Nila blended into snow-covered sea ice, Anthony Petty, NSIDC NSIDC Courtesy Anthony Petty

Polar RCN Noticeboard

Call for Workshop Partnership & Funds [15 Jan]

The NSF funded Polar Computing Research Coordination Network ( was tasked with analyzing opportunities and barrier in the uptake of high-performance & distributed computing in polar science. Specifically, the RCN was to:

  1. Address why the polar sciences are poorly represented in the use of HPDC cyberinfrastructure,
  2. Learn how the Polar Sciences were using and wished to use HPDC resources.
  3. Explore how to ensure that plans and design for new and existing NSF-funded cyberinfrastructure efforts are cognizant of the needs of the Polar Science community, and
  4. Understand how best to educate a new generation of polar scientists in the skills needed to realize the opportunities and potential of HPDC.

Having covered the core areas we proposed to NSF, we would like to engage and seek the broader community in determining the next areas of focus. We e would like to offer $15,000 to host a domestic event (must be hosted in the US for US participants)  to achieve these goals. We want to hear from YOU about how YOUR community could team up with the Polar Computing RCN to either expand or deepen our response to the charge detailed above.

Submit just a two-paragraph “proposal” to PI This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. describing your community, your proposed event, and how you would use the available funds. Deadline for submission is 15 January 2018. More information on the RCN and past activities at


Software Carpentry & Intro to HPC Workshop

A two-day workshop for polar scientists interested in learning tools for data analysis and computation
using high-performance computing.

When and Where

June 16-17, 2018

Davos, Switzerland, collocated with Polar2018

What: Topics covered will include introductions to;

  • Python programming
  • Shell scripting
  • Git and version control
  • High-performance computers
  • Best practices in data management and reproducible research


Graduate students and other early career researchers particularly encouraged to apply.
Prior programming experience helpful but not required.


The workshop is free but space is limited, apply by filling out this form before 10 February 2018

And share this page/the flyer [pdf]

Here is a storify report of the second Polar HPC hackathon.

The 2nd HPC-Polar Hackathon featuring 6 teams working on different polar science problems, will be held at the IACS at Stony Brook University from 01-04 August, 2017.  We are grateful for support from Google (Higher Education and Research) and the Indiana University for their support.

On August 21, 2016, we held a side meeting on polar cyberinfrastructure at the SCAR meeting. Read a short summary of the discussion here

Polar-HPC Hackathon 2016 Storify: Highlights of the NSF sponsored hackathon designed to get the HPC and Polar Science community collaborating!

The Imagery Workshop was a success! Click here for more info and an attendee list / photo.

The XSEDE Scholars Program is accepting applications. Deadline for application: February 1, 2016

The Polar Computing Team will be at the AGU. Click here to see a flyer and a talk introducing the RCN.

NYTimes featuring RCN Senior Investigator Asa! 

Spring 2015 - The Polar Research Coordination Network has received funding from the National Science Foundation.