AGU Session on Changes in the Arctic Freshwater System

The AGU Fall Meeting session H012. CHANGES IN THE ARCTIC FRESHWATER SYSTEM contributes to the international scientific effort to assess the role of freshwater in the Arctic domain (the Arctic Freshwater Synthesis) – jointly sponsored by World Climate Research Programme (WCRP- CliC), International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP).

SESSION DESCRIPTION: Climate change and variability are affecting freshwater systems within the Arctic domain, thereby also modifying both marine and terrestrial biogeophysical processes. This session focuses on how major Arctic freshwater source, flux and storage components are being modified, including: atmospheric and river transport, precipitation-evaporation-permafrost/soil moisture regimes, glacier/ice cap mass balances, sea-ice formation/ablation, and marine exchanges including oceanic storage/release of low-salinity water. Also of interest are ecological and socio-economic effects that cascade from changes in these freshwater components and related processes.

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Terry Prowse, University of Victoria, Canada,
Larry Hinzman, University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA,
Johanna Mård Karlsson, Stockholm University,
Arvid Bring, Stockholm University,