March 25 – A note on the COVID-19 pandemic:

To potential Cryosphere 2020 participants

At this time it is too early to tell whether the symposium will be postponed due to the worldwide spread of the coronavirus. Many workshops and conferences scheduled for spring and early summer 2020 have now been cancelled or moved to later dates. In the hope that the pandemic will have declined globally by late September, we still plan for the September 21–24 dates.

Backup plans call for the symposium to be held in May 2021 or September 2021. News will be posted on the symposium website and distributed on mailing lists when a clearer picture of the developments emerges (probably in the second half of April).

In any case, the deadlines for submitting abstracts and registering for the symposium will be shifted to later dates if we can convene in September 2020.

With warmest wishes from the Local Organizing Committee!

INTERNATIONAL
SYMPOSIUM ON ICE,
SNOW AND WATER IN A
WARMING WORLD

September 21-24 2020
Reykjavík, Iceland
Interested in updates on the symposium?
for information on abstract submission and the scientific program.
for information on registration, accommodation and fieldtrips.
for information on paper submission to Annals of Glaciology Volume 62.

Main organisers and sponsors

THE CRYOSPHERE IS CHANGING

The Icelandic Meteorological Office together with international partners is hosting a symposium highlighting rapid changes occurring in all components of the Earth's cryosphere:

Glaciers, ice sheets, snow cover, sea ice, permafrost, lake ice and river ice.

Leading scientists will present latest results on changes occurring all over the planet and their impacts, which are felt at high and low latitudes, affecting the developed world, developing nations and indigeneous peoples. The occasion of this conference is the 100th anniversary of the Icelandic Meteorological Office and the transformation of the Global Cryosphere Watch (GCW) into operational stage. Along with oral and poster presentations on scientific results and new technologies, the symposium will allow time for panel discussions on research gaps and future perspectives in the light of the Paris Agreement that calls for limiting global warming to 1.5–2°C.


To potential participants: In response to several inquiries, it has been decided to run parallel sessions on specialized session topics, if a high number of abstracts is received for particular topics.

THE CRYOSPHERE

As a result of global atmospheric warming, all components of Earth's cryosphere are now changing at a dramatic pace. More than a quarter of the planet's land surface receives snow precipitation each year. Water stored as snow and ice is a critical contribution to the world's available freshwater supply and is essential to the sustenance of natural ecosystems, agriculture and human societies. Mass loss continues from glaciers and ice fields in all mountainous regions of the world and from Arctic and Sub-Arctic ice caps. The large ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are major contributors to rising sea level and are now beginning to show signs of irreversible mass loss. The areal extent and thickness of Arctic sea ice cover continues to decline and the resulting albedo changes may now be affecting winter weather patterns in North America and Eurasia. Increasing attention is being given to hazards due to thinning of lake and river ice cover and permafrost degradation, including slope failure, which calls for increased in situ monitoring and the development of new remote sensing techniques.

CONFERENCE THEMES

We seek oral and poster presentations and papers on timely topics related to all components of the cryosphere and its changes due to global warming. Contributions related to adaptation and mitigation strategies in view of the UN's 2030 sustainable development goals and on the coordination of studies of snow and ice and associated hydrological changes on Earth through the Global Cryosphere Watch or other bodies are also welcome. Key focus areas will include: The state of the planet and its cryosphere, Earth's snow cover, glacier changes, The Greenland Ice Sheet, The Antarctic Ice Sheet, sea ice on Earth, permafrost/frozen ground, lake and river ice, climate variations, climate and Earth systems modelling, the cryosphere in high mountain areas, research gaps and new technologies, opportunities, adaptation and mitigation, The Global Cryosphere Watch.

CONFERENCE GOALS

— Bring together leading cryospheric scientists presenting their latest research

— Take stock of the impact of global warming on all components of Earth's cryosphere

— Promote coordination of snow and ice studies on Earth, with emphasis on the Global Cryosphere Watch (GCW) and related programs

— Examine new technologies and research gaps

— Discuss future perspectives

KEY SPEAKERS – Plenary session

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Dorthe
Dahl-Jensen

PROFESSOR, NIELS BOHR INSTITUTE, UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
CANADA EXCELLENCE RESEARCH CHAIR, UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA, WINNIPEG
Fields of expertise: Reconstruction of past climates from ice core and borehole data, evolution of the Greenland Ice Sheet, flow properties of natural ice.

Valerie Masson-Delmotte

CO-CHAIR, WORKING GROUP I IPCC
SENIOR SCIENTIST (DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH) AT CEA (FRENCH ALTERNATIVE ENERGIES AND ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION)
Fields of expertise: Understanding the mechanisms of changes in climate, the water cycle and sea level.

Eric Rignot

CHAIR AND DONALD BREN PROFESSOR OF EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE AT UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA IRVINE, USA
Fields of expertise: The response of the ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland to climate change, interactions of ice and climate, global sea level, satellite remote sensing and ocean circulation.

