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Upcoming Events

Cryosphere 2022

21/08/2022 26/08/2022

Conferences 2022

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Reykjavik

This event has been postponed to 21-26 August 2022.

Important information to potential participants (posted in December 2020):

Even though vaccine programs have started the situation is still uncertain. It is premature to assume that international travel will return to normal in 2021 and we have therefore decided to postpone the symposium until 2022. 

New dates:  August 21-26 2022


The symposium title will thus become Cryosphere 2022 as we continue our preparations into next year. The invited speakers have been informed about this change and they are committed to participating.  Please stay tuned for further information on the symposium website, on Cryolist and other mailing lists. Note that plans now call for a 5-day symposium instead of the originally planned 4-day event. 

We thank you for your consideration and look forward to seeing you in Iceland in 2022! 

The Local Organizing Committee


Cryosphere 2022: 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 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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