International Conference on Cryosphere: Changes, Impacts and Adaptation

International Conference on Cryosphere: Changes, Impacts and Adaptation


November 10 –12, 2012

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 occurrence of glacier lake outburst 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.

The “International Conference on Cryosphere: Changes, Impacts, and Adaptation” will be held in SanyaCity, Hainan Province, China (“the Hawaii of the East”) from November 10-12, 2012. The conference will examine the state-of-the-art of cryospheric research relevant to these issues 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 widen communication among interested researchers and to highlight important research results, especially across central Asia.

We welcome and encourage contributions related to relevant cryospheric research subjects, and particularly:

1.        Climate change in cold and arid regions

2.        Observed changes in cryosphere (including remote sensing of cryospheric changes)

3.        Climatic and environmental record in the cryosphere

4.        Cryosphere and sea level

5.        Cryosphere and water resources

6.        Cryosphere and ecology

7.        Cryospheric simulation and projection

8.        Cryospheric hazards

9.        Adaptation of cryospherc changes and regional sustainable development

10.    Cold regions engineering

 We 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.

For more information, please look at the attached 2nd Circular and the official Web site.

2nd_circular_cryosphere_conf_sanya_china_201211 (pdf, 840KB)

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UN-Water invites you to nominate your best practice for the 3rd edition of the ‘Water for Life’ UN-Water Best Practices Award

UN-Water invites you to nominate your best practice for the 3rd edition of the ‘Water for Life’ UN-Water Best Practices Award

Application period: 30 June-15 September 2012
Focus on ‘Water Cooperation’

The United Nations Office to Support the International Decade for Action “Water for Life” 2005-2015, which implements the UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC), and the UN World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) are pleased to invite you to nominate your best practice for the 3rd edition of the “Water for Life” UN-Water Best Practices Award.

On the occasion of the Thematic Session on Water Cooperation at the Rio+20 Summit in Brazil, organized by the Government of Tajikistan, the 3rd edition of the “Water for Life” UN-Water Best Practices Award has officially been launched on 21 June 2012.

The purpose of the Award is to promote efforts to fulfil international commitments made on water and water-related issues by 2015 through recognition of outstanding best practices that can ensure the long-term sustainable management of water resources and contribute to the achievement of internationally agreed goals and targets contained in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation.

The application period is open from 30 June to 15 September 2012.

The prize is awarded yearly in two categories, one in best water management practices and another one in best participatory, communication, awareness-raising and education practices.

Every year, special emphasis is being put on the theme selected for next World Water Day. World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of water and advocating for the sustainable management of water resources. Each year, UN-Water agrees to highlight a specific aspect. In 2013, special focus is given to the topic “Water Cooperation”. The prize will be awarded at a special ceremony on World Water Day, 22 March 2013.

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UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC)