POSTPONED TO SEPT 2021: Cryosphere 2020 - International Symposium on Ice, Snow, and Water in a Warming World

When: 21 September 2020 to 24 September 2020

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Link to Symposium Website

Summary

Cryosphere 2020 postponed until 2021

Even though the spreading rate of the COVID-19 virus seems to be slowing in many countries the situation is still very uncertain. According to latest information from Icelandic authorities, restrictions on travel to and from Iceland might be upheld throughout 2020. We have therefore decided to postpone the symposium until next year.

New dates: September 27 - October 1, 2021

The symposium title will thus become Cryosphere 2021 as we continue our preparations into next year. Please stay tuned for further information on the symposium website, on Cryolist and other mailing lists. Note that we might decide to run 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 next year!


This symposium will bring together scientists, stakeholders and policy makers for a discussion on the latest results from studies of the entire cryosphere, which plays an important role in the hydrological cycle and the Earth System and is one of the most useful indicators of climate change. The symposium will allow ample time for panel discussions on scientific results, new technologies, research gaps and future perspectives in the light of the Paris Agreement, which calls for limiting global warming to 1.5–2°C.

We seek papers and presentations on timely topics related to all components of the cryosphere and its changes due to global warming. Contributions related to adaptation and mitigation strategies in view of the UN´s 2030 sustainable development goals and on the coordination of studies of snow and ice and associated hydrological changes on Earth through the Global Cryosphere Watch or other bodies are also welcome. Key focus areas will include (but are not limited to):

  1. The state of the planet and its cryosphere
  2. Earth´s snow cover
  3. Glacier changes
  4. The Greenland Ice Sheet
  5. The Antarctic Ice Sheet
  6. Sea ice on Earth
  7. Permafrost/frozen ground
  8. Lake and river ice
  9. Climate variations, climate and Earth systems modelling
  10. The cryosphere in high mountain areas
  11. Research gaps and new technologies
  12. Opportunities, adaptation and mitigation
  13. The Global Cryosphere Watch

The symposium will include oral and poster sessions. The organizers will facilitate interaction between representatives of different research fields, and stimulate discussions on one of the most pressing issues facing humanity. Additional activities will include an opening Icebreaker reception, a banquet dinner and an optional full-day excursion after the symposium.

Participants who wish to present a paper (oral or poster) at the Symposium will be required to submit an abstract. The Council of the International Glaciological Society will publish a thematic issue of the Annals of Glaciology on topics consistent with the Symposium themes. Participants are encouraged to submit manuscripts for this Annals volume.

Participants who wish to present a paper (oral or poster) at the Symposium will be required to submit an abstract. The International Glaciological Society will publish a thematic issue of the Annals of Glaciology on topics consistent with the Symposium themes. Participants are encouraged to submit manuscripts for this Annals volume, see https://www.igsoc.org/annals/a85_call_4_papers.pdf. The abstract should not contain any figures nor references and should not be longer than 2500 characters. Abstracts should be submitted through the conference website (https://www.cryosphere2020.is/abstract-submission).

Deadline for submitting abstracts: 15 April 2020.