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     CRYOLIST Conference Digest

Today's Topics:

   1. 4th International Geologica Belgica Meeting 2012: call for
      abstracts (Frank Pattyn)
   2. First announcement: IASC-NAG Workshop on the Dynamics and
      Mass Budget of Arctic Glaciers 2013 (Tijm-Reijmer, C.H.)


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Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2012 15:18:48 +0200
From: "Frank Pattyn" <[hidden email]>
To: <[hidden email]>
Cc: 'Huybrechts Philippe' <[hidden email]>, 'PATTYN Frank'
        <[hidden email]>, 'Heyvaert Vanessa'
        <[hidden email]>, [hidden email]
Subject: 4th International Geologica Belgica Meeting 2012: call for
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The 4th International Geologica Belgica Meeting 2012 (GB2012), to be held in
Brussels, Belgium on September 11th to 14th, 2012 is centered around the

MOVING PLATES AND MELTING ICECAPS: Processes and forcing factors in geology

The details on the scientific programme can be found on:

Two sessions of particular interest for the glaciological community are
centered around the contribution of Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets to
past and future sea-level change:

Session 1. Antarctica's contribution to past and future sea-level change
Conveners: Frank Pattyn (Universit? de Bruxelles, Belgium), Mike Bentley
(University of Durham, UK)

Rising sea level is perhaps the most severe consequence of climate warming.
Changes in the Earth's cryosphere have been the dominant cause of sea level
change during the Earth's recent history. During the glacial cycles of the
last million years, the sea level varied by the order of 100 m. Despite
recent advances in numerical ice sheet modeling of the Antarctic ice sheet,
many uncertainties exists, especially with respect to the role of the ocean
in ice sheet stability and retreat, and the role of basal siding in rapid
ice movement. Furthermore, model simulations of the LGM Antarctic ice sheet
points to large regional discrepancies with the geological record. The
geological constraints and models therefore both need to be refined if
present day mass loss - determined from satellite observations -is to be
better understood. We invite contributions that address the Antarctic
geological record or models of the Antarctic ice sheet, and particularly
welcome data-model comparisons.
Session 2. Greenland's contribution to past and future sea-level change
Conveners: Philippe Huybrechts (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium), Antony
Long (University of Durham, UK)

The Greenland ice sheet currently stores the equivalent of about 7.5 m of
global eustatic sea level. The ice sheet is generally believed to be close
to a threshold of sustainability and may well become the dominant
contributor to sea level rise in a future warming climate. Crucial issues
concern how much additional ice was locked up in this ice sheet during the
Last Glacial Maximum, and over which period the ice was released back into
the ocean. This bears directly on the amount of ice stored elsewhere on the
globe and on the rate at which the ice sheet could lose its mass. Important
constraints on the sensitivity of the Greenland ice sheet to a climatic
warming can additionally be inferred from ice-sheet reconstructions during
past warmer periods, such as during the Eemian interglacial 125 kyears BP
and during the Holocene Climatic Optimum around 6 kyears BP. The session
invites contributions from glacial-geological observations, glaciological
measurements, satellite data, and modeling, pertaining to a better
understanding of the past, current, and future evolution of the Greenland
ice sheet.

Abstract submission for the GB2012 meeting is now open and online on the
website. The abstract submission deadline is the 1st of May 2012. The
abstract should be send to the Organising Committee at the following e-mail
[hidden email].

Frank Pattyn
Laboratoire de Glaciologie
D?partement des Sciences de la Terre et de l'Environnement (DSTE)
Universit? Libre de Bruxelles, CP 160/03
Avenue F.D. Roosevelt, 50
B-1050 Bruxelles (Belgium)
Tel: +32 (0)2 650 28 46 /? +32 (0)2 650 22 27 (secr.)
Fax: +32 (0)2 650 22 26
Mobile: +32 (0)485 364 495
email: [hidden email]

Office: DC4.118 (Campus Solbosch)


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Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2012 09:44:52 +0000
From: "Tijm-Reijmer, C.H." <[hidden email]>
To: "[hidden email]" <[hidden email]>
Subject: First announcement: IASC-NAG Workshop on the Dynamics and
        Mass Budget of Arctic Glaciers 2013
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Workshop on the Dynamics and Mass Budget of Arctic Glaciers 2013

Dear Colleagues,

The next Workshop on the Dynamics and Mass Budget of Arctic Glaciers & the IASC Network on Arctic Glaciology Annual Meeting
will be held from 24 - 28 February 2013 in Obergurgl, Austria.

Mark the dates in your calendars!

Information, application, program etc will become available on the website of the Network on Arctic Glaciology:<>
and will be send around over Cryolist!

The purpose of the meeting is:
i.      to present and discuss new results on observations and modelling of the dynamics and mass budget of Arctic glaciers, including the Greenland ice sheet,
ii.     to plan and coordinate field work on Arctic glaciers with the aim of using the available infrastructure and logistics in the most efficient way,
iii.   to develop ideas for future projects and collaboration.

Best regards,
Carleen Reijmer
Chair IASC Network on Arctic Glaciology<>

Dr. C.H. Tijm-Reijmer

Utrecht University
Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (IMAU)

Visiting address:
Princetonplein 5,  3584 CC Utrecht, The Netherlands

Correspondence address:
PO Box 80 005, 3508 TA Utrecht, The Netherlands

Tel.: +31 30 253 3167
Fax: +31 30 254 3163
Email: [hidden email]<mailto:[hidden email]>

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