WCRP Open Science Conference: Session Announcement - B11, "Cryosphere and Climate"

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WCRP Open Science Conference: Session Announcement - B11, "Cryosphere and Climate"


Session Announcement and Call for Abstracts

Cryosphere and Climate
WCRP  Climate Research in Service to Society
24-28 October 2011 Denver, Colorado

The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Open Science Conference will be held 24-28 October in Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.  The topic of the conference is Climate Research in Service to Society.   Please consider submitting an abstract to session B11, Cryosphere and Climate, convened by Mark C. Serreze, Vladimir Kattsov and Mark Drinkwater.   The session description follows below. The submission deadline is 30 April 2011.


Session B11: Cryosphere and Climate

The cryosphere, existing at all latitudes, represents the realm of frozen water in the form of snow, sea ice, glaciers, ice sheets and permafrost. While much attention has been paid to characterizing and understanding causes of recent change in the cryosphere, including reductions in Arctic sea ice extent, increased sea ice extent in Antarctica, the mass balance of the
Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, disintegration of large ice shelves, and warming and thawing of Arctic permafrost, the greater challenge that lies ahead is understanding the feedbacks between these changes and the rest of the climate system as well as projecting their impacts, both negative and positive, on ecosystems and society. This session encourages papers on:
characterizing variability and cryospheric change on relevant time and space scales; process studies to refine our understanding of climate feedbacks involving surface albedo, ice dynamics, atmospheric and oceanic circulation, and the carbon and hydrologic cycles; and model simulations assessing the role of the cryosphere as a driver of climate variability and change from
regional to global scales. Particular emphasis will be given to use of models and observations in evaluating of the societal consequences of these changes.

For more information contact:
Mark Serreze Email: [hidden email]
Vladimir Kattsov   Email: [hidden email]

Mark Drinkwater        Email: [hidden email]

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