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Polar Organisations provide travel support for ECRs to attend POLAR2018

polar18 apecs travelawardsIn February 2018, the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) in cooperation with the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), the Tinker Foundation, the US National Science Foundation, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the UK Science & Innovation Network Nordics, the Antarctic Science Ltd. and the Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) Project of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) announced the availability of travel awards for POLAR2018 (15 - 26 June 2018, Davos, Switzerland), including Arctic Science Summit Week 2018 & IASC Business Meetings, XXXV SCAR Biennial Meetings, SCAR/IASC Open Science Conference, and 2018 Arctic Observing Summit.

We received a total of 346 applications for this process and due to the high quality of the applications it was very difficult to make a decision. All applications were reviewed by two reviewers each via a blind review process. Final recipients were then determined from the resulting ranked list keeping in mind as wide as possible country spread.

Through this generous financial support from all contributing organizations, we were able to fund 91 applicants from 27 countries (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States). All recipients have been notified and have accepted their awards. Congratulations to all recipients!

Thank you again to all the funders for making this incredible support possible. Also a big thank you to the reviewers who took their time to help us evaluate all these applications.

We are looking forward to seeing many of you in Davos!

This news item original appeared on the APECS website.

Meeting Announcement: International Workshop on Cryospheric Changes and their Regional & Global Impacts

-CliC is a co-sponsor of this workshop

Thumbnail ChinaWorkshop2018The International Workshop on Cryospheric Changes and their Regional & Global Impacts will be held July 31 - August 1, 2018, in Dunhuang, China.

The workshop is organized and sponsored by:
State Key Laboratory of Cryospheric Science (SKLCS), Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and
Resources (NIEER), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
The Government of Dunhuang City, Gansu Province
International Arctic Research Centre (IARC), University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF)
World Climate Research Programme Climate and Cryosphere (CliC)
International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS)
Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research (ITP), CAS
Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences (CAMS)
State Key Laboratory of Earth Surface Processes and Resource Ecology (SKLESPRE), Beijing Normal
University (BNU)
National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)
Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China (MOST)

The workshop aims at:
- reviewing and advancing our understanding of the changes in the cryosphere as well as their environmental, social and economic implications,
- fostering knowledge exchange in modelling and assessing such changes,
- assessing and improving our approaches in risk mitigation and adaption to the changing cryosphere, and
- shedding light on the role of the cryosphere in the context of sustainability for the benefit of our future earth.

The first announcement of the workshop is available at: http://bit.ly/2FpU3t1

2017 WCRP CliC Annual Report online

Thumbnail2017ARThe 2017 WCRP-CliC Annual Report is available. The report gives an overview of our activities in 2017 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
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 Intercomparison 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)
 - BEPSII ‐ Biogeochemical Exchange Processes at Sea Ice Interfaces
 - 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
 - CLIVAR/CliC Northern Oceans Region Panel
 - Polar Coordinated Regional Downscaling Experiment (Polar CORDEX)
Inter‐disciplinary Activities
 - WCRP Polar Climate Predictability Initiative (PCPI)
2017 CliC Meetings and Workshops

Minutes available: 14th Session of the CliC Scientific Steering Group

thumbnailssg14minutesThe Minutes from the 14th Session of the CliC Scientific Steering Group held online on February 6, 2018, are now available. The Session was chaired by CliC Co-Chair James Renwick. The Group welcomed the newly appointed CliC Co-Chair, Fiamma Straneo. The SSG approved the budget submitted by the CliC International Project Office, reviewed the progress made by the various CliC activities, and discussed SSG memberships.

The Minutes are available here.

Prof. Fiamma Straneo appointed CliC Co-Chair

FiammaStraneo smallProf. Fiamma Straneo was appointed CliC Co-chair on January 1, 2018, for a 3-year period. She is replacing Dr. Gerhard Krinner and will co-chair the CliC Scientific Steering Group together with Dr. James Renwick, appointed in  2017.

Fiamma Straneo is a Professor in Polar Climate and Oceans at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography of the University of California San Diego. Prior to joining Scripps, she was a Senior Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She studies the high latitude North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans and their interaction with the atmosphere, sea-ice and the Greenland Ice Sheet. Much of her research has focused on obtaining and interpreting data from the challenging regions at the glaciers’ margins using a variety of platforms such as icebreakers, fishing vessels, helicopters, snowmobiles and autonomous vehicles. Straneo has led over a dozen field expeditions to the Arctic and Greenland.

Straneo is a fellow of the Leopold Leadership Program, co-chair and founder of the Greenland Ice Sheet/Ocean Science Network (GRISO), a member of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation Science Team and of the ASOF (Arctic-Subarctic Ocean Fluxes). She received the Sverdrup Award by the Ocean Sciences Section of the American Geophysical Union in 2016. Straneo obtained her Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from the University of Washington, USA, following a Laurea cum Laude in Physics from the University of Milan, Italy.

Welcome Fiamma!

Workshop Announcement: Arctic Sea Ice Prediction Stakeholders Workshop at Arctic Frontiers 2018

An Arctic Sea Ice Prediction Stakeholders Workshop will be held as a side-event at the Arctic Frontiers 2018 Conference (http://www.arcticfrontiers.com/) on January 22, 2018, from 15:00 to 18:30, at the Radisson Blue Hotel, in Tromsø, Norway.

