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My name is Merry Sailonga Faluaburu, and I am a PhD student (from Solomon Islands) of the Graduate School of Biosphere Science, Hiroshima University, under supervision of Professor Takeshi Naganuma. This time, I am so glad to have a great opportunity to participate in the sub-Arctic expedition to Salluit in northern Canada.

As a part of ‘theme 6’ ecosystem and biodiversity research program, ArCS researchers are conducting ecological research on seabirds breeding at St Lawrence Island, Northern Bering Sea. This is the second year of our field work, which started in 2016. Researchers from NIPR, Hokkaido University, and University of Alaska Fairbanks have been working together with two native guides from St. Lawrence Island, from mid July to the end of August. I was on the island for the early part of this year’s field work, during 12-28 July, 2017.

The main program of an international expedition to Bowdoin Glacier on Greenland's northwest coast was successfully completed last week. This 3-km-wide calving glacier has been an important study site of Japanese researchers and their foreign colleagues during the last 5 years.

The Ninth International Congress on Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS IX) was held from 8 to 12, June 2017 in Umeå in Northern Sweden. Being under the auspices of the International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA), the Congress was hosted by the Arctic Research Center at Umeå University, which is the affiliation of the current IASSA president Peter Sköld, and is at this moment the location of the IASSA Secretariat, in cooperation with the Department of Language Studies and Centre for Sami Research at the same university. IASSA is an international academic organization founded in 1990 for the purpose of construction of a network of social scientists of the Arctic. ICASS is regularly held at the location of the IASSA Secretariat once during the term of three years. The last Congress was held in May 2014 at the Northern British Columbia University.

  • PACES (air Pollution in the Arctic: Climate, Environment and Societies)

The 2nd Open Science Workshop on air Pollution in the Arctic: Climate, Environment and Societies (PACES) was held on 27-29 June 2017 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. It overlapped with the AMAP Expert Group on Short-Lived Climate Forcers (afternoon of June 29th and June 30th).  Both oral and poster presentations were made. The chairs of PACES are Drs. Chuck Brock, Kathy Law and Steve Arnold. The local organizer of the workshop was Dr. Knut von Salzen.

With financial support from ArCS’ program for overseas visits by young researchers, I stayed at the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NERSC) in Bergen, Norway from February 6 to 11, to learn the TOPAZ4 data assimilation system and discuss my future work on the predictability of summertime sea ice in the Arctic Ocean.

We have participated since last year in East Greenland Ice-Core Project (EGRIP), which aims to retrieve an ice core from Greenland Ice Sheet for better understanding of dynamics of the ice sheet and climate in Greenland. This project is jointly conducted by  several nations, and 7 persons are involved from Japan in 2017 (a report is in 2016 available here). I have been staying on the ice sheet since June and will stay until August to analyze microstructure of the ice core and to sample snow and aerosol near the camp.