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Permafrost Research Priorities ranking survey - Deadline: 20 December 2017

--The Permafrost Research Priorities is a CliC Targeted Activity

The International Permafrost Association (IPA) and the Climate and Cryosphere project (CliC) initiated a process back in 2014 to seek your input on the definition of research priorities in the field of permafrost science. It is now time to collect your opinion on the relevance of the questions that were submitted.

You can access the survey on the ranking of permafrost research priorities under the following link. The survey will be accessible until December 20th, 2017:

The initial process was very successful and as many as 359 researchers from 37 countries submitted research questions. The respondents were primarily active in the field of geomorphology, ecology, engineering and infrastructure. 79% of them had a PhD and 53.8% of them had more than 10 years of experience in permafrost research.

The core group spent a considerable amount of hours to read the research questions and to come up with a consolidated list to submit for vote. The consolidation consisted in removing duplicate questions, merge questions with very similar foci, correcting the syntax and spelling of the questions and check that the questions answered the criteria put forward in the first phase of the process.

The result is a list of 347 questions organized in 20 categories. Some questions will look very similar to each other, but the core group decided on listing the submitted research questions in a very inclusive manner and not to perform too much merging. This leads to more representativeness of the original questions, but also to a greater number of questions.

In the survey, the responders are invited to review the questions by category and can choose to review only one category or several (i.e. if you are an expert in more than one category, you have the possibility to vote in several of them). The research questions are then displayed randomly to avoid a potential bias linked to questionnaire structure. Each research question is evaluated with a grade going from 0 to 10.

The evaluation period will run until December 20th, 2017. The core group will then examine the answers and come up with a list of consolidated overarching questions reflecting the selection made by the respondents.

Please feel free to share the link with any of your colleagues who you think may be interested. Questions can be directed to Ylva Sjöberg, CliC fellow () or Hugues Lantuit, chair of the PRP Core Group ().

It’s only with the generous help of individuals like you that this global community driven list of permafrost research priorities can be successful.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Applications now open for the first Sentinel North International Arctic Field School

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Applications for the first Sentinel North International Arctic Field School are now open until October 29, 2017. On the theme "The changing cryosphere: from sensors to decision-making", the school provides international students with a unique opportunity to interact with high-profile scientists, northerners and managers as part of a transdisciplinary training program that addresses the complex and interrelated scientific and socio-economic issues linked to the changing Arctic cryosphere.

All details: www.sentinelnorth.ulaval.ca/iqaluit2018

Call for papers Arctic Frontiers Science 2018 - deadline 19 September 2017

2018arcticfrontiers callforpapers

Arctic Frontiers Science 2018 takes place Tuesday 23 January until Thursday 25 January 2018 and will address the following topics:

* Aquaculture in the High North in times of change
* The New Arctic in the Global Context
* Resilient Arctic Societies and Industrial Development
* Circumpolar Safety, Search and Rescue Collaboration

On behalf of the Arctic Frontiers Science Committees, we have great pleasure in inviting you to submit one or more abstracts to any of the four topics.

The abstract submission system is available here.

Abstract submission closes on Tuesday 19 September 2017, 23:59, European time.

GlacierMIP Presentation at Sea Level Conference

The Presentation given by Dr. Regine Hock, GlacierMIP Co-Chair, at the WCRP-CLIVAR/IOC-UNESCO Regional Sea Level Changes and Coastal Impacts Conference, July 10-14 2017, Columbia University New York (USA) is availale.

[GlacierMIP Presentation at 2017 Sea Level Conference]

2017 GlacierMIP Meeting Report available

--GlacierMIP is a CliC sponsored activity

The Minutes of the GlacierMIP meeting held on February 17, 2017, in conjunciton with the IGS/IACS/CliC International Symposium on the Cryosphere in a Changing Climate in Wellingotn, New Yealand is available online.

[2017 GlacierMIP Meeting Minutes]


Permafrost Carbon Network: June 2017 update

The June 2017 Update on the Permafrost Carbon Network latest activities is available at: http://arcticportal.org/ap-library/news/1915-activities-of-the-permafrost-carbon-network

CliC Newsletter - Ice and Climate No 26. published

The June 2017 CliC Newsletter No. 26 is available online.

It includes three science features: one on recent changes to New Zealand glaciers, another looks at phytoplankton blooms observed under thick snow and ice in the Arctic; and the third focuses on biogeochemistry in the Antarctic pack ice. This issue also contains a number of summaries from various CliC events held during the first half of 2017; some news from the CliC Leadership, the Report from the last Scientific Steering Group meeting; a list of our upcoming workshops and meetings; and other events made possible with support from the WCRP Climate and Cryosphere Project.

We would also like to take this opportunity to welcome the new CliC Co-chair, Dr. James Renwick, from the Victoria University of Wellington. Dr. Renwick was appointed on January 1, 2017, for a 3-year period. Welcome James!