The event is organised by the Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) project of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), the University College London (UCL), the Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS), the Norwegian Ice Service - MET Norway, the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research - Bjerknessenteret – UiB, the Research Council of Norway, and EU-PolarNet.

The Arctic sea ice prediction community has advanced rapidly in the past decade with many new sea ice forecast products and services which are targeted for different user groups. However, it is still unclear how well end users are able to integrate information from these services into their navigational planning and how they use sea ice forecast information. To improve the uptake and usability of sea ice information supplied by the operational community, there is a need for better engagement and dialogue with a broad range of Arctic stakeholders and a need to tailor new products and services to end user specific requirements.

The organizers of this workshop invite all interested producers and users of Arctic sea ice forecasts to join an exciting and interactive side event designed to showcase the latest generation of forecast products, to share experiences from the user community, to dialogue with a cross section of stakeholders, and to influence the development of new products and services.

This workshop will bring together sea ice stakeholders and forecasters to:
-Assess the value of forecasts by the user community.
-Determine if and how ice forecasts are currently being used in decision-making.
-Communicate the relevant metrics needed by various stakeholders.
-Identify where improvements in sea ice forecasts would help stakeholders make decisions.
-Communicate the limits and opportunities of current forecasting systems.

Participants from the following groups are welcome to participate:
-Sea ice forecasting researchers
-Industry representatives (shipping, resource extraction, fishing, etc.)
-Ship operators
-Polar tourism representatives
-National / regional policy makers
-Local planners

The workshop will result in a stakeholder-targeted guidance document or roadmap, where sea ice forecasters can draw on the expertise of users (e.g. policy makers, planners, community leaders) to better understand how different stakeholder groups factor sea ice forecast information into their decision-making processes. The outcomes will result in an article intended for publication in a journal such as Eos (Earth & Space Science News).

Please see more information on the meeting and register at: http://www.climate-cryosphere.org/meetings/upcoming-clic/arcticfrontiers-seaice-stakeholders

Link to the side-event on the Arctic Frontiers website: http://www.arcticfrontiers.com/program/session/?id=ASE002

Call to host the CliC International Project Office

cliclogo1WCRP is soliciting offers to host the International Project Office for its Core Project CliC ("Climate and Cryosphere") from July 2018 onward, for a period of at least three years.

Prospective host institutions and sponsoring organizations are invited to download the full call for hosting the CliC IPO​ from: https://www.wcrp-climate.org/news/wcrp-news/1253-call-to-host-the-clic-international-project-office

Letters of intent to host the CliC IPO should be sent by 31 January 2018 to Dr Mike Sparrow (). A brief, 1-page form for expressions of interest is included in the above-referenced document. General enquiries are likewise welcome at the same address.

Permafrost Research Priorities ranking survey - Deadline: 20 December 2017

--The Permafrost Research Priorities is a CliC Targeted Activity

The International Permafrost Association (IPA) and the Climate and Cryosphere project (CliC) initiated a process back in 2014 to seek your input on the definition of research priorities in the field of permafrost science. It is now time to collect your opinion on the relevance of the questions that were submitted.

You can access the survey on the ranking of permafrost research priorities under the following link. The survey will be accessible until December 20th, 2017:

The initial process was very successful and as many as 359 researchers from 37 countries submitted research questions. The respondents were primarily active in the field of geomorphology, ecology, engineering and infrastructure. 79% of them had a PhD and 53.8% of them had more than 10 years of experience in permafrost research.

The core group spent a considerable amount of hours to read the research questions and to come up with a consolidated list to submit for vote. The consolidation consisted in removing duplicate questions, merge questions with very similar foci, correcting the syntax and spelling of the questions and check that the questions answered the criteria put forward in the first phase of the process.

The result is a list of 347 questions organized in 20 categories. Some questions will look very similar to each other, but the core group decided on listing the submitted research questions in a very inclusive manner and not to perform too much merging. This leads to more representativeness of the original questions, but also to a greater number of questions.

In the survey, the responders are invited to review the questions by category and can choose to review only one category or several (i.e. if you are an expert in more than one category, you have the possibility to vote in several of them). The research questions are then displayed randomly to avoid a potential bias linked to questionnaire structure. Each research question is evaluated with a grade going from 0 to 10.

The evaluation period will run until December 20th, 2017. The core group will then examine the answers and come up with a list of consolidated overarching questions reflecting the selection made by the respondents.

Please feel free to share the link with any of your colleagues who you think may be interested. Questions can be directed to Ylva Sjöberg, CliC fellow () or Hugues Lantuit, chair of the PRP Core Group ().

It’s only with the generous help of individuals like you that this global community driven list of permafrost research priorities can be successful.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Applications now open for the first Sentinel North International Arctic Field School

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Applications for the first Sentinel North International Arctic Field School are now open until October 29, 2017. On the theme "The changing cryosphere: from sensors to decision-making", the school provides international students with a unique opportunity to interact with high-profile scientists, northerners and managers as part of a transdisciplinary training program that addresses the complex and interrelated scientific and socio-economic issues linked to the changing Arctic cryosphere.

All details: www.sentinelnorth.ulaval.ca/iqaluit2018