International Conference on Cryosphere: Changes, Impacts and Adaptation

International Conference on Cryosphere: Changes, Impacts and Adaptation


November 10 –12, 2012

The cryosphere is that part of the Earth System consisting of all snow, ice and frozen ground on and beneath the surface of the Earth and ocean. It includes ice sheets, glaciers, ice caps, icebergs, sea ice, snow cover, permafrost and seasonally frozen ground, as well as lake- and river-ice. The cryosphere is a sensitive component of the climate system, and provides key indicators of climate change. Changes to components of the cryosphere may impact sea level, water resources, ecological status, the frequency of occurrence of glacier lake outburst and other natural hazards in mountainous regions, and thus have environmental and engineering significance. Changes in the cryosphere over central Asia and the Eurasian Continent would affect the livelihoods, security and potential survival of about two billion people.

The “International Conference on Cryosphere: Changes, Impacts, and Adaptation” will be held in SanyaCity, Hainan Province, China (“the Hawaii of the East”) from November 10-12, 2012. The conference will examine the state-of-the-art of cryospheric research relevant to these issues and will also provide a forum to discuss ongoing research efforts, and international cooperation; to explore future research projects and to define a general strategy for cryosphere studies and management. This conference is an ideal opportunity to widen communication among interested researchers and to highlight important research results, especially across central Asia.

We welcome and encourage contributions related to relevant cryospheric research subjects, and particularly:

1.        Climate change in cold and arid regions

2.        Observed changes in cryosphere (including remote sensing of cryospheric changes)

3.        Climatic and environmental record in the cryosphere

4.        Cryosphere and sea level

5.        Cryosphere and water resources

6.        Cryosphere and ecology

7.        Cryospheric simulation and projection

8.        Cryospheric hazards

9.        Adaptation of cryospherc changes and regional sustainable development

10.    Cold regions engineering

 We cordially invite scientists, engineers, managers, and students as well as representatives of governmental agencies, media and the general public, who are interested in these topics to attend the conference. The official language of the conference will be English.

For more information, please look at the attached 2nd Circular and the official Web site.

2nd_circular_cryosphere_conf_sanya_china_201211 (pdf, 840KB)

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