Two Calls for POLAR2018 Session Abstracts: High-Latitude Boundary Layers and Polar Remote Sensing

12 September 2017

Two Calls for Session Abstracts

15-26 June 2018
Davos, Switzerland

Abstract submission deadline: 1 November 2017

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The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) are currently accepting abstract submissions for the POLAR2018 Conference, which will convene 15-26 June 2018 in Davos, Switzerland.

The theme of the POLAR2018 conference is "Where the Poles Come Together" and will include:

  • SCAR and IASC/ Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) Business and Satellite Meetings (15-18 June 2018),
  • SCAR/IASC Open Science Conference (19-23 June 2018), and
  • SCAR Delegates Meeting and 2018 Arctic Observing Summit (24-26 June 2018).

Conveners of the following two sessions invite abstract submissions:

SESSION AC-3: High-Latitude Boundary Layers and Model Evaluation
Conveners: William Neff, Alia Khan, and Timo Vihma.

Given dramatic changes in the polar regions and a new focus on the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP), this session addresses key physical and chemical processes, in oceanic and atmospheric boundary layers. The representation in models of these processes is needed to improve predictability of weather, sea ice, and of longer term variability and changes in the polar regions. Particularly challenging are the representation and assessment of clouds and surface exchange processes in next generation global and regional models. Of interest are the exchanges of heat, momentum, moisture, and chemical constituents over increasingly complex ocean-ice-snow-land surfaces. Ongoing observations and field studies such as MOSAiC may provide advances in time for POLAR2018. Data analyses, model assessments, and studies of northern and southern high latitude surface processes and associated dynamical connections of polar regions to the mid-latitudes are welcome. A part of this session is also dedicated to polar climate model evaluation conducted at the SCAR-AntClim21 Workshop in October 2017. The main goal of the workshop is to provide a wide audience with hands-on experience with AntClim21 and broader Antarctic climate data products. The event will bring together senior scientists and early career researchers in areas of climate modeling, biology, atmospheric science, hydrology, and glaciology. Contributions from other studies conducting climate model evaluation are also welcome.

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SESSION TE-3: Remote Sensing of Polar Regions
Conveners: Alexandre Langlois, Chris Derksen, Anna Hogg, and Kimberly Casey.

Our understanding of the rate and physical processes controlling change in Earth's ice-covered regions has been revolutionized in the last two decades by remotely-sensed observations. Earth observation satellites have improved the spatial and temporal sampling of cryospheric regions, and historical datasets now provide an invaluable long-term record of change. New satellite missions (e.g. SMOS, Sentinel, CryoSat, TerraSAR-X, WorldView, GRACE, Cosmo SkyMed) have employed innovative sensors, imaging modes, and high latitude orbits to measure the cryosphere. It is increasingly clear that improvements in our ability to exploit satellite measurements of the cryosphere will only be achieved through coordinated progress in the measurement of surface state variables, enhanced modeling capabilities coupled with the development of new remote sensing concepts. Some of these new developments have included the use of new satellite platforms and methods to improve geospatial measurements, such as remotely-sensed data for snow monitoring, glaciological and mass balance studies, ice sheet flow and geodynamics over short temporal scales, understanding the marine cryosphere, and interactions with the ocean and atmosphere. This session aims to highlight recent scientific results in all aspects of remote sensing of the cryosphere, over land and sea ice. Presentations should address interpretation of cryospheric data from satellite, airborne, or in situ instruments.

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