Update from the Permafrost Carbon Network

- a CliC endorsed and supported effort

The Permafrost Carbon Research Coordination Network (RCN) will be convening a session at the upcoming fall American Geophysical Union meeting (AGU). The session, B071. Vulnerability o Permafrost Carbon to Climate Change, has received 53 abstracts and has been allocated three oral time slots.  The annual meeting of the network will also be taking place in conjunction with AGU, and is being held at the Intercontenental Hotel on 8 December in San Francisco.  For more information on the meeting and other recent developments, please visit their website: http://www.permafrostcarbon.org/

Recent publications from the Research Carbon Network:

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CliC Sea Ice Modeling and Observing Workshop Report Available

- Contributed by Penny Wagner

The sea ice covers of the polar oceans are a critical element of the global system. With support from the Research Council of Norway, CliC, the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), 48 researchers from 13 countries, including 10 early career scientists, met from June 5-7, 2013 in Tromso, Norway to discuss the next steps in better integrating sea ice observations and modeling. The group included field experimentalists, remote sensing specialists, and sea ice and climate modelers. The workshop featured overview presentations on sea ice observations, models, remote sensing, and data archiving plus ample time for group discussions. Five 7-9 person teams consisting of scientists from a mixture of areas of expertise were assembled to develop a list of key gaps of knowledge within sea ice observations and models. Targeted activities that could close some of these gaps were proposed with separate short (6 months to a year), medium (1-2 years), and long (3 years or more) term goals.  A common theme from these projects was the need for standardization of sea ice observation data from the Arctic, developing and implementing a standardized, computerized ship-based ice observation protocols and creating an online center for summarizing ongoing field activities. The combination of ASPeCt and IceWatch efforts will help create an ongoing inventory of sea ice and sea ice related datasets for both Arctic and Antarctic. Download the report.

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ESA Request for CliC Antarctic Satellite Data Users

The ESA Climate Change Initiative (CCI) Program (http://www.esa-cci.org/) has asked for input from the CliC Community about which Antarctic satellite data products would be most valuable. They invite you, as a possible future user of these data products, to provide recommendations and feedback about what products you think it would be most useful for an Antarctic CCI project to focus on. To assess the user requirements for satellite based Antarctic ice sheet data products please complete the short on-line survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AntarcticaCCI, containing just 16 multiple choice questions which take only 10 minutes to complete. The survey will remain open until 16.09.2013.

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