AGU Session: Societal Impacts of Global Cryosphere Change and Associated Mitigation and Adaptation Policies

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AGU Session: Societal Impacts of Global Cryosphere Change and Associated Mitigation and Adaptation Policies

Ian Bolliger
Hi all,

If you have research that relates to impacts of cryosphere change (seasonal snow, glaciers, ice sheets, sea ice, etc.) or adaptation to these changes, please consider submitting to our session! We intend for this session to be attended by researchers and policymakers alike, and encourage submissions that range from physical to policy sciences.

Note: This session is co-organized between Cryosphere and Public Affairs sections and, as such, enjoys an exception to the AGU abstract submission limit. This means that you may submit an abstract to this session and still be able to submit a maximum of one invited and one contributed, or two invited, abstracts to other sessions.

Session description: Melting sea ice, retreating glaciers and ice sheets, thawing permafrost, vegetation cover change, and diminishing seasonal snowpacks are realities of the next century. Although the impacts of these changes on water quantity/quality, human welfare, and the economy are not well characterized, physical modeling and monitoring of these processes has improved in the past decade, and policy measures are being developed to mitigate and adapt to these changes. For example, coastal infrastructure projects are helping communities adapt to rising sea levels as global ice retreats, and water management system operators are developing new methods for measuring and adapting to change as seasonal snowmelt advances and becomes more variable. This session invites contributions to (a) measuring and understanding the societal impacts of cryosphere changes, (b) exploring policy options for mitigating or adapting to these changes, and (c) facilitating the translation of scientific results in the cryosphere sciences to relevant decision-makers.


Ian Bolliger, UC Berkeley
Joanna Carey, Babson College
Shad O'Neel, USGS
McKenzie Skiles, University of Utah

Ian Bolliger
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow
Energy and Resources Group | UC Berkeley

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