Event Type
Conferences and Workshops

and the IASC Network on Arctic Glaciology Annual Meeting

Event Dates
2020-01-28 - 2020-01-30
Obergurgl, Austria

In addition to sessions on glacier dynamics and mass balance, the workshop will host a cross-cutting activity by the Cryosphere and Marine Working Groups of IASC on “Glacier-ocean interactions and their impact on Arctic marine ecosystems”. This activity aims to provide an inter-disciplinary forum by bringing together glaciologists, marine ecologists and oceanographers interested in glacier-ocean interactions and to stimulate future collaborations.

You can register and submit your abstracts (maximum length 300 words) by filling this online-form (copy paste the following link into your web browser):


Registration deadline is November 15, 2019.


We welcome contributions on all aspects concerning the mass balance and dynamics of Arctic glaciers and ice caps, including the Greenland Ice Sheet, and that utilize a broad range of methods, including field observations, remote sensing and modelling. We especially encourage submission to our cross-cutting activity (see below).

Contributions in the form of oral presentations and/or posters are welcome. Presentation will be 15-20 minutes, including discussion. For those who bring a poster, time will be reserved in the program to give a short 2-3 minute introduction to the poster. We plan for two and a half days of talks and poster presentations, as well as open-forum discussions.

Cross-cutting activity on “Glacier-ocean interactions and their impact on Arctic marine ecosystems”.

Arctic glaciers contribute significant amounts of freshwater into Arctic fjords/ocean, in form of surface melt/runoff and frontal ablation (iceberg calving and submarine melt) with direct effects on water masses and regional circulation patterns in fjords and oceans. The exchange of mass and heat at tidewater glacier margins drive feedbacks on frontal ablation and glacier dynamics. There is growing awareness of the potential impacts of glacial processes and glacier-change on marine ecosystems and biodiversity.

This cross-cutting activity is endorsed by the Cryosphere and Marine working groups of IASC and follows up on two previous cross-cutting activities, “The importance of Arctic glaciers for the Arctic marine ecosystem”. The cross-cutting aims at bringing together people from glaciology, marine ecology and oceanography to stimulate cross-disciplinary research. We welcome contributions based on field observations, satellite remote sensing and/or theoretical approaches and modelling.

Topics may include:

  • Glacier-ocean interactions / physical and bio-geochemical processes at tidewater-glacier termini
  • Fjord-scale circulation in glacial fjords /oceanic forcing of glacier dynamics and frontal ablation
  • Proglacial marine ecosystems (e.g. plankton, benthos, fish, seabirds and marine mammals) and their response to glacier processes and glacier changes
  • New technologies to investigate proglacial marine environments