Newsletter Available: Changing Cold Regions Network (CCRN)

-CCRN is a CliC endorsed project.

1The Changing Cold Regions Network (CCRN) released its first newsletter in December 2014.

CCRN is a new collaborative research network bringing together the unique expertise of a team of over 50 university and government scientists, including 36 Canadian scientists representing 4 government agencies and 8 universities, as well as 15 international scientists.  The network is funded for 5 years through the Climate Change and Atmospheric Research (CCAR) Initiative of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).

CCRN’s objectives are to integrate existing and new sources of data with improved predictive and observational tools to understand, diagnose and predict interactions amongst the cryospheric, ecological, hydrological, and climatic components of the changing Earth system at multiple scales, with a geographic focus on Western Canada’s rapidly changing cold interior.

In December, CCRN submitted their 2nd Annual Science and Progress report to NSERC. The first year of CCRN was very much taken up with recruitment, turning a project proposal into a detailed work plan etc. Their 2nd Annual General meeting, at Wilfrid Laurier University in October 2014, showed that an impressive amount of work is now underway.

A few highlights from CCRN….


Proposal to the World Climate Research Program for CCRN as a GEWEX Regional Hydro-Climate Project (RHP)
In December 2012, GEWEX approved the Saskatchewan River Basin (SaskRB) Project as an initiating RHP, designed to support the GEWEX mission, imperatives and science questions, in particular the work of the GEWEX Hydroclimatology Panel.

CCRN Overview Paper Published in Science China: Earth Sciences
In November 2014, a paper describing the CCRN and its research programme, including the Water, Ecosystem, Cryosphere and Climate (WECC ) observatory framework, was published in the journal Science China: Earth Sciences as an invited contribution to a special issue on watershed science, specifically contributing to a theme on watershed observing systems.

Update on SSHRC-Supported Projects to Enhance CCRN Outreach and Engagement
Dr. Graham Strickert, the CCRN’s outreach coordinator, is leading and participating in two Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) funded projects that aim to understand the concerns and information needs of stakeholders who are engaged in the management of land and water within the CCRN domain.

Read more about CCRN in 2014.