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PAGE21 Researcher Profile: Arsène Druel

Arsene Durel during the WP 6-7 meeting in Abisko. (Photo: Magdalena Tomasik)This time we have a pleasure to introduce another of PAGE21 modelers, Arsène Druel who works on a land surface model ORCHIDEE as a part of PAGE21 project.
Arsène Druel

Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Géophysique de l'Environnement (LGGE - Grenoble) / Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et l'Environnement (LSCE - Paris)
Research Field:
I am a modeler and I study the boreal vegetation in the context of the past and future climate change. I work on a land surface model, ORCHIDEE

How is it affiliated with the PAGE21 project? 
The permafrost is now implemented on ORCHIDEE, but no interaction with vegetation was integrated.
What is the current challenge within this topic?
One of my objectives is to identify the impacts of permafrost on the vegetation and add them in the model. In a second part I want to study the feedback of vegetation on permafrost.

How did it happen that you became a researcher?
I have study biology and ecology at the engineering school at Rennes. After some internships in research laboratory (SYKE in Finland, INRA in Rennes…) and first experiences in labs I choose to start a thesis.

Why do you like being the researcher?
For me, it is a opportunity to participate.
What do you like most in being a researcher?
The research and contact with the research community and the teaching activity.
How a typical working day looks like?
Never far from my computer. But without typical day.
What are your plans for the upcoming three / five years?
For me it is important to continue in the research. So after my PhD, I think postulate for a PostDoc.
Written by Arsene Durel

PAGE21 appears in Reykjavik

(Photo: Magdalena Tomasik) PAGE21 is being represented by Halldór Jóhannsson durin the Arctic Day in Reykjavik. PAGE21 is being represented by Arctic Portal during the Day of the Arctic that has been taking place since this morning at Icelandic Marine Institute in Reykjavik, capital city of Iceland.

PAGE21 was presented as one of the most successful international projects related to Arctic research.

In general, the event was organized to promote environmental, international research, political, legal and economic cooperation between Iceland and the Arctic nations.

The event also created the platform for the discussion about problems and prospects of current development of the Arctic Region.
Alongside lectures and panel discussions, the Day of the Arctic opened a large scale platform for Arctic related commercial companies to present their northern operations.
The Day of the Arctic was organized jointly by the Icelandic – Arctic Cooperation Network, Stefansson Arctic Institute and RANNIS.
More information about the event is available in Icelandic on the webpage. For any specific inquiries, please contact Thorsteinn Gunnarsson on e - mail or tel: 00354 515 5800.

Registration for CliC GTN-P ESA DUE Permafrost Workshop is now open.

(Logo: International Permafrost Association) Registration is now open for the CliC GTN-P ESA DUE Permafrost Workshop that has the objective to bring together the scientific permafrost communities and the producers of satellite data.
The 4th DUE Permafrost User Workshop will be held at ESA ESRIN, Frascati, Italy the 11-13 February 2014. It is sponsored by the Climate and Cryosphere Project (CliC) and Global Terrestrial Network for Permafrost of the International Permafrost Association (GTN-P/IPA) and the European Space Agency (ESA).

Important Dates:

Deadline for funding applications (Young Scientist): 22 Nov 2013
Deadline for abstracts: 6 Dec 2013
Deadline for registration: 15 Jan 2013
This CliC GTNP ESA DUE Permafrost workshop:

(Logo: CliC) • will bring together a multidisciplinary community working on permafrost-related remote sensing, field monitoring and permafrost-related modeling and climate modeling.

• will collect and discuss the up-to-date User requirements, validation approaches and the broadening range of applications.

• will contribute to the update of the IGOS Cryosphere Theme Report (2007) for permafrost.

• will feed into current efforts of GTN-P to build a permafrost observing component into the Sustaining Arctic Observing Network (SAON).

This meeting is open to all who are interested in attending. There will be no registration fee. Participants are invited to submit an abstract for an oral presentation or a poster.

(Logo: Esa)A limited amount of travel support is available on a competitive basis for researchers from countries in economic transition and those early in their careers.
Early career is defined as current graduate students or those who have completed a Master's degree in the last 3 years or a PhD within the last 7 years. The submission of an abstract is required for all recipients of the travel awards.
The application is included in the workshop registration form found on the workshop webpage and must be completed by 22 November.

(Logo: GTN-P) The workshop is jointly organized by CliC, ESA, and members of the former ESA DUE Permafrost team, Birgit Heim (AWI, DE), Annett Bartsch (APRI, AT & LMU, DE), Claude Duguay (UW, CA) Jenny Baseman (CliC), Vladimir Romanovsky (IPA/GTN-P) and Frank-Martin Seifert (ESA).
If you have any further questions concerning the content and objectives of the workshop, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the Workshop webpage

PAGE21 featured at UNFCCC workshop

UNFCCC logoPAGE21 was invited to represent the EU FP7 framework at the UNFCCC Workshop on technical and scientific aspects of ecosystems with high-carbon reservoirs not covered by other agenda items under the Convention.
The workshop was held 24-25 October 2013 at the United Nations Campus "Altes Abgeordneten-Hochhaus" in Bonn, Germany.
In short, the workshop gathered together high-level representatives to consider information on the technical and scientific aspects of ecosystems with high - carbon reservoirs not covered by other agenda items under the Convention, such as coastal marine ecosystems and permafrost, in the context of wider mitigation and adaptation efforts.
Our project was represented by Dr.Hugues Lantuit as the presenter for the EU FP7. In addition, Chris Jones, PAGE21 Principal Investigator for Met Office, UK attended the workshop as a representative of the IPCC.
The presentations of Hugues on permafrost and of Chris on modeling the global carbon cycle can be found on the workshop homepage.

Call open for European-based research groups for research grants to two Canadian sites in the INTERACT network

(Photo: Magdalena Tomasik) Facilities at Abisko research station, Abisko, northern Sweden Canadian partners in INTERACT (International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic), Centre d'études Nordiques (Centre for Northern Studies, CEN) and Arctic Institute of North America (AINA), open a call for research grant proposals for European-based research groups to conduct research at two field stations operated by the partners. The call is open from Nov 1-Dec 15, 2013.

The grants, each a maximum of 5000 €, include open access to station facilities and should be used for travel, daily or weekly accommodation rates at the station, and meals. The research should be conducted in 2014; both stations are open all year round.

Eligible to apply are the research groups where the group leader and majority of the group members are from EU Member State or Associated State, or from the Russian Federation, are eligible to apply the grant.
In order to apply for the grand, the research proposal and personal CV should be send by e mail to Hannele Savela by December 15th 2013. The evaluation of proposals will be based on scientific merit, feasibility and appropriateness. The evaluation will be conducted by the INTERACT Transnational Access Board with consultation by CEN and AINA. The applicants will be notified about the grant decisions in January 2014.
More information on how to apply and detailed descriptions of the stations and their facilities from the INTERACT website and from the following contact persons:

CEN scientific coordinator Christine Barnard, PhD
AINA Executive Director Maribeth S. Murray, Ph.D
INTERACT WP4 coordinator Hannele Savela, PhD