International Conference on Cryosphere: Changes, Impacts and Adaptation

When, local time: 
Saturday, 10 November 2012 - 6:00am to Monday, 12 November 2012 - 6:00am
Where: 
SanyaCity
Type of Event: 
Meeting by Member States or Institutions
Contact: 
r.jayakumar@unesco.org
This conference will examine the current state of cryospheric research 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 broaden communication among researchers and to highlight important research results, especially across central Asia. <br/>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 glacier lake outbursts 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. <br />Sponsors of the conference include the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS); the National Nature Science Foundation of China (NSFC); the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China (MOST) and a variety of other international organizations and national agencies.<br /><br />The local organisers welcome contributions related to relevant cryospheric research subjects, particularly:<br />1. Climate change in cold and arid regions<br />2. Observed changes in cryosphere (including remote sensing of cryospheric changes) <br />3. Climatic and environmental record in the cryosphere<br />4. Cryosphere and sea level<br />5. Cryosphere and water resources<br />6. Cryosphere and ecology<br />7. Cryospheric simulation and projection<br />8. Cryospheric hazards<br />9. Adaptation of cryospherc changes and regional sustainable development<br />10. Cold regions engineering<br /><br />The local organisers 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.