Ice and People: CliC Strategic Plan 2022-2031

26 March 2022 from 16:00 - 18:00 (CEST / GMT+1)

Open Session



Room: 1.325 (Teorifagbygget Hus 1)


Session Abstract: 

Global heating of our planet due to increased atmospheric greenhouse gases from anthropogenic sources has resulted in the warming of the lower atmosphere, land and ocean, and the widespread loss of ice, with profound effects on Arctic sea-ice coverage, Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheet mass loss, glacier retreat across the world, and thawing of permafrost.

In addition to the impact of the cryosphere change on the wider Earth and climate system, ice is an important provider of services both to society at large as well as the science community. This includes glaciers being a source of freshwater for hundreds of millions of people, Arctic sea-ice serving as a platform for travel, ice cores retrieved as climate records, and the effect of melting land ice on future sea-level rise affecting billions of people around the world. Given this increasing impact of cryospheric change on global societies and the need to integrate a system description of cryosphere regions, the Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) Project, has developed a new vision and mission to address these challenges.

CliC envisions that future research projects will apply a system understanding of the global and regional cryosphere (polar seas, frozen and snow- covered land, glaciated regions including ice sheets and mountainous regions), that includes the physical climate, the ecosystems, residents of cryosphere regions and their connections, and feedbacks to, global climate and society. To accomplish this vision, CliC will facilitate collaborative, international research, and its communication. In order to address societal needs CliC targets researching the cryosphere at multiple scales - bridging climate, ecosystems, and human society - to understand diverse effects of a warming planet for local to regional to global actors

This session welcomes discussions and introductions on how the new CliC vision and mission should be implemented.

The Climate and Cryosphere Project (CliC,, is a core project of the World Climate Research Program (WCRP,


Session Organizer: 

Beatriz Balino This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.