Iceland coasts during these last 4,000 years. This knowledge will serve as a conceptual framework to determine if the present retreat of both Greenland Ice Sheet (GrIS) and Iceland glaciers due to the present temperature rise has a geological equivalent or not.


More information  here

Past events

Presentation talks of the new POLARCSIC IGME groups


Riesgos Geológicos, hidratos de gas y migración de fluidos: Ricardo León Buendía, Miguel Lorente Isidro, Luis Galán de Frutos, Jesús García Crespo, Jose Antonio de la Orden 


Tectónica, Paleoceanografía y cambio global: Fernando Bohoyo Muñoz, María Druet Vélez, Adolfo Maestro González, Carmen Rey Moral, Manuel Montes Santiago, Estefanía Llave Barranco, Beatriz  Benjumea Moreno, María Teresa López Bahut, Antonio Pedrera Parias, Ana Ruiz Constan




Investigación del Patrimonio y Geodiversidad (GIPG): Luis Carcavilla y Enrique Díaz-Martínez



Registro Sedimentario de Cambios Climáticos (RESCLIM): Susana Lebreiro, Juan Cruz Larrasoaña, Laura Antón, Isabel Reguera

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)

More information here

Conference "Polar Worlds: Explorations and Challenges"

2 June 2022, Institut Français, Madrid

The two distinguished invited scientists, Jérôme Chappellaz and Carlota Escutia Dotti, shared their research and experiences during their polar expeditions. They also addressed the current and future challenges of polar research and participated in a discussion session moderated by Rosa M. Tristán, journalist specialized in scientific and environmental popularization.

Now available in Spanish and French on YouTube:

- Spanish version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYldACVXT-4

- French version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMidwOEDkrM

New POLARCSIC publications



Ecotoxicological Characterization of Type C Killer Whales From Terra Nova Bay (Ross Sea, Antarctica): Molecular Biomarkers, Legacy, and Emerging Persistent Organic Contaminants . 


Panti, C., Muñoz-Arnanz, J., Marsili, L., Panigada, S., Baini, M., Jiménez, B., et al. (2022). Frontiers in Marine Science. doi:10.3389/fmars.2022.818370




Climate warming amplified the 2020 record-breaking heatwave in the Antarctic Peninsula. 


González-Herrero, S., Barriopedro, D., Trigo, R. M., López-Bustins, J. A., & Oliva, M. (2022). Communications Earth & Environment, 3(1), 122. doi: 10.1038/s43247-022-00450-5




The International Bathymetric Chart of the Southern Ocean Version 2


Dorschel, B., Hehemann, L., Viquerat, S. et al. . Sci Data 9, 275 (2022). doi:10.1038/s41597-022-01366-7





Can changes in deformation regimes be inferred from crystallographic preferred orientations in polar ice?


Llorens, M.-G., Griera, A., Bons, P. D., Weikusat, I., Prior, D. J., Gomez-Rivas, E., et al. (2022). C The Cryosphere, 16(5), 2009–2024. doi: 10.5194/tc-16-2009-2022





Automatic Water Autosampler Operated From UAVs for Determining Dissolved Trace Elements .


Sparaventi, E., Rodríguez-Romero, A., Navarro, G., & Tovar-Sánchez, A. (2022). A Novel  Frontiers in Marine Science. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2022.879953


Have a look at the video here

Outreach activities

Talks at primary and secondary schools 


Elisa Berdalet, Clara Cardelús, Magda Vila, Vanessa Balagué. La figura d'Antoni Ballester, presentation of the book: "Observando los polos" and scientific walk around Antarctica. IES Antoni Ballester, Montroig del Camp. (26/05/2022).


Vanessa Balagué i Clara Cardelús. Presentation of the book: "Observando los polos" and scientific walk around Antarctica.  Jornada ICM YOUNG RESEARCHERS DAY, Institut de Ciències del Mar-CSIC, Barcelona. (27/05/2022)


Lourdes González (ICM)- "Investigando la Antártida, ¿te apuntas?" . CEIP Las Encinas, Alfacar (Granada) (31/05/2022). 


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 have celebrated the 2nd Edition of "Café con hielo". The series include 6 sessions. In each of them, two scientists have given a flash talk about different perspectives of the session topic and afterwards, there was an open round table, conducted by a chair related to the topic. 

The webinars have been broadcasted live on Youtube. Watch them again!


Session 1: 23/03/2022 - Microplastics and contamination in the poles

Session 2: 05/04/2022 - Climate and Climate Change

Session 3 – 26/04/2022: Life under extreme conditions

Session 4 – 10/05/2022: Cryosphere

Session 5 – 24/05/2022: Geosciences

Session 6: 07/06/2022 - Life in Antarctica

SCAR has published:  “Antarctic Climate Change and the Environment: A decadal Synopsis and Recommendations for Action” presented at the 44th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM, 23 May-2 June, Berlin). The publication can be downloaded here: https://scar.org/library/scar-publications/occasional-publications/5758-acce-decadal-synopsis/
Upcoming Polar deadlines
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