Projected shifts in large-scale circulation patterns inducing persistent changes in precipitation and temperature patterns will impact the mass budget of Arctic glaciers and the Greenland Ice Sheet. Linking studies across the atmosphere and cryosphere contributes to an improved understanding of the role of the Arctic in the climate system, both at a regional and global scale. In an online meeting on 25 January 2022, three researchers gave invited presentations within the theme ‘glacier – atmosphere interactions in a warming Arctic environment’:

  • Masashi Niwano (Japan Meteorological Agency) – Rainfall on the Greenland ice sheet: Present-day states estimated from a high-resolution non-hydrostatic polar regional climate model
  • Carleen Tijm-Reijmer (Utrecht University) – The impact from large to small scale atmospheric processes on the surface mass balance of snow and ice surfaces
  • Jason Box (Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland) - The wetter Arctic

Recordings of the presentations are available upon request (please email Ward van Pelt). The meeting was attended by up to ~100 participants and succeeded to bring together glaciologists and atmospheric scientists. After the presentations and related discussions, the meeting continued with an open forum where ongoing developments within the IASC Network on Arctic Glaciology (NAG) were discussed. Here decisions were for example taken on future meeting locations and meeting format. The next meeting of the IASC NAG will be held in person in Obergurgl, Austria, on January 26-28, 2023. A pre-announcement will follow in April and abstract submission will open in August this year. More details about the NAG and its activities can be found on this website:

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