CliC is pleased to announce our session at EGU 2024:

The Diminishing Cryosphere: Transdisciplinary Investigation of Societal Impacts (ITS5.7/CR7.8)

When: April 14 – 19, 2024

Where: Vienna, Austria

Abstract submission deadline: 10 January, 2024 at 13:00 CET

As sea ice thins and recedes, glaciers melt, permafrost thaws, and snowfall varies there is no agreed transdisciplinary approach to understand, evaluate and adapt to the effects on human society from global to local scales. To address the impacts of the loss of cryosphere, natural and social scientists must work together, and in concert with the people and businesses who live with, and rely on, the cryosphere at high latitudes and high mountain regions. Current research is sparse and often focused on loss of services over increase in hazards. This session seeks contributions focused on both the “service” and “hazard” components of cryosphere loss with the eventual goal of providing evidence required to design a human-cryosphere framework based on the interactions.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Design of a framework based on the unique local nature of the cryosphere as well as a global phenomenon.
  • Addressing human rights aspects including “loss and damage” and the “right to be cold” as explained by Shelia Watt-Cloutier.
  • Adaptation to, and substitutions for, cryosphere services
  • Adaptation to, and avoidance of, cryospheric hazards
  • Public engagement and citizen science
  • Scenarios of possible cryosphere futures and adaptation by humans and ecosystems
  • The effects of a diminishing cryosphere as linked to food production and subsistence (Indigenous food provision)
  • Legal and governmental regimes to protect the cryosphere or adapt to its loss.

Interested in participating? Submit your abstract here.
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