Calendar of meetings and events relevant to the U.S. ice drilling science and technology communities.
US Antarctic Science Meeting
US-SCAR is hosting a meeting for US scientists who are conducting research in, from or about Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. Scientists interested in getting involved in Antarctic research through US programs are also welcome and encouraged to attend. This conference is open to all US scientists and anyone interested in US Antarctic research. There is no registration fee.
The meeting will provide opportunities for US Antarctic scientists to get together and present their work, and for early career researchers and others new to Antarctic science to learn about SCAR and the various resources available to US scientists for Antarctic-related research. There will be a mix of Lightning Talks, panels and social activities for the US Antarctic Community to meet and interact.
The meeting and associated events will be on Zoom. The schedule is set for two hours each day (one hour science and one hour panel) with additional time added for socializing. The panels will have brief presentations by panelists, and most of the time will be devoted to questions and discussion.
Fourth Polar Data Forum
The Polar Data Forum (PDF) is a place where polar data holders get together and make more use of data. The Forum has two main components: the Conference, where the border between funding, policy and data is explored through presentations and posters; and Workshop Sessions & Hackathons, where the Polar Data Community opens the dialogue to make progress on their shared objectives.
Polar Data Forum IV
After a long period of uncertainty due to the current Covid-19 crisis, we are pleased to announce that the Fourth Polar Data Forum (PDF IV) will be co-hosted by the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) and the European Polar Board (EPB) at the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) in The Hague (NL) from September 20th to 24th, 2021.
The meeting will be co-organized with regional partners including the Southern Ocean Observing System, Standing Committee on Antarctic Data Management, the World Data System, EuroGOOS, and many other organizations engaged in polar data management.
Based on the activities and discussions from PDF III, and particularly, on a workshop focused on marine data, the focus of PDF IV will be put on the polar oceans. This also enables the Forum to be aligned with the launch of the UN Decade of Ocean Science and the 2nd Southern Ocean Regional Workshop which will be co-organised during the same week as PDF IV.
PDF IV will consist of a series of workshops and hackathons from September 20th to 22nd to build on the development work done during previous meetings, followed by a 2-day plenary conference to be held from September 23rd to 24th in support of information exchange.
2nd Southern Ocean Regional Workshop
Following a successful First Southern Ocean Regional Workshop held in San Diego, CA, USA in early 2020, the Southern Ocean UN Decade is pleased to announce that the 2nd Southern Ocean Regional Workshop will be co-hosted by the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and the European Polar Board (EPB) at the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) in The Hague (NL) and held online from September 20th to 22th, 2021. This event will be co-located with the 4th Polar Data Forum and related Hackathon.
The workshop will be co-organized with regional partners including the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), the Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS), the ICED Programme, the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) Programme, and many other organizations engaged in polar activities.
The Southern Ocean Task Force will launch a survey in the coming days to gather your input on the activities and contribution that should be developed in the Southern Ocean in the context of the UN Ocean Decade. If you are interested in participating, please subscribe to our Newsletter and follow us on Twitter. We will notify you through this list and social media channels when the survey is open. The information that you will provide will be summarised in the form of a Draft Southern Ocean Action Plan, which will be presented and open for consultation at the 2nd Southern Ocean Regional Workshop.
Based on the first workshop, this 2nd volume of the Southern Ocean contribution to the UN Ocean Decade will combine a conference style meeting in support of knowledge exchange, with a public consultation approach that will build up to the development of the Final Southern Ocean Action Plan for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.
Stay tuned! Practical information will be communicated soon.
The SOdecade Team
International Symposium on Ice, Snow and Water in a Warming World (Cryosphere 2022)
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