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2020 WCRP CliC Annual Report Available

The 2020 CliC Annual Report is available

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2020 was a productive year for the CliC community, even amidst the pandemic, and we are pleased to share this annual report highlighting some of our progress and achievements during the past year. The report also covers the outputs resulting from the WCRP Grand Challenge on Melting Ice and Global Consequences.

CliC supported projects have made major contributions to the Melting Ice and Global Consequences Grand Challenge primarily through a series of modelling intercomparison projects. These include the Ice Sheet Modelling Intercomparison Project (ISMIP6) which has produced some of the first community-wide projections of sea level rise from Greenland and Antarctica using stand-alone ice sheet models forced by Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP) models and projections of ice loss from glaciers (GlacierMIP; Model Intercomparison of Global Scale Glacier Models) – both of which provided estimates for the upcoming Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Additional important contributions to our ability to model ice loss were made by the new Marine Ice Sheet Ocean Model Intercomparison Project 2 (MISOMIP2), the Earth System Model-Snow Model Intercomparison Project (ESM-SnowMIP) and the Land Surface, Snow and Soil Moisture Model Intercomparison Model (LS3MIP). These projects reflect a strategy aimed at connecting cryosphere scientists with the modelling communities. Beyond the intercomparison modelling projects cited above, CliC supported activities focused on ice sheets, sea-ice variability, mid-latitude-polar region linkages and permafrost that spanned across multiple disciplines and Earth System Components. Finally, it engaged in joint activities with other WCRP Core projects aimed at the coordination of observations and modelling efforts.

 The Co-Chairs would like to thank the cryosphere community for continuing their efforts even in the challenging circumstances posed by COVID-19. A special thanks goes to Gwen Hamon, Executive Office of CliC International Project Office (IPO) from 2014 to 2020, for her essential and extensive contributions to CliC. We also heartily welcome Beatriz Balino (Executive Director) on board and very much look forward to working with her. We are also very grateful to the Bjerknes Center for Climate Research (BCCR), for hosting the CliC IPO, and the BCCR and the Research Council of Norway for their financial support to the IPO.

James Renwick & Fiamma Straneo, CliC co-chairs

Tim Naish, chair GC Melting Ice and Global Consequences