Scientific seminar „Importance of calving for the mass budget of Arctic glaciers”

The Polish Centre for Polar Studies will host a scientific seminar on the „Importance of calving for the mass budget of Arctic glaciers” with focus on ice mass loss at fronts of tidewater glaciers in a Pan-Arctic scale in the seaside resort Sopot, Poland, 15 – 17 October 2016. 
The purpose of the meeting is to:

– assess the current knowledge on ice mass loss at fronts of Arctic tidewater glaciers;
– provide a consistent description of methodologies and terminologies so that inter-comparison between Arctic regions will be more feasible;
– consider estimation of discharge for regions where they currently do not exist;
– assess the importance of frontal mass loss for the general mass budget of glaciers in different Arctic regions.

The seminar will be hosted and financially supported by the Centre for Polar Studies – University of Silesia and Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland under the umbrella and with support of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), through its Network on Arctic Glaciology, and the Committee of Polar Research Polish Academy of Sciences.

The seminar will bring together invited experts on Arctic calving glaciers and mass balance (ca. 20 people) and is open to everyone interested in these issues. The total number of participants is limited to 40 persons.
Four – five working session are planned with 1-2 invited introductory talks and longer time slot for discussion during each. Uninvited presentations are not expected. Nevertheless, brief interventions on methods and regional data/results (up to 5 min.) could be possible.

Expected seminar outcome:
A report with recommendations for further coordinated activity and a sketch of an overview paper(s) on existing knowledge about frontal ablation and dynamic discharge and their contribution to the mass balance of Arctic glaciers.

Steering Committee of the Seminar:
Thorben Dunse – Chair IASC Network on Arctic Glaciology
Francisco Navarro – Chair Cryosphere Working Group of IASC
Luke Copland – Initiator of this direction of co-operative studies
Mariusz Grabiec – Polish Representative to the NAG – Local host – Centre for Polar Studies – Univ. of Silesia
Waldemar Walczowski – Centre for Polar Studies – Institute of Oceanology, PAS – Local host
Jacek A. Jania – Head, Centre for Polar Studies
Registration deadline: September 15, 2016:
Everyone intending to attend the seminar is asked to submit short (maximum 300 words) motivation letter by email to Jacek Jania ( When number of applications exceeds the limit the Steering Committee reserves the right to decide on participation. The confirmation of the participation will be sent to applicants soon after registration deadline.
Registration fee of 430 PLN (c. 100 EUR) has to be paid on-site in cash. The registration fee includes coffee breaks and lunches during the meeting, the icebreaker and the seminar dinner.

Financial support:
The IASC Network on Arctic Glaciology (NAG) has some opportunity for financial support, provided by IASC, of early career scientists to allow them to attend the seminar. Those interesting are asked to send an application to Jacek Jania ( containing motivation letter including name, affiliation, age, supervisors, basic description (maximum 300 words) of the pursued research project, information on amount of money requested and its justification (registration, travel and lodging expenses allowed). The decision on granting will be sent to applicants soon after registration deadline. Note that the support will be reimbursed after the seminar.

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