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Study Group on WMO Cryosphere Crosscutting Functions: Global Cryosphere Watch (SG-CRYO)

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Purpose With reference to Resolution 50 (Cg-18) on the pre-operational phase of the Global Cryosphere Watch (GCW), Resolution 48 (Cg-18) on Polar and High Mountain priorities, and Resolution 6 (EC-71) on the EC Panel of Experts on Polar and High Mountain Observations, Research and Services (EC-PHORS) , and taking into account: (a) The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC), 2019, (b) The Call for Action of the WMO High Mountain Summit (HMS), 2019, Noting that: • In the context of WMO activities, the Executive Council Panel of Experts on Polar and High Mountain Observations, Research and Services (EC-PHORS) focus includes the Arctic, the Antarctic, and the high mountain regions; • Decision 48 (EC-69) defined high mountain regions as “mountain areas where seasonal or perennial cryosphere is present and poses potential and serious risks to society related to water scarcity and disaster resilience”. The IPCC SROCC report defined the high-mountain areas to include all mountain regions where glaciers, snow or permafrost are prominent features of the landscape; • The scope of GCW includes cryosphere as a component of the Earth system. The proposed Study Group will fulfil the following functions: (a) Provide recommendations on the integration of Terms of Reference of GCW and EC PHORS, as approved by Resolutions 48 and 50 (Cg-18) and Resolution 6 (EC 71), with the Terms of Reference and modus operandi of the Standing Committees of technical commissions and of the Research Board, to meet the requirements for cryosphere information of all WMO activities, as defined in the WMO Strategic and Operating Plans, and identify gaps; (b) Assess synergies with the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), [UK] and other relevant programmes and partners, fostering greater reciprocity within the WMO community and with current and emerging partners in the field of cryosphere; (c) Recommend to the constituent bodies an optimal integration of these activities within the governance structure of WMO and a coordination mechanism, to facilitate meeting the requirements for cryosphere information, including for further developments.