International Symposium on Seasonal Snow and Ice

Event Type: Conferences and Workshops

When: 28 May 2012 to 1 June 2012

Where: Lahti, Finland


The International Glaciological Society will hold an International Symposium on ‘Seasonal Snow and Ice’ in 2012. The symposium will be held in Lahti, Finland, from 25 May to 1 June 2012.

New technologies have broadened our ability to examine the seasonal ice zone, though large uncertainties about its current state remain. Numerical modelling is advancing but thin ice and seasonal snow covers close to the climatological ice margin remain difficult to model because of their transient nature. Ecological impact studies in the seasonal ice zone have increased over the past ten years, and serve to further highlight the important role seasonal ice has on the many physical, chemical and biological systems of the sub-polar latitudes.

In view of these advancing technologies, modelling improvements and ecological studies, we announce a symposium focussed on the understanding of seasonal snow and ice. The goal of the symposium is to progress further in understanding how seasonal snow and ice is responding to changes in the environment and climate, and what changes can be expected in the future. This meeting seeks to address these problems by bringing together scientists from diverse communities engaged in research on snow, sea ice, freshwater lake and river ice and frozen ground.

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