-Contributed by Greg Flato
The WCRP Grand Challenges served as the organizing theme for a recent meeting co-hosted by the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT).
The Climate Symposium 2014: Climate Research and Earth Observation from Space-Climate Information for Decision Making was held in Darmstadt, Germany, 13-17 October, 2014, and had some 500 participants from 49 countries.
Drs Greg Flato and Vladimir Kattsov organized one of the 6 sessions around the Cryosphere Grand Challenge – the session was entitled “Cryosphere in a Warming World” and included 8 oral presentations, with keynote talks by Dr. Jeffrey Key (NOAA) and Dr. Chris Derksen (Environment Canada), along with a number of posters. The meeting included a very interesting panel discussion on “Climate Information for Decision Makers”. A summary of the meeting has been published in Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS), and complete details regarding the programme, videos and photos, and other information can be found on the meeting website.