International Workshop on Antarctic Ice Rises

The aim of this interdisciplinary workshop on Antarctic ice rises is to look at all aspects of their physical science to bring an Earth Systems Science perspective to their major controls of Antarctic ice-sheet dynamics. It will occur on 26 - 29 August 2013, Tromso, Norway.

Recent studies have highlighted the important role of the ice rises, the grounded ice surrounded by ice shelves, in both supporting the ice shelf and buttressing upstream glaciers. This is particularly significant in the Antarctic coastal regions, which are seen as crucial foci of continental changes in ice mass balance. Ice rises also provide a unique platform for reconstructing the highly-variable coastal climate by obtaining and analyzing ice cores. Given their crucial role, ice rises are not well studied, and part of the reason for this is their understanding requires cross-disciplinary integration. The researchers involved in ice-rise research are distributed across nations and disciplines and are not well coordinated.

The goal of this workshop is to develop a summary of the current challenges of ice-rise research, share community-wide understandings of the current status of knowledge beyond each discipline, and identify and produce recommendations for future directions of collaborative interdisciplinary work on ice rises.

The workshop is sponsored by SCAR, CliC, APECS, the Research Council of Norway, British Antarctic Survey, and Center for Ice, Climate and Ecosystems (ICE) of the Norwegian Polar Institute.

 Travel support is available for early career scientists and attendees from countries in economic transition.

For more details, please visit the Workshop website.

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