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Circular available: Regional Sea Level Changes and Coastal Impacts Conference, 10-14 July 2017,Columbia University, New York, USA

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.

The 2nd Circular for the 2017 Sea Level Conference is now available here.

More information on the 2017 Sea Level Conference is available on the dedicated website.

Paper published: Community review of Southern Ocean satellite data needs

This joint initiative of Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS), Climate and the Cryosphere (CliC), and World Meteorological Organization Polar Space Task Group (WMO PSTG) aimed to identify the satellite data requirements for the Southern Ocean (across all temporal/spatial scales) and to compile this information into a community report of Southern Ocean satellite data requirements. This work resulted in a Community Review of Southern Ocean Satellite Data Needs which was recently published in Antarctic Science.

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

A. Pope
P. Wagner
R. Johnson
J.D. Shutler
J. Baeseman
L. Newman

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.
Links: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antarctic-science/article/community-review-of-southern-ocean-satellite-data-needs/78B68BDE8535CAF03D0BA00B1F3F07F4

Minutes Available: CliC Leadership Online Meeting - The Himalayas and South America

The Minutes summarizing the discussions during the CliC Leadership Online Meeting on the Himalayas and South America held on November 1, 2016, are available.

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.

Read the Minutes here.

Chinese Society of Cryosphere Science (CSCS) established

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).

Outcome of the last meeting of the Technical Committee on Sea Ice Observations

-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 Arctic Freshwater Synthesis Special Issue in JGR-Biogeosciences available online

-The Arctic Freshwater Synthesis is a CliC co-sponsored activity

logoJGRThe Arctic Freshwater Synthesis Special Issue in the Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR) - Biogeosciences is available online.

Increasing scientific knowledge indicates that changes to the Arctic freshwater systems have produced, and could produce even greater, changes to bio-geophysical and socio-economic systems of special importance to northern residents and also produce some extra-arctic effects that will have global consequences.  It is for these reasons that three international organizations, the World Climate Research Programme’s Climate and Cryosphere Project (CliC), the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), and the Arctic Council’s Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP), jointly called for the undertaking of an Arctic Freshwater Synthesis (AFS).  

The AFS focused on assessing the various Arctic freshwater sources, fluxes, storage and effects, and has six major Components: Atmosphere, Oceans, Terrestrial Hydrology, Terrestrial Ecology, Resources and Modelling - each led by two well-renowned international convening authors.  Additional authors were added to the component teams to ensure production of best state-of-the-science review manuscripts. The journal issue is comprised of these six Component review manuscripts bookended by a context-setting introduction and a final summary manuscript, which identifies key emerging issues.
A limited number of printed copies is available upon request. Please contact Gwen Hamon at the CliC Office for more information.

2nd Circular of the ‘International Symposium on The Cryosphere in a Changing Climate' available

-The 'International Symposium on The Cryosphere in a Changing Climate' is a CliC sponsored event

thumbnail2ndcircularThe 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.

Follow us on Twitter (@CliC_WCRP) and use the hashtag #CryoNZ17 to get the latest news on the Symposium.

More information on the Symposium can be found on the CliC dedicated webpage and on the IGS website.

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

Release: 'The Arctic Freshwater System in a Changing Climate'

-The Arctic Freswater Synthesis is a CliC co-sponsored activity

thumbnail afs summary“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.

Antarctic Sea Ice Variability Workshop - January 2016

-The Antarctic Sea Ice Variability Workshop was co-sponsored by CliC

2016AntarcticSIVariab meeting3The 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.