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The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Group on Earth Observations (GEO),
and the World Climate Research Programme Climate and Cryosphere project

invites you to participate in the IPY Legacy Workshop:

Sustaining Project Contributions to WMO Global Cryosphere Watch and
the Group on Earth Observations System of Systems
Geneva, Switzerland, Date TBD

First announcement

This announcement is addressed to scientists and managers involved in conducting, funding and coordinating cryospheric research and observations, and especially IPY projects related to various aspects of the cryosphere.

Registration is temporarily closed.

Workshop Objective
The prime objective of this workshop is to review the accomplishments of the relevant IPY cryosphere projects to date, assess their transition to a more sustainable/ operational status and to identify projects and related activities that would be valuable contributions to the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS).

The Workshop agenda will feature topics such as:

  • Introduction and further development of the WMO GCW concept;
  • Discussion of IPY projects’ accomplishments and need for sustaining the activity;
  • Contribution of projects to determining the state and fate of the cryosphere;
  • Identification of specific IPY project components, such as sites and facilities that are key for polar cryosphere monitoring and research;
  • Identification of IPY cryospheric projects capable of contributing significantly to the GCW;
  • Recommendations for observational activities and facilitating, where necessary, a transition from research-based to “operational” status;
  • Recommendation of measures to ensure sustained flow of data from the projects and continuing activities; and
  • Search for users and sources of support for projects and/or their components that should be sustained.

We welcome your participation and contribution to this workshop. Should you require additional information on the workshop or the WMO Global Cryosphere Watch, please contact Dr Vladimir Ryabinin of the WCRP (vryabinin[at] or the CliC International Project Office (clic[at]

 Organizing Committee
 Barry Goodison, Lead (CliC SSG)  Michael Rast (ESA)
 Stephan Bojinski (GCOS)  Vladimir Ryabinin (WCRP)
 Douglas Cripe (GEO Secretariat)  Eduard Sarukhanian (WMO)
 Daqing Yang (CliC IPO)  

Venue and maps:
Meeting Hall "A", ground floor of the WMO building, main entrance.
Please register and pick up name tags at the reception. Posted signs will show you the direction to the meeting hall.

Meeting start time(TBD)

Hotel information
TBD - those who :

Hotel TBD
Address and link TBD
Single room: EUR xx  /  double room EUR xx

Hotel TBD
address and link TBD
Single room: EUR xx  /  double room EUR xx

Discounted rates are effective until  TBD 2008.

Other hotel possibilities:
Hotels by City - internet search page

Useful information:
Public transportation   It is advisable to have at least 3 CHF (alternatively, 2EUR) in change to purchase tickets. These are sold only from automatic ticket machines at the stops, and are good for one (1) hour. Take bus no 28 from the airport to WMO HQ and Hotel Mon Repos.

Reception (TBD)

Presentations (TBD)

Other Geneva meetings: