Upcoming Events

Calendar of meetings and events relevant to the U.S. ice drilling science and technology communities.

International Firn Workshop

May 2022
Online Workshop

Over the last decade, substantial progress has been made on observing and modeling firn processes on land ice, including glaciers and ice caps outside of the large ice sheets. Understanding firn layer processes such as accumulation and water percolation is critical for assessing, for example, mass loss from the Greenland ice sheet, the risk of destabilization for the floating ice shelves that buttress much of Antarctica’s ice and, on the other side of the mass balance equation, the future role of East Antarctica in potentially storing more ice on land. With increasing detail and resolution of ice sheet and climate models, as well as remote sensing products, the time is right to bring together the global research community on firn processes to discuss the current state of our knowledge and identify the future developments which will serve the broader cryosphere community. To discuss this in a collaborative, collaborative and global framework, we propose to bring together the firn research community in an online workshop, organized during the month of May 2022. The workshop is funded by the AntClimNow Scientific Research Program by the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (https://www.scar.org/science/antclimnow/home/).

The goals of our workshop are:

  • To provide an accessible-for-all framework for presenting, sharing, and discussing new research on firn processes on land ice, with a particular focus on early-career scientists.
  • To discuss and synthesize the current state of knowledge and open questions regarding the general theme of firn on land ice.
  • To enhance collaboration between data-focused (observational) and modeling-focused communities, and entrain expertise from neighboring disciplines such as seasonal snow and ice sheet dynamics, which are essential steps in addressing the next big challenges in understanding firn.

The workshop will be organized throughout the month of May 2022, and consists of three phases:

  • Sharing phase (May 2-13): presenters will share their work online (via pre recorded presentations). Everyone gets a chance to explore the shared work on a cloud based video platform, which will be organized into themes that are defined by the participants. Slack will be used to communicate within the community. Monetary awards will be given out to excellent student and early-career scientist presenters.
  • Topical discussion phase (May 16-20): each theme will organize an online discussion focused on the shared work. Each topical discussion will be organized and led by two coordinators, one early career representative and one senior scientist.
  • Joint session phase (May 23-24): overview talks by themes and outlook/summary talks, spread over two days (Monday and Tuesday).

All live sessions will accommodate as many time zones as possible. Participants unable to attend live sessions will have immediate access to recordings of the sessions.

The synthesis phase (June-September) will feature the writing of the workshop outcomes in a review paper. Each pair of topical coordinators will lead the writing of a section, and will be co-author of the review paper.

Sixth International Summer School in Glaciology

June 7-17, 2022
Wrangell Mountains Center, McCarthy, Alaska

Dear glaciology graduate students,

After two pandemic-related cancelations, the Sixth International Summer School in Glaciology organized by the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF)/Oslo University, will (hopefully) be held in McCarthy, central Alaska, from 7 to 17 June 2022 (just before the IGS Symposium on Maritime Glaciers, to be held in Juneau, Alaska, 19 - 24 June; https://www.igsoc.org/symposia/2022/juneau2022/).

The summer school will provide a comprehensive overview of the physics of glaciers and current research frontiers in glaciology with focus on quantitative glaciology and remote sensing. The course is open to 28 graduate students from around the world targeting primarily early stage PhD students who perform glacier-related research. It will be taught by faculty of UAF’s glaciology group and several invited guest instructors from outside Alaska.

Application deadline: 15 January 2022

See for further information

Regine Hock (UAF, Oslo University)
Martin Truffer (UAF)
Andy Aschwanden (UAF)
Ed Bueler (UAF)
Mark Fahnestock (UAF)

2022 SCAR Open Science Conference

1-10 August 2022
Online Virtual Event

Dear Colleagues,

We are excited to share the SCAR Open Science Conference 2022 Pre-Conference Circular with you.

The National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR), an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Government of India, takes pride and pleasure in hosting the SCAR Open Science Conference 2022. The theme of the conference is Antarctica in a Changing World. The conference will be held online.

