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The Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) Project of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) is launching an open call for nominations to its Scientific Steering Group (SSG) for the period 2024 – 2027. Nominate by 31 March 2023.


The SSG is the governing body of CliC and has the overall responsibility for planning, and implementing the CliC Strategy Plan 2022-2031 and monitoring its activities. The SSG helps shape the international research agenda and functions as an integrator of activities to avoid duplication of efforts. CliC´s vision for the coming decade is to achieve a system understanding of the global and regional cryosphere that includes the physical climate, ecosystems and inhabitants of cryosphere regions, as well as the cryosphere connections and feedbacks to climate and society.
 
SSG membership is initially for four years with possibility for two extensions of two years each. The terms of reference are as follows:
  • Provide scientific guidance and oversight to CliC community and its activities
  • Oversee specific CliC existing activities and launch new ones
  • Liaise with other activities within WCRP and with the international cryospheric research community at large, partners, agencies, and organisations. 
  • Engage with Early Career Researchers (ECR) networks (e.g., APECS, YESS, HYS, etc)
  • Represent the CliC community in academic meetings and events
  • Meet once a year

CliC seeks nominations and self-nominations from scientists active in cryosphere-related research, both in the natural and social sciences, including those studying the interaction of ecosystems, fisheries, and communities with the one or more cryosphere components. 

To apply, please fill in the online application form.

Nomination deadline: 31 March 2023

For inquiries about the position please contact CliC co-chairs Amy L. Lovecraft This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Edward Hanna This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For questions about the application form, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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