We take the opportunity to thank outgoing co-chair Fiammetta Straneo (2018-2022) and member Helene Seroussi (2019-2022), for long service and invaluable contributions to the project. Straneo championed, among other things, the preparation of the CliC new Strategic Plan 2022-2031, while Seroussi was pivotal in the modelling community by serving at the Steering Committee of ISMIP6 and by initiating the first phase of MISOMIP. The CliC community wishes you the best in your future endeavours. You will be missed!

Fiamma Straneo
Helene Seroussi

New co-chair and Members

With the new year comes new members to the CliC Scientific Steering Group (SSG). We are delighted to welcome Amy Lovecraft, as new co-chair of CliC, and two new members, Sandra Barreira and Ben Galton-Fenzi. They are all appointed for a 4-year period until December 2026. Read more about them below, and check the complete list of SSG members here.

Dr. Amy Lauren Lovecraft has been with CliC SSG since 2018 and was appointed co-chair from 2023. Lovecraft has a PhD degree from the University of Texas, Austin, and is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) and in 2018 she became the Director of the Center for Arctic Policy Studies (CAPS), housed in International Arctic Research Center. CAPS represents an interdisciplinary globally informed group of affiliates who mobilize the historical dimensions of policy contexts, the power of collaboration, and the use of integrative approaches towards problem-solving based on evidence-based practices with a positive outlook toward the future of Alaska and the Arctic. In her research, Dr. Lovecraft explores power dynamics in social-ecological systems. In particular, how are problems are defined and policies designed in light of climate change and development uncertainties in the Arctic? Her scholarship explores this question from transdisciplinary standpoints seeking to bridge the domains of science, policy, and civic life. She has been a Dickey Fellow in Arctic Studies at Dartmouth College and a Fulbright Research Scholar in Norway at the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research (CICERO). She has served two terms as a member of the U.S. National Academies Polar Research Board, a term on the SEARCH Steering Committee, and served Nordforsk in evaluating the Nordic Arctic Centres of Excellence (2017-2021). In 2017 she was elected to the Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research. Contact:

Ben Galton-Fenzi is a senior scientist with the Australian Antarctic Division. As part of this role he leads a team of researchers focused on understanding how and why the Antarctic ice sheet will respond to climate change. Ben received a PhD in oceanography in 2009, about understanding the mechanisms controlling the dynamic interaction between the ice sheets and the oceans. He has worked in several remote, deep field locations, including Law Dome, the Amery Ice shelf, and most recently the Totten Glacier (leading field seasons since 2016). The Totten is one of the largest glaciers in Antarctica and thought to be susceptible to rapid retreat due to a warming climate, and one of the main potential contributors to global sea level rise. The focus of his research is on integrating observations, theory and models. Contact:

Dr. Sandra Barreira has a Ph.D. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has held the position of Director of Research at the Argentine Naval Hydrographic Services since 2014. Her expertise includes meteorology, ocean sciences, climatology, and forecast with big data analysis. As the first South American scientist to study sea ice on both poles, she has 20 years of experience in research in the field. She was a member of the CliC/SCAR/CLIVAR Southern Ocean Regional Panel, a national representative at the Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS), and a founding member and board member of the International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS) in Argentina. Most recently, she was elected as Head of the Division of Sea Ice, Lake and River Ice for IACS, 2023 – 2027. IACS is one of eight associations of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG). Email: