The second IGOS
Cryosphere Theme (IGOS-Cryo) development workshop
was held in Yokohama, Japan (50 km south of Tokyo) 24-25 April 2006. It took place in conjunction with the Asia CliC
meeting (20-22 April). The first IGOS-Cryo workshop
was held 2-4 March 2005 in Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada. It
was a key step in the
development of the Cryosphere Theme Report, which is the first major
milestone in the Theme development process.
of the second workshop was similar to the first: bring
together representatives from the user and scientific communities to
identify the major issues in cryospheric information
our current and planned observational capabilities, applications, and
observational requirements. This information
forms the core of the Theme Report. In fact, the
desired outcome of this workshop was to work towards a complete draft of
the Report, discussing the cababilities, requirements, and recommendations, adding applications and societal benefits, etc.
The workshop consisted
presentations and a long discussion session (in lieu of breakout groups).
The presentations covered some, but not all, of the major topical areas, e.g.,
terrestrial snow cover,
seasonally frozen ground, permafrost, ice sheets, ice caps, and
glaciers, sea ice, river and
lake ice, and solid precipitation. Both the presentations and
the breakout sessions addressed observational
requirements, measurement accuracies and the gaps between the
two, particularly from an Asian perspective.
The workshop was being sponsored by the Japan Aerospace
Exploration Agency (JAXA), the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), and WCRP. It was hosted by JAMSTEC.