Societal Impacts of Global Cryosphere Change and Associated Mitigation and Adaptation Policies

Session ID#: 25522

Session Description:
Melting sea ice, retreating glaciers and ice sheets, thawing permafrost, and diminishing seasonal snowpacks are realities of the next century. Although the impacts of these changes on water quantity/quality, human welfare, and the economy are not well characterized, physical modeling and monitoring of these processes has improved in the past decade, and adaptive policy measures are being developed to mitigate and adapt to these changes. For example, coastal infrastructure projects are being developed around the globe to cope with rising sea levels as global ice retreats, and water management systems are developing new methods for measuring and adapting to change as seasonal snowmelt advances and becomes more variable. This session invites contributions to (a) measuring and understanding the societal impacts of cryosphere changes, (b) exploring policy options for mitigating or adapting to these changes, and (c) facilitating the translation of scientific results in the cryosphere sciences to relevant decision-makers.
Primary Convener:  Ian Wesley Bolliger, University of California Berkeley, Energy and Resources Group, Berkeley, CA, United States
Conveners:  S. McKenzie Skiles, University of Utah, Geography, Salt Lake City, UT, United States, Lora Koenig, National Snow and Ice Data Center, Boulder, CO, United States and Shad O'Neel, USGS Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, AK, United States
Co-Organized with:
Cryosphere, and Societal Impacts and Policy Sciences

  • GC - Global Environmental Change
  • H - Hydrology
  • SI - Societal Impacts and Policy Sciences
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Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Cunde Xiao, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China, Shijin Wang, State Key Laboratory of Cryoshperic Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou, China, Dongqi Zhang, Institute of Climate System, Chinese Academy of Meteorological Science, China Meteorology Administration, Beijing, China, Wanqin Guo, State Key Laboratory of Cryospheric Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou, China, Xuejie Gao, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Beijing, China, Xiaoyin Guo, Institute of Climate System, Chinese Academy of Meteorological Science, Beijing, China and Jing Ming, National Climate Center, China Meteorology Administration, Beijing, China
Sanjaya Gurung, Real Time Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Lalitpur, Nepal
Alice Frances Hill1,2, Cholpon Minbaeva2, Alana M Wilson1,3, Rysbek Satylkanov4 and Richard L Armstrong2,5, (1)University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO, United States, (2)Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, Boulder, CO, United States, (3)Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, Boulder, CO, United States, (4)Kyrgyz Institute of Water Problems and Hydropower, Bishkek, Kyrgyz, (5)National Snow and Ice Data Center, Boulder, CO, United States
Mathias F Vuille, Albany, NY, United States, Matthias Huss, ETH Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, Bodo Bookhagen, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, United States, Christian Huggel, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, Dean Jacobsen, University of Copenhagen, Department of Biology, Copenhagen, Denmark, Raymond S Bradley, Univ Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, United States, John J Clague, Simon Fraser University, Department of Earth Sciences, Burnaby, BC, Canada, Wouter Buytaert, Imperial College London, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Grantham Institute for Climate Change, London, SW7, United Kingdom, Mark Carey, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, United States, Antoine Rabatel, LGGE Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Géophysique de l’Environnement, Saint Martin d'Hères, France, Daniel R Cayan, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA, United States, Gregory B Greenwood, Mountain Research Initiative, Bern, Switzerland, Alexander Milner, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, United States, Bryan G Mark, OSU-Byrd Polar Rsrch Ctr, Columbus, OH, United States, Rolf Weingartner, Institute of Geography & Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research & Mobiliar Lab for Natural Risks, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland and Monika Winder, Stockholm University, Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden
Shengxia Wang, CAREERI/CAS Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute, Lanzhou, China and Yongjian Ding, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou, China
Zoe Chafe, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, United States, Susan Anenberg, Environmental Health Analytics, Washington D.C., DC, United States, Zbigniew Klimont, IIASA International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria, Kaarle Kupiainen, Finnish Environment Institute, Helsinki, Finland, Jessica Lewis, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, Jane Metcalfe, International Cryosphere Climate Initiative, Arlington, VA, United States, Pam Pearson, International Cryosphere Climate Initiative, Pawlet, VT, United States and Summit on Black Carbon and Other Emissions from Residential Coal Heating Stoves and Combined Cooking/Heating Stoves White Paper Author Team
Rijan Bhakta Kayastha1, Rakesh Kayastha2, Richard L Armstrong3, Tenzing Chogyal Sherpa2, Samjwal Ratna Bajracharya4, Sudan Bikash Maharjan4, Sharad Joshi5 and Finu Shrestha4, (1)Kathmandu University, Himalayan Cryosphere, Climate and Disaster Research Center, Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, School of Science, Dhulikhel, Nepal, (2)Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel, Nepal, (3)Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, Boulder, CO, United States, (4)International Center for Integrated Mountain Development, Kathmandu, Nepal, (5)International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Lalitpur, Nepal
Dhananjay Regmi, The Himalayan Research Expeditions, Kathmandu, Nepal, Jeffrey S Kargel, Planetary Science Institute Tucson, Tucson, AZ, United States, Gregory J Leonard, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, United States, Umesh K Haritashya, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, United States, Alina Karki, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal and Sharmila Poudyal, Tribhuvan University, Geology, Kathmandu, Nepal
Kristin Timm, George Mason University Fairfax, Fairfax, VA, United States, Eran W Hood, University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau, AK, United States, Shad O'Neel, USGS, Anchorage, AK, United States and Gabriel J Wolken, Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, Fairbanks, AK, United States

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