NP seminar: The current state of global cryosphere change and its climate connections

Speaker: Lawrence Hislop (Director of CliC’s project office)

The Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) project is one of the four core activities of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and is focussed on understanding how the global cryosphere is changing and the connections with the global climate system.

This two part presentation will first provide an overview of the institutional background of CliC and then show results of recent science achievements.CliC has a core set of sponsors including the International Council for Science (ICSU) the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO. The motivations and goals of the sponsors will be explained in the context of CliC's current science plan.

The second part of the presentation will focus on how CliC promotes research into the cryosphere in order to improve understanding of global snow/ice change and the links to climate change. CliC research spans the entire diversity of the Earth’s cryosphere: marine cryosphere, terrestrial cryosphere, alpine cryosphere, and ice sheets. A balance between disciplinary specialization and multi-disciplinary collaboration allows integrating the outcomes of this research as input to assessments and predictions of the cryosphere and climate.