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CliC News

Here's what has been happening lately in CliC. Let us know if you have things to share.

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Renewed Partnership Between CliC and the International Permafrost Association

Vladimir Romanovsky (CliC SSG/IPA Executive Committee), Jenny Baeseman (CliC Director), Inga May (IPA Executive Director), and Antoni Lewkowicz (IPA President) renew the CliC-IPA partnership in San Francisco at the Fall AGU 2012 meeting.At the 2012 Fall AGU meeting, CliC and the International Permafrost Association (IPA) renewed their long-standing partnership with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) identifying a joint commitment to excellence in the field of permafrost research and its climate connections, in the pursuit of scientific advances, public awareness, advice to policy makers, stakeholder engagement, and the professional development of young researchers.


Comments from CliC on the WWRP Polar Prediction Project and draft of plan

The establishment of a Polar Prediction Project (PPP) under WMO’s World Weather Research Programme (WWRP) was approved by the World Meteorological Organization Executive Council (WMO-EC) in June 2012.

The WWRP-PPP is a ten-year endeavour to “Promote cooperative international research enabling development of improved weather and environmental prediction services for the polar regions, on time scales from hourly to seasonal”.
The WWRP-PPP steering group has developed a draft Implementation Plan and welcomed comments and suggestions. Go to the CliC media Gallery for the draft plan with the comments from CliC.

Polar Climate Predictability Workshop Summary

Contributed by Marilyn Raphael and Julie Jones.

The Polar Climate Predictability Initiative (PCPI) aims to bring together scientists engaged in research on polar climates, including the atmosphere, oceans and cryosphere.  Its purpose is to develop a coordinated program of research to improve the predictability of Polar Climates at longer timescales.  A first meeting was held in Bergen, Norway, in October 2010.  This was followed up by a three-day workshop in April 2012 at the University of Toronto in Canada, the aim of which was to produce a draft implementation plan on Polar Climate Predictability to be considered at the JSC meeting in July 2012. Keynote presentations were followed by focus groups, which were tasked to identify key scientific frontiers, the imperatives to address these, and focused scientific topics.


WCRP-CliC Provides Input on Future Earth

From 28-29 November, the International Council for Science (ICSU) held a Global Environmental Change EC) Projects meeting at UNESCO in Paris, France. The workshop was designed to seek feedback and involvement from all the GEC projects on i) Future Earth’s revised research framework; ii) Future Earth’s organizational design; and iii) a timeline and practical arrangements for transition to a fully operational Future Earth programme, including the transition and active involvement of these core projects. This was a consultative workshop, the results of which will be used by the Future Earth leadership (the Transition Team, the Transition Management Board, and the Future Earth Scientific Committee, when appointed) to finalise the overall Future Earth framework and design, and guide its implementation.
CliC's Director, Jenny Baeseman, represented the project and was joined by fellow WCRP colleagues, Roger Barry (CLIVAR), David Griggs (WCRP Joint Science Committee) and Peter van Oevelen (GEWEX).
Presentations and other results from the meeting can be found at:  http://www.icsu.org/future-earth/whats-new/events/gec-project-workshop.

New ESA-CliC-EGU Earth Observation and Cryosphere Science Posters

The ESA-CliC-EGU Earth Observation and Cryosphere Science Conference will take place from 13th to 16th November 2012 at the Italian center of the European Space Agency, ESRIN. This conference aims to provide a forum for world-class scientists to present new research results and focus on and discuss future challenges on EO technology for cryosphere science.

CliC sponsors a virtual poster archive and encourage you to check them out, contact the authors, and if you are a participant, upload your poster presentations. Be sure to check out the poster programme for the meeting too!

WCRP Director and In-coming CliC-Chair Visit the Norwegian Polar Institute

The CliC International Project Office was happy to host the visit of WCRP Director Ghassem Asrar and in-coming CliC Chair Gregory M. Flato at the The Norwegian Polar institute on Monday 12.November 2012.

Dr. Asrar and Dr. Flato met with many researchers at NPI. Initial discussions were also held with NPI leadership on a formal agreement regarding the hosting of the CliC office. Dr. Flato gave a stimulating talk on "Predictions and Projections of Arctic Climate Change"


The ACSYS Decade and Beyond

A new book edited by Peter Lemke and Hans-Werner Jacobi, Hans-Werner on the history of the Arctic System Study (ACSYS) and ways forward has just been released. ACSYS is the precursor of CliC, so we hope you will all enjoy this great publication.

The ACSYS Decade and Beyond Lemke, Peter; Jacobi, Hans-Werner (Eds.) Atmospheric and Oceanographic Sciences Library, Vol. 43, Springer, Dordrecht, 464 p., 2012.


Results from the Ice-Sheet Mass Balance Workshop

The ISMASS 2012 Workshop was held on 14 July 2012 in Portland, Oregon, USA, under the auspices of the XXXII SCAR and Open Science Conference. A summary of the main outcomes, the invited lecture abstracts and videos of the entire sessions can be found at the workshop website http://www.climate-cryosphere.org/en/events/2012/ISMASS/Results.html. Thanks to APECS and CliC for the video things.

The WCRP Data Advisory Council (WDAC)

width"100"The WDAC (WCRP Data Advisory Council) is the WCRP's coordinating body on data issues. This includes providing guidance on reanalysis efforts, homogenizing data formats for model comparisons, data assimilation, and observational studies. The CliC community can provide important input to the WDAC by keeping the WDAC informed on new data products, new methods, and new observational initiatives in the cryosphere community. CliC can also act as a conduit to provide recommendations from the cryospheric community on data issues and helping to disseminate WDAC activities and recommendations to scientists. Learn more here: http://www.wcrp-climate.org/WDAC.shtml

Walt Meier is the CliC representative to this committee. Feel free to contact him for more information and to share your ideas.