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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.

5-year Synthesis Report of the Permafrost Carbon Network

-The Permafrost Carbon Network (PCN) is a CliC Co-sponsored activity

TThumbnailPCNreporthe 5-year Synthesis Report of the Permafrost Carbon Network is available online. This report highlights the results of their synthesis activities over the last five years that center on the question: How much, how fast, and in what form will permafrost carbon be released to the atmosphere in a warmer world? The report also highlights details about the meetings and workshops, the scientific and public outreach activities and the efforts of the network to engage early career scientists.

Read the 5-year Synthesis Report of the Permafrost Carbon Network here.

Read more about the Permafrost Carbon Network on their website.

2016-2020 WCRP CliC Action Plan available

ThumbnailImplmentationPlanFeb2016CliC is pleased to release our 2016-2020 Action Plan laying out CliC science and organization for the period 2016-2020. We look forward to carrying out this plan with the CliC Community and partners in the next four years.

[2016-2020 WCRP CliC Action Plan]

ESA Earth Observation of the Cryosphere Training Course - September 2016

esa logoAs part of the Scientific Exploitation of Operational Missions (SEOM) programme element, the European Space Agency (ESA) is pleased to announce the first advanced training course in Earth Observation of the Cryosphere, which will be hosted at the University of Leeds (UK), from 12 to 16 September 2016.

The course aims to train the next generation of Earth Observation (EO) scientists to exploit data from ESA and other EO satellite missions for science and applications development. The training will include formal lectures by leading scientists as well as hands-on computing exercises exploiting real and simulated data. The course will provide advanced scientific knowledge on the theory and applications of cryosphere remote sensing, including:
Theoretical fundamentals of space-borne Optical, SAR, gravimeter and altimeter remote sensing;
EO lectures on the Cryosphere, with a focus on Sea Ice, Mountain Glaciers, Snow and the Polar Ice Sheets;
Practicals using ESA toolboxes and commercial software for scientific exploitation of EO data;
EO data processing and product demonstration for monitoring the cryosphere.

Post graduate, PhD students, post–doctoral research scientists and users from European countries and Canada interested in Cryosphere Remote Sensing and its applications are invited to apply to the 5 day course which will be held at the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM) at the University of Leeds, UK.
Research scientists and students from all other countries are also welcome to apply and participate to the course subject to space availability.

Deadline for applications: 20 May 2016

More info and an on-line application form are available at: http://seom.esa.int/cryotraining2016/
All enquiries should be sent to

WCRP CliC SSG 12 Report available

thumbnailssg12report2CliC is pleased to release our CliC SSG 12 Report which summarizes the presentations and discussions that happened during the 12th Session of the WCRP CliC Scientific Steering Group held at the Center for Ice and Climate in Copenhagen form February 2 to 4, 2016.

Thank you to WCRP, the Danish Center for Ice and Climate (CIC), and the Norwegian Polar Institute for co-sponsoring the meeting; to CIC for hosting and co-organizing this session; and to all of the participants, in-person or remotely.

[WCRP CliC SSG 12 Report]

2015 WCRP CliC Annual Report Available

2015 CliC Annual ReportThumbnailCliC is pleased to release our 2015 Annual Report which gives an update on progress and achievements made during the past year and highlights our future plans.

Thank you to all of our partners in the CliC community who contributed to a great year!

[2015 WCRP CliC Annual Report]

Report Available: ISMIP6 Initialization, Forcing and Datasets Workshop, December 2015

-ISMIP6 is a CliC Targeted Activity

thumbnail ismip6reportThe Ice Sheet Model Intercomparison Project for CMIP6 (ISMIP6) held a workshop entitled “ISMIP6 initialization, forcing and datasets” the weekend prior to the 2015 Fall AGU meeting (12-13 December 2015) at the Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, USA. The workshop occurred in a location adjacent to the GrIOOS meeting (Greenland Ice Ocean Observing System), which allowed a joint session on the morning of the 12th of December (and further interactions during breaks) between ISMIP6 and GrIOOS to discuss modeling needs versus what is achievable with observations. The ISMIP6 workshop was attended by 25 participants, and approximately consisted of 1/3 observationalists, 1/3 ice sheet modelers, 1/3 ice sheet - climate modelers. CliC was the only sponsor, and the funds received helped the travel of 10 participants.

The objectives of the workshop were to i) continue the planning of the ISMIP6 effort and gather information required for the ISMIP6 paper description required for the Geophysical Model Development (GMD) journal special issue on CMIP6 endorsed MIPs, ii) analyze the outcome from the first ISMIP6 experiment (initMIP) that focuses on the impact of initialization methods on sea level projections resulting from ice sheet models, and iii) start building collaboration between ISMIP6 participants and communities that could provide key input to ISMIP6. The sessions were designed with a similar format: introduction of the topics by a member of the ISMIP6 steering committee, presentations by our participants, followed by general discussions. The outcome will be a journal article that present the framework of ISMIP6, which will be submitted to GMD in the spring of 2016, a deadline set by CMIP6.

The full report of the ISMIP6 Initialization, Forcing and Datasets Workshop is now available.

[ISMIP6 Workshop Report]
[ISMIP6 Webpage]

Minutes Available: CliC Leadership Online Meeting - An Update from the Targeted Activities

thumbnail minutes dec2015The Minutes summarizing the discussion during the CliC Leadership online meeting are now available. On December 14, 2015, the CliC Leadership had a very productive meeting about the various CliC Targeted Activities (TAs). The TA Leads gave an update on what happened in 2015 and announced their plans for 2016.

Read the Minutes here.
Find out more about the CliC Leadership Online meetings here.