University of Massachusetts will be new host of the CliC International Project Office
We are excited to announce that in 2023 the WCRP Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) International Project Office (IPO) will move to the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst. The office will be funded by the US National Science Foundations (NSF) and the National Aeronautics and Spatial Administration (NASA), and with in-kind support from UMass. WCRP thanks Raymond Bradley and Robert de Conto, both at the School of Earth and Sustainability at UMass, for their hard work in making this happen.
In the next few months several new positions will be advertised: for a Director, Program Officer, and Communications Specialist of the IPO.
“Establishing the CliC IPO at UMass Amherst is a logical extension of the University’s existing research program in climate science, paleoclimatology, and cryospheric studies”, says Bradley.
UMass has a strong track record of activities in climate and cryospheric research. The IPO will be located in close proximity to the Department of Geosciences and the Climate System Research Center (CSRC), ensuring that the CliC Office will be embedded in a vibrant academic department with a strong undergraduate and graduate program within the School of Earth and Sustainability (College of Natural Science).
Since mid-2020 the CliC IPO has been hosted by the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research (BCCR) in Bergen, Norway. WCRP thanks BCCR and the Research Council of Norway for its generous contributions to CliC and looks forward to continuing its relationship with both BCCR and Norway in other projects in the years to come.