Information - CR12 Climate change impacts on glaciers, permafrost and related hazards (co-listed in NH & CL)
Although there is general agreement on the evidence of global warming, there is still much debate on the magnitude and the regional pattern of the response of glaciers and permafrost to climate change. As more and more data are compiled on glaciers and permafrost sites around the world (e.g. GLIMS), the scientific community now has a better opportunity to study links between climate and glaciers and permafrost. This session aims at bringing together a broad range of contributions dealing with glaciers and permafrost sites as indicators of current climate change from different climate regimes from around the world. The session will also address the specific natural hazards associated with these changes.
Theoretical contributions on the modelling of glacier mass balance in different climates are just as welcome as regional studies on recently observed changes of individual glaciers, permafrost sites or ice sheets. Presentations that address the global aspects of climate-glacier interactions based on glacier mass balance records or permafrost evolution are particularly encouraged. Also, contributions addressing glacier and permafrost monitoring methods and strategies will be considered for this session.
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