Ice Core Science at the three Poles

Event Dates
2020-10-18 - 2020-10-23
Crans-Montana, Switzerland

Due to the current COVID-19 virus situation and the strong uncertainty of its worldwide development the local organizing committee has decided to postpone the 3rd IPICS Open Science Conference "Ice Core Science at the three Poles" scheduled for 18-23 October 2020 in Crans-Montana, Switzerland until October next year.

We also discussed other options including a remote solution. However, we think that apart from valuable scientific discussions a virtual conference cannot replace the in-person contacts and the get-together of the ice core community during coffee and lunch breaks, the conference dinner, and the excursions that have been essential for the success of the first two IPICS conferences.

We will provide information about the new dates in the nearest future. Please look for the new announcements around December, 2020. The local organizing committee has put together a great program, and we will be delighted to host the 3rd IPICS conference in October 2021!

Ice cores provide information about past climate and environmental conditions as well as direct records of the composition of the atmosphere on timescales from decades to hundreds of millennia. With the pioneering work of Hans Oeschger of University of Bern on carbon dioxide in polar ice cores, a long tradition of ice core research in Switzerland began. Less known is that Hans Oeschger also initiated a high-alpine drilling project on Colle Gnifetti in Switzerland in the 1970s. To acknowledge Hans Oeschger’s important contribution to these two ice core fields and to foster the link between the corresponding communities the theme of the conference is Ice Core Science at the three Poles.

Scientific Topics:

  • Glacial / interglacial dynamics, interglacials, and sea level
  • Holocene and last 2000 year climate forcings and variability
  • Progress in proxy development and interpretation
  • Ice dynamics, ice sheet instability and geophysics
  • High-alpine ice cores
  • Ice biology, basal ice, subglacial lakes
  • Pollution records
  • Advances in drilling engineering and borehole observations
  • Time scales and methods for ice dating
  • Rapid changes and teleconnections
  • Biogeochemical Cycles in the Earth system – data and models
  • New ice archives
  • The Oldest Ice challenge, and the preservation of climatic signals in the deepest ice
  • Open session

Important Dates:

Deadline for abstract submission: April 30, 2020
Early bird registration closes: July 1, 2020
Online registration closes: September 1, 2020

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