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ESA Earth Observation of the Cryosphere Training Course - September 2016

esa logoAs part of the Scientific Exploitation of Operational Missions (SEOM) programme element, the European Space Agency (ESA) is pleased to announce the first advanced training course in Earth Observation of the Cryosphere, which will be hosted at the University of Leeds (UK), from 12 to 16 September 2016.

The course aims to train the next generation of Earth Observation (EO) scientists to exploit data from ESA and other EO satellite missions for science and applications development. The training will include formal lectures by leading scientists as well as hands-on computing exercises exploiting real and simulated data. The course will provide advanced scientific knowledge on the theory and applications of cryosphere remote sensing, including:
Theoretical fundamentals of space-borne Optical, SAR, gravimeter and altimeter remote sensing;
EO lectures on the Cryosphere, with a focus on Sea Ice, Mountain Glaciers, Snow and the Polar Ice Sheets;
Practicals using ESA toolboxes and commercial software for scientific exploitation of EO data;
EO data processing and product demonstration for monitoring the cryosphere.

Post graduate, PhD students, post–doctoral research scientists and users from European countries and Canada interested in Cryosphere Remote Sensing and its applications are invited to apply to the 5 day course which will be held at the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM) at the University of Leeds, UK.
Research scientists and students from all other countries are also welcome to apply and participate to the course subject to space availability.

Deadline for applications: 20 May 2016

More info and an on-line application form are available at: http://seom.esa.int/cryotraining2016/
All enquiries should be sent to

WCRP CliC SSG 12 Report available

thumbnailssg12report2CliC is pleased to release our CliC SSG 12 Report which summarizes the presentations and discussions that happened during the 12th Session of the WCRP CliC Scientific Steering Group held at the Center for Ice and Climate in Copenhagen form February 2 to 4, 2016.

Thank you to WCRP, the Danish Center for Ice and Climate (CIC), and the Norwegian Polar Institute for co-sponsoring the meeting; to CIC for hosting and co-organizing this session; and to all of the participants, in-person or remotely.

[WCRP CliC SSG 12 Report]

2015 WCRP CliC Annual Report Available

2015 CliC Annual ReportThumbnailCliC is pleased to release our 2015 Annual Report which gives an update on progress and achievements made during the past year and highlights our future plans.

Thank you to all of our partners in the CliC community who contributed to a great year!

[2015 WCRP CliC Annual Report]

Report Available: ISMIP6 Initialization, Forcing and Datasets Workshop, December 2015

-ISMIP6 is a CliC Targeted Activity

thumbnail ismip6reportThe Ice Sheet Model Intercomparison Project for CMIP6 (ISMIP6) held a workshop entitled “ISMIP6 initialization, forcing and datasets” the weekend prior to the 2015 Fall AGU meeting (12-13 December 2015) at the Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, USA. The workshop occurred in a location adjacent to the GrIOOS meeting (Greenland Ice Ocean Observing System), which allowed a joint session on the morning of the 12th of December (and further interactions during breaks) between ISMIP6 and GrIOOS to discuss modeling needs versus what is achievable with observations. The ISMIP6 workshop was attended by 25 participants, and approximately consisted of 1/3 observationalists, 1/3 ice sheet modelers, 1/3 ice sheet - climate modelers. CliC was the only sponsor, and the funds received helped the travel of 10 participants.

The objectives of the workshop were to i) continue the planning of the ISMIP6 effort and gather information required for the ISMIP6 paper description required for the Geophysical Model Development (GMD) journal special issue on CMIP6 endorsed MIPs, ii) analyze the outcome from the first ISMIP6 experiment (initMIP) that focuses on the impact of initialization methods on sea level projections resulting from ice sheet models, and iii) start building collaboration between ISMIP6 participants and communities that could provide key input to ISMIP6. The sessions were designed with a similar format: introduction of the topics by a member of the ISMIP6 steering committee, presentations by our participants, followed by general discussions. The outcome will be a journal article that present the framework of ISMIP6, which will be submitted to GMD in the spring of 2016, a deadline set by CMIP6.

The full report of the ISMIP6 Initialization, Forcing and Datasets Workshop is now available.

