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CliC News

Here's what has been happening lately in CliC. Let us know if you have things to share.

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The WCRP Data Advisory Council (WDAC)

width"100"The WDAC (WCRP Data Advisory Council) is the WCRP's coordinating body on data issues. This includes providing guidance on reanalysis efforts, homogenizing data formats for model comparisons, data assimilation, and observational studies. The CliC community can provide important input to the WDAC by keeping the WDAC informed on new data products, new methods, and new observational initiatives in the cryosphere community. CliC can also act as a conduit to provide recommendations from the cryospheric community on data issues and helping to disseminate WDAC activities and recommendations to scientists. Learn more here: http://www.wcrp-climate.org/WDAC.shtml

Walt Meier is the CliC representative to this committee. Feel free to contact him for more information and to share your ideas.

Report from Ice at the Interface Workshop

The "Ice at the Interface: Atmosphere-Ice-Ocean Boundary Layer Processes and Their Role in Polar Change" Workshop was held 25-27 June 2012 in Boulder, Colorado. The primary purpose of the workshop was to define and discuss coupled processes from observational and modeling points of view, including insight from both the Arctic and Antarctic systems. The workshop met each of its overarching goals, including fostering collaboration among experimentalists, theorists and modelers, proposing modeling strategies, and ascertaining data availability and needs. Several scientific themes emerged from the workshop, such as the importance of episodic or extreme events, precipitation, stratification above and below the ice, and the marginal ice zone, whose seasonal Arctic migrations now traverse more territory than in the past.

The IASC report can be found here: http://iasc.info/files/BLWorkshop_FinalReport.pdf

WGOMD-SOP Workshop on Sea Level Rise, Ocean / Ice Shelf Interactions, and Ice Sheets

The registration and call for abstracts has opened for the:
CLIVAR WGOMD-SOP Workshop on Sea Level Rise, Ocean / Ice Shelf Interactions, and Ice Sheets to be held at CSIRO, in Hobart, Australia from 18-20 February 2013.

The workshop aims to bring together leading international scientists and early career scientists from the ocean, ice-sheet, ice-shelf, and sea level rise modeling and observational communities to

  • Identify priorities for reducing uncertainties in the projections of global and regional sea-level rise,
  • Evaluate the state-of-science of ocean and land-ice interactions,
  • Investigate pathways for the development of the next generation of climate models incorporating interactive land-ice components.

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CliC 2012 Steering Group Meeting Report Available

width="250"The CliC Scientific Steering Group (SSG) had their annual meeting at the Research Center for Climate and Cryosphere at the University of Innsbruck in Innsbruck, Austria from 12-16 March 2012. Many issues were covered including: the importance of increased knowledge of cryosphere in helping the development of emerging climate services, the need for overall strengthening of CliC contributions to climate model development and climate prediction, and the current status of CliC IPO. Several new directions and efforts were discussed such as: developing an efficient CliC outreach program, better organised reporting from CliC-sponsored workshops, and how to effectively attract leading scientists to CliC activities and future initiatives. CliC’s sponsors and stakeholders contributed with updates that could further these ideas and strengthen CliC, particularly in the area of climate predictability, prediction and projection. As a way to get to know some of the local researchers and share CliC efforts with them, a joint Science day was held at the University of Innsbruck involving both CliC and local researchers working on cryospheric projects. Special thanks to Helmut Rott for hosting the session with outstanding hospitality and for the excellent local support to the meeting. Download the meeting report here, or go to the WCRP website.

33rd WCRP Joint Committee Meeting Report

The 33rd Session of WCRP Joint Scientific Committee took place in Beijing, China, in July 2012.

A number of things were discussed that are of interest to the CliC community including: an update on the Cryosphere and Sea Level Rise Grand Challenges, lead by Vladimir Kattsov and Koni Steffen respectively. Feedback on the progress and future directions of CliC and a short update from WMAC (WCRP Modelling Advisory Council) and WDAC (WCRP Data Advisory Council) are included in the report. Greg Flato is the CliC representative on WMAC and Walt Meier on WDAC.

