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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.

10th Session of the CLIVAR/CliC/SCAR Southern Ocean Region Panel

-Contributed by Nico Caltabiano
-The Southern Ocean Region Panel is co-sponsored by CliC, CLIVAR, and SCAR

participants Frascati SORPmeetingThe CLIVAR/CliC/SCAR Southern Ocean Region Panel (SORP) met at the European Space Agency (ESA) headquarters in Frascati, Italy, on 24-25 September, to discuss progress of activities in the past year and plan future activities. The panel has strengthen the links with the Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) project by including in the membership expertise in areas such as sea-ice and ice shelves. The panel will also continue to work with Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS) on aspects of air-sea fluxes in the Southern Ocean, following the "SOOS/WCRP/ESA Workshop on Southern Ocean air-sea fluxes" that preceded the panel meeting. Air-sea fluxes is also a topic identified in the contribution from SORP to the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) plans. Metrics to be used by modelling groups in ocean model evaluation and ocean synthesis will also be revisited.

Presentations of the meeting will soon be made available online soon on webpage of the Tenth Session of the CLIVAR/CliC/SCAR Southern Ocean Region Panel. Stay tuned!

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

Thumbnail GroupCallThe Minutes summarizing the discussion during the CliC Leadership online meeting are now available. On October 20, 2015, the CliC Leadership had a very productive meeting about the various CliC Working Groups, Fora, and Panels. Representatives from the various groups gave an update on what happened in 2015, announced their plans for 2016, and gave some details on their involvement in the Year Of Polar Prediction (YOPP), if any.

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

Publication of Ice Rise Review Paper and Inventory

-Contributed by Kenny Matsuoka
-The 2013 International Workshop on Antarctic Ice Rises was co-sponsored by CliC

PictureIceRisesNewsItemA review paper on Antarctic ice rises and rumples is now published in Earth Science Reviews:
Matsuoka et al. (2015): Antarctic ice rises and rumples: Their properties and significance for ice-sheet dynamics and evolution. Earth Sci. Rev., vol. 150, pp.724-945.
doi:10.1016/j.earscirev.2015.09.004

This paper is a community paper contributed by 20 authors from multiple disciplines, including glaciology, geology, oceanography, atmospheric sciences, and climate. It reviews the current status of our knowledge, and highlights the knowledge gap, and discusses key directions of the future research. The inventorying work presented in the paper found 170 ice rises and 510 ice rumples. The inventoy is available here.

This is a direct output of an International Workshop on Antarctic Ice Rises in 2013, sponsered by SCAR's Standing Scientific Group of Physical Sciences, CliC, APECS, Research Council of Norway, British Antarctic Survey and Center for Ice, Climate and Echosystems of the Norwegian Polar Institute. We thank all of the workshop participants and the sponsors.

These paper/dataset as well as workshop presentation materials are downloadable from the workshop website hosted by CliC.

We hope that this paper is useful to develop ice rise/rumple research further.