Event Type
Conferences and Workshops

Sea Ice Across Spatial and Temporal Scales

Event Dates
2023-06-04 - 2023-06-09
Bremerhaven, Germany

The International Glaciological Society (IGS) will hold the next International Symposium on Sea Ice in Bremerhaven, Germany.


Sea Ice Across Temporal and Spatial Scales. Sea ice is an important component of the Earth’s climate system and strongly affects marine ecosystems and human activities in both hemispheres. Sea ice is changing rapidly on various temporal and spatial scales, and systematic observations and modelling across these scales is required to better understand underlying processes and interactions, and to predict the ice’s future fate. This symposium will invite contributions by the international sea ice research community to exchange recent findings and advances in observations, process understanding, and modelling of sea ice worldwide. While the focus of the symposium will be on the physical ocean–ice–atmosphere system, cross-cutting interdisciplinary contributions are invited from fields such as sea-ice ecology and biogeochemistry, ice engineering, human use of the sea-ice environment, and others.


The organizers seek papers and presentations on any timely topic related to sea ice across temporal and spatial scales, ranging from case studies to year-round investigations as during MOSAiC. All contributions may include and/or combine observational, numerical, theoretical, laboratory or conceptual approaches. Key focus areas include (but are not limited to):

  1. Sea ice in the regional and global climate
  2. Sea-ice processes and ocean–ice–atmosphere interaction
  3. Snow on sea ice
  4. Physical properties of sea ice
  5. Sea ice ecology and biogeochemistry
  6. Methodological advances, coupling and upscaling in sea ice studies
  7. Humans and sea ice


The symposium will include oral and poster sessions, and will be a friendly and intellectually stimulating environment to facilitate face-to-face interactions and
networking. Additional activities will include an opening Icebreaker reception, a banquet dinner and a mid-symposium afternoon excursion.

Abstract and paper publication

Participants who wish to present a paper (oral or poster) at the Symposium will be required to submit an abstract. Accepted abstracts will be posted on the Symposium’s website. The Council of the IGS has decided to publish a thematic issue of the Annals of Glaciology on topics consistent with the Symposium themes. Participants and nonparticipants alike are encouraged to submit manuscripts for this Annals volume.

Important Dates

  • 25 January 2023: Opening of online abstract submission
  • 17 February 2023: Abstracts due
  • 3 March 2023: Notification of acceptance
  • 28 March 2023: Early-bird registration deadline