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AGU Session on Changes in the Arctic Freshwater System

The AGU Fall Meeting session H012. CHANGES IN THE ARCTIC FRESHWATER SYSTEM contributes to the international scientific effort to assess the role of freshwater in the Arctic domain (the Arctic Freshwater Synthesis) - jointly sponsored by World Climate Research Programme (WCRP- CliC), International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP).

SESSION DESCRIPTION: Climate change and variability are affecting freshwater systems within the Arctic domain, thereby also modifying both marine and terrestrial biogeophysical processes. This session focuses on how major Arctic freshwater source, flux and storage components are being modified, including: atmospheric and river transport, precipitation-evaporation-permafrost/soil moisture regimes, glacier/ice cap mass balances, sea-ice formation/ablation, and marine exchanges including oceanic storage/release of low-salinity water. Also of interest are ecological and socio-economic effects that cascade from changes in these freshwater components and related processes.

Find more details at: https://fallmeeting.agu.org/2013/scientific-program/session-search/sessions/h012-changes-in-the-arctic-freshwater-system-2/

Terry Prowse, University of Victoria, Canada,
Larry Hinzman, University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA,
Johanna Mård Karlsson, Stockholm University,
Arvid Bring, Stockholm University,

AGU Session addressing one of the initiatives of the WCRP Polar Climate Predictability Initiative

Does your research relate to improving understanding of how jets and non-zonal circulation couple to the rest of the system in the Southern Hemisphere? If so, you are invited and encouraged to submit an abstract to participate in the AGU session titled: A061.Southern Hemisphere Atmospheric Circulation and Climate convened by CliC'working group Antarctic Sea Ice Processes and Climate (ASPeCt) Co-Chair Marilyn Raphael. Oral presentations as well as posters are welcomed. The session is addressing the initiative (#6) of the WCRP Polar Climate Predictability Initiative (PCPI) introduced by Ted Shepherd in the CliC Scientific Steering Committee Meeting in Potsdam 2013 (see Ted Shepherds introduction in the CliC media Gallery)

Recent studies suggest that the zonal and non-zonal circulation of the atmospheric circulation influence the climate system in the high latitude Southern Hemisphere. For example, this influence may be reflected in the variability in Antarctic sea ice extent as well as the climate over the Antarctic continent. In this session, we invite contributions that examine the coupling between the larger scale atmospheric circulation and the climate system of the Southern Hemisphere. Contributions may include but are not limited to, theoretical, observational and modelling studies on the vertically coupled processes in climate. Submissions that examine how the southern jets and the non-zonal circulation couple to the system are encouraged.


AGU Session for Projects Working on International Climate Literacy

Are you involved in current climate change or global change Education Outreach projects that connect people nationally or across borders internationally? Do you know of such programs in your country? If so, you are invited and encouraged to submit an abstract by 6 August 2013 to the AGU session titled: ED011 Climate Literacy: International Climate Education Activities, convened by CliC's Director Jenny Baeseman and colleagues Louise Huffman, Rhian Salmon, Art Sussman.

Session Summary: Climate change is an urgent global concern requiring informed decisions both for mitigation and adaptation. We can all learn from K-16 and informal education and outreach (EO) programs and activities that are occurring internationally. Other countries have a variety of climate change realities as well as mitigation and adaptation strategies that differ from and also mirror the situation in the USA. EO is vital to building public understanding of global change. This session welcomes presentations on activities based in one country or more than one country. Of particular interest are education and outreach activities that connect people across borders in ways that enhance climate education in the different participating countries.

