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Wednesday 15 October

Session 3

Cryosphere in a Warming World


Session Description:

The cryosphere, comprised of snow, sea-ice, glaciers, ice sheets and frozen ground, is a key component of the global climate system. Cryospheric feedbacks involving snow and ice contribute to the enhanced high-latitude warming that has been observed and is projected to continue in the future. This session addresses the use of observations in understanding the processes involved in the cryosphere’s response to climate change. A focus will be on novel approaches to analyzing remotely-sensed information about the cryosphere, the quantification of uncertainty in such analyses, and the provision of data that will support better planning and decision making.

  Gregory Flato (Environment Canada) and Vladimir Kattsov (Voeikov Main Geophysical Observatory)
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Gregory Flato (Environment Canada) - Vladimir Kattsov (Voeikov Main Geophysical Observatory

Cryosphere in a warming world
08:40  Jeffrey Key   (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Intercomparison of Sea Ice Thickness Datasets from Multiple Satellites, a Numerical Model, and Field Campaigns
09:15  Patrick Taylor (NASA Langley Research Center) Interactions and feedbacks between sea ice, clouds, and the circulation in the Arctic
09:35  Karen Veal (University of Leicester) Towards a Combined Surface Temperature Dataset for the Arctic from the Along-Track Scanning Radiometers (ATSRs)
09:55  Thomas Nagler (ENVEO) Towards a Long Term Snow and Glacier Service using Sentinel Satellite Data
10:15  Coffee and Poster Viewing
10:45  Sandra Schwegmann (Alfred Wegener Institute) Antarctic sea-ice freeboard retrieval using CryoSat-2: possibilities, limitations, uncertainties
11:05  Chao Li (Max Planck Institute for Meteorology) The Transient versus the Equilibrium Response of Sea Ice to Global Warming
11:25 Jouni  Pulliainen (Finnish Meteorological Institute)  Monitoring of seasonal land cryosphere processes for the needs of carbon balance assessment using advanced satellite instruments
11:45 Chris Derksen (Environment Canada) Observational uncertainty and inter-model spread: challenges in determining projected changes to Arctic snow cover
12:20  Lunch and Poster Viewing 

Organised by:
With the support of:
European Commission ESA
In cooperation with:
City Darmstadt
Other Sponsors: