The Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) International Project Office supports the project Scientific Steering Group in coordinating and implementing the CliC projects and tasks. Its functions of international communication and liaison make it the primary point of contact for those wishing to participate in, contribute to, or learn more about the CliC projects.
Lawrence is from Montreal, Canada and has more than ten years of international experience leading UN and EU funded projects, and has produced many environmental assessments and related communications products. From 2009-2014, Lawrence led the Polar and Cryosphere programme at GRID-Arendal in Norway and collaborated on projects with the Arctic Council, University of the Arctic and UNEP-linked activities in Polar and mountain regions. He was also on the management team of the Himalayan Climate Adaptation Programme (HICAP) from 2011 - 2014 and initiated long-term research on environmental impacts in Nepal, India, Pakistan and China. In addition to his research work, Lawrence also produces documentary photography, films and infographics.
Gwen holds a Master’s degree in Ecology and Environmental Studies from the University Paris-Sud XI in France where she comes from. She specialized in ocean issues through an internship at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris with a focus on scientific research and commercial uses of marine genetic resources, and on the development of a database on marine bio-prospecting in 2007. From 2009 to 2014 she worked as an officer at the Global Ocean Forum (NGO) based at the Gerard J. Mangone Center for Marine Policy of the University of Delaware in the USA where she was in charge of coordinating the activities of the organization related to marine Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction, marine biodiversity, climate change, capacity building and outreach.
After her first visit in Tromsø early 2014, Gwen knew that she would be back in the Arctic eventually! In September 2014 she joined the CliC office in Tromsø to work with the team on the Arctic Freshwater Synthesis project as well as other CliC activities. She moved from CliC Officer to Executive Officer in January 2014.
Alice is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Colorado Boulder in the aerospace engineering department, focusing on remote sensing and Earth sciences. She is currently working on her dissertation, titled "Ice formation in the Arctic Ocean: Observed processes and climate feedbacks." Alice's research broadly focuses in sea ice - ocean - atmosphere interactions in environments with partial sea ice cover; ongoing research includes both the marginal ice zone in the Arctic and polynyas in the Antarctic, with a special focus in unmanned aircraft as a sensing platform. She did her undergraduate work in electrical engineering at Dartmouth College and received her M.S. in remote sensing from the University of Colorado.
For more information on Alice, visit: http://ccar.colorado.edu/abradley/
Dr Massonnet obtained his PhD in Sciences in 2014 from the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL). During his PhD, he developed various metrics to evaluate sea ice models used in the framework of climate reconstructions, predictions and projections. He participated as a contributing author to the IPCC WG1 AR5 and was involved in several national and international research projects about climate prediction and predictability. He also implemented data assimilation methods in large-scale sea ice models for state and parameter estimation.
Dr Massonnet is now a F.R.S.-FNRS Post-Doctoral Fellow from the UCL and undertakes a 18-month scientific visit at the Catalan Institute of Climate Sciences (IC3, Barcelona) in the Climate Forecasting Unit (CFU) where he explores the seasonal-to-interannual predictability of extreme winters at mid-latitudes in response to Arctic climate change. In parallel, he is also implementing initialization methods for near-term prediction in both the Arctic and Antarctic regions. He is also part of the CliC Sea Ice and Modeling Forum and has written several reports for CliC on sea ice observation needs for modeling.
Ylva's PhD project focuses on exploring the interactions between permafrost and groundwater, which is crucial for understanding future changes that can be expected in the Arctic with climate warming. The aim is to assess the effects of permafrost thaw on hydrology both at a detailed and process-oriented scale, and at catchment scales. This is done by analyzing long-term river discharge data, field mapping of ground-ice using geophysical methods, and physically-based modeling of coupled groundwater flows and heat transport.
Dr. Baeseman began her love of the cold growing up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, USA and has a B.S. in Water Chemistry from the University of WI - Stevens Point, M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota, a Ph.D. also in Civil Engineering with an environmental emphasis from the University of Colorado, and postdoctoral training in Geosciences from Princeton University. She has spent 4 seasons in Antarctica, 3 in the McMurdo Dry Valleys and 1 on the peninsula. Jenny was very involved in the planning of the International Polar Year (IPY) and through this co-founded and subsequently became the Founding Director of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) which grew to over 3500 members from 76 countries during her leadership. One of her main objectives in developing APECS was to help young researchers combine their interests in interdisciplinary polar science with education and outreach and gain international leadership through professional development activities. In April 2012 she turned over the reigns of the early career group to become the Director of the Climate and the Cryosphere Project (CliC), sponsored by the World Climate Research Programme, the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research and the International Arctic Science Committee. The CliC Project office is hosted by the Norwegian Polar Institute in Tromsø, Norway. She continues research in her spare time through an adjunct position at the International Arctic Research Center (IARC) at the University of Alaska – Fairbanks. One of Jenny's personal goals is to make sure everyone she meets knows that polar bears don't eat penguins - as they live at different Poles.
Vladimir Ryabinin is a Senior Scientific Officer, World Climate Research Programme, Geneva, where he works on international coordination of climate research with a focus on high latitudes, cryosphere, hydrological cycle, stratosphere, atmospheric chemistry, and the role of oceans in climate. He has a background in hydrometeorology and engineering with a PhD in physics and mathematics from the Hydrometeorological Research Centre of USSR and the Degree of Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences in Geophysics and Oceanography from the Hydrometeorological Research Centre of the Russian Federation. Before joining WCRP, he was a researcher, developer of weather and oceanographic prediction technologies and, later, the Executive Director of the International Ocean Institute with headquarters in Malta. Vladimir is passionate about helping researchers address questions to better predict climate variability and project climate change and has been a great asset for the CliC project.
Lorna is a polar botanist from New Zealand. After studying the potential for weeds to invade alpine regions at the University of Otago, New Zealand, she went on to study all things Antarctic in the Post Graduate Certificate of Antarctic Studies at the University of Canterbury. Her background in botany and passion for polar places sent her to the northern hemisphere however, when she began her PhD investigating the role of flower colour in the New Zealand Subantarctic and Arctic Svalbard with the University of Otago and the University Center in Svalbard. She has been involved in various APECS Oceania initiatives in New Zealand, and since completing her PhD in December of 2013, has been developing outreach and education activities about polar regions and botany. Lorna has been a Frostbyte Editor since May 2014.
Erik is a Danish geophysicist from Copenhagen University. Originally he studied meteorology but by random inspiration he spent 6 month on Svalbard at the University Centre in Svalbard and then his heart meet the Arctic. Twice he returned to continue the study of study glaciers, snow, sea ice and atmosphere chemistry.
His Master's thesis tackled the issue of drill liquid contamination of Ice cores using the Continuous Flow Analysis system (CFA), which does chemical analysis of ice cores. His new instrument was field tested at the NEEM ice core drill site on the Greenland ice sheet. This was also the topic of one of the very first FrostBytes, which was produced for the IPY conference in Montreal 2012.Erik has a deep rooted interest in polar science and research, and has been the prime video and FrostByte editor for CliC since 2013.