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Today's Topics:

   1. Kolka glacier slide 10th anniversary workshop, 1st
      announcement (Dr Olga Tutubalina)


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Date: 27 May 2012 04:40:40 +0100
From: Dr Olga Tutubalina <[hidden email]>
To: [hidden email]
Cc: [hidden email], Sergey Chernomorets
        <[hidden email]>
Subject: Kolka glacier slide 10th anniversary workshop, 1st
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Dear list managers,

Could you please circulate the announcement below. I also attach it in PDF
format. Thank you very much, Olga Tutubalina

First announcement

International workshop

dedicated to the 10th anniversary of Kolka/Karmadon glacial disaster

Vladikavkaz, Russia, 18-20 September 2012

As proposed at the meeting of the Executive Committee of GAPHAZ working
group in November 2009 in Vienna, a workshop dedicated to the 10th
anniversary of the Kolka Glacier event is being organised in Vladikavkaz,
Russia, on September 18-20, 2012, including a visit to the disaster site in
Karmadon. This workshop will be part of a larger conference on natural and
man-made hazards in mountain areas, which is run under the patronage of the
Head of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania. The Kolka-Karmadon rock-ice
slide occurred on the northern slope of the Kazbek massif in North Ossetia,
Russia on the 20th of September 2002 following a partial collapse of the
Kolka Glacier. It started on the north-northeast wall of Dzhimarai-Khokh,
4,780 m (15,680 ft) above sea level, and seriously affected the valley of
Genaldon and Karmadon depression. The resulting avalanche and mudflow
killed 135 people (including a film crew and Russian actor Sergei Bodrov
Jr.). A mass of over 100 million m3 of ice, water and debris from the Kolka
Glacier travelled 20 km (12.4 mi) down the Genaldon valley in under 6
minutes, with velocities reaching 250 km/h (155 mph) is some parts of the
valley. This was followed by a glacial debris flow for another 17 km (10.6
mi). The slide wiped out the village of Nizhny Karmadon, and killed
numerous parties picnicking along the river on Friday evening. Another
village in the Karmadon depression was under surveillance as flood waters
backed up along the choked rivers, creating lakes. 10 years later, one
quarter of the ice and debris mass still remains in the Karmadon
depression, blocking connections between villages, and Kolka glacier is
growing again upstream. Similar slides occurred at Kolka glacier in 1835
and 1902. It also experienced a surge in 1969. As glacier regenerates, the
importance of evaluating vulnerabilities and risks, and mitigating the
hazard of future slide cannot be overestimated.
Government of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania

North Caucasian Mining and Metallurgical Institute (State Technological
University) Vladikavkaz Scientific Center of the Russian Academy of
Sciences and of the Government of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania

Glacier and Permafrost Hazards in Mountains (GAPHAZ) A Scientific Working
Group of the International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS) and
the International Permafrost Association (IPA) M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State
University Faculty of Geography

? plenary meeting
? oral presentations
? poster session
? discussion and lessons learnt
? visit to the disaster site in Karmadon  


Local organising committee

Taimuraz Mamsurov (Head of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania), Anatoliy
Kusraev, Vladislav Zaalishvili (Vladikavkaz Scientific Center of the
Russian Academy of Sciences and of the Government of the Republic of North
Ossetia-Alania), Nikolay Shubin, Aleksandr Polkvoj, Yury Karaev (North
Caucasian Mining and Metallurgical Institute (State Technological

International organising committee

Jean Schneider, chairman of the IOC (BOKU ? University of Vienna,
Austria); Jeffrey Kargel (University of Arizona, USA); Christian Huggel,
Wilfried Haeberli (University of Zurich, Switzerland); Sergey Chernomorets,
Olga Tutubalina, Dmitry Petrakov (Moscow State University, Russia); Stephen
Evans (University of Waterloo, Canada); Lasafam Iturrizaga (University of
G?ttingen, Germany); Paola Reichenbach (Instituto de Ricerca per la
Protezione Idrogeologica, Perugia, Italy); Andreas v. Poschinger (Bavarian
Geological Survey, Germany); Gareth Hearn (former Scott Wilson, UK);
Mustafa Karim (Focus Humanitarian Assistance, USA)


