Cryosphere 2020: International Symposium on Ice, Snow, and Water in a Warming World

Event Type: Conferences and Workshops

When: 21 September 2020 to 24 September 2020

Where: Reykjavík, Iceland


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. A call for abstracts will be issued in the Second Circular.