CliC round 1

Founded in 1996, the Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) is a core project of the World Climate Research Program. CliC encourages and promotes research into the cryosphere and its interactions with the global climate system. It highlights emerging issues, encourages communication between researchers with common interests in cryospheric and climate science, promotes international cooperation, and highlights the importance of this field to policy makers, funding agencies, and the general public. CliC also publishes scientific papers on the role of the cryosphere in the global climate system and recommends directions for future study.

CliC supported activities include a number of modelling intercomparison experiments under the umbrella of the Grand Challenge Melting Ice and Global Consequences, research projects, and interdisciplinary activities & networks, as follows:

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The CliC Scientific Steering Group (SSG) has the overall responsibility for planning and guiding the CliC science plan. SSG members are appointed by the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee (JSC). An International Project Office (IPO) supports the SSG in their tasks and liaises with the CliC community through regional and national programs, working groups, and expert panels, in the coordinating and implementing the CliC science strategy. The IPO is the major communication channel and the primary point of contact for those wishing to participate in, contribute to, or learn more about CliC activities.

As of 2020, the WCRP CliC research ecosystem includes cooperation and links to a number of partners, agencies and organisations within the cryospheric research, observational and monitoring communities.

NEW! CliC is inviting nominations to its Scientific Steering Group (SSG)

Also read: CliC Strategic Plan 2022-2031

CliC Research Network

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