-This is a CliC sponsored workshop

AcademiesOfScienceThe Polar Research Board (PRB) and the Ocean Studies Board (OSB) are pleased to announce a new National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine workshop on ‘Antarctic Sea Ice Variability in the Southern Climate-Ocean System’. This workshop is also sponsored by NASA, NSF, and ONR. It will assess current understanding of processes driving Antarctic sea ice changes–including controls on decadal-scale growth and recent surge in Antarctic sea ice extent, whether or not these changes remain within the expected range of natural climate variability, and why climate models continue to fail in simulating them. The full Statement of Task for the workshop is available here. A designated rapporteur will prepare a summary report that provides a record of workshop presentations and discussions; it will not include consensus findings or recommendations.

Nominations for membership on the ad hoc committee that the Academies will appoint to plan the workshop are being sought. The committee of approximately 5 members will organize the workshop and serve as session facilitations during the event. For the planning committee, people with expertise pertaining to: ocean and sea ice observations (in situ and remote sensing); Antarctic climate and oceanography; ocean, climate or sea ice modeling; process studies of the coupled sea ice – ice sheet – ocean – atmosphere system; prediction and attribution of Antarctic sea ice changes are encouraged to apply. Self-nominations are welcome.

You can submit your nominations via a web-form here (preferred), or send your nominations directly to Michael Hudson. If submitting nominations directly, send the person’s name, affiliation, contact information, area of expertise, and a brief statement on why the person’s expertise is relevant to the topic. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, August 17.

The workshop will likely be held in the first two weeks of January 2016.