Important Dates

1 February 2022 Abstract submission opens
1 June 2022 Abstract submission closes
2 June 2022 Registration opens
27-29 July 2022 SCAR Business Meetings (online)
1-10 August 2022 SCAR Open Science Conference (online)
5-7 September 2022 SCAR Delegates Meeting (in-person with limited online facilitation of reporting


The SCAR Open Science Conference 2022 will will feature a comprehensive schedule of meetings, symposia, virtual side events and social activities, daily plenary lectures and poster sessions in an innovative online format.

Click here to see the full list of proposed sessions.

Proposals for additional sessions are welcomed. Please send your suggestions to info@scar.org for consideration.

Please contact the SCAR 2022 Project Management Team for more information or to find out how you can get involved at scar2022@ncpor.res.in.

Make sure to keep and eye on our website for updates: scar2022.org.

We look forward to "seeing" you at the SCAR Open Science Conference 2022.

With best wishes,
The SCAR Secretariat

International Symposium on Ice, Snow and Water in a Warming World (Cryosphere 2022)

21-26 August 2022
Reykjavík, Iceland

Even though vaccine programs have started the situation is still uncertain. It is premature to assume that international travel will return to normal in 2021 and we have therefore decided to postpone the symposium until 2022.

New dates: August 21-26 2022

The symposium title will thus become Cryosphere 2022 as we continue our preparations into next year. The invited speakers have been informed about this change and they are committed to participating. Please stay tuned for further information on the symposium website, on Cryolist and other mailing lists. Note that plans now call for a 5-day symposium instead of the originally planned 4-day event.

We thank you for your consideration and look forward to seeing you in Iceland in 2022!

The Local Organizing Committee

The Willi Dansgaard Centenary Symposium

August 29-31 2022
Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark

Willi Dansgaard (1922 – 2011) was a pioneer of isotope glaciology and ice-core-based climate research. The climate agenda makes his research contributions more relevant today than ever, and ice cores remain pivotal for understanding the climate system.

The symposium consists of two parts:

  • A scientific symposium on Monday and Wednesday in the classic conference style with scientific presentations by both invited keynote speakers and participants selected based on submitted abstracts. We particularly welcome contributions within Willi Dansgaard's work areas: climate reconstructions by isotope measurements, ice-flow modelling and dating, and the study of abrupt climate change.
  • A symposium with dual focus on Willi Dansgaard’s life and work, and highlights of recent climate research takes up the Tuesday, Willi Dansgaard’s birthday. In the afternoon, we conclude with a formal celebration session with invited participants from the Royal Family, the Danish and Greenlandic political system, university leadership, research foundations, and Willi Dansgaard’s family, friends, and colleagues, followed by a reception and dinner.

Invited speakers include Jim White (US), Valérie Masson-Delmotte (F), Dania Achermann (D), Joel Pedro (AUS), Christo Buizert (US), Michel Crucifix (B), Peter Huybers (US), Minik Rosing (DK), and Maiken Lolck (DK).

IPICS 3rd Open Science Conference

02-07 October 2022
Crans Montana, Switzerland

Due to the worldwide COVID19 pandemic the IPICS OSC intitially planned for 2020 had to be postponed. Also in 2021 the global situation did not allow to organize a truely international ice core conference with safe participation from all regions of the globe. The IPICS SSC therefore decided to postpone by another year. The local organization committee is now proud to announce that the IPICS OSC will take place in October 2022 and is looking forward to see all of you in person in picturesque Crans Montana in the midst of the Swiss Alps.

New confirmed dates: October 2 - October 7, 2022

We are proud to host the 3rd IPICS Open Science Conference in Crans-Montana, Switzerland.

Ice cores provide information about past climate and environmental conditions as well as direct records of the composition of the atmosphere on timescales from decades to hundreds of millennia. With the pioneering work of Hans Oeschger of University of Bern on carbon dioxide in polar ice cores, a long tradition of ice core research in Switzerland began. Less known is that Hans Oeschger also initiated a high-alpine drilling project on Colle Gnifetti in Switzerland in the 1970s. To acknowledge Hans Oeschger’s important contribution to these two ice core fields and to foster the link between the corresponding communities the theme of the conference is Ice Core Science at the three Poles.