? Present status of the Kolka glacier/Genaldon valley and forecast for the
future ? Glacier hazard assessment and mitigation, in the local region and
worldwide ? Techniques for monitoring unstable glaciers and other glacier
hazards ? Socioeconomic aspects of glacial hazards and high mountain risks
? Other relevant topics are also welcome
      Working languages are English and Russian. It is planned to provide
simultaneous translation.

Preliminary schedule

17 September - arrival of participants to Vladikavkaz
18 September - opening plenary session and thematic sessions
19 September - thematic sessions and closing plenary session
20 September - Karmadon. Field observation of ice deposits and visit to the
        Monument of victims of Kolka-Karmadon disaster
21 September - departure from Vladikavkaz

Important dates

To get visa invitations and security permits for overseas visitors to
Karmadon, scanned copies of passports (photo page and the opposite page)
and visa questionnaires should be sent to Sergey Chernomorets
([hidden email]) before 20 June 2012.

Abstracts (no more than 300 words) should be sent to both Prof. Jean
Schneider ([hidden email]) and Dr. Sergey Chernomorets
([hidden email]) by 15 July 2012.

Requests for booking accommodation at Vladikavkaz hotel should be sent to
Sergey Chernomorets ([hidden email]) by 30 August 2012.
Fees and logistics

Meeting will take place in Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia, Russia at the North
Caucasian Mining and Metallurgical Institute (State Technological
University).The workshop fee for all regular participants will be 100 Euro
and this will cover conference attendance, translation during sessions,
lunches and coffee breaks and most likely the conference banquet.
Participants will need to pay for their travel and accommodation expenses
themselves. The hotel accommodation will be booked centrally by the
organising committee, at Vladikavkaz Hotel. This is the main city hotel,
located centrally on the shore of the Terek River across a walking bridge
from the main city park and the historic centre, with single rooms costing
about 70 Euro per night. Flights from Moscow to Vladikavkaz run daily by
2-3 companies and return airfares start at 280 Euro. We recommend to book
cheap airfare flights (e.g. Air Berlin from Europe) to Moscow, and flying
with S7 Airlines to Vladikavkaz. You probably have to stay overnight at a
hotel in/near Moscow Domodedovo Airport (e.g. Airhotel Domodedovo,, costing 160 Euro per single room or
175 Euro per twin room).


Prof. Jean Schneider [hidden email] , Dr. Sergey Chernomorets
[hidden email]

Visa questionnaire

Data required to issue a single-entry visa invitation for a foreign citizen
to enter Russia:

Parameter To fill in: Notes Duration of the visit These dates can be
approximate, but should include all the period when you are likely to be in
Russia (including transfer via Moscow etc) Date of entry to Russia Date of
leaving Russia Cities of visit in Russia Moscow, Vladikavkaz Please let us
know if you are planning to visit other cities Surname Name Date of birth
Gender Citizenship Country of birth Place of birth Country of permanent
residence Country region/state/county of permanent residence Where you are
going to receive your visa (country, city) Full name of the organisation
Full work address Position Passport number Date of passport issue Date when
passport validity ends Contact phone

Please be sure to attach scanned copy of your passport (photo page and the
opposite page). Passport pages and visa questionnaires should be sent to
Sergey Chernomorets ([hidden email]) before 20 June 2012.

Dr Olga Tutubalina
Institute Associate, Scott Polar Research Institute
Leading Researcher
Laboratory of Aerospace Methods,
Faculty of Geography, Moscow State University,
Leninskiye Gory,
119991 Moscow, Russia
Phone: +7 495 916 515 7622
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