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The Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) Project

The CliC Project was established in March 2000 by the World Climate Research Programme* ( WCRP )to stimulate, support, and coordinate research into the processes by which the cryosphere interacts with the rest of the climate system. The cryosphere consists of the frozen portions of the globe, and includes ice sheets, glaciers, ice caps, icebergs, sea ice, snow cover and snowfall, permafrost and seasonally frozen ground, as well as lake- and river-ice. As a sensitive component of the climate system, the cryosphere may provide key indicators of climate change, and CliC will focus on identifying patterns and rates of change in cryospheric parameters.

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), became a co-sponsor of CliC in 2004. In July 2008, the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) joined as sponsor when they, together with WCRP and SCAR representatives, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to co-sponsor the CliC project .

Project Goal

The CliC project's principal goal is to assess and quantify the impacts that climate variability and change have on components of the cryosphere and its overall stability, and the consequences of these impacts for the climate system.

To attain its goal, CliC develops and coordinates national and international activities related to cryosphere and climate. This includes organizing conferences, workshops, scientific experiments, and model comparison studies, as well as collaboration with other groups involved in climate research. CliC promotes projects to recover, archive, and distribute historic data sets.


* The World Climate Research Programme is sponsored by:
  • World Meteorological Organization
  • International Council for Science
  • Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO
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