Upcoming Events

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

Geological Society of America (GSA) 2019 Annual Meeting

September 22-25, 2019
Phoenix, Arizona, USA

The Geological Society of America (GSA) will hold its 130th Annual Meeting from 22-25 September 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

GSA is a global professional society with a growing membership of more than 26,000 individuals in 115 countries. GSA provides access to elements that are essential to the professional growth of earth scientists at all levels of expertise and from all sectors: academic, government, business, and industry. The Society unites thousands of earth scientists from every corner of the globe in a common purpose to study the mysteries of our planet (and beyond) and share scientific findings.

Ice Core Analysis and Techniques (ICAT) PhD school

September 23-28, 2019
Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark

The ICAT PhD school (2 ECTS) is aimed at PhD students and junior postdocs who conduct ice core analysis or are users of ice core data (glaciologists, oceanographers, climate modelers, earth scientists).

ICAT aims to educate a new generation of ice core researchers and foster a collaborative environment for future glaciological projects.

This course will educate young scientists regarding new methods developed for the analysis of ice cores with regard to climate research, with dedicated theoretical and laboratory exercise sessions.

8th International Ice Drill Symposium

September 30 - October 3, 2019
Copenhagen, Denmark

Ice drills are crucial to access ice for climate research and other studies of the water and basal conditions under glaciers, ice caps and ice sheets. The ice related research especially related to understand the past and present climate will improve our ability to predict the impacts under future climate changes. New techniques are rapidly evolving within ice drills and include rapid access drills, replicate drilling and thermal and hot water drilling. This symposium presents a timely opportunity to show recent advances in our knowledge and technological capabilities in ice drilling technology. In addition, the symposium will include the ice drill related themes like ice core handling, borehole logging and ice camp logistics.

2019 Interdisciplinary Antarctic Earth Science Conference

October 13-15, 2019
Camp Cedar Glen, Julian, California, USA

This biennial conference is intended to provide a forum to present and discuss the results of your exciting new Antarctic research across the spectrum of the Earth Sciences from deep time and deep earth to modern biological interaction with surficial processes.  We will have multidisciplinary sessions for talks and posters (see below for meeting details and logistics).

Overarching Theme:  Intersecting Spheres 

  • Cause and Effect: Inferring Process from Pattern in Antarctic Earth History
  • Intentional & Unintentional Collisions: Outcomes of Targeted and Serendipitous Collaboration
  • Sticky Edges: Transformative Science at the Margins of Emerging or Existing Disciplines

2019 WAIS Workshop

October 16-18, 2019
Camp Cedar Glen, Julian, California, U.S.A.

The 2019 WAIS Workshop will be held outside of sunny San Diego, California, at the newly upgraded and remodeled Camp Cedar Glen in Julian, CA. This NSF- and NASA-sponsored meeting hosts transdisciplinary and societally critical science focused on marine ice-sheet and adjacent earth systems, with particular emphasis on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Similar to past years, registration and abstraction submission will open in early July and the abstract deadline will be in August. The WAIS Workshop will immediately follow the 2019 Interdisciplinary Antarctic Earth Sciences meeting from October 13-15, also at Camp Cedar Glen. The 2019 meeting is hosted locally by Helen Fricker and the WAIS Organizing Committee (Knut Christianson, Indrani Das, Joseph MacGregor, Brooke Medley, Matthew Siegfried, Lauren Simkins). 

The meeting begins with an Icebreaker pizza dinner on Tuesday evening, October 15. Sessions are organized by topic, with keynote speakers for some sessions, followed by contributed talks and concluding with a panel discussion. Poster sessions will be held separately. We anticipate about 40-50 talks. The formal meeting agenda will end at lunch on Friday, October 18, followed by a workshop to bring together community college educators and the WAIS research community. Also new for this year, we will have an opt-in mentoring program for any early-career WAIS Workshop attendees and a workshop-wide discussion about issues surrounding fieldwork conduct.

AGU 2019 Fall Meeting

December 9-13, 2019
San Francisco, California

As the largest Earth and space science gathering in the world, the Fall Meeting places you in the center of a global community of scientists drawn from myriad fields of study whose work protects the health and welfare of people worldwide, spurs innovation, and informs decisions that are critical to the sustainability of the Earth. You will connect with leading thinkers, learn about pioneering research and emerging trends, and use your voice to help drive science’s positive impact on the world.

More information will be announced in 2019. Please follow the link for up-to-date information.

6th Snow Science Winter School 2020

February 16-22, 2020
Col du Lautaret, France


Covering up to 49% of the total land surface in midwinter in the northern hemisphere, snow is a crucial component of the cryosphere. Snow plays a key role in our environnment, with social and economical implications such as the climate change, natural hazard, tourisms, etc. How does snow behave and interact with its surrounding largely depends on its microstructure, which varies widely from light dendritic snowflakes to small rounded grains or dense melt crusts for instance. Measuring and characterizing snow is therefore essential.

Great advances have been made over the past 15 years toward more quantitative, objective characterization of snow, allowing for a better, more physical description of the processes; they came along with new measurements techniques. These improved quantification methods of the snow cover must be spread to the cryosphere scientists community, and beyond, as beneficial to many applications in this field, e.g. hydrology, climatology, avalanche forecasting or earth observation from space.

The 6th Snow Science Winter School will teach these modern techniques of snow measurements. The school consists of a field training complemented by theoretical lessons. It includes the practice with some of the state-of-the-art snow measurement techniques (specific surface area by reflection and spectroscopy, near-infrared photography, high-resolution penetrometry, micro-tomography, etc). Students will learn about how to characterize snow cover, what are the fundamental processes responsible for its evolution, and how does it interacts with the environment. For this edition, a special focus will be on snow in a changing climate, impact on human and nature.

Ice core session - 36th International Geological Congress

March 2-8, 2020
Delhi, India

Please join us for an ice core session at the 36th International Geological Congress in Delhi (2-8th March 2020)

Abstract submission is free until 15th September.

Session 8.3 "Climate variability from ice cores - evidence from the three poles"

Ice cores provide a wealth of information about past climate and climate variability. Deep ice cores, drilled in Antarctica and Greenland, have shaped our understanding of millennial scale variability while shallower ice cores have focused on multi-decadal to centennial change. However, there is a growing number of ice cores, including the Himalayas, the Andes and the Apes that are increasing our understanding of regional climate variability over various timescales.

The aim of this symposium is to bring together researchers working on both polar and non-polar ice cores. We invite talks relating to climate variability over a range of time-scales, using geochemical and isotopic proxies from ice cores.

On behalf of the session convenors:
Liz Thomas (UK), Thamban Meloth (India), Mariusz Potocki (USA)

IPICS 3rd Open Science Conference

October 18-23, 2020
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.