One of the most visible indicators of climate change is the response of Earth's ice cover. Over the second half of the 20th century alpine glaciers worldwide retreated. Satellite observations over the last two decades reveal rapid changes in many outlet glaciers that drain large sections of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. Ice shelf disintegration is becoming more frequent with consequences for the discharge of land-based ice to the oceans. The extent of summer sea ice on the Arctic Ocean is declining and ice free summer conditions well before the end of the century are not outside the realm of possibility. This symposium will focus on the drivers for such changes, the potential feedbacks and responses of the climate system to these changes and the likely impacts that might be expected in response to the ongoing large-scale deglaciation of the planet. An additional goal of the symposium is to identify major gaps in our scientific understanding, observational databases, modeling approaches and the need for enhanced human capital and fiscal resources to advance our predictive capability.
The symposium will be held at the new Ohio Union at The Ohio State University (OSU), in Columbus, Ohio. OSU is a public research university founded in 1870 as a land-grant university and is currently the second largest university campus in the United States. Columbus is the state capital, and the city has numerous historic areas including: German Village, the Short North, and Victorian Village. Other attractions include the Arena District, Franklin Park Conservatory, Ohio Historical Society, Columbus Art Museum and COSI. The city features restaurants of every cuisine — American, Italian, German, Japanese, Korean, Indian, etc. — with prices for all budgets. Weather in August can be very hot and humid, reaching 31°C (88°F), and on occasion even higher. Short sleeves and lightweight clothing is recommended. Be prepared for rain or a cool spell as in Columbus we say, "wait five minutes and the weather will change!"
Kees van der Veen, Chief Editor (U. Kansas), Gudfinna Adalgeirsdottir (Danish Meteorological Institute), Jason Box (Ohio State Univ.), Adrian Jenkins (British Antarctic Survey), Ian Joughin (U. of Washington), Nina Kirchner (Stockholm U.), Doug MacAyeal (U. of Chicago), Ellen Mosley-Thompson (Ohio State U.), Tad Pfeffer (U. of Colorado), Stephen Price (Los Alamos National Lab.), Leigh Stearns (U. Kansas), Lonnie Thompson (Ohio State U.), Slawek Tulaczyk (U. California Santa Cruz), Dirk van As (Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland).
Participants wishing to present a paper at the workshop are required to submit an abstract. A pre-print of submitted abstracts will be provided for all participants at the symposium. The International Glaciological Society will offer a volume of Annals of Glaciology on topics consistent with the Symposium themes. Although the final volume title is yet to be determined, participants are encouraged to submit manuscripts for this volume.