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CliC News

Here's what has been happening lately in CliC. Let us know if you have things to share.

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The 2nd Climate Observation Conference, 30 August - 3 September 2021

The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), with the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), and supported by European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) will hold a conference that aims to assess how well the global climate observing system supports current and near-term user needs for climate information.

Abstracts for either an oral or poster presentation can be sumitted here. The abstract submission deadline is 14 June 2021. A preliminary structure of the programme is available here


Online conference on remote sensing in Svalbard, 8-10 June 2021

SIOS, the Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System, invites abstracts to be submitted for their 'Online Conference on Remote Sensing in Svalbard' held from 8-10 June, 2021.

The abstract submision deadline is 15 May, 2021. Read more about the conference and get the abstract submission form here

WCRP workshop on multi-annual to decadal changes

Understanding the drivers of multi-annual to decadal scale changes in the climate system is essential for building confidence in forecasts, for quantifying hazards, and for developig robust adaptation and mitigation policies. However, our capability in this regard is immature, as highlighted by the recent debate around the temporary slowdown in global surface warming. 

The WCRP's Explaining and Predicting Earth System Change Lighthouse Activity will hold a virtual workshop on the 'Attribution of multi-annual to decadal changes in the climate system' from 22-24 September, 2021. Save the dates!

Registration and attendance will be free. Registration details TBA. 

Special issue on the Greenland Ice Sheet and Climate Change open for submissions

Global warming has led to the increased mass loss in the Greenland Ice Sheet in the last 10–20 years, making it the dominant glaciological contributor to global sea-level rise. The open access journal Atmosphere is now lauching a special issue on 'Greenland Ice Sheet Interactions with Climate Change and Extreme Weather'.

The deadline for manuscript submissions is August 31, 2021. Read more about the special issue and the submission process here.  

Report from the 17th meeting of the CliC SSG available

On March 4th, the CliC Scientific Steering Group (SSG) met online to discuss the future of CliC in the new WCRP organisation. The report from the meeting is avialable here

WCRPLAA number of CliC SSG members and group leaders are already engaged in the WCRP's new Lighthouse Activities: Hanne Christensen (My Climate Risk), James Renwick and Heiko Goelzer (Safe Climate Landings), Patrick Heimbach (Explaining and Predicting Earth System Change), and Amy Lovecraft (WCRP Academy). A working group among the SSG will review the existing CliC activities and science groups and develop CliC's 5-year strategic plan for 2022-2026.

CliC Newsletter - Ice and Climate No. 35

newsletter 35The March 2021 edition of the World Climate Research Programme's Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) project Newsletter - Ice and Climate No. 35 is now available.

The newsletter includes two science features highlighting recent publications of the Sea-Ice Intercomparison Project (SIMIP) and the Permafrost Carbon Network. The newsletter also includes an update from the 17th meeting of the CliC Scientific Steering Group (SSG) held in early March, and other announcements for the CliC community.  


CliC chairmanship 2021-2024: open call for nominations

The Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) project is one of the core projects of the World Climate Resarch Programme (WCRP), serving as the focal point for climate science related to the cryosphere, its variability and change, and interaction with the broader climate system.

CliC is now launching an open call for nominations for chairmanship. Self-nominations are encouraged. Please fill in this form and it send to  no later than April 16th 2021. If you have questions, please contact present co-chairs Fiamma Straneo () or James Renwick (). 


Special issue | The Ice Sheet Model Intercomparison Project for CMIP6 (ISMIP6)

Special Issue: The Cryosphere, 14 (2020)

This special issue includes articles reporting results performed in the framework of ISMIP6, including improvements in ice sheet modeling, ice-climate interactions, or external forcings, as well as studies expounding on the ISMIP6 experimental protocol.Reducing the uncertainty in the past, present, and future contribution of ice sheets to sea-level rise requires a coordinated effort between the climate and glaciology communities. The Ice Sheet Model Intercomparison Project for CMIP6 (ISMIP6) is the primary activity within the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 6 (CMIP6) focusing on modeling the evolution of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. The ISMIP6 experimental design relies on CMIP climate models and includes, for the first time within CMIP, coupled ice-sheet-climate models as well as standalone ice sheet models. ISMIP6 provides a basis for investigating the feedbacks, impacts, and sea-level changes associated with dynamic ice sheets and for quantifying the uncertainty in ice sheet contribution to sea-level change. The goal of this special issue is to build an evolving volume of refereed and high-quality contributions focusing on both standalone ice sheet models and coupled ice sheet-climate models, as well as new developments to improve the representation of external forcings used by ice sheet models. Such a volume will serve as a unique open reference to the rapidly evolving field of numerical modeling of ice sheet flow of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets.

This special issue includes articles reporting results performed in the framework of ISMIP6, including improvements in ice sheet modeling, ice-climate interactions, or external forcings, as well as studies expounding on the ISMIP6 experimental protocol.

Go to  Special Issue: The Cryosphere, 14 (2020)

Gap in Satellite Polar Altimetry: call for support

There is a growing concern regarding the imminent gap in satellite polar altimetry, which is likely to occur in the latter half of this decade. Therefor, a letter has been prepared to raise awareness of the situation with sufficient time for agencies to make preparations for mitigating the gap with some alternative provision.

The letter will be a community statement which outlines (i) the importance of Polar Altimetry, (ii) the major risk of an imminent gap in this capability, and (iii) the need to consider mitigation meausre as a matter of emergency.

 We are reaching the polar community for its support, and therefore we ask for your support by adding your signatures to the letter, here: