Upcoming Events

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

AGU Fall Meeting 2021

13-17 December 2021
New Orleans, LA & Online Everywhere

Ice Core Early Career Researchers Workshop (ICECReW)

January 5-8, 2022
Online and in-person in Salt Lake City, Utah

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.

A Workshop to Evaluate the Need and Scope of an Antarctic Biorepository

February 2-4, 2022
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC

Dear Colleague,

We would like to announce an upcoming NSF-funded workshop with the goals of assessing the current state of biological collections from Antarctica held in the United States, and identifying the value of and need for a repository for Antarctic organisms. In addition to these objectives, workshop participants will explore potential benefits and challenges of such a biological repository, including discussions related to collection organization, accessibility, infrastructure, and the feasibility of a self-sustaining repository(ies), in order to expand our understanding of Antarctic biology and its diverse ecosystems. We aim to bring together biologists working on a variety of taxa and disparate biological problems, museum curators, collections managers and program managers, as well as data scientists to discuss the scope of such a repository.

The workshop is currently scheduled for February 2-4, 2022 for both in-person participants (as well as others who would prefer access via Zoom) at the National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian Institution), home of the Global Genome Initiative (GGI), with support from the Senior Scientist at GGI, Dr. Jonathan Coddington and its Program Manager, Katharine Barker. Because of the uncertainties associated with the trajectory of Covid-19, the workshop may need to be held at an alternate venue, and even possibly remotely, although we feel strongly that an in-person workshop would be most productive.

Topics for discussion at the workshop will include: specimen management, cataloguing, and accessibility, single versus multiple repositories, financial management, a presentation by Dr. Nico Franz from National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) at Arizona State University, which provides an example of a biorepository supported by NSF, and outreach opportunities.

In preparation for the workshop, we are assessing the current state of Antarctic collections in the U.S., including both personal and museum collections. To do so, we need your help. Please complete this survey by November 15, 2021 to provide us with information about your sample collection, and your thoughts on the need for an Antarctic biological repository. The survey includes questions about the number and type of specimens in your collection and how they are stored and cataloged. Completing the survey will take approximately 15-30 minutes. We cannot emphasize enough the importance of completing the survey in order to help us achieve as complete an analysis as possible.

More information about the workshop can be found here. We invite those interested in attending the workshop to apply for travel support of up to $1200. Applications are due November 15, 2021 and award announcements will be made December 15, 2021.

Thank you for considering this opportunity to provide feedback and participate in the workshop

Kristin O’Brien, Professor (University of Alaska, Fairbanks)
Lisa Crockett, Professor Emerita (Ohio University)

And the Organizing Committee
Katharine Barker (Global Genome Initiative)
Jonathan Coddington (Global Genome Initiative)
Sarah Eppley (Portland State University)
Nico Franz (National Ecological Observatory Network)
Bill Fraser (Polar Oceans Research Group)
Kyndall Hildebrandt (University of Alaska Museum)
Jill Mikucki (University of Tennessee)
Bill Moser (National Museum of Natural History)
Thomas Near (Yale University and Peabody Museum)
Dianne Pitassy (National Museum of Natural History)
Craig Smith (University of Hawaii)

2022 Ice core Analysis Techniques (ICAT) PhD school

March 14-18, 2022
Copenhagen, Denmark

The ice core analysis techniques PhD school (ICAT) will be running again from March 14th to March 18th, 2022 in 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.

Application deadline is December 19th, 2021.

More information can be found here https://indico.nbi.ku.dk/event/1329/overview

Spread the word and let your colleges and students know.

We hope to see many of you for ICAT in 2022.

Best wishes,
the ICAT team

EGU General Assembly 2022

3–8 April 2022
Vienna, Austria

Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) Final Summit

May 1-4, 2022
Montreal (QC), Canada

The Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) Final Summit will take place in Montreal (QC), Canada, on 1-4 May 2022. The YOPP Final Summit website has been launched now and the link for abstract submission is open.

The YOPP Final Summit is the apex of the decade-long Polar Prediction Project initiated by the World Meteorological Organization’s World Weather Research Programme in 2013. The conference aims to review progress, share key findings and success stories, and discuss and shape the legacy of the Polar Prediction Project. The summit will bring together polar science experts from operational prediction centres, academia and research institutes, government, and corporate representatives as well as northern communities and users of polar prediction services.

Contributors are invited to submit their abstracts on their research and achievements produced in the frame of PPP and YOPP, on the below topics:

  • Advancements in polar prediction during YOPP (2017–2019) and their operationalization;
  • Building international cooperation amongst the polar prediction community;
  • Paving the way for the legacy of the Polar Prediction Project, to enable environmental safety in the Arctic and Antarctic in the future;
  • Representation of polar processes in numerical models, with a focus on coupling of the atmosphere, ocean and sea ice;
  • Ocean and sea ice modelling and services;
  • The MOSAiC expedition and other polar observation campaigns;
  • Supersite multi-variate observations and process studies (YOPPsiteMIP);
  • Observing System Experiments (OSE) and reanalyses in polar regions;
  • Teleconnections linking polar weather to mid-latitudes predictability;
  • Science to services: tailoring polar forecasting products and services to meet user needs; and
  • Societal and economic implications of accessible, relevant, and useable forecasts.

Early Career Researchers (ECRs)

Participation of Early Career Researchers (ECRs) is encouraged. A third Polar Prediction School will precede the YOPP Final Summit from 27–30 April 2022 in Rimouski, QC, Canada. Also, PPP Early Career Scientist fellowships will provide ECRs with the opportunity to showcase their research and networking with senior mentors at the YOPP Final Summit. For information how to apply to become a YOPP Final Summit Fellow (self-nominations are welcome) and to participate in the Polar Prediction School, please find more information on the YOPP final summit website.

Plenary Speakers

The following science plenary speaker have confirmed their contributions:

  • Petteri Taalas (WMO), Secretary General of WMO;
  • Thomas Jung (AWI), PPP Steering Group Chair, on the realization and successes of YOPP, and on the PPP legacy;
  • Gilbert Brunet (BoM), on the design of the WMO WWRP Polar Prediction Project;
  • Peter Bauer (ECMWF), on Earth System Modelling and predictability in polar regions and beyond;
  • Gunilla Svensson (Stockholm University), on the supersite multi-variate observations and process studies (YOPPsiteMIP);
  • Gregory Smith (ECCC), on the NWP modelling contributions to YOPP;
  • Matthew Shupe (CIRES/NOAA), on the Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC);
  • Jackie Dawson (University of Ottawa), on societal and economic research and applications of YOPP; and
  • Karin Strand (Hurtigruten), Vice President of Expeditions.

Abstract Submission

Submit your abstract by 15 November 2021 at yoppfinalsummit.com. Early Bird registration will be open until 15 February 2022. All information including for the Early Career Researchers' opportunities and options to request funding to attend can be found at https://yoppfinalsummit.com/

Follow also @polarprediction on Twitter and Instagram for any updates.

Best wishes,
Kirstin Werner, WMO WWRP Polar Prediction Office

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)

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

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.