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The specific objectives of this topical conference are:

  • To assess recent progress in the full range of cryosphere relevant EO-based observations and techniques;
  • To review the major scientific advances in cryosphere science with special attention to the understanding of cryosphere-atmosphere-ocean interactions and impacts in climate change
  • To discuss the challenges and opportunities in cryosphere science offered by the new generation of EO satellites as well as the major observational gaps for the coming decades
  • To consolidate a scientific roadmap outlining the main priorities and challenges for the cryosphere community in terms of novel observations, enhanced EO-based products and techniques and innovative scientific results

Contributions are sought for presentations on the state-of-the-art research and developments in the use of EO for cryosphere science. Invited keynotes will give overviews of problems, progress and prospects in key areas. PowerPoint presentations (with a short introduction) will be the main form of presentation. Plenty of time will be reserved for discussions.

Preliminary list of relevant topics:

  • Reducing uncertainties in mass balance estimates
  • Ice sheet dynamics
  • Ice shelf-ocean interactions
  • Snow, snow albedo and snow water equivalent
  • Hydrology in high latitudes and extreme events
  • Polar ocean, dynamic topography, and circulation
  • Sea ice, thickness and dynamics
  • Permafrost and seasonally frozen ground
  • Glaciers and Ice caps
  • Ice-ocean-atmosphere interactions
  • Role of Cryosphere in climate
  • Cryosphere and ocean dynamics (e.g., thermohaline circulation)
  • Cryosphere interactions with the carbon cycle
  • Role of the Cryosphere in the water cycle
  • Lake and river ice