Session on Sea ice, ocean and climate connections in the Northern Oceans and the Southern Oceans at IGS 2019

Monday, August 19, 2019 to Friday, August 23, 2019
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Event Description: 

Workshop: International Glaciology Society (IGS), Sea Ice Symposium

VenueWinnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Session Ttile: Sea ice, ocean and climate connections in the Northern Oceans and the Southern Oceans

Organizers: Inga J. Smith (University of Otago), François Massonnet (Université Catholique de Louvain), Amy Solomon (NOAA), Riccardo Farneti (ICTP), John Fyfe (Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis)

Abstract opening: Early February, 2019 (tentative)

Session description:
Sea ice plays a critical role in Earth’s climate, through its influence on ocean circulation, heat and freshwater storage, and the Earth’s radiative
balance. Sea ice is a physical barrier to the exchange of heat, mass and momentum between the atmosphere and the ocean, and is involved in important feedbacks acting on a range of time and spatial scales. As such, process studies of sea ice are essential to advance our understanding of the fundamental physical mechanisms underlying polar climate variability. This session welcomes developments from observational, modelling, and theoretical studies that aim at describing the physical origins of sea ice changes (forced or natural), in particular their regional expressions, from days to decades. Being bipolar, this session is particularly looking for integrated studies blending analyses for the two hemispheres. The use of similar methods and datasets (Earth System Model evaluation, CMIP6 analyses, inter-observational product comparison, feedback studies) to study Arctic and Antarctic sea ice are welcome.

Work shop description:
Sea ice plays a critically important yet highly dynamic role in global climate, polar marine ecosystems, globalization and indigenous cultures.  ngoing dramatic changes to the sea-icescape and freshwater–marine coupling, particularly involving ice sheets, glaciers, ice shelves, sea-ice loss and continental runoff, have major implications for climate within and beyond the polar regions, environmental and ecological integrity, and regional and global socioeconomic development. This symposium presents a timely opportunity to show recent advances in our knowledge and technological capabilities in sea-ice related research. In addition, the symposium will encourage holistic discussions amongst
scientists, stakeholders and policy makers regarding the most recent changes, long-term trends and variability in the sea-ice environment in
both hemispheres, and how best to engage and communicate with the general public.