Workshop on the Dynamics and Mass Budget of Arctic Glaciers & the IASC Network on Arctic Glaciology Annual Meeting

The 2019 annual meeting will take place at Bardøla Hotel, Geilo, 21 - 23 January, 2019.

The meeting will host a cross-cutting activity of the Marine and Cryosphere working groups of IASC: “The importance of Arctic glaciers for the Arctic marine ecosystem”.


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 provide a forum for glaciologists to present and discuss their work and to stimulate future collaborations,
  • to plan and coordinate field work with the aim of using available infrastructure and logistics in the most efficient way.


is open to everyone interested in Arctic glaciology and proglacial marine ecosystems. The cross-cutting activity aims at bringing together people from glaciology, marine ecology and oceanography.

You can register and submit your abstracts (maximum length 300 words) by filling this online-form (copy paste the following link into your web browser:
Registration deadline is October 31, 2018. Indicate whether you prefer oral or poster presentation and if your presentation is a contribution to the cross-cutting activity. If you have questions, e-mail Thorben Dunse (Thorben.Dunse [at]


We welcome contribution on all aspects concerning the mass balance and dynamics of arctic glaciers and ice caps, including the Greenland Ice Sheet, and that utilize a broad range of methods, including field observations, remote sensing and modelling. We especially encourage submission to our cross-cutting activity.

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, as well as open-forum discussions are planned.

Cross-cutting activity onThe importance of Arctic glaciers for the Arctic marine ecosystem”

Conveners: Thorben Dunse, Renate Degen, Monika Kędra, Shin Sugiyama, Marit Reigstad, Martin Sharp

Arctic glaciers contribute significant amounts of freshwater into Arctic fjords/ocean, in form of surface melt and runoff and frontal ablation (iceberg calving and submarine melt). While the impact on glacial freshwater-discharge on fjord and ocean circulation is widely recognized, awareness of the potential impacts of glacial processes and glacier-change on marine ecosystems and biodiversity is only emerging.

This cross-cutting activity is endorsed by the Cryosphere and Marine working groups of IASC. Following up on last year’s event in Obergurgl, Austria, the cross-cutting aims at bringing together people from glaciology, marine ecology and oceanography to stimulate cross-disciplinary research.

Topics may include

  • proglacial marine ecosystems (e.g. plankton, benthos, fish, seabirds and marine mammals) and their response to glacier processes and glacier changes
  • glacier-ocean interactions / physical and bio-geochemical processes at tidewater-glacier termini
  • glacigenic sediment and nutrient delivery to adjacent seas and downstream ecosystems
  • new technologies to investigate proglacial marine environment

Financial support:

We have received financial support from the IASC Cryosphere and Marine working groups to enable early career scientists to participate in the meeting and cross-cutting activity, in particular. Funds will be distributed through the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS; Eligible for the funding will be early career scientist who meet the following criteria:

  • are within 5 years of finishing their PhD
  • are affiliated with an institution in an IASC member country (Austria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA)
  • have submitted an abstract for the workshop
  • have a research background relevant to the meeting
  • have not received IASC travel support in the last 18 months prior to January 2019

If you are interested, please fill out the following google form  by no later than 31 October 2018. If you have problems accessing the online form, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive a word version.

If you have questions regarding the funding applications, please contact the APECS Executive Director Gerlis Fugmann (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). If support is granted, reimbursement will be after the meeting through the IASC Office. Detailed information will be provided to those selected for the travel support. Those supported have to provide a brief 1-2 page report to IASC after the meeting.

Meeting venue and accommodation:

The workshop will be held at Bardøla Hotel in Geilo, Norway. Accommodation is reserved from Sunday, 20th to Thursday, 24th of January and available within the main building or in comfortable cabins, shared by four to eight persons ( Rates are NOK 1250/1050 per person and day in a single or double room, respectively  (around 125 or 105 Euros) and cover fullboard from dinner on arrival to lunch on departure day, refreshments/coffee/tea during two daily breaks and access to conference facilities, swimming pool and training facilities. To make reservations, please visit If you choose to stay in a cabin, you may want to organize yourself in a group and provide a name list. Please inform the hotel about any dietary preferences you may have.

Travel information:

Geilo is located 250 km northwest from Oslo and best reached by train (3.5 to 4 hours from Oslo). Bardøla hotel offers free shuttle service for groups up to 7-14 persons to and from Geilo station, upon request. For larger groups, expect to pay a return fee of around NOK 100 per person.

Geilo offers a wide range of winter activities, including great opportunities for alpine and cross-country skiing (

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