The main objectives of the CliC SSG-IX will be to review the progress of CliC initiatives and themes; make sure that CliC contributes tangibly to the WCRP/IASC/SCAR objectives and key deliverables specified in the WCRP Implementation Plan 2010-2015; discuss the way forward for CliC and its Sponsors in the longer-term perspective; find people, approaches and collaborations required to achieve the agreed targets; and facilitate CliC participation in addressing the newly established WCRP Grand Challenges. A detailed draft of SSG-IX agenda will be available for your consideration and feedback shortly. The results of our deliberations at SSG-IX will be presented to the 34rd Session of the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee (Brasilia, Brazil, 27-31 May 2013).  A half-day of the CliC SSG-IX meeting, most likely on Tuesday 5 February 2013, will be devoted to a meeting with the cryospheric research community of the Alfred Wegener Institute.

The CliC SSG meeting will start at 09:00 on Monday 4 February 2013 and conclude around 13:00 on Thursday 7 February 2013.  Please note that key finalizing discussions will be held in the morning of 7 February 2013. Attendance is by invitation only and should be confirmed by 1 December 2012.

Our host will be Dr Volker Rachold, Executive Secretary of the International Arctic Science Committee, a co-sponsor of CliC.  Dr Rachold has arranged for our meeting to be held at the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) in Potsdam, Germany and organized a group booking at the Hotel Mercure, within walking distance to AWI. More information including booking instructions can be found at in the Local Information Section. Please make your bookings before the deadline of 3 January 2013 and use the keyword “CliC” to benefit from the reduced rate of 62 Euros per night for a single room (Buffet breakfast is 11 Euros and Internet 9 Euros/day).  If you need any support from WCRP (travel, subsistence) to attend the meeting, please follow the instructions and fill out the form by 15 December.  WCRP will do its best to assist you as necessary.