Registration is now open for the

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

The meeting will take place at the University Center Obergurgl, in Obergurgl, Austria, 28-30 January 2020.

In addition to sessions on glacier dynamics and mass balance, the workshop will host a cross-cutting activity by the Cryosphere and Marine Working Groups of IASC on “Glacier-ocean interactions and their impact on Arctic marine ecosystems”. This activity aims to provide an inter-disciplinary forum by bringing together glaciologists, marine ecologists and oceanographers interested in glacier-ocean interactions and to stimulate future collaborations.

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 November 15, 2019. Please 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 contributions 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 (see below).

Contributions in the form of oral presentations and/or posters are welcome. 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. We plan for two and a half days of talks and poster presentations, as well as open-forum discussions.


Cross-cutting activity onGlacier-ocean interactions and their impact on Arctic marine ecosystems

Arctic glaciers contribute significant amounts of freshwater into Arctic fjords/ocean, in form of surface melt/runoff and frontal ablation (iceberg calving and submarine melt) with direct effects on water masses and regional circulation patterns in fjords and oceans. The exchange of mass and heat at tidewater glacier margins drive feedbacks on frontal ablation and glacier dynamics. There is growing awareness of the potential impacts of glacial processes and glacier-change on marine ecosystems and biodiversity.

This cross-cutting activity is endorsed by the Cryosphere and Marine working groups of IASC and follows up on two previous cross-cutting activities, “The importance of Arctic glaciers for the Arctic marine ecosystem”. The cross-cutting aims at bringing together people from glaciology, marine ecology and oceanography to stimulate cross-disciplinary research. We welcome contributions based on field observations, satellite remote sensing and/or theoretical approaches and modelling.

Topics may include

  • glacier-ocean interactions / physical and bio-geochemical processes at tidewater-glacier termini
  • fjord-scale circulation in glacial fjords /oceanic forcing of glacier dynamics and frontal ablation
  • proglacial marine ecosystems (e.g. plankton, benthos, fish, seabirds and marine mammals) and their response to glacier processes and glacier changes
  • new technologies to investigate proglacial marine environments


Meeting venue and accommodation:

The workshop will be held at the University Center Obergurgl. Double rooms are available at the University Center ( based on half board (breakfast and dinner included). Rates are € 101 per person and day (€ 83 for students), with a surcharge of € 37 per day in case of single-occupancy. To make reservations please contact the University Center Obergurgl: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and please mention that you are participating in the "Arctic Glaciology Workshop 2020”. Recommended arrival date is the 27th (we plan to start around 9 am, next morning) and departure on the 31st (to allow for continued discussion after the third and final meeting day on the local ski slopes). For those of you who want to extent their skiing experience, rooms will be available from Saturday, 25th of January (but not after 31st).

Note that the number of rooms reserved for this meeting is limited. We therefore encourage you to share rooms! If fully booked, there are several other hotels in Obergurgl. Those staying elsewhere may still join the workshop dinners. Please register with the University Center.


Travel information:

International hubs are Innsbruck, Austria, or Munich, Germany.

From Innsbruck: Obergurgl can be reached by bus or a combination of train and bus, via Ötztal Bahnhof. The travel time from Innsbruck is around 2 hours. For connections visit

From Munich: train connections exist between Munich airport/downtown and Innsbruck (around 2 hours;, from where you can continue your trip as described above. Some may find it convenient to share a rental car. It takes about 3.5 hours to drive from Munich to Obergurgl (about 250 km).


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