May 20 1997
The International Glaciological Society will hold an international symposium in
Kiruna, Sweden, 17-20 August 1998, on Glaciers and the Glaciated Landscape
The following topics will be open for discussion:
- Ice-covered landscapes
- Interpretation of glaciated landscapes
- Creation, reshaping and survival of subglacial forms
- Spatial and temporal variations in thermal regime
- Controls of wet base/cold base flow regimes
- Ice-substrate interaction
Sessions will be held on three full days and one half-day. A half-day
excursion will be arranged during the meeting. There will be ample
opportunity for poster displays, which are encouraged.
Post-symposium Tour (21-23 August)
A three-day post-symposium tour by bus is planned which will cover an area
from the Norwegian coast to the interior of Sweden. More details will be
given in the second circular.
Day 1. Kiruna-Abisko-Narvik-Skjomen. The landscape on the Swedish side is
low relief and rich in sediments. A stop will be organized at Karkevagge,
which boasts the clearest lake in Sweden and a very rich boulder field,
deposited during the last ice age. The Norwegian side is high relief (fiord
landscape) and polished by ice.
Day 2. Skjomen-Abisko-Kiruna. Visit to the Royal Academy of Sciences
Research Station at Abisko and Kaisepakte, a mountain rich in landforms.
Day 3. Kiruna-Lainiobagen. A tour towards the east to study the complicated
network of landforms of disputable age.
Pre-symposium Excursion (16 August)
A one day pre-symposium excursion will be available for a smaller number of
participants on a first come - first serve basis. The tour includes a
helicopter flight around the Kebnekaise mountain, landing on Storglaciaren,
and a short hike down to the Tarfala Research Station (TRS) where lunch
will be served. TRS will be open to visitors from August 14-26. Food and
lodging is free of charge (limit 30 persons/night, also first come - first
serve), access by foot (25 km). The feasability of this excursion is
highly dependent on the weather.
Details will be given in the second circular. Kiruna has everything from
camping facilities to high quality hotels within walking distance of the
Papers from the Symposium will be published by the Society in the Annals of
Glaciology. All papers (including poster papers) will be refereed and
edited according to the Society's usual standards before being accepted for
S. Ommanney (Secretary General, International Glaciological Society)
Local Organising Committe
Per Holmlund, Peter Jansson, Johan Kleman
International Glaciological Society
Cambridge CB2 1ER
Tel: +44 1223 355 974
Fax: +44 1223 336 543