CALL for REGISTRATION and ABSTRACTS: ICG2017-Session S19 Glacial and Periglacial Geomorphology

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CALL for REGISTRATION and ABSTRACTS: ICG2017-Session S19 Glacial and Periglacial Geomorphology

Carlo Baroni

Dear colleagues,

the deadline for registration and abstracts for the upcoming 9th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON GEOMORPHOLOGY (9th ICG), which will be held in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi (INDIA) on 6-11 NOVEMBER 2017, has been posponed to May 20th, 2017.

The Registration page is open at:


We participate in the call for abstracts inciting you to submit a contribution to the Session S19 - "Glacial and Periglacial Geomorphology"  ( 

Attached you will find a presentation of the session. Please, submit your abstract before May 20th 2017: (


Looking forward to meeting you at the Glacial and Periglacial Geomorphology session S19 at the 9th ICG2017!


Carlo BARONI (Italy) and Milap Chand SHARMA (India) 

S 19 - Glacial and Periglacial Geomorphology


Carlo BARONI (Italy)
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Milap Chand SHARMA (India)
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Glacial and periglacial landforms are relevant features concerned with environmental evolution in regions under cold climates. Landscape analysis furnishes a key tool for identifying and understanding the impact of climatic changes in glacial and periglacial environments, very sensitive to past climatic changes and to on-going global change. Glacial and periglacial landforms act as proxies for reconstructing the glacial and periglacial response to a changing world. Polar and sub-polar regions and mountain areas at different latitudes represent key areas for detecting the signature of glacial and periglacial history. A more accurate knowledge of the precise age of major events related to past glacial changes and to ice-volume variations is required for better understanding the impact of climate change acting at present or expected for the future and for modelling global sea-level variation.

At present, polar ice sheets and mountain glaciers cover almost 10% of the Earth's surface, accounting for a major share of fresh water. Antarctica and Greenland glacial systems extend over 96% of world’s total glacierized area and play a key role in regulating the Earth’s climate, ocean circulation and global sea level. Hindu Kush-Karakoram-Himalayan region known as the "Third Pole" of the Earth, together with other mountain regions, represent the water towers feeding many perennial rivers, which support more then 2 billion people on the Planet.

Periglacial processes also influence global hydrology, ecosystems, and soil carbon storage. Climatic and environmental changes in glacial and periglacial regions cause adaptation through ecological and evolutionary responses by organisms. Glacier- related hazards reinforce the need of creditable research on the impact of glaciers and deglaciation on the society. Present ice cover is just about 1/3 of the Last Glacial Maximum, the last of many Late Cenozoic glacial cycles, when large portions of the Earth were widely covered by huge ice sheets and ice fields. It is already established that Polar Regions, the Himalayas, and other mountain regions also underwent many glacial and inter-glacial cycles. However, the timing and extent of glaciations seems to have varied both in space and time. A comprehensive correlation of timings and style of glaciation at regional and global scale is still necessary.

Therefore, a proper understanding of the climate and glacier dynamics is essential for the future development plans within a holistic framework.

The conference would cover the following Themes: Glacial Dynamics and Mass Balance, Glacial history and past climatic changes, Glacial Hydrology, Geospatial Analysis of Glaciers, Periglacial & Paraglacial Processes, Glacial Lakes & Outburst Floods, Glaciers & Climate, Glaciers and Society.


Prof. Carlo Baroni
Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra
Università di Pisa
Via S. Maria n. 53
56126 - PISA (Italy)

tel:  ++39 - 050 - 221 57 31

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