What is CryoClim?

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CryoClim (initially EuroCryoClim) is an initiative proposed by a group of Norwegian organisations; the Norwegian Computing Center (NR), the Norwegian Meteorological Institute (met.no), the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE), and the Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI), and facilitated by the Norwegian Space Centre (NSC). The vision is to develop new operational services for long-term systematic climate monitoring of the cryosphere. Based on scientific and technological results from several past and current projects, it is proposed to develop a network-based system building on standards and communication languages identified by GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) and GEO (Group for Earth Observation) for the global system of systems (GEOSS). The network of processing chains and databases (the nodes) will be hosted by mandated organisations in order to ensure long-term and stable operation. The development of this system will draw on the pool of institutions that has developed the current knowledge and technology base for remote sensing of the cryosphere and data processing and management. Our ambition is that the new system we will develop, including the web-based service and the new and accurate climate products, will represent a significant contribution to the very important task of monitoring the development of the climate on our planet.

Phase 1 of the CryoClim project was carried out in 2008 and prepared the ground for a successful development of an operational monitoring system and service in the following phases. More specifically, phase 1 identified the user needs, developed a first design of the system, developed a demonstrator of the system and climate demonstration products, promoted the initiative, established contacts with key users and other key organisations, and developed a work plan for the main project. As of March 2009, three more phases (Phase 2,3, and 4) are foreseen, each phase with its specific objectives leading toward fulfilling the project vision.