The 12th Session of the CliC Scientific Steering Group in Denmark was held 2-4 February, 2016, at University of Copenhagen, hosted by Center for Ice and Climate. More than 35 presentations were in the agenda, and participants were predominantly from Europe, but with contributions from the USA, Japan, Canada, China, New Zealand, Argentina and Australia (participating both at the location and remotely). The meeting was led by CliC SSG Chair Greg Fiato and hosted by the SSG member Dorthe-Dahl Jensen.
Dave Carlson, WCRP Director, opened the meeting and highlighted the topics of the meeting: among them were identification of gaps and duplications in work of CliC, research opportunities, future activities and projects, links to the other organizations/groups, etc.
There were a number of oral sessions covering the Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) Scientific Steering Group (SSG) and the World Climate Research Programme (WCPR) activities, connections and linkages between CliC and other projects, sea ice, permafrost/hydrology, regional/transdisciplinary issues, prediction and predictability, and modelling. A focus of the meeting was also on the WCRP Grand Science Challenges: clouds, circulation and climate sensitivity; melting ice and global consequences; climate extremes; regional sea-level change and coastal impacts; water availability. The delegates also had the opportunity to join the CliC minisympopsium held at the Niels Bohr Institute on Februady 4th, 2016, to discuss the state of the Arctic Cryosphere. It was mentioned that with the current sources there are more opportunities for the participants from developing countries and young scientists (international funding). Also, there was a suggestion to establish a special fund (travel) to support young scientists to join the upcoming cryospheric meetings.
As the APECS representative Ekaterina Uryupova updated information the SSG participants on the efforts of the Association of the Polar Career Scientists (APECS). She pointed out that young researchers are contributing a lot to the observations related to the Polar and Alpine Regions, and the wider cryosphere. The education and outreach is possible through research collaboration, training, and using digital platforms. Ekaterina provided the SSG participants with the APECS statistical data, and showed a range of outreach products that APECS is responsible for. She was also responsible for taking notes and compiling the meeting report. The detailed report of the 12th meeting of the WCRP's CliC project Scientific Steering Group is available at the CliC website now - http://www.climate-cryosphere.org/media-gallery/1580-2016-clicssg12-report. In addition, information about the upcoming projects/opportunities for early career researchers has been gathered at the meeting.