POLARCSIC Observatorio de zonas polares: Horizonte 2050
POLARCSIC Newsletter nº 11 - October 2022


* News

* Publications

* Outreach activities

* Books

Webinars: "Café con hielo"

* SCAR News

* Upcoming Polar deadlines


Five groups from the Spanish Oceanographic Institute (IEO) join PolarCSIC


We would like to welcome the new members of PolarCSIC, from the Spanish Oceanographic Institute (IEO). The five IEO groups are focused on different research disciplines, as marine invertebrates (Javier Cristobo and Pilar Ríos), basin and margin analysis (María Gomez Ballesteros, Juan Tomás Vázquez, Desiree Palomino and Margarita García García), benthic habitats (Alberto Serrano, Antonio Punzón, Roberto Sarralde and Paula Valcarce), submarine volcanism (Eugenio Fraile, Jesús M. Arrieta and Isabel Ferrera) and scientific dissemination (Pablo Lozano).

New POLARCSIC publications


Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Degradation in the Sea-Surface Microlayer at coastal Antarctica

Martinez-Varela, A., Casas, G., Berrojalbiz, N., Piña, B., Dachs, J., Vila-Costa, M. (2022) Frontiers in Microbiology, 13, art. no. 907265, https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2022.907265



Ten scientific messages on risks and opportunities for life in the Antarctic

Gutt, J., Isla, E., Xavier, J.C., Adams, B.J., Ahn, I.Y., Cheng, C.H., Colesie, C., Cummings, V.J., Griffiths, H., Hogg, I. and McIntyre, T. (2022). Antarctic Environments Portal.  https://doi.org/10.48361/2cpq-8t02

The Southern Ocean: our best opportunity?

Isla, E (2022).Arquivos de Ciências do Mar, 55, 180-190. http://dx.doi.org/10.32360/78406

Particulate and dissolved fluorescent organic matter fractionation and composition: Abiotic and ecological controls in the Southern Ocean

Cabrera-Brufau, M., Marrasé, C., Ortega-Retuerta, E.,  Nunes, S.,  Estrada, M., Sala, M.M., Vaqué, D.,  Pérez, G.-L., Simó, R.,  Cermeño, P. (2022). Science of the Total Environment 844, 156921. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.156921

Leaching material from Antarctic seaweeds and penguin guano affects cloud-relevant aerosol production

Dall'Osto, M.,  Sotomayor-Garcia, A.,  Cabrera-Brufau, M.,  Berdalet, E.,  Vaqué, D.,  Zeppenfeld, S.,  van Pinxteren, M.,  Herrmann, H., Wex, H., Rinaldi, M.,  Paglione, M., Beddows, D., Harrison, R., Avila, C.P., Martin-Martin, R.,  Park, J.,  Barbosa, A. (2022). Science of the Total Environment 831, 154772. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.154772



Sea Ice Microbiota in the Antarctic Peninsula Modulates Cloud-Relevant Sea Spray Aerosol Production

Dall’Osto, M.,  Vaqué, D.,  Sotomayor-Garcia, A.,  Cabrera-Brufau, M.,  Estrada, M.,  Buchaca, T., Soler, M.,  Nunes, S., Zeppenfeld, S., Van Pinxteren, M., Herrmann, H.,  Wex, H.,  Rinaldi, M.,  Paglione, M.,  Beddows, D.,  Harrison, R.M.,  Berdale,t E. (2022). Front. Mar. Sci. 9:827061. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2022.827061


Mercury biomagnification in an Antarctic food web of Antarctic Peninsula

Matias, R.S., Guímaro, H.R., Bustamante, P., Seco, J., Chipev, N., Fragão, J., Tavares, S., Ceia, F.R., Pereira, M.E., Barbosa, A. and Xavier, J.C. (2022).  Environ. Pollut. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2022.119199


Positive selection over the mitochondrial genome and its role in the diversification of gentoo penguins in response to adaptation in isolation

Noll, D., Leon, F., Brandt, D., Pistorius, P., Le Bohec, C., Bonadonna, F., Trathan, P.N., Barbosa, A., Rey, A.R., Dantas, G.P.M. and Bowie, R.C.K. (2022). Scientific Reports 12: 3767. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-07562-0


A multi-parametric perspective of the North Atlantic eddy-driven jet

Barriopedro, D., Ayarzagüena, B., García-Burgos, M., García-Herrera, R. (2022) Climate Dynamics (in press)


Substantial contribution of iodine to Arctic ozone destruction

Benavent, N., Mahajan, A.S., Li, Q. et al,  Saiz-Lopez, A. Nat. Geosci. (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41561-022-01018-w


Climate change influence on the levels and trends of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and chemicals of emerging Arctic concern (CEACs) in the Arctic physical environment - a review

Hung, H., Halsall, C., Ball, H., Bidleman, T., Dachs, J., De Silva, A., Hermanson, M., Kallenborn, R., Muir, D., Sühring, R., Wang, X., Wilson, S. (2022) Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts. https://doi.org/10.1039/D1EM00485A



Service of rapid magnetic variations, an update

Curto, J.J., Segarra, A., Altadill, D., Chambodut, A. (2022). Geoscience Data Journal. https://rmets.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/gdj3.164


Substantial loss of isoprene in the surface ocean due to chemical and biological consumption

Simó, R., Cortés, P., Rodríguez-Ros, P., Masdeu-Navarro, M. (2022). Communications Earth & Environment 3: 20, https://doi.org/10.1038/s43247-022-00352-6


Organophosphate ester pollution in the oceans

Xie, Z., Wang, P., Wang, X., Castro-Jiménez, J., Kallenborn, R., Liao, C., Mi, W., Lohmann, R., Vila-Costa, M., Dachs, J. (2022) Nature Reviews Earth and Environment, 3 (5), pp. 309-322. https://doi.org/10.1038/s43017-022-00277-w

Outreach activities

Interviews, María Gema Llorens (GEO3BCN):

RTVE: "Deshielo en el Polo Norte: utilizan gráficas sacadas de contexto para decir que el cambio climático no existe". 31/08/2022

Newtral: "La capa de hielo de Groenlandia ganó 5 gigatoneladas el 29 de agosto, pero el balance anual es negativo"

Maldita: "Por qué el supuesto hallazgo de una calzada romana bajo un glaciar no negaría la crisis climática ni su origen humano". 07/09/2022

Maldita: "Por qué el aumento de hielo superficial en Groenlandia en un año concreto no desmiente la crisis climática". 24/08/2022.


Boletín del Observatorio del Ebro. Observaciones Geomagnéticas en la Isla de Livingston, Antártida. 2021 y Campaña 2021-2022

S. Marsal, J. M. Torta, J. G. Solé, J. J. Curto, M. Ibañez y Ò. Cid. Observatori de l’Ebre, Roquetes, 2022; ISSN 1885-9712; Páginas:156 [Link]

Treatise on Geomorphology (Second Edition) 8.35 - Deep Sea Sedimentation

Ercilla, G., Casas, D., Alonso, B., Casalbore, D., Estrada, F., Idarraga, J., López-González, N., Pedrosa, M.T., Teixeira, M., Sánchez-Guillamón, O. and Azpiroz Zabala, M. (2022). Treatise on Geomorphology, 8 960-988. ISBN 9780128182352. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-818234-5.00129-2

Audio cuento: La Balena Lena

Casalí, C., Riol, M. (2022). Asesoramiento científico: Vanessa Balagué, Josep Maria Gili, Dolors Vaqué i Magda Vila. Ver en Youtube aquí

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/
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