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CliC Scientific Steering Group 13 Report available

thumbnailssg13reportThe Report of the 13th Session of the WCRP Climate and Cryosphere Project (CliC) Scientific Steering Group (SSG) is now available. The CliC SSG met for its 13th session on February 17‐18, 2017. The meeting was hosted at the Victoria University of Wellington (VUW), and was co‐sponsored by WCRP, the CliC IPO, the Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI), and VUW. The CliC SSG‐13 took place in
conjunction with the IGS/IACS/CliC International Symposium on the Cryosphere in a Changing Climate held at VUW from February 13‐17, 2017. Twenty‐seven participants from thirteen different countries attended the meeting (twenty five in person; two remotely). The meeting was chaired by CliC Co‐Chairs Gerhard Krinner and James Renwick.

[WCRP CliC SSG 13 Report]

5th iLEAPS Conference 2017 Registration Open

ileapsconfThe Integrated Land Ecosystem-Atmosphere Processes Study (iLEAPS), a global research project of Future Earth, will hold its 5th Science Conference in Oxford, United Kingdom. The event which will run from the 11th - 14th September 2017, has the theme 'Understanding the impact of land-atmosphere exchanges.' It is being organised by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology of the Natural Environment Research Council.

The registration for the 5th iLEAPS Conference is now open. More information is available on the Conference website.

** Deadlines to be aware of **
Earlybird Conference Fees Close - 23:59 UTC on 1st July 2017
Abstract Submission Deadline - 23:59 UTC on 1st June 2017
ECS Applications Close - 23:59 UTC on 30th April 2017

CliC will co-organize a session (C2) on Thawing permafrost carbon: a challenge for climate science on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, from 9:30 to 10:15 am.

2016 WCRP CliC Annual Report online

Thumbnail 2016CliCAnnualReportThe 2016 WCRP-CliC Annual Report is available. The report gives an overview of our activities in 2016 and includes contributions from all of the CliC Projects/Groups Leads.

Table of Content

    Overview from the Co‐Chairs
    Scientific Steering Group (SSG) Members
    The International Project Office
    CliC‐sponsored Workshops and Meetings
    Report Format
    WCRP Grand Challenge ‐ Melting Ice and Global Consequences
        -Ice Sheet Modelling Intercomparison Project 6 (ISMIP6)
        -Marine Ice Sheet Ocean Model Intercomparison Project (MISOMIP)
        -Earth System Model ‐ Snow Model Intercomparison Project (ESM‐SnowMIP)
        -Glacier Model Intercomparision Project (GlacierMIP)
        -Sea Ice and Climate Modeling Forum / Diagnostic Sea Ice Model Intercomparison Project (SIMIP)
        -Permafrost Carbon Network
    Sea Ice
        -Arctic Sea Ice Working Group (ASIWG)
        -Antarctic Sea Ice Processes and Climate (ASPeCt)
        -Technical Committee on Sea Ice Observations
        -BEPSII ‐ Biogeochemical exchange processes at Sea Ice Interfaces
    Hydrology & Permafrost
        -Arctic Freshwater Synthesis (AFS)
        -Permafrost Modeling Forum
    Ice Sheets
        -SCAR/IASC/CliC Ice Sheet Mass Balance and Sea Level (ISMASS)
    Regional Activities
        -CLIVAR/CliC/SCAR Southern Ocean Regional Panel
        -Polar Coordinated Regional Downscaling Experiment (Polar CORDEX)
        -Southern Ocean Satellite Data Requirements
    Inter‐disciplinary Activities
        -Interactions Between High‐latitude Cryosphere Elements
        -WCRP Polar Climate Predictability Initiative (PCPI)
    Social Science
        -Where Are They Now?
    Emerging Activities and Ideas

Wellington Symposium: New information documents available

New information documents on the International Symposium on Cryosphere in a Changing Climate are now available on the IGS website.

The provisional programme is now online: https://www.igsoc.org/symposia/2017/newzealand/proceedings/programmepure.html

The Local Organizing Committee has compiled an Information Leaflet for symposium participants: https://www.igsoc.org/symposia/2017/newzealand/wellington_information_loc.pdf

The itinerary for the pre-symposium excursion can be found at: https://www.igsoc.org/symposia/2017/newzealand/preconference_itinerary.pdf. It is very important you read this.

Circular available: Regional Sea Level Changes and Coastal Impacts Conference, 10-14 July 2017,Columbia University, New York, USA

Sea level change is already impacting coastal communities globally and will continue to do so. To meet urgent societal needs for useful information on sea level, the World Climate Research Program (WCRP) has established the theme “Regional Sea-Level Change and Coastal Impacts”, as one of its cross-cutting “Grand Challenge” (GC) science questions.

