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Workshop: International Sea Ice Concentration and Thickness Evaluation and Inter-comparison

- This workshop is co-sponsored by CliC 

The International Sea Ice Concentration and Thickness Evaluation and Inter-comparison Workshop will be held at University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany on September 18-19, 2014

The registration for this workshop is open under the workshops' web page: http://www.climate-cryosphere.org/meetings/seaice-conc-2014 where you will also find more information about the location and the workshop.

Results from inter-comparison studies, independent validation and consistency checks, model experiments and assimilation to the topic of the workshop are all welcome. Specifically we would appreciate workshop participants to present results obtained by using and/or including the prototype products for sea ice concentration (SIC) and sea ice thickness (SIT) of the ESA CCI Sea Ice ECV project (SICCI) into their analysis. This prototype products can be downloaded from http://icdc.zmaw.de/esa-cci_sea-ice-ecv0.html?&L=1. The SICCI team will also present its own results with regard to data quality assessment.


Call for Papers: 9th Arctic Frontiers Conference: Climate and Energy

- CliC’s Director, Jenny Baeseman, and SSG member, Nalan Koc, are on the organizing committee for Session 1 of the science section

Organizers announce a call for papers for the 9th Arctic Frontiers Conference entitled "Climate and Energy." The conference will convene 18-23 January 2015 in Tromso, Norway.

The Arctic Frontiers conference will provide a forum for representatives from science, politics, and civil society to share perspectives on how upcoming challenges in the Arctic may be addressed to ensure sustainable development. Arctic Frontiers is composed of a policy section and a scientific section. This call for papers is for the scientific section, which will address three main themes:
- Arctic climate change - global implications;
- Ecological winners and losers in future Arctic marine ecosystems; and
- The Arctic's role in the global energy supply and security.

Abstract submission deadline: 22 September 2014.

For further information and to download abstract submission instructions, go to: http://www.arcticfrontiers.com.

Workshop: CliC Sea ice and Climate Modeling Forum Workshop on large-scale sea-ice simulations

Sea ice and Climate Modeling Forum Workshop on large-scale sea-ice simulations September 26th, University of Reading, UK

This one-day workshop brings together users and developers of sea-ice models to start a joint effort for improving sea-ice models. We will discuss the analysis of sea-ice biases in CMIP5 models, determine the most pressing needs for model development, identify the most helpful observational data, and compile a list of the most useful sea ice variables to be saved for CMIP6. The workshop is the first in a series of planned activities from the Sea ice and Climate Modeling Forum, which is a WCRP-CliC initiative that aims at improving and better understanding large-scale sea-ice simulations by coordinating a joint effort of the international sea ice modeling community. Following a few short plenary talks, the workshop will consist of breakout group and discussion sessions. For further information about the workshop and to register for it (by June 30th 2014), please go to: http://www.climate-cryosphere.org/activities/groups/seaicemodeling.


European Space Agency's call for proposals: Data User Element INNOVATOR

- CliC connection to the ESA Data User Element Call for Proposals

European Space Agency (ESA) has released its call for proposals for the next projects in the Data User Element (DUE) INNOVATOR arena. Projects are expected to contributed to various international efforts, and CliC and the Cryosphere in a Changing Climate Grand Challenge are specifically mentioned. We encourage those of you interested in submitting a proposal to consider tying your efforts to some of the ongoing and developing CliC activities.  

The full call for proposals can be downloaded here. A short summary follows: The DUE INNOVATOR III will consist in a suite of up to 12 projects of maximum two year time duration and of value up to 200 K euro each. The  DUE INNOVATOR III projects will give to the end-users, industry and research communities the opportunity to develop and demonstrate innovative Earth Observation (EO) services and products using existing ESA, ESA third-party mission and other EO datasets. These original projects, if successful, may constitute future large scale activities within the Agency's Data User Element (DUE) programme. The DUE INNOVATOR III application areas and service themes are open, but require a targeted end-user community that will directly benefit from these new services and products. At least one end-user entity shall be actively involved in each DUE INNOVATOR III project and will be responsible for providing the detailed service and product requirements, as well as support the interpretation and validation of the service products, and assess the adequacy of and benefits of the service.


