Climate Change and the Cryosphere: Snow, Water, Ice, and Permafrost in the Arctic (SWIPA). A Proposed Arctic Council ‘Cryosphere Project’ in Cooperation with IASC, CliC and IPY.Project Proposal for SAOs (Part 1): Project Basis, Objectives, Plans for Project Organization and Implementation, and Status of Project Development.
This document presents a proposal for an Arctic Council ‘Cryosphere Project’ (SWIPA), in response to the decisions made during the SAO meeting in April 2007. Since April 2007, experts from the eight Arctic Countries and several relevant international organizations have further discussed and developed the content of the proposed project. Additional ‘Cryosphere project’ planning documentation (Climate Change and the Cryosphere: Snow, Water, Ice, and Permafrost in the Arctic (SWIPA) – Project Proposal for SAOs (Part 2) - Project Components/Modules – Provisional List of Content) contains more detailed descriptions of the plans for the various components of the project.