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ESF LESC exploratory workshop EW04-034 New perspectives on Sea-ice research for the next 10 to 20 years 2005


Final Report, Agenda and list of Participants from the ESF LESC exploratory workshop EW04-034 New perspectives on sea-ice research for the next 10 to 20 years. Co-sponsored by the Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg, held in Delmenhorst, Germany from 12-19 December 2005. European Science Foundation (ESF) Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences (LESC).

Executive Summary

23 scientists* from Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Greenland, The Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom met for 5 days to discuss the future prospects of sea ice research in the near to short term future. The workshop brought together experts from widely differing research disciplines: physics, oceanography, remote sensing, modelling, glaciology, biology, biogeochemistry as well as policy makers and leaders in large international programmes. There were 3 complete days of specific discussions (see 4), and a final half-day where over-arching themes for taking sea ice research forward were outlined (see 3.1). These were supplemented by listing the practical next steps, and the possible funding sources for realising these (see 3.2). The workshop was split into 14 sessions, most of which were 1.5 hours long. These were introduced by leaders in the field (mostly 2 per session) with the intention of generating discussion on the session theme. However, there was a wealth of information presented and discussed during these sessions and in order to focus ideas and key issues, during the general discussion at the end of each day three major themes and questions, based on all that was discussed during the day, were highlighted and comprise the items highlighted in section 2. It cannot be stressed enough that one of the key elements of the workshop was simply giving the 23 delegates time to discuss ideas and future plans within the informal periods of the workshop. Although all established researchers in their fields, many of the delegates did not know each other, and so this workshop was key to opening up new dialogue and enhancing the development of research opportunities. Despite the larger goal of documenting the potential of sea ice research in the next few decades, it is clear that the opportunity provided by the workshop has fostered numerous collaborations that would not have been possible before the workshop.

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