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Sea level change is already impacting coastal communities globally and will continue to do so. To meet urgent societal needs for useful information on sea level, the World Climate Research Program (WCRP) has established the theme “Regional Sea-Level Change and Coastal Impacts”, as one of its cross-cutting “Grand Challenge” (GC) science questions.
The GC Sea Level has designed and developed an integrated interdisciplinary program on sea level research reaching from the global to the regional and coastal scales. In particular, the program aims for close interaction with relevant coastal stakeholders to make sure that the results effectively support impact and adaptation efforts and wider coastal zone development and management.
The WCRP, jointly with the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC), is organizing an international conference on sea level research that will address the existing challenges in describing and predicting regional sea level changes, and in quantifying the intrinsic uncertainties. It follows 11 years after the first WCRP sea level conference (Paris, 2006), and three years after the last Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It will provide a comprehensive summary of the state of worldwide climate-related large scale sea level research.
The conference is a 5-day event with a leading theme guiding the activities of each day. The structure of the conference will consist of plenary sessions followed by extensive poster sessions. In the evenings we are planning to hold "think-tanks" focusing on new science frontiers and activities.
This is a community review paper that highlights the current priority satellite data requirements of the Southern Ocean research and logistics community. This publication is the result of an international survey of data needs, as well as a period of extensive community consultation and input.
This publication is sponsored by SOOS, CliC and SCAR
Credit: Pope, A., Wagner, P., Johnson, R., Shutler, J.D., Baeseman, J. and Newman, L. (2016) ‘Community review of Southern Ocean satellite data needs’, Antarctic Science, , pp. 1–42. doi: 10.1017/S0954102016000390.
The call focused on highlighting the opportunities for cryosphere in the non‐polar regions. There is a lot of cryosphere science going on in these regions, namely the Himalayas and South America and CliC has a strong SSG membership representation in these regions. The goal is now for CliC to find ways to improve its engagement in the regions.
A new Chinese Society of Cryosphere Science (CSCS) was formerly established on September 22nd, 2016 and the initial meeting of the first council of CSCS was held in Nanjing, China.
The establishment of the CSCS will serve as a new platform for communication of Chinese cryosphere scientists, which will integrate national academic resource of cryosphere science and related social implications for cryosphere science in the future.
Academician Dahe Qin was voted as the president of the first council. Academician Tandong Yao, Bojie Fu, Yuanming Lai, Renhe Zhang, Professor Yongjian Ding (executive), Huigen Yang, Wei Ma, and Yong Luo were voted as vice president. Professor Cunde Xiao was voted as the secretary general of the first council and Professor Shichang Kang and Qingbai Wu as vice-secretary general. In addition, 104 council members with 41 executive members were also elected.
The office of the CSCS secretariat is established in the State Key Laboratory of Cryosphere Science, Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resources, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).
-The Technical Committee on Sea Ice Observations is a CliC-sponsored group
-Contributed by Jenny Hutchings
A sub-group of the Technical Committee on Sea Ice Observations held a CliC-sponsored working meeting in Hobart, Australia, September 5-9 2016 to discuss full coordination of Arctic and Antarctic ship bridge-based sea-ice observations. This resulted in completion of coordination efforts between the Antarctic ASPeCt and Arctic Ice Watch sea-ice observation programs. The participants succeeded in ensuring measurements were compatible between the two standards, and have implemented a plan to coordinate the Ice Watch observation recording software (ASSIST) with ASPeCt. This will ensure the two programs are fully compatible and any Antarctic observations recorded by ASSIST can be archived in the ASPeCt data base. Heil and Hutchings have jointly drafted a manual for bridge based research quality sea ice observations. This manual is much needed to ensure the standardization of observations in both hemispheres and to grow the program to non-expert observers.
-The 'International Symposium on The Cryosphere in a Changing Climate' is a CliC sponsored event
The Second Circular of the ‘International Symposium on The Cryosphere in a Changing Climate', due to be held from 12–17 February 2017, in Wellington, New Zealand, has been released and is available here.
The Symposium is sponsored by the International Glaciological Society (IGS), the International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS), and the World Climate Research Programme Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) project.
This Second Circular contains information on the themes & topics of the conference, the abstract and paper submission and publication, the location & accommodation, the registration fees, the travel grants, and the field trips.
Here are the important dates:
The Cryosphere in a Changing Climate
Opening of online registration: 10 September 2016
Abstract submission deadline: 17 October 2016
Deadline for travel grant application: 17 October 2016
Notification of acceptance: 31 October 2016
Notification of acceptance for travel grant: 11 November 2016
Early registration deadline: 15 December 2016
Deadline for full refund: 9 January 2017
Deadline for refund on a sliding scale: 22 January 2017
Late registration surcharge: 16 January 2017
Pre-conference field trip: 10–12 February 2017
Registration and Icebreaker: 12 February 2017
Symposium starts: 13 February 2017
Post-conference field trip: 18–21 February 2017
Annals of Glaciology volume 59, issue 75
Paper submission deadline: 9 January 2017
Final revised papers deadline: 12 April 2017
-The Arctic Freswater Synthesis is a CliC co-sponsored activity
“The Arctic Freshwater System in a Changing Climate” is released. The report is an assessment produced jointly by WCRP-CliC, the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP). The AFS Summary report is based on the scientific articles that have been peer-reviewed and accepted for publication in a Special Issue of the Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences.
-The Antarctic Sea Ice Variability Workshop was co-sponsored by CliC
The Polar Research Board and the Ocean Studies Board of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine held a community workshop on Antarctic sea ice variability in early January. The workshop brought together Antarctic sea ice and ocean experts to review the current science of climate-ocean-sea ice interactions in the Southern Hemisphere. Over 40 individuals were present at the workshop and an additional 16 scientists joined via webcast. Participants examined the processes governing the decadal-scale growth and recent surge in Antarctic sea ice extent as well as projections of future Antarctic sea ice changes. Breakout group sessions enabled the open discussion of major challenges and strategies to advance understanding of Antarctic sea ice variability and prediction. Topics covered include understanding regional variability and trends in sea ice observations; understanding discrepancies between modeled and observed sea ice trends; the role of internal climate variability as well as stratospheric ozone in modulating the Southern Ocean and sea ice; and placing recent trends within the context of emerging proxy sea ice records that extend our knowledge of sea ice dynamics further into the past.
The workshop was sponsored by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), with additional support generously provided by WCRP-CliC and the WMO to fund travel for two international participants. Proceedings from the workshop are currently being written up in an Academies-authored report, which will undergo peer-review before being published. The target for the report’s release is early summer 2016. Additional information, including the workshop agenda with links to some of the workshop presentations, can be found on the Polar Research Board website.