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BEPSII shapes international collaboration on the biogeochemistry of sea ice and ice-covered oceans at its annual meeting

--Contributed by Martin Vancoppenolle, CNRS, Laboratoire d'Océanographie et du Climat, France

bepsiiApril2017meetingBEPSII (BEPSII - Biogeochemical exchange processes at Sea Ice Interfaces) 2017 meeting @SCRIPPS, La Jolla, California; Apr 3-5, 2017; 27 participants.
Local organizers: Lynn McNutt, Jeff Bowman, Nadja Steiner, Lisa Miller.
Supporting agencies: SOLAS, CliC, IASC, and SCAR.

The BEPSII research community held a 3-day workshop in April 2017, joined by the new SCOR Working Group (#152) on Measuring Essential Climate Variables in Sea Ice (ECV-Ice). Twenty-seven scientists from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States gathered in La Jolla, California to discuss the results of the past year's activities, plan upcoming activities, and to present scientific talks and posters.

Scientific Highlights include the gathering of large-scale databases of sea ice biogeochemical parameters, including nutrients and POC/DOC, of which the paper by Fripiat et al (https://www.elementascience.org/articles/10.1525/elementa.217/) is an example. Let us also mention the presentation of new optical sensors for sea ice by Raffel et al., or the mapping of chlorophyll on a sea ice floe by Meiners et al. using an ROV, as well as memorable discussions on whether nitrate in sea ice are intra-cellular or concealed in biofilms, following a presentation by Mundy et al. Some of BEPSII’s major upcoming activities planned for the coming 3 years include:  method intercalibraiton experiments, advising the upcoming Arctic field campaign Mosaic, and sea ice model intercomparisons.

What is BEPSII ? BEPSII (Biogeochemical Exchange Processes at the Sea Ice Interfaces) research community is a global community of sea-ice researchers including biogeochemists, atmospheric scientists, oceanographers and sea-ice physicists, which was initiated as a SCOR WG (140) to address fundamental communication and methodological issues in sea-ice biogeochemistry. BEPSII was then approved by SOLAS and CliC (Climate and Cryosphere) as a longer-lived activity with additional endorsement from SCAR (the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research). The ongoing second phase of BEPSII is focused on developing the tools to tackle big-picture questions about the global relevance of biogeochemical processes within and around sea ice, including climate-change feedbacks.

Interested to join BEPSII or ECV-Ice ? Send a message the chairs Jacqueline Stefels and Nadja Steiner or to the leaders of the relevant task leaders. For entertaining reading, see the BEPSII special feature in Elementa Journal (https://www.elementascience.org/collections/special/special-feature-biogeochemical-exchange-processes-at-sea-ice-interfaces-bepsii/).

BEPSII co-chairs: Nadja Steiner (nadja.steiner[@]canada.ca); Jacqueline Stefels (J.Stefels[@]biol.rug.nl)
CliC BEPSII contact point: Martin Vancoppenolle (martin.vancoppenolle[@]locean-ipsl.upmc.fr)


Circular Available: International Workshop on Cryospheric Change and Sustainable Development

--The International Workshop on Cryospheric Change and Sustainable Development is co-sponsored by WCRP-CliC

DA vkioXUAAKBPWThe 2nd Circular for the International Workshop on Cryospheric Change and Sustainable Development, to be held in Lanzhou, China, on 1-2 August, 2017 is now available.

The cryosphere is the part of the Earth system consisting of all snow, ice and frozen ground, both on and beneath the surface of the Earth, and the oceans. As an integral part of the climate system, the cryosphere responds the quickest to, and is the most representative of, global climate change. It also impacts both bio and anthropogenic systems on different spatial and temporal scales. The theme of this workshop “Cryospheric Change and Sustainable Development” is to improve our understanding of changes in all components of the cryosphere and their interdependence and causes. The workshop will focus on our current capabilities to model and assess these changes, mitigation and adaptability strategies in a rapidly changing cryosphere, eco-social sustainability, and the role of the cryosphere in the earth’s future.

Authors are invited to submit a 250-300 word abstract which should be 21*29.7cm (A4) with a margin of 3 cm on the top and bottom and 2.5 cm on the right and left, using "Times New Roman" font throughout, single-spaced paragraphs and 12 pt. type for the body text. An abstract should contain the title, author(s) full name (the speaker’s name should
be underlined), address and E-mail. The authors are also required to complete and return the application form.
Please submit your abstract (in Microsoft Word format) and application form by E-mail to by June 1, 2017.

The workshop will provide limited financial support to cover participation expenses, such as international air ticket, local accommodation and China domestic travel expenses. Please complete the financial application section in the Participation Form (Annex I) and send to by June 1, 2017. The support will be awarded on basis of needs subject to fund availability and total the number of applications.

More information is available on the 2nd Circular.

Launch of the Year of Polar Prediction – From Research to Improved Environmental Safety in Polar Regions and Beyond

YOPP LOGO b9682175ddOn May 15th 2017, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) officially launches the Year of Polar Prediction in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) is one of the key elements of the Polar Prediction Project. YOPP is scheduled to take place from mid-2017 to mid-2019. During the period, scientists and operational forecasting centers from various different countries will work together to observe, model, and improve forecasts of the Arctic and Antarctic weather and climate systems. This two-year international effort, which aims to close gaps in polar forecasting capacity, will lead to better forecasts of weather and sea-ice conditions to improve future environmental safety at both poles. Improved forecasts in polar regions are also expected to result in better weather prediction at lower latitudes where most people live. The Year of Polar Prediction has been initiated by WMO as a response to rapid polar climate change and related transformation of societal and economic activities at the poles.

Find more details on YOPP here.

A very lively illustrative video on YOPP is available on Youtube.

2017-2021 WCRP CliC Project Action Plan Available

Thumbnail2017 2021CliC is pleased to release its 2017-2021 Action Plan laying out CliC science and organization for the period 2017-2021. We look forward to carrying out this plan with the CliC Community and partners in the next four years.

[2017-2021 WCRP CliC Project Action Plan]

CliC Scientific Steering Group 13 Report available

thumbnailssg13reportThe Report of the 13th Session of the WCRP Climate and Cryosphere Project (CliC) Scientific Steering Group (SSG) is now available. The CliC SSG met for its 13th session on February 17‐18, 2017. The meeting was hosted at the Victoria University of Wellington (VUW), and was co‐sponsored by WCRP, the CliC IPO, the Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI), and VUW. The CliC SSG‐13 took place in
conjunction with the IGS/IACS/CliC International Symposium on the Cryosphere in a Changing Climate held at VUW from February 13‐17, 2017. Twenty‐seven participants from thirteen different countries attended the meeting (twenty five in person; two remotely). The meeting was chaired by CliC Co‐Chairs Gerhard Krinner and James Renwick.

[WCRP CliC SSG 13 Report]

5th iLEAPS Conference 2017 Registration Open

ileapsconfThe Integrated Land Ecosystem-Atmosphere Processes Study (iLEAPS), a global research project of Future Earth, will hold its 5th Science Conference in Oxford, United Kingdom. The event which will run from the 11th - 14th September 2017, has the theme 'Understanding the impact of land-atmosphere exchanges.' It is being organised by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology of the Natural Environment Research Council.

The registration for the 5th iLEAPS Conference is now open. More information is available on the Conference website.

** Deadlines to be aware of **
Earlybird Conference Fees Close - 23:59 UTC on 1st July 2017
Abstract Submission Deadline - 23:59 UTC on 1st June 2017
ECS Applications Close - 23:59 UTC on 30th April 2017

CliC will co-organize a session (C2) on Thawing permafrost carbon: a challenge for climate science on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, from 9:30 to 10:15 am.

2016 WCRP CliC Annual Report online

Thumbnail 2016CliCAnnualReportThe 2016 WCRP-CliC Annual Report is available. The report gives an overview of our activities in 2016 and includes contributions from all of the CliC Projects/Groups Leads.

Table of Content

    Overview from the Co‐Chairs
    Scientific Steering Group (SSG) Members
    The International Project Office
    CliC‐sponsored Workshops and Meetings
    Report Format
    WCRP Grand Challenge ‐ Melting Ice and Global Consequences
        -Ice Sheet Modelling Intercomparison Project 6 (ISMIP6)
        -Marine Ice Sheet Ocean Model Intercomparison Project (MISOMIP)
        -Earth System Model ‐ Snow Model Intercomparison Project (ESM‐SnowMIP)
        -Glacier Model Intercomparision Project (GlacierMIP)
        -Sea Ice and Climate Modeling Forum / Diagnostic Sea Ice Model Intercomparison Project (SIMIP)
        -Permafrost Carbon Network
    Sea Ice
        -Arctic Sea Ice Working Group (ASIWG)
        -Antarctic Sea Ice Processes and Climate (ASPeCt)
        -Technical Committee on Sea Ice Observations
        -BEPSII ‐ Biogeochemical exchange processes at Sea Ice Interfaces
    Hydrology & Permafrost
        -Arctic Freshwater Synthesis (AFS)
        -Permafrost Modeling Forum
    Ice Sheets
        -SCAR/IASC/CliC Ice Sheet Mass Balance and Sea Level (ISMASS)
    Regional Activities
        -CLIVAR/CliC/SCAR Southern Ocean Regional Panel
        -Polar Coordinated Regional Downscaling Experiment (Polar CORDEX)
        -Southern Ocean Satellite Data Requirements
    Inter‐disciplinary Activities
        -Interactions Between High‐latitude Cryosphere Elements
        -WCRP Polar Climate Predictability Initiative (PCPI)
    Social Science
        -Where Are They Now?
    Emerging Activities and Ideas

Wellington Symposium: New information documents available

New information documents on the International Symposium on Cryosphere in a Changing Climate are now available on the IGS website.

The provisional programme is now online: https://www.igsoc.org/symposia/2017/newzealand/proceedings/programmepure.html

The Local Organizing Committee has compiled an Information Leaflet for symposium participants: https://www.igsoc.org/symposia/2017/newzealand/wellington_information_loc.pdf

The itinerary for the pre-symposium excursion can be found at: https://www.igsoc.org/symposia/2017/newzealand/preconference_itinerary.pdf. It is very important you read this.

Circular available: Regional Sea Level Changes and Coastal Impacts Conference, 10-14 July 2017,Columbia University, New York, USA

Sea level change is already impacting coastal communities globally and will continue to do so. To meet urgent societal needs for useful information on sea level, the World Climate Research Program (WCRP) has established the theme “Regional Sea-Level Change and Coastal Impacts”, as one of its cross-cutting “Grand Challenge” (GC) science questions.

The GC Sea Level has designed and developed an integrated interdisciplinary program on sea level research reaching from the global to the regional and coastal scales. In particular, the program aims for close interaction with relevant coastal stakeholders to make sure that the results effectively support impact and adaptation efforts and wider coastal zone development and management.

The WCRP, jointly with the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC), is organizing an international conference on sea level research that will address the existing challenges in describing and predicting regional sea level changes, and in quantifying the intrinsic uncertainties. It follows 11 years after the first WCRP sea level conference (Paris, 2006), and three years after the last Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It will provide a comprehensive summary of the state of worldwide climate-related large scale sea level research.

The conference is a 5-day event with a leading theme guiding the activities of each day. The structure of the conference will consist of plenary sessions followed by extensive poster sessions. In the evenings we are planning to hold "think-tanks" focusing on new science frontiers and activities.

The 2nd Circular for the 2017 Sea Level Conference is now available here.

More information on the 2017 Sea Level Conference is available on the dedicated website.