Nominations to the IUGG Early Career Scientist Award (Deadline: 22 June 2014)

- The CliC director is chair on the committee

Nominations to the IUGG Early Career Scientist Award (Deadline: 22 June 2014)

The Early Career Scientist Award (ECSA) of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics honors early career scientists for their outstanding research in Earth and space sciences and international research cooperation. Submission of nominations for ECSA closes on 22 June 2014. The awardees are bestowed an IUGG plague and certificate, which will be presented at the Opening Ceremony of the XXVI IUGG General Assembly in Prague, Czech Republic, June 2015, following the announcement of the awards on 5 November 2014. IUGG covers travel expenses of the awardees to attend the General Assembly. The awardees will be invited to give a talk at the General Assembly.


Updates from the Permafrost Carbon Network

- a CliC endorsed and supported effort

logoHere are some Permafrost Carbon Network related updates:

1) CAPP-workshop summary: The 3rd and final CAPP (Carbon pools in permafrost) workshop took place mid-May in Stockholm and was a great assembly of presentations and discussions focusing on the topic of carbon pools in permafrost. All presentations will become available to members of the Permafrost Carbon Network on Google Drive which you will be able to access through our website.

2) The Permafrost Carbon Network meeting for product leads and co-leads was held the day after the CAPP workshop in Stockholm. We discussed progress for synthesis products, model benchmarking and next steps of the Permafrost Carbon Network within the smaller group of leads and co-leads. Depending on progress product leads/co-leads will be in touch with their working group with some follow-up information.

3) Interactive Maps: We have added interactive maps to our website which include detailed information on sampling locations for various synthesis products. The maps will allow the user to see what kind of data are available for which regions/locations in the Arctic. We hope you find this useful.


4) New Publications (this list is not complete):

  • Hayes, DJ, Kicklighter DW, McGuire AD et al. (2014) The impacts of recent permafrost thaw on land-atmosphere greenhouse gas exchange, Environmental Research Letters, 9, 045005, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/9/4/045005
  • Mishra U& Riley WJ (2014) Active-Layer Thickness across Alaska: Comparing Observation-Based Estimates with CMIP5 Earth System Model Predictions. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J.oi:10.2136/sssaj2013.11.0484
  • Wild B, Schnecker J, Alves RJE et al. (2014) Input of easily available organic C and N stimulates microbial decomposition of soil organic matter in arctic permafrost soil. Soil Biology and Biochemistry,75, 0. 143-151, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2014.04.014

Marine Ice Sheet Model Intercomparison Projects (MISMIP) EGU 2014 Meeting Notes Available

- MISMIP is part of the ISMASS initiative, which is sponsored by SCAR, IASC and CliC 

At the EGU Assembly in Vienna April 2014, the ISMASS group held a splinter meeting on marine ice sheet model intercomparison projects (MISMIP). The meeting was run by Frank Pattyn and Gael Durand and aimed to gauge the interest in the need for a follow-up of MISMIP3d. A large consensus in the audience was that improvements in the development of ice-sheet modeling in general and a better representation of outlet glacier dynamics in particular, should continue simultaneously to the CliC-WAGOM initiative. The notes from the meeting can be found on the ISMASS website. Additional information on the MISMIP can be found http://homepages.ulb.ac.be/~fpattyn/mismip+/

A second planning meeting is proposed to be held at the IGS Conference in Chamonix (25-30 May 2014).

Group on Earth Observations Launches Worldwide App Competition

GEO logo- CliC is part of GEO’s efforts in the Cold Regions

‘Aim is to Turn Data into Decisions’ 

GEO Appathon 2014 is designed to create new, exciting and easy-to-use Apps using Earth observation data available through GEO’s Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS).  GEOSS is a unique, web-based clearinghouse that provides access to more than 65 million data records from archives spread across the globe. (www.geoportal.org) App designers from more than 15 countries – and growing – are competing for $20,000 in prizes being offered by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).


Cryosphere in A Changing Climate Report in Eos

A short summary of 
the 2013 Cryosphere in a Changing Climate Grand Challenge Workshop, sponsored by the World Climate Research Programme (WCPR), CliC and the Research Council of Norway, has recently been published in
 Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union Volume 95, Number 15, 15 April 2014. The peer-reviewed journal article written by Allen Pope and Jenny Baeseman can be downloaded from the AGU website or contact Allen Pope for a pdf.

More information on the workshop, including presentations, recorded lectures, FrostBytes, and the final report can be found here: http://www.climate-cryosphere.org/meetings/past-meetings/wcrp-cryo-gc-2013.