Calendar of meetings and events relevant to the U.S. ice drilling science and technology communities.
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
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.
Ice Core Early Career Researchers Workshop (ICECReW)
We would like to bring to your attention the Ice Core Early Career Researchers Workshop (ICECReW) sponsored by the U.S. Drilling Program!
We hope you will share this opportunity with your students, postdocs, and colleagues.
ICECReW is a professional development workshop for early career researchers. It will be held both in-person and online January 5-8, 2022 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT.
The workshop is free to attend. Travel stipends and childcare are available.
ICECReW is intended for early-career researchers whose work contributes to the drilling, processing, or interpretation of ice core data. We hope to attract a diverse group of participants who may not have extensive experience working with ice core data.
Participants will connect with potential collaborators, learn about opportunities of future ice core drilling and research efforts, learn how to utilize resources available from past ice core projects, and engage in career development activities. Participants will also work together to develop two synthesis papers.
Deadline for registration is September 30. Participants must be affiliated with a U.S. institution to be eligible.
Please see the workshop website listed above for additional information.
International Firn 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.
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
IPICS 3rd Open Science Conference
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.