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)

Official Web site:

Special Journal Issue on Sciences in Cold and Arid Regions for Water and Development Information for Arid Lands – a Global Network (G-WADI)

Thanks to Asian G-WADI network and Chinese Academy of Sciences a G-WADI dedicated especial issue in the International Journal : Science in Cold Arid Region- will be published by CAREERI, Chinese Academy of Sciences and China Science Press Ltd. This dedicated issue will be exclusively for G-WADI networks (Asia, Africa, Arab Latin America and Caribbean regions ).

Members of G-WADI research groups working on areas related to G-WADI objectives (refer: are invited to contribute to this special issue. Conceptual, theoretical, empirical or position-based manuscripts are welcome. Please find thematic areas outlined in the attached documents.


Submission of full length paper for review 31 July 2012

Comments from review panel 31 August 2012

Final version copy 30 September 2012

Papers will appear in Volume 5 Issue 1 February 2013

The papers should be sent to: and

Please find attached documents for further information.
Announcement for G-WADI Special Issue in International Journal SCAR

Example copy

Page of Copyright

Guide to authors

Sample of SCAR Manuscript (.doc)


With the UNESCO-GWADI initiative in the lake catchment, the overall understanding of the hydrological aspects has been enhanced. The initiative has motivated Wells for India and partner organizations staff to consider the issues in a more logical way and to use scientific information within the society.

The water level monitoring for last 6 years has led to an increase in the awareness of local youth in the villages to see the significant interannual changes. Along with this there has been a growing awareness of the impacts of small water harvesting works on local surroundings.

Other scientific monitoring such as infiltration tests, geological surveys and stream gauging has involved the local villagers and helped them in broadening their outlook and understanding of the natural environment. It has been impressive to record that the local communities became enthusiastically involved in all the survey work; an effort was made to explain what was being carried out in simple language and to have a good discussion with the village youth.

Wells for India and its partners have adopted some simplification of scientific monitoring systems so that many of the tasks can be understood and possibly carried out by the local community who actually are the main beneficiary of all works.

Jaisamand G-WADI Report June 2011updated 0811

The 2nd time for applying for Chinese Academy of Sciences cooperation program in 2011

Please find attached CAS Visiting Fellowship. Asian G-WADI Secretariat and partner CAREERI would like to host if anyone is interested to carry out joint research in partnership with their Institute in the theme related to G-WADI as part of our joint research. There are two categories one is for senior level and the other for young scientist level, even if you want to host some of your research associates or scholars you are welcome to do so. If you need any further information feel free to contact us. As you see the last date is 15 Sep 2011 you urgent attention is needed if you would apply or propose.


Application form for SIS
Application form for YIS

G-WADI organizes Training Workshop on Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources Management in Arid and Semi-Arid Zones

On the initiative of UNESCO’s Tehran Office and IHP Iran, the Regional G-WADI Training Workshop on Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources Management in Arid and Semi-Arid Zones was held in Tehran, Iran from 20 to 21 June 2011 with the presence of Chair of IHP Intergovernmental Council, Prof Soontak Lee; Chairman of the Iranian National IHP Committee and Deputy Minister of Water and Waste Water Affairs, Ministry of Energy, I.R. of Iran, Mr Attarzade; Secretary General of the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO, Dr Saeidabadi; Deputy Minister of Jihad Agriculture, Dr Salajaghe; Director of UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office, Mr. Qunli Han; members of the Iranian National IHP Committee and representatives from Afghanistan, China, India, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan and Pakistan. The Workshop covered the following themes:

  • 20 June

Opening Ceremony
Session 1: Monitoring and Modeling Climate Change

  • 21 June

Session 2: Impacts of Climate Change: dealing with uncertainty)
Session 3: Adaptation Strategies to Climate Change
Session 4: Introducing International Initiatives and Activities of UNESCO in Iran

The Workshop was followed by the 4th Meeting of the Asian G-WADI Network attended by representatives from Afghanistan, China, India, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan and Pakistan, the Chairman of IHP Intergovernmental Council, Prof Lee, members of the Iranian National IHP Committee, UNESCO staff from Almaty and Tehran Offices as well as representatives from Iranian Universities who met in Tehran, Iran, on 22nd June 2011. Officially opened by Prof Lee, the Chair of IHP Intergovernmental Council, the new directions of the G-WADI Programme as well as report of Asian G-WADI activities were reviewed. Very interesting discussions took place around the country reports presented by participating countries, which further underlined the need to improve networking and capacity building activities. The countries welcomed Iran’s initiative to develop concrete project proposals for joint collaboration of two or more of Asian G-WADI countries. In this respect, two project proposals were presented by IHP Iran for which the countries agreed to further review the proposal on “Creation of Landform, Land use, Land cover and Soil erosion maps using a GIS and Remote Sensing Protocol at the regional scale” and provide feedbacks. The participating countries also concluded to develop a publication under IHP series on “Lessons learnt from Integrated Watershed Management in the Asian G-WADI Countries”. They also stressed on the need to exchange technical visits among the Asian G-WADI Pilot Basins. The meeting was closed by adopting an unanimous statement.

On 23 June, participants had a technical visit to Taleghan-Hashtgerd G-WADI Pilot Basin as a Post-Workshop Technical Tour.