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Workshop report: ASPeCt March 2014 Meeting in Hobart

1The SCAR/CliC funded Antarctic Sea ice Processes and Climate (ASPeCt) working group held a meeting together with the Arctic Sea Ice Working Group (ASIWG) in Hobart, Australia at the end of the IGS conference in March 2014. The meeting’s aim was two-fold one, to bring together the two groups focused on sea ice processes to coordinate ideas and activities, and two, to discuss ASPeCt only plans.


The meeting closed with the presentation and discussion of the ASPeCt Science Plan. Based on this discussion the Science Plan as well as the sea ice review paper, are expected to be completed in 2014. For more information please go to http://aspect.antarctica.gov.au/


The full workshop report can be found here


CliC's own Ice and Climate Newsletter Volume 20, is now available.

1We are happy to say that the Climate and Cryosphere Newsletter is now available. You may have missed our newsletter over the past few months, so this one is packed with lots of new information, upcoming workshops, and more. We’ve had a few challenges this spring with a website hack and extended illnesses in the office, but we are back in action. As always, if you have anything to contribute to our newsletter, please let us know.

This issue covers:

  •  Mauricio Mata Becomes New WCRP Joint Science Committee Liaison to CliC
  • Year of Polar Prediction 2nd Planning Meeting Report Available
  • Report Available from the Thermokarst Aquatic Workshop in March 2014
  • Changes in the CliC Staff
  • Polar CORDEX Meeting Summary Available
  • Call for Abstracts: PCPI AGU Fall Meeting Session
  • ICSU newsletter June 2014
  • Workshop: International Sea Ice Concentration and Thickness Evaluation and Inter-comparison
  • Call for Papers: 9th Arctic Frontiers Conference: Climate and Energy
  • Workshop: CliC Sea ice and Climate Modeling Forum Workshop on large-scale sea-ice simulations
  • European Space Agency's call for proposals: Data User Element INNOVATOR
  • Updates from the Permafrost Carbon Network
  • Marine Ice Sheet Model Intercomparison Projects (MISMIP) EGU 2014 Meeting Notes Available
  • Group on Earth Observations Launches Worldwide App Competition
  • Cryosphere in A Changing Climate Report in Eos
  • David Carlson Appointed New Director WCRP

... and many upcoming events, cryosphere community news and updates from WCRP.

You can view and download the newsletter here


Mauricio Mata Becomes New WCRP Joint Science Committee Liaison to CliC

We would like to welcome Mauricio Mata to the Climate and Cryosphere community. Mauricio will join James Renwick as our liaisons to the WCRP Joint Science Committee.  We look forward to working with Mauricio and hope you will join us in welcoming him to the CliC community.
Mauricio is Associate Professor of Physical Oceanography at the Federal University of Rio Grande-FURG, Rio Grande, Brazil, where he has been since 1992. He received his PhD in Oceanography at the Flinders University of South Australia, in Adelaide, working jointly at the CSIRO Marine Labs in Hobart, Australia. His research interests and teaching activities have been associated with physical oceanography, modelling and remote sensing of meso/large-scale oceanic processes in the South Atlantic, South Pacific and Southern Oceans. He has been deeply involved in water mass analysis and western boundary currents research, including remote sensing and in-situ expeditions to several open ocean environments. Most of his work uses observations spanning from in-situ classical methods to satellite remote sensing. Prof. Mata has participated in several expeditions to the Southern Ocean and is currently interested in Southern Ocean dense water mass formation and export; long-term trends and hydrographic variability around Antarctica; the South Atlantic and Southern Ocean contribution to the Meridional Overturning Circulation; and Paleoceanography. Currently, he is a member of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Joint Science Committee, part of the Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS) Science Steering Committee, deputy chair of the Brazilian National Institute for Cryospheric Research (INCT-Criosfera) and full member of the Brazilian National Committee for Antarctic Research (CONAPA). 

Year of Polar Prediction 2nd Planning Meeting Report Available

The second planning meeting of the WWRP Polar Prediction Project (PPP) Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP), focussing on observations, was held in conjunction with the Arctic Science Summit Week in Helsinki, Finland on 8 April 2014. 
The report from this meeting is now available and will likely be of interest to many of you in the cryosphere community. The report lists projects by many groups that have interests in linking to the YOPP as well as current plans for coordination and future planning.
If you have any specific ideas on how CliC help to add value to this important activity, please contact Jenny Baeseman.

Report Available from the Thermokarst Aquatic Workshop in March 2014

- CliC co-sponsored the THAW workshop
The THermokarst Aquatic Workshop was held from 12 to 15 March 2014 at Centre d’études nordiques (CEN), Laval University, in Québec City, Canada. The meeting was attended by around 100 researchers (including a large percentage of polar and alpine early career scientists) to present, discuss and synthesize observations concerning freshwater systems in permafrost landscapes, and to identify gaps in knowledge that are priorities for ongoing and future research. The meeting noted the increasing interest in thermokarst lakes, ponds and wetlands given the accelerated warming of the Arctic and the associated effects on permafrost degradation, and peat erosion. In some regions of the Arctic permafrost lakes are eroding and draining, while in other areas they are expanding in size and numerical abundance. The net effects are important to assess, because these aquatic systems provide a major class of ecological habitats in the North. They also have the potential to contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, thereby acting as a positive feedback on climate change, and may be large sources of particulate and dissolved organic materials to the coastal ocean that some of them ultimately drain into. The meeting brought together specialists from a variety of physical, chemical and biological disciplines to exchange ideas, results and information on three connected themes: a) Physical aspects and dynamics through time and space; b) Biogeochemical and photochemical properties; and c) Biodiversity and food webs. A special issue of the EGU journal Biogeosciences is now being produced from the meeting, and follow-up meetings were planned, including at the European Conference on Permafrost (Portugal) and the Arctic Change conference (Canada).
On going collaborations fostered at this workshop will feed directly into the CliC/IASC/AMAP Arctic Freshwater Synthesis, the IPA/CliC Permafrost Research Priorities process, and the Permafrost and Carbon parts of the WCRP Cryosphere in a Changing Climate led by CliC.

Changes in the CliC Staff

The CliC Office is happy to introduce Erik Warming as our interim Administrative Officer. Erik holds a geophysics degree from the University of Copenhagen, has worked on improving ice core drilling methods, and has a strong background in project management and a flair for administrative challenges. Some of you may already know Erik as he has been volunteering as our FrostBytes editor for the past year.  He started in the Administrative Officer position in May and will be with us for the coming months, filling in for Heidi Isaksen who is currently on extended sick leave. Please join us in wishing Heidi a speedy and thorough recovery.

As Erik moves on to increased responsibilities in the office, he has passed the role of primary FrostByte and video editor on to the new CliC volunteer Lorna Little. Lorna is a polar botanist from New Zealand. After studying the potential for weeds to invade alpine regions at the University of Otago, New Zealand, she went on to study all things Antarctic in the Post Graduate Certificate of Antarctic Studies at the University of Canterbury. Her background in botany and passion for polar places sent her to the northern hemisphere however, when she began her PhD investigating the role of flower colour in the New Zealand Subantarctic and Arctic Svalbard with the University of Otago and the University Center in Svalbard. She has been involved in various APECS Oceania initiatives in New Zealand, and since completing her PhD in December of 2013, has been developing outreach and education activities about polar regions and botany. She is looking forward to working with many of you on sharing your science with the world.

Polar CORDEX Meeting Summary Available

The Polar Coordinated Regional Downscaling Experiment (CORDEX) group met during the 3rd Regional-scale Climate Modelling Workshop in Lund, Sweden on the 17th of June. Various groups in attendance provided updates on the current state of their simulations and plans for the future.

This meeting also helped to better connect the Arctic CORDEX efforts with the Arctic Council’s Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic (AACA). The Arctic CORDEX projections will mainly be used for the pan-Arctic AACA report, but regional reports will also be useful to the AACA if the timelines can brought closer together.

For more information on the Arctic and Antarctic CORDEX efforts and the meeting notes, visit: http://www.climate-cryosphere.org/activities/targeted/polar-cordex

Call for Abstracts: PCPI AGU Fall Meeting Session

The Polar Climate Predictability Initiative is pleased to announce a special session at the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco, CA, USA. They invite abstract submissions to session 2392: Polar Climate: Processes and Predictability.

Polar Climate: Processes and Predictability Session 2392 Description:

Few climate models have accurately predicted recent changes in polar climate and, as a result, projections of seasonal to multidecadal polar climate variability remain uncertain. We welcome presentations that examine the processes that govern seasonal to multidecadal polar climate variability, identify sources of polar climate predictability and characterize uncertainty in polar climate prediction. Studies may address these topics using remote sensing, field-based observations, proxy data, reanalyses, numerical modeling and theory. Assessing model errors related to polar predictability and evaluating renalyses are also important to advance this field. Finally, we welcome studies that link polar climate predictability to extra-polar phenomena. This session seeks to connect the community of atmospheric, oceanic, and cryospheric scientists working on topics relevant to the new Polar Climate Predictability Initiative of the World Climate Research Program.

Primary Convener:
Cecilia M Bitz, Univ of Washington, Seattle, WA, United States

Sarah T Gille, UCSD, La Jolla, CA, United States
Marilyn N Raphael, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Ed Hawkins, University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom

ICSU newsletter June 2014

- ICSU is a sponsor of CliC’s parent programme, the WCRP

The ICSU (International Council for Science) newsletter is now available. There are items about the resignation of the ICSU Executive Director and the Deputive Executive Director.
This issue also covers:

  • Registrations for General Assembly close on 18 July
  • United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction
  • 2nd young scientists networking conference on the future of the green economy
  • Franz Gatzweiler to be Executive Director of Urban Health programme
  • …and more

The newsletter is available to view and download here: