|INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON CRYOSPHERIC INDICATORS OF GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE|
|International Glaciological Society, IUGG-CCS and WCRP CliC|
|21-25 August 2006|
The cryosphere, consisting of snow cover, sea-, lake- and river-ice, glaciers, ice caps and ice sheets, and frozen ground including permafrost, is a fundamentally important part of the global climate system. Many components of the cryosphere respond sensitively and very visibly to climate changes. Cryospheric changes provide important information about past climatic conditions in regions where other climate observations are sparse, and they have significant implications for global sea level, regional water resources and both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Feedbacks between the cryosphere and other components of the climate system play a key role in how the climate system evolves over time. In situ observations, remote sensing, the analysis of proxy records and numerical modeling all contribute to understanding the dynamics of cryospheric change and cryosphere/climate interactions. Building on the foundation laid by the 1st CliC International Science Conference, held in Beijing in April 2005, this symposium will promote discussion of the evidence for changes in all components of the global cryosphere, their interdependence and causes, our current ability to model these changes, and what they tell us about changing global climate.
|Created by Tom Lachlan-Cope||Last modified: 19 Aug, 2006|