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Atmosphere – Cryosphere interaction, poster only. (co-organized)
Convener: Willem Jan van de Berg  | Co-Convener: Thomas Mölg 
 / Attendance Thu, 27 Apr, 17:30–19:00

This session targets research in which the atmospheric sciences meet glaciology. Glaciers and ice sheets interact with the atmosphere through the exchange of mass and energy, i.e. the surface mass and surface energy balance, but many processes on a range of scales act on these surface balances. Coupled atmosphere-ocean modes and large-scale weather patterns, meso-scale circulations over mountains, and local-scale energy and mass exchanges in the surface boundary layer all can control glacier mass balance to various degrees, and can be interconnected as well. Moreover, the glacier surface is not passive under the atmospheric forcing but may either amplify or mitigate the effect of changes in the atmospheric component of climate through e.g. albedo or refreezing.

We invite model- and observational-based studies on any aspects of linkages between atmospheric processes and glacier mass balance on local, regional and global scales. In particular, we encourage studies that address the benefit of this approach for the attribution of observed cryospheric changes.

Finally, we would like to encourage the discussion of the presented research, leading to new ideas, projects and collaborations; therefore this will be a poster-only session. From a convenor side, we will implement some new ideas so that all contributions get their deserved attention.