DACA-13 Conference 'Open Alpine Cryosphere Session'

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DACA-13 Conference 'Open Alpine Cryosphere Session'

Dear Colleagues
We would like to announce the Open Alpine Cryosphere Session at the DACA-13 Conference held on 8-12 July 2013 in Davos, Switzerland.
The DACA-13 Conference will cover topics related to the Cryosphere and Atmosphere and especially their interactions. See also http://www.daca-13.org/index_EN

Session Abstract
The alpine cryosphere includes important elements of the earth system like snow cover, glaciers, permafrost, seasonally frozen ground, and lake and river ice. The cryosphere is currently one of the most prominent symbols to visualize the impact of climate change, because changes in many cryospheric variables can be observed in nature even by non-scientists. The observed changes in climate are affecting all elements of the alpine cryosphere on different scales.

On a global scale, glaciers and ice caps are increasingly influencing the global sea level rise and are therefore threatening many heavily populated regions close to seashores. On a local to overregional scale the current retreat of mountain glaciers worldwide influences the water discharge and consequently sustainable agriculture and energy production, or mountain permafrost affecting slope stability. Therefore, it is still an urgent need to improve the understanding of alpine cryospheric processes and the corresponding long-term evolution of e.g. glaciers or mountain permafrost in connection with climate change adaptation programmes in order to reduce the high vulnerability of people living in mountainous regions.

Contributions of all kind on alpine cryosphere topics dealing with field measurements, modelling or impacts are highly welcomed.

Abstract Submission Deadlines
Submission deadline with grant application: 14 December 2012
Submission deadline without grant application 31 January 2013
See you at the conference
Martin Hoelzle, Tobias Bolch, Matthias Huss, Marcia Phillips

Martin Hoelzle
Department of Geosciences
University of Fribourg
Chemin du Musée 4
CH-1700 Fribourg
Tel: +41263009022

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