Conveners of the following session invite abstracts:

SESSION ITS5.7/CR7.8: The Diminishing Cryosphere: Transdisciplinary Investigation of Societal Impacts

Session Description:

As sea ice thins and recedes, glaciers melt, permafrost thaws, and snowfall varies there is no agreed trans-disciplinary approach to understand, evaluate, and adapt to the effects on human society from global to local scales. To address the impacts of the loss of cryosphere, natural and social scientists must work together, and in concert with the people and businesses who live with, and rely on, the cryosphere at high latitudes and high mountain regions. Current research is sparse and often focused on loss of services over increase in hazards. This session seeks contributions focused on both the “service” and “hazard” components of cryosphere loss with the eventual goal of providing evidence required to design a human-cryosphere framework based on the interactions.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Design of a framework based on the unique local nature of the cryosphere as well as a global phenomenon;
  • Addressing human rights aspects including “loss and damage” and the “right to be cold” as explained by Shelia Watt-Cloutier;
  • Adaptation to, and substitutions for, cryosphere services;
  • Adaptation to, and avoidance of, cryospheric hazards;
  • Public engagement and citizen science;
  • Scenarios of possible cryosphere futures and adaptation by humans and ecosystems;
  • The effects of a diminishing cryosphere as linked to food production and subsistence (Indigenous food provision); and
  • Legal and governmental regimes to protect the cryosphere or adapt to its loss.

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To submit an abstract to this session, go to: CliC Session at EGU 2024: Call for abstracts – Climate and Cryosphere ( 

For questions about this session, contact:

Meghan Taylor, Climate and Cryosphere (CliC)