Konrad Steffen

DIRECTOR WSL, PROFESSOR CLIMATE AND CRYOSPHERE ETH ZÜRICH AND EPFL, SWITZERLAND
Fields of expertise: Arctic climatology, ice sheet stability, global sea level rise, ice sheet and climate interactions.

Mark
Serreze

DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL SNOW AND ICE DATA CENTER (NSIDC), BOULDER, USA
DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY, UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO
Fields of expertise: Arctic climate, Arctic sea ice, global implications of climate warming in the Arctic.

Julia Boike

SENIOR RESEARCHER, ALFRED WEGENER INSTITUTE (AWI), HELMHOLTZ CENTER FOR POLAR AND MARINE RESEARCH, POTSDAM, GERMANY
Fields of expertise: Permafrost, soil physics, processes in the periglacial environment.

Olga Makarieva

LEADING RESEARCH SCIENTIST AT MELNIKOV PERMAFROST INSTITUTE, YAKUTSK
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AT SAINT PETERSBURG STATE UNIVERSITY, RUSSIA
Fields of expertise: Hydrological processes in permafrost environments, dangerous hydrological phenomena, mathematical modelling.

Mandira Singh Shrestha

PROGRAMME COORDINATOR, CLIMATE SERVICES & HI-RISK, ICIMOD, KATHMANDU, NEPAL
Fields of expertise: Water resources management including transboundary flood risk management, hydraulic and hydrologic modelling and hydropower projects.

Astrid Ogilvie

SENIOR SCIENTIST, STEFANSSON ARCTIC INSTITUTE, AKUREYRI, ICELAND
Fields of expertise: Building bridges between the social sciences, humanities, and the natural sciences in a wide variety of research projects in order to further understanding of long-term human ecodynamics and climate change.

KEY SPEAKERS – TOPICAL SESSIONS

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Michael Zemp

DIRECTOR OF THE WORLD GLACIER MONITORING SERVICE AND PROFESSOR AT THE DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY, UNIVERSITY OF ZURICH, SWITZERLAND

Regine Hock

PROFESSOR OF GEOPHYSICS, GEOPHYSICAL INSTITUTE, UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA, FAIRBANKS, USA

Bernd Etzelmüller

PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF GEOSCIENCES, UNIVERSITY OF OSLO, NORWAY

Peter Bijl

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, MARINE PALYNOLOGY & PALAEOCEANOGRAPHY, UNIVERSITY OF UTRECHT, THE NETHERLANDS

Robert DeConto

PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF GEOSCIENCES, UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS, AMHERST, USA

Yao Tandong

PROFESSOR, INSTITUTE OF TIBETAN PLATEAU RESEARCH, CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, BEIJING, CHINA
Additional speakers will be announced later

HARPA / LOCATION

The symposium will be held in the Harpa Concert and Conference Centre in Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland. Since its opening in 2011, Harpa has become the cultural and social centre of the city and the location at the harbour offers good views over the Faxaflói bay and to the surrounding mountains. On clear days, the retreating glacier on the summit of the volcano Snæfellsjökull can be viewed at a distance of 100 km. Several large international conferences are held in Harpa each year and the centre is also home to the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Icelandic Opera. Numerous attractions and restaurants in the city centre are within short walking distance from Harpa.

IMPORTANT DATES

Spring 2019 - 1st Announcement
October 2019 - Website opened, will be regularly updated
January 2020 - 2nd Announcement
1 February 2020 - Early bird registration opens
15 April 2020 - Abstract submission deadline
1 June - Notification of abstract acceptance
1 July 2020 - End of early bird registration
1 September 2020 – Registration deadline
1 September 2020 - Deadline for fieldtrip registration
20 September 2020 - Public session, icebreaker
21–24 September 2020- SYMPOSIUM IN HARPA
25 September 2020 - Fieldtrip to Langjökull ice cap
25–27 September 2020 - Three-day fieldtrip in S-Iceland

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

The International Glaciological Society (IGS) will publish a thematic volume of Annals of Glaciology, containing papers presented at the conference.

Chief editor:  Regine Hock, University of Alaska, Fairbanks; President, IACS.

Co-editors:
Christophe Cudennec, Agrocampus OUEST, France & IAHS Jeff Key, University of Wisconsin-Madison & NOAA
Tómas Jóhannesson, Icelandic Meteorological Office
Douglas MacAyeal, University of Chicago

OTHER ORGANIZERS
AND SPONSORS

University of Iceland
UNESCO Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme
Danish Meteorological Institute
WSL-Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research
Melnikov Permafrost Institute
University of Wisconsin
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Stefansson Arctic Institute
University of Ottawa
UNESCO-International Oceanographic Commission
Technical University of Vienna
Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research
European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)
University of Oslo
International Arctic Science Committee
National Snow and Ice Data Center
St. Petersburg State University
Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research
Agrocampus OUEST
University of Saskatchewan
Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme
National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Third Pole Environment Programme (TPE)
University of Boulder
Global Water Futures
Istituto Nazionale Di Oceanografica e Di Geofisica Sperimentale
University of Chicago