About the workshop

The workshop goal is to bring together a diverse group of researchers (including faculty and graduate students) that are using or would like to use ice core data available from the Arctic Data Center. The goal is to learn about common research workflows that the community is using and to test the applicability of selected Arctic data sets and software tools to build the next generation of digital paleoclimate data products and reconstructions.

Application details

To apply to attend the 2019 Arctic Data Workshop at the University of Maine from 14-16 May 2019, please send an email to: icecores-group@maine.edu with the following information by March 1, 2019. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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Suggestions for getting to Orono, Maine

The nearest international airport is in Bangor, Maine (airport code BGR). Depending on where you are coming from, flights into Bangor can be expensive and time consuming because of layovers. Consider flying into the Portland Jetport (Portland, Maine) or Boston Logan International Airport (Boston, MA) and taking a bus up to Bangor (Concord Coach Lines has regular service between Boston, Portland, and Bangor). This can often take hours off your total travel time and save tens to hundreds of dollars.

Local transportation (getting to and from the airport/bus station and Orono): -we are offering rides to-from the airport and bus station in Bangor (only). Please provide us with your travel plans as soon as possible so that we can ensure there is a ride available for you and so that we can coordinate amongst our drivers to reduce emissions by minimizing the number of trips.

If you would like to plan on getting your own ride, your best bet for getting to Orono from the Bangor Airport or Concord Coach bus station is a taxi/Uber/Lyft. Multiple taxi services are available at the airport, and the ride will cost you ~$15-$28 one way (~10 miles/20 minutes). Uber and Lyft have only recently expanded in the area and may have similar prices and longer wait times relative to a taxi. In addition, the University Inn offers a complimentary shuttle service that includes the airport, which must be booked at least 72 hours in advance.

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A block of rooms has been reserved on a first come-first served basis at the University Inn (5 College Ave, Orono, ME 04473) for the nights of 13-16 May at a special discounted rate of $99/night + taxes and fees. The majority of the rooms available contain two double beds, though a few rooms with one king bed are also available. You must reserve your room by April 23, 2019, in order to receive this rate. Please reference the "Arctic Data Workshop" (group code: ADW19) when you call to make your reservation (800-321-4921).

The University Inn is within easy walking distance (~1 mi / 2.2 km) of campus and close to multiple eating options in downtown Orono. It is the only hotel available within walking distance of the University campus.

For graduate students attending the workshop, a limited number of dormitory style rooms are available on campus at a reduced rate of $39.79/night. The majority of the rooms are single rooms with a double bed, linens and towels, micro-fridge, and rocking chair with shared kitchen and bathroom spaces on the floor. A very limited number of double rooms are also available. To reserve one of these rooms (which are available on a first come-first served basis), please contact us at icecores-group@maine.edu by April 15, 2019 with your name, contact information (including email and physical address for billing), and the exact dates you would like to reserve the room for.

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Workshop Cost

There is a $55 registration fee to attend this workshop. The project grant will cover participant working lunches and supplies during the workshop. Participants or their institutions are expected to cover the cost of travel to and from the workshop as well as lodging and some meals. We have limited funds available to offset participants' attendance costs; these funds will be distributed after the workshop. Accepted applicants will have the opportunity to indicate their need for funding assistance during the registration process.

Organizing Committee

Contact email: icecores-group@maine.edu
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Optional field trips

Mid-May is a beautiful time of year to visit Maine, with countless opportunities for outdoor adventure of all kinds. Temperatures are moderate, black fly season is not yet in full swing, and the ripe green of spring has arrived. To help you take advantage of all the natural wonder Maine has to offer, we are organizing a few field trips for the day after the conference (Friday, 17 May). Details and signup for each trip will be available at the conference. There is no cost to attend any of the field trips, though you may be expected to cover your own food or contribute to park admissions, where applicable.

In addition to the full-day field trips the day after the workshop, we are also organizing small, local trips to take place in the afternoons between the end of the workshop and dinner. Weather permitting, these may include paddling on local rivers and/or short, easy hikes in nearby protected lands. More details will be available during the workshop.