The report can be downloaded from http://www.wcrp-climate.org/documents/JSC33_Report_Final.pdf

CliC Office back in action

We are happy to let you know that the Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) International Project Office is back in action. Dr. Jenny Baeseman and Ms. Heidi Isaksen are the new team members in the CliC International Project Office.

Dr. Jenny Baeseman, CliC’s new Director, started here in April and brings with her a wealth of knowledge about the international polar research community. Many of you may have seen her around over the past few years or met her during her work as the Founding Director of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), located at the University of Tromsø. Jenny grew up on a small dairy farm in central Wisconsin, USA and thus has a ‘warm spot’ in her heart for cold and snowy places. Her educational background includes a B.S. in Water Chemistry from the University of WI- Stevens Point, a M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Minnesota, a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado and postdoctoral work at Princeton University. Jenny was actively involved in the International Polar Year helping to create opportunities for early career researchers and in communicating polar research to various audiences. After successful developing APECS from an idea to an important organization in the polar research community, Jenny decided it was time for a new challenge and has come to the CliC office with the desire to help better coordinate activities in cryospheric research and to continue to find new ways of communicating the importance of these regions to society. Even though she has been working in an administrative capacity for the past few years, she is still actively involved in microbial ecology, hydrology, and biogeochemical research in acid mine contaminated alpine streams, the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica, and a few other extreme environments. She looks forward to continue working with the the cryosphere community.

Heidi Isaksen, CliC’s new Administrative Officer, is a Tromsø native, and has ’ice in her veins’ and also in her name (Is=Ice). Heidi is a French teacher by training, and has published in the field of French theory and literature. During the IPY, Heidi became interested in environmental issues and moved to a more administrative career path through her work planning the IPY Gas, Arctic Peoples, and Security (GAPS) Project Conference at the University of Tromsø and working with many other research projects. She also has experience helping people from different fields of science collaborate better and looks forward to the interdisciplinary work within the cryosphere community. She has a keen interest in communicating science and looks forward helping increase our understanding of the changes in the cryosphere.

To learn more about CliC, ”Like” their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/ClimateCryosphere

Join the LinkedIn Climate and Cryosphere group (http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Climate-Cryosphere-4499087) or follow them on Twitter@CliC_cryosphere or CliC vimeo.

CliC is targeted at finding solutions to key scientific questions and to building capacity in the areas of cryospheric monitoring, process studies, data management and access, modeling, and communication of cryosphere research to decision-makers and society. It is a core project of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and is co-sponsored by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC).

New CliC Administrative Officer

The Norwegian Polar Institute has hired Heidi Isaksen as the new CliC administrative officer.

Isaksen is a Tromsø native, and has ’ice in her veins’ as well as in her name. She is a French teacher by training, and has published in the field of French theory and literature. During the IPY, Heidi became interested in environmental issues and moved to a more administrative career path through her work planning the IPY Gas, Arctic Peoples, and Security (GAPS) Project Conference at the University of Tromsø and working administratively with many other research projects. She has experience helping people from different fields of science collaborate better and looks forward to the interdisciplinary work within the cryosphere community. She has a keen interest in communicating science and looks forward helping increase our understanding of the changes in the cryosphere. Please join in welcoming Heidi to the CliC-ers :)

WCRP Welcomes Dr. Jenny Baeseman as new CliC Director

The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) welcomes Dr Jenny Baeseman as the new director of the Cryosphere and Climate Project (CliC) that is hosted by the Norwegian Polar Institute in Tromso, Norway. “We are fortunate to have Jenny as a member of CliC and WCRP”, said Dr. Ghassem R. Asrar, the Director of World Climate Research Programme (WCRP). “Jenny brings to CliC and WCRP network a wealth of knowledge on cryospheric research and education. She has been coordinating and managing the network of early career scientists in polar research as a major initiative of the International Polar Year (IPY) and its successful legacy since 2006.” Dr. Baeseman assumed the post of CliC director in April 2012.

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ISMASS Workshop Agenda Update

An updated agenda for the ISMASS Workshop has now been posted on the workshop website.

Check it out here!