We are happy to let you know that the Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) International Project Office is back in action. Dr. Jenny Baeseman and Ms. Heidi Isaksen are the new team members in the CliC International Project Office.

Dr. Jenny Baeseman, CliC’s new Director, started here in April and brings with her a wealth of knowledge about the international polar research community. Many of you may have seen her around over the past few years or met her during her work as the Founding Director of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), located at the University of Tromsø. Jenny grew up on a small dairy farm in central Wisconsin, USA and thus has a ‘warm spot’ in her heart for cold and snowy places. Her educational background includes a B.S. in Water Chemistry from the University of WI- Stevens Point, a M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Minnesota, a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado and postdoctoral work at Princeton University. Jenny was actively involved in the International Polar Year helping to create opportunities for early career researchers and in communicating polar research to various audiences. After successful developing APECS from an idea to an important organization in the polar research community, Jenny decided it was time for a new challenge and has come to the CliC office with the desire to help better coordinate activities in cryospheric research and to continue to find new ways of communicating the importance of these regions to society. Even though she has been working in an administrative capacity for the past few years, she is still actively involved in microbial ecology, hydrology, and biogeochemical research in acid mine contaminated alpine streams, the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica, and a few other extreme environments. She looks forward to continue working with the the cryosphere community.

Heidi Isaksen, CliC’s new Administrative Officer, is a Tromsø native, and has ’ice in her veins’ and also in her name (Is=Ice). Heidi is a French teacher by training, and has published in the field of French theory and literature. During the IPY, Heidi became interested in environmental issues and moved to a more administrative career path through her work planning the IPY Gas, Arctic Peoples, and Security (GAPS) Project Conference at the University of Tromsø and working with many other research projects. She also has experience helping people from different fields of science collaborate better and looks forward to the interdisciplinary work within the cryosphere community. She has a keen interest in communicating science and looks forward helping increase our understanding of the changes in the cryosphere.

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CliC is targeted at finding solutions to key scientific questions and to building capacity in the areas of cryospheric monitoring, process studies, data management and access, modeling, and communication of cryosphere research to decision-makers and society. It is a core project of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and is co-sponsored by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC).