2nd International workshop on passive microwave sea ice concentration

The workshop will take place on February 18-19 2013 at the Danish Meteorological Institute in Copenhagen and is sponsored by the European Space Agency (ESA), WCRP Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) Project Office and the Danish Meteorological Institute.

Sea ice concentration from satellite microwave radiometry is our primary source of information on the annual sea ice extent minimum as well as a large variety of other properties of the large scale sea ice cover of the Earth. For this workshop we invite scientists developing and/or applying algorithms to derive sea ice concentration to participate in discussions of mutual interest.
The theme of the workshop will be passive microwave sea ice concentration algorithm inter-comparison and validation and we will deal with topics such as algorithm intercomparison, ice concentration validation in different regions and seasons, establishment of a common open validation database, new algorithm developments including fusion of microwave radiometer data with other data sources.

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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.

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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.

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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"

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