May 14-15, 2012, Brussels, Belgium

in collaboration with the European Polar Board

The following research topics were addressed:

  • Observation and analysis of sea ice reduction and assessment of its consequences for climate variability
  • Impact of climate variability on Greenland (and Antarctic?) ice sheet dynamic
  • Permafrost thawing and release of greenhouse gases
  • Albedo change and climate feedbacks
  • Arctic climate variability modes

The first general tasks within the topics were:

  • Review the ongoing activities of the partners in these topics
  • Discuss requirements for observations and infrastructure
  • Discuss modeling requirements for predictions on different time scales
  • Identify critical knowledge gaps.
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