Workshop on the Dynamics and Mass Budget of Arctic Glaciers & the IASC Network on Arctic Glaciology Annual Meeting (In memory of Gordon Hamilton)

23 - 25 January, 2017; Bethel, Maine, USA

The purpose of the meeting is:

  • to present and discuss new results on observations and modeling of the dynamics and mass budget of Arctic glaciers, including the Greenland ice sheet,
  • to plan and coordinate field work on Arctic glaciers with the aim of using the available infrastructure and logistics in the most efficient way,
  • to develop ideas for future projects and collaboration.


is open to everyone interested in Arctic glaciology. We particularly welcome contributions to our special sessions:

Special session on atmosphere-glacier interactions including

  • Regional patterns of atmospheric warming and links to changes in atmospheric circulation over the Arctic
  • Firn processes and implications on glacier-mass balance / mass-balance assessments

Special session on glacier–ocean interactions including

  • Process studies on glacier calving/frontal ablation
  • Frontal-ablation results for selected glaciers or regions
  • The importance of subaqueous melt for frontal ablation and link to ocean temperatures
  • Glacial freshwater runoff and effects on fjord/ocean circulation and the marine ecosystem

The latter special session will feature a workshop session led by Luke Copland, University of Ottawa, on the importance of calving (frontal ablation) for the mass budget of Arctic glaciers. This session follows up activities initiated at the IASC workshop in Poland, Sopot, 15-17 October 2016, with the aim to derive a consistent pan-Arctic frontal-ablation estimate for the period 2000-2015.

Registration deadline is December 05, 2016.

Thorben Dunse (chair IASC Network on Arctic Glaciology)

Ellyn Enderlin (chair local organizing committee)



Additional information

We have received some financial support for our meeting, so there is no registration fee.


Contributions in the form of oral presentations and or posters are welcomed. 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. Three days of talks and poster presentations are planned.

Abstracts and registration

Those intending to attend the meeting should submit abstracts (maximum length 300 words) by email to Thorben Dunse (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) no later than December 05, 2016. Abstracts should indicate whether an oral or poster presentation is preferred.

Financial support:

We have some financial support from the IASC Cryosphere Working Group to enable young scientists to participate in the meeting. If you are interested, please send an application to Ellyn Enderlin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by December 05, 2016. The application should contain your name, affiliation, age, career-stage (i.e., graduate student, postdoctoral researcher, early-career faculty or scientist), supervisor, and a short description of your research project (~5 lines) and a copy of your submitted abstract. Please also indicate the approximate amount of money you would need for travel and/or lodging and a break-down of how the funds will be allocated to the various expenses. If support is granted, reimbursement will be after the meeting. Individuals who received IASC travel support in the last 18 month prior to the 2017 meeting will not be eligible. Those supported have to provide a brief 1-2 page report to IASC after the meeting.

Extended abstracts:

Extended abstracts of the contributions will be distributed after the meeting. Deadline for receipt of extended abstracts is March 30, 2017. This abstract should be a word file of 1 to 3 pages, and may contain a table and one or two (color) figures/photographs. The book of abstracts will be published in digital form.


The preferred accommodation is the workshop venue: The Bethel Inn, Bethel, Maine (

To make reservations please e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating that you are a participant of IASC-NAG Workshop, preferred type of room, and arrival and departure dates. If sharing room with another workshop participant, please state his/her name to avoid duplicate bookings.

Room types are:

- Standard room (1 queen bed or 2 twin beds, private bath), $99.00/night, single or double occupancy

- Deluxe room (1 king bed or 2 double beds, private bath), $129.00/night, single or double occupancy

- Deluxe suite (1 king bed or 2 double beds, private bath), $159.00/night, single or double occupancy

The above rates are subject to taxes (sales and tourist) of about 20%.

NOTE: It is possible to extend the stay before/after the workshop at the same rates.

Alternative, cheaper accommodation might be available nearby (1-3 km) including:

Norseman Inn, Bethel (

Bethel Village Motel, Bethel (

Briar Lea Inn, Bethel (

Snow Cap Inn, Newry (

Travel information:

Bethel is located in the White Mountains of western Maine, a few km from Sunday River (, one of New England’s largest alpine ski areas; there are multiple nordic ski centers in and around Bethel.

The closest international airport is Boston (BOS; 3h by car). Alternative airports are Portland (PWM; 90 mins) and Bangor (2h30m). For Canadian participants, Montreal airport is about 3h30m by car.

Unfortunately, public transit is not an option, but we plan to offer van/minibus transportation for participants arriving on Sunday and departing on Thursday morning.

IMPORTANT: when registering, please indicate whether you are interested in transport provided by the local organizing committee and the airport that you plan on flying in to and out of for the workshop. More detailed information on possibilities of transportation will be distributed among the registered participants.

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