Information about abstract submission can be found here: https://fallmeeting.agu.org/2013/scientific-program/abstract-submission-policies/

Thematic Network on Permafrost established

The International Permafrost Association Education and Outreach Committee, which CliC's Director Jenny Baeseman serves on, is happy to announce that a Thematic Network on Permafrost has been established as part of the University of the Arctic (UArctic).
The Thematic Network on Permafrost can help support education and outreach activities dealing with permafrost for many institutes and organizations. At minimum, the network can offer collaboration and support for activities on the following three topics:
- Research cooperation
- Knowledge sharing in education
- Curriculum development and class/summer school cooperation


Report of Future Earth webinar I

CliC SSG Chair Greg Flato attended the most recent discussions of Future Earth for the Global Environmental Change (GEC) projects (Diversitas, IGBP, IHDP, WCRP and ESSP), held online 3 July 2013. The objectives of this Future Earth webinar were to provide an opportunity for introduction and initial discussion between the Future Earth leadership (Science Committee chair and vice-chairs, and director of the interim secretariat) and the GEC projects; discuss projects’ scientific interests, expectations and vision for the further development of Future Earth and identify potential areas for collaboration across projects, and ideas for new scientific activities; and inform the definition of a process for the transition of projects into Future Earth from both a scientific and practical perspectives (to be developed over the coming months).


Second circular for Hobart sea ice symposium now online

The second circular for the International Glaciological Society Symposium on Sea Ice in a Changing Environment, to be held in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 10–14 March 2014, is now available online. CliC is one of the main sponsors of the conference and will be holding several side events at the conference.
Please visit: http://seaice.acecrc.org.au/igs2014/
Abstract submission is accessible at the same place.

Update on International Research Funding from the Belmont Forum

At the April meeting Sustained Arctic Observing Network (SAON) Board meeting, Erica Key from the US National Science Foundation gave an update on the Belmont Forum that might be of interest to CliC Researchers. Greg Flato, CliC Scientific Steering Group Chair attended the meeting and can be contacted for further information.

The Belmont Forum (http://igfagcr.org/index.php/belmont-forum) is a subset of the IGFA nations, including representatives from 13 nations, the European Union, and 2 international scientific councils (ICSU, and ISSC). The Forum identifies shared global priorities and leads multi-national calls for proposals called Collaborative Research Actions (CRA). Past examples of Belmont CRAs include calls for research on coastal vulnerability and freshwater security. The Forum requires each Collaborative Research Action to address the Belmont Challenge: To deliver knowledge needed for action to avoid and adapt to detrimental environmental change including extreme hazardous events. Belmont further requires consideration of human and natural systems in each proposal, and a minimum of three nations involved in each project.

The themes for an Arctic CRA — Arctic observing and Arctic sustainability science — were developed during a first scoping workshop in Canada during the IPY meeting in 2012. These themes were approved by the Belmont Forum Principals at their spring 2013 meeting.


CliC participation in Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks meeting

The CliC SSG chair Greg Flato participated in the Board Meeting of the Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON)'s third meeting 29th April 2013 in Vancouver, Canada. You will find the minutes from the meeting here.
Community Based Monitoring (CBM) is one of the strategic pillars of SAON, and an online Atlas of Community Based Monitoring in a Changing Arctic has been launched, read more in the CliC media Gallery.

Summary report on Earth Observation and Cryosphere Science available

Earth Observation and Cryosphere Science: The Way Forward.
To advance our knowledge of the potential offered by earth observation technology to answer some of the major open questions in cryospheric science, the Earth Observation for Cryosphere Science Conference was organised jointly by the European Space Agency (ESA), the Climate and Cryosphere project (CliC) of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the European Geosciences Union (EGU) and hosted at the ESRIN facilities of ESA, in Frascati, Italy in November 2012. The meeting involved more than 200 scientists over 30 countries and addressed the latest advances and scientific developments in the use of earth observation technology to observe, monitor and predict the different components and processes governing the cryosphere and reviewed the related applications. The meeting report: Earth Observation and Cryosphere Science: The Way Forward, summarises the main results of the discussions and provides guidance for future research and the development of activities in this scientific area. Download the full report here.

Report Citation: Proc. ‘Earth Observation and Cryosphere Science Conf.’ Frascati, Italy, 13-16 November 2012 (ESA SP-712, May 2013)