The GC Sea Level has designed and developed an integrated interdisciplinary program on sea level research reaching from the global to the regional and coastal scales. In particular, the program aims for close interaction with relevant coastal stakeholders to make sure that the results effectively support impact and adaptation efforts and wider coastal zone development and management.

The WCRP, jointly with the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC), is organizing an international conference on sea level research that will address the existing challenges in describing and predicting regional sea level changes, and in quantifying the intrinsic uncertainties. It follows 11 years after the first WCRP sea level conference (Paris, 2006), and three years after the last Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It will provide a comprehensive summary of the state of worldwide climate-related large scale sea level research.

The conference is a 5-day event with a leading theme guiding the activities of each day. The structure of the conference will consist of plenary sessions followed by extensive poster sessions. In the evenings we are planning to hold "think-tanks" focusing on new science frontiers and activities.

The 2nd Circular for the 2017 Sea Level Conference is now available here.

More information on the 2017 Sea Level Conference is available on the dedicated website.

Paper published: Community review of Southern Ocean satellite data needs

This joint initiative of Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS), Climate and the Cryosphere (CliC), and World Meteorological Organization Polar Space Task Group (WMO PSTG) aimed to identify the satellite data requirements for the Southern Ocean (across all temporal/spatial scales) and to compile this information into a community report of Southern Ocean satellite data requirements. This work resulted in a Community Review of Southern Ocean Satellite Data Needs which was recently published in Antarctic Science.

This is a community review paper that highlights the current priority satellite data requirements of the Southern Ocean research and logistics community. This publication is the result of an international survey of data needs, as well as a period of extensive community consultation and input.

This publication is sponsored by SOOS, CliC and SCAR

A. Pope
P. Wagner
R. Johnson
J.D. Shutler
J. Baeseman
L. Newman

Credit: Pope, A., Wagner, P., Johnson, R., Shutler, J.D., Baeseman, J. and Newman, L. (2016) ‘Community review of Southern Ocean satellite data needs’, Antarctic Science, , pp. 1–42. doi: 10.1017/S0954102016000390.
Links: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antarctic-science/article/community-review-of-southern-ocean-satellite-data-needs/78B68BDE8535CAF03D0BA00B1F3F07F4

Minutes Available: CliC Leadership Online Meeting - The Himalayas and South America

The Minutes summarizing the discussions during the CliC Leadership Online Meeting on the Himalayas and South America held on November 1, 2016, are available.

The call focused on highlighting the opportunities for cryosphere in the non‐polar regions. There is a lot of cryosphere science going on in these regions, namely the Himalayas and South America and CliC has a strong SSG membership representation in these regions. The goal is now for CliC to find ways to improve its engagement in the regions.

Read the Minutes here.

Chinese Society of Cryosphere Science (CSCS) established

A new Chinese Society of Cryosphere Science (CSCS) was formerly established on September 22nd, 2016 and the initial meeting of the first council of CSCS was held in Nanjing, China.

The establishment of the CSCS will serve as a new platform for communication of Chinese cryosphere scientists, which will integrate national academic resource of cryosphere science and related social implications for cryosphere science in the future.

Academician Dahe Qin was voted as the president of the first council. Academician Tandong Yao, Bojie Fu, Yuanming Lai, Renhe Zhang, Professor Yongjian Ding (executive), Huigen Yang, Wei Ma, and Yong Luo were voted as vice president. Professor Cunde Xiao was voted as the secretary general of the first council and Professor Shichang Kang and Qingbai Wu as vice-secretary general. In addition, 104 council members with 41 executive members were also elected.

The office of the CSCS secretariat is established in the State Key Laboratory of Cryosphere Science, Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resources, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

Outcome of the last meeting of the Technical Committee on Sea Ice Observations

-The Technical Committee on Sea Ice Observations is a CliC-sponsored group
-Contributed by Jenny Hutchings

A sub-group of the Technical Committee on Sea Ice Observations held a CliC-sponsored working meeting in Hobart, Australia, September 5-9 2016 to discuss full coordination of Arctic and Antarctic ship bridge-based sea-ice observations. This resulted in completion of coordination efforts between the Antarctic ASPeCt and Arctic Ice Watch sea-ice observation programs. The participants succeeded in ensuring measurements were compatible between the two standards, and have implemented a plan to coordinate the Ice Watch observation recording software (ASSIST) with ASPeCt. This will ensure the two programs are fully compatible and any Antarctic observations recorded by ASSIST can be archived in the ASPeCt data base. Heil and Hutchings have jointly drafted a manual for bridge based research quality sea ice observations. This manual is much needed to ensure the standardization of observations in both hemispheres and to grow the program to non-expert observers.