[Read the CliC Newsletter - Ice and Climate No. 26]

BEPSII shapes international collaboration on the biogeochemistry of sea ice and ice-covered oceans at its annual meeting

--Contributed by Martin Vancoppenolle, CNRS, Laboratoire d'Océanographie et du Climat, France

bepsiiApril2017meetingBEPSII (BEPSII - Biogeochemical exchange processes at Sea Ice Interfaces) 2017 meeting @SCRIPPS, La Jolla, California; Apr 3-5, 2017; 27 participants.
Local organizers: Lynn McNutt, Jeff Bowman, Nadja Steiner, Lisa Miller.
Supporting agencies: SOLAS, CliC, IASC, and SCAR.

The BEPSII research community held a 3-day workshop in April 2017, joined by the new SCOR Working Group (#152) on Measuring Essential Climate Variables in Sea Ice (ECV-Ice). Twenty-seven scientists from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States gathered in La Jolla, California to discuss the results of the past year's activities, plan upcoming activities, and to present scientific talks and posters.

Scientific Highlights include the gathering of large-scale databases of sea ice biogeochemical parameters, including nutrients and POC/DOC, of which the paper by Fripiat et al (https://www.elementascience.org/articles/10.1525/elementa.217/) is an example. Let us also mention the presentation of new optical sensors for sea ice by Raffel et al., or the mapping of chlorophyll on a sea ice floe by Meiners et al. using an ROV, as well as memorable discussions on whether nitrate in sea ice are intra-cellular or concealed in biofilms, following a presentation by Mundy et al. Some of BEPSII’s major upcoming activities planned for the coming 3 years include:  method intercalibraiton experiments, advising the upcoming Arctic field campaign Mosaic, and sea ice model intercomparisons.

What is BEPSII ? BEPSII (Biogeochemical Exchange Processes at the Sea Ice Interfaces) research community is a global community of sea-ice researchers including biogeochemists, atmospheric scientists, oceanographers and sea-ice physicists, which was initiated as a SCOR WG (140) to address fundamental communication and methodological issues in sea-ice biogeochemistry. BEPSII was then approved by SOLAS and CliC (Climate and Cryosphere) as a longer-lived activity with additional endorsement from SCAR (the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research). The ongoing second phase of BEPSII is focused on developing the tools to tackle big-picture questions about the global relevance of biogeochemical processes within and around sea ice, including climate-change feedbacks.

Interested to join BEPSII or ECV-Ice ? Send a message the chairs Jacqueline Stefels and Nadja Steiner or to the leaders of the relevant task leaders. For entertaining reading, see the BEPSII special feature in Elementa Journal (https://www.elementascience.org/collections/special/special-feature-biogeochemical-exchange-processes-at-sea-ice-interfaces-bepsii/).

BEPSII co-chairs: Nadja Steiner (nadja.steiner[@]canada.ca); Jacqueline Stefels (J.Stefels[@]biol.rug.nl)
CliC BEPSII contact point: Martin Vancoppenolle (martin.vancoppenolle[@]locean-ipsl.upmc.fr)


Circular Available: International Workshop on Cryospheric Change and Sustainable Development

--The International Workshop on Cryospheric Change and Sustainable Development is co-sponsored by WCRP-CliC

DA vkioXUAAKBPWThe 2nd Circular for the International Workshop on Cryospheric Change and Sustainable Development, to be held in Lanzhou, China, on 1-2 August, 2017 is now available.

The cryosphere is the part of the Earth system consisting of all snow, ice and frozen ground, both on and beneath the surface of the Earth, and the oceans. As an integral part of the climate system, the cryosphere responds the quickest to, and is the most representative of, global climate change. It also impacts both bio and anthropogenic systems on different spatial and temporal scales. The theme of this workshop “Cryospheric Change and Sustainable Development” is to improve our understanding of changes in all components of the cryosphere and their interdependence and causes. The workshop will focus on our current capabilities to model and assess these changes, mitigation and adaptability strategies in a rapidly changing cryosphere, eco-social sustainability, and the role of the cryosphere in the earth’s future.

Authors are invited to submit a 250-300 word abstract which should be 21*29.7cm (A4) with a margin of 3 cm on the top and bottom and 2.5 cm on the right and left, using "Times New Roman" font throughout, single-spaced paragraphs and 12 pt. type for the body text. An abstract should contain the title, author(s) full name (the speaker’s name should
be underlined), address and E-mail. The authors are also required to complete and return the application form.
Please submit your abstract (in Microsoft Word format) and application form by E-mail to by June 1, 2017.

The workshop will provide limited financial support to cover participation expenses, such as international air ticket, local accommodation and China domestic travel expenses. Please complete the financial application section in the Participation Form (Annex I) and send to by June 1, 2017. The support will be awarded on basis of needs subject to fund availability and total the number of applications.

More information is available on the 2nd Circular.