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Cryosphere 2020

21/09/2020 24/09/2020

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This event has been postponed to 27 September - 1 October 2021.

Cryosphere 2020: International Symposium on Ice, Snow, and Water in a Warming World will bring together scientists, stakeholders, and policymakers for discussion of 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 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):

  • The state of the planet and its cryosphere
  • Earth´s snow cover
  • Glacier changes
  • The Greenland Ice Sheet
  • The Antarctic Ice Sheet
  • Sea ice on Earth
  • Permafrost/frozen ground
  • Lake and river ice
  • Climate variations, climate and Earth systems modelling
  • The cryosphere in high mountain areas
  • Research gaps and new technologies
  • Opportunities, adaptation, and mitigation
  • 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.

MRI's Science Leadership Council member Mandira Shrestha is among the keynote speakers - see the lineup of speakers here

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.

The call for abstracts is now open - see the call here.

For more information, please visit the symposium website. 

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