[ISMIP6 Workshop Report]
[ISMIP6 Webpage]

Minutes Available: CliC Leadership Online Meeting - An Update from the Targeted Activities

thumbnail minutes dec2015The Minutes summarizing the discussion during the CliC Leadership online meeting are now available. On December 14, 2015, the CliC Leadership had a very productive meeting about the various CliC Targeted Activities (TAs). The TA Leads gave an update on what happened in 2015 and announced their plans for 2016.

Read the Minutes here.
Find out more about the CliC Leadership Online meetings here.

Lawrence Hislop Appointed CliC Executive Director

LawrenceHislopCliC is happy to announce that Lawrence Hislop has been appointed as the new Executive Director of the WCRP CliC International Project Office, generously hosted at the Norwegian Polar Institute in Tromsø, Norway.

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.
The CliC Community wishes a warm welcome to Lawrence!

Minutes Available: CliC Leadership Online Meeting - An Update from the Model Intercomparison Projects (MIPs)

Thumbnail MinutesThe Minutes summarizing the discussion during the CliC Leadership online meeting are now available. On November 24, 2015, the CliC Leadership had a very productive meeting about the various CliC Model Intercomparison Projects (MIPs). The MIP Leads gave an update on what happened in 2015 and announced their plans for 2016.

Read the Minutes here.
Find out more about the CliC Leadership Online meetings here.

Circular Available: International Symposium on the Cryosphere in a Changing Climate

-The International Symposium on the Cryosphere in a Changing Climate is a CliC co-sponsored conference

cryoinachangingclimatelogoThe First Circular of the International Symposium on the Cryosphere in a Changing Climate is now available.International Symposium on the Cryosphere in a Changing Climate is now available.

The International Symposium will be held in Wellington, New Zealand, from 12 to 17 February 2017. The event is co-sponsored by the International Glaciological Society (IGS), the International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS), and CliC.

This is the first international symposium that will bring together three of the leading international organisations in the field of cryospheric research: IGS, IACS and CliC. The theme of the conference ‘The Cryosphere in a Changing Climate’ is global in scope with a focus on physical processes within the cryosphere, and interactions between the cryosphere and the climate system.

CliC Co-Chair Gerhard Krinner, CliC-WCRP Joint Scientific Committee Liaison James Renwick and CliC Activity leads Ben Galton Fenzi,  Marika Holland, and Marilyn Raphael are members of the International Symposium Scientific Steering and Editorial Committee.

New Paper Published: Arctic Freshwater Synthesis: Summary of Key Emerging Issues

-The Arctic Freshwater Synthesis is a CliC Targeted Activity

CliC IASC AMAPIn response to a joint request from CliC, the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), and the Arctic Council's Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP) an updated scientific assessment has been conducted of the Arctic Freshwater System (AFS), entitled the Arctic Freshwater Synthesis (AFSΣ). The major reason behind the joint request was an increasing concern that changes to the AFS have produced, and could produce even greater, changes to biogeophysical and socioeconomic systems of special importance to northern residents and also produce extra-Arctic climatic effects that will have global consequences. The AFSΣ was structured around six key thematic areas: atmosphere, oceans, terrestrial hydrology, terrestrial ecology, resources, and modeling, the review of each coauthored by an international group of scientists and published as separate manuscripts in this special issue of Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences.

This AFSΣ summary manuscript was published in October, 2015, before the rest of the Synthesis. The Summary reviews key issues that emerged during the conduct of the synthesis, especially those that are cross-thematic in nature, and identifies future research required to address such issues.

The publication and Open-Access costs for the AFSΣ summary manuscript were covered by CliC. The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has provided a substantial amount of funding to support the scientific analysis of the project.

The AFSΣ summary is available here.

Read more about the AFS here.

Citation: Prowse, T., A. Bring, J. Mård, E. Carmack, M. Holland, A. Instanes, T. Vihma, and F. J. Wrona (2015), Arctic Freshwater Synthesis: Summary of key emerging issues, J. Geophys. Res. Biogeosci., 120, 1887–1893, doi:10.1002/2015JG003128.