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Arctic snow cover changes and their consequences
CliC meetings
8:00 am 16.10.2014 - 2:00 pm 17.10.2014
Jenny Baeseman
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An IASC-INTERACT-CLiC-AMAP GEO cross-disciplinary workshop
Developing targets and objectives.

An IASC cross-cutting activity to plan input on snow to the ICARP III meeting was motivated at a meeting of the IASC Terrestrial Working Group meeting in Krakow in 2013 and Terry Callaghan agreed to coordinate the activity. The motivation was largely based on the fact that snow is a critically important and rapidly changing characteristic of the Arctic but has too often been over-looked in major environmental assessments. Therefore, a group was formed of representatives of each IASC working group and a plan was submitted for IASC support. The plan was approved by the IASC Council and 17,000 Euros were awarded for a workshop. Since then, considerable interest has been shown in the workshop and the agenda has increased to represent the interests of various organisations as shown below.

Targets for contributing organisations:

- IASC: Crosscutting contributions to planning research on snow (ICARP III)
- CliC: Fostering international research collaboration on snow-climate interactions (ICARP III)
- INTERACT: Implementation of research and monitoring on snow recommended by
ICARP III (our group) (post ICARP III)
- AMAP: Collating recent developments on snow research for a SWIPA update (on-
- GEO Cold Regions: Linking arctic to global snow cover and cold regions information services on societies (GEOSS), addressing the cross consequences to users and stakeholders.
Other organisations are welcome to contribute.

Aims of this message

With this message, we invite you to participate in a two-day international meeting for about 20 people in Copenhagen on 16 and 17 October this year. We will develop a two-day programme stating at 10.00am on the 16th and finishing at 16.000 on the 17th and this programme will be circulated two weeks before the meeting. We have limited funding so please inform us if you need funding and if so, how much you require.

The main aims of the workshop

1. To bring together researchers from each IASC Working Group and others who represent a range of disciplines related to snow per se and the multiple consequences of changes in Arctic snow cover
2. To assess current knowledge and identify gaps and challenges in existing data and models including those relevant to facilitating adaptation
3. To develop a research agenda that represents each discipline but also crosses disciplines using an Arctic system approach while addressing adaptation needs at local scales
4. To identify mechanisms to implement the research agenda.
5. To identify mechanisms to implement an improved, standardised monitoring of snow conditions and their effects.
6. To construct a road map that combines the agendas and implementation plans for research and monitoring.
7. To present the road map for snow studies at ICARP III.
8. To integrate activities on arctic snow monitoring and research with global cold region initiatives.


Please respond by September 15th to confirm your participation and the topic you wish to present. We suggest that presentations should be short (10 minutes) to all time for the group to assemble and prioritise research and monitoring needs and to suggest ways of implementation priority actions. Should you be unable to attend, please inform us if you can submit a short summary of your views on priority needs for research and monitoring together with a brief summary of significant recent developments (post SWIPA 2011) in your specific field of snow activities.


The main product will be a short, multi-authored report on recommendations for the International Conference on Arctic Research Planning in April 2015 in Japan. However, we also seek to produce a multi-authored summary paper on recent up-dates on Arctic snow cover changes and their multiplicity of consequences as a context for further research and monitoring. This paper will be available for the up-date on the snow chapter of the AMAP SWIPA Assessment of 2011.

Next steps

When we have your responses, we will draft a detailed programme.

We look forward to hearing from you and look forward to welcoming you to Copenhagen,
With thanks for your attention and best wishes,
Terry Callaghan and Margareta Johansson