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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

Call for papers Arctic Frontiers Science 2018 - deadline 19 September 2017

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Arctic Frontiers Science 2018 takes place Tuesday 23 January until Thursday 25 January 2018 and will address the following topics:

* Aquaculture in the High North in times of change
* The New Arctic in the Global Context
* Resilient Arctic Societies and Industrial Development
* Circumpolar Safety, Search and Rescue Collaboration

On behalf of the Arctic Frontiers Science Committees, we have great pleasure in inviting you to submit one or more abstracts to any of the four topics.

The abstract submission system is available here.

Abstract submission closes on Tuesday 19 September 2017, 23:59, European time.

GlacierMIP Presentation at Sea Level Conference

The Presentation given by Dr. Regine Hock, GlacierMIP Co-Chair, at the WCRP-CLIVAR/IOC-UNESCO Regional Sea Level Changes and Coastal Impacts Conference, July 10-14 2017, Columbia University New York (USA) is availale.

[GlacierMIP Presentation at 2017 Sea Level Conference]

2017 GlacierMIP Meeting Report available

--GlacierMIP is a CliC sponsored activity

The Minutes of the GlacierMIP meeting held on February 17, 2017, in conjunciton with the IGS/IACS/CliC International Symposium on the Cryosphere in a Changing Climate in Wellingotn, New Yealand is available online.

[2017 GlacierMIP Meeting Minutes]


Permafrost Carbon Network: June 2017 update

The June 2017 Update on the Permafrost Carbon Network latest activities is available at: http://arcticportal.org/ap-library/news/1915-activities-of-the-permafrost-carbon-network

CliC Newsletter - Ice and Climate No 26. published

The June 2017 CliC Newsletter No. 26 is available online.

It includes three science features: one on recent changes to New Zealand glaciers, another looks at phytoplankton blooms observed under thick snow and ice in the Arctic; and the third focuses on biogeochemistry in the Antarctic pack ice. This issue also contains a number of summaries from various CliC events held during the first half of 2017; some news from the CliC Leadership, the Report from the last Scientific Steering Group meeting; a list of our upcoming workshops and meetings; and other events made possible with support from the WCRP Climate and Cryosphere Project.

We would also like to take this opportunity to welcome the new CliC Co-chair, Dr. James Renwick, from the Victoria University of Wellington. Dr. Renwick was appointed on January 1, 2017, for a 3-year period. Welcome James!

[Read the CliC Newsletter - Ice and Climate No. 26]

BEPSII shapes international collaboration on the biogeochemistry of sea ice and ice-covered oceans at its annual meeting

--Contributed by Martin Vancoppenolle, CNRS, Laboratoire d'Océanographie et du Climat, France

bepsiiApril2017meetingBEPSII (BEPSII - Biogeochemical exchange processes at Sea Ice Interfaces) 2017 meeting @SCRIPPS, La Jolla, California; Apr 3-5, 2017; 27 participants.
Local organizers: Lynn McNutt, Jeff Bowman, Nadja Steiner, Lisa Miller.
Supporting agencies: SOLAS, CliC, IASC, and SCAR.

The BEPSII research community held a 3-day workshop in April 2017, joined by the new SCOR Working Group (#152) on Measuring Essential Climate Variables in Sea Ice (ECV-Ice). Twenty-seven scientists from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States gathered in La Jolla, California to discuss the results of the past year's activities, plan upcoming activities, and to present scientific talks and posters.

Scientific Highlights include the gathering of large-scale databases of sea ice biogeochemical parameters, including nutrients and POC/DOC, of which the paper by Fripiat et al (https://www.elementascience.org/articles/10.1525/elementa.217/) is an example. Let us also mention the presentation of new optical sensors for sea ice by Raffel et al., or the mapping of chlorophyll on a sea ice floe by Meiners et al. using an ROV, as well as memorable discussions on whether nitrate in sea ice are intra-cellular or concealed in biofilms, following a presentation by Mundy et al. Some of BEPSII’s major upcoming activities planned for the coming 3 years include:  method intercalibraiton experiments, advising the upcoming Arctic field campaign Mosaic, and sea ice model intercomparisons.

What is BEPSII ? BEPSII (Biogeochemical Exchange Processes at the Sea Ice Interfaces) research community is a global community of sea-ice researchers including biogeochemists, atmospheric scientists, oceanographers and sea-ice physicists, which was initiated as a SCOR WG (140) to address fundamental communication and methodological issues in sea-ice biogeochemistry. BEPSII was then approved by SOLAS and CliC (Climate and Cryosphere) as a longer-lived activity with additional endorsement from SCAR (the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research). The ongoing second phase of BEPSII is focused on developing the tools to tackle big-picture questions about the global relevance of biogeochemical processes within and around sea ice, including climate-change feedbacks.

Interested to join BEPSII or ECV-Ice ? Send a message the chairs Jacqueline Stefels and Nadja Steiner or to the leaders of the relevant task leaders. For entertaining reading, see the BEPSII special feature in Elementa Journal (https://www.elementascience.org/collections/special/special-feature-biogeochemical-exchange-processes-at-sea-ice-interfaces-bepsii/).

BEPSII co-chairs: Nadja Steiner (nadja.steiner[@]canada.ca); Jacqueline Stefels (J.Stefels[@]biol.rug.nl)
CliC BEPSII contact point: Martin Vancoppenolle (martin.vancoppenolle[@]locean-ipsl.upmc.fr)