ESC 2020 Call for Abstracts - S12: Seismological and Structural Studies in Polar Regions and the Cryosphere

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ESC 2020 Call for Abstracts - S12: Seismological and Structural Studies in Polar Regions and the Cryosphere

Myrto Pirli

--- Apologies for cross-posting ---

Dear Colleague,

We hope this message finds you in good health.

As a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, many conferences and meetings have been postponed or cancelled. Since the 37th General Assembly of the European Seismological Commission, scheduled for 6-11 September 2020, on Corfu, Greece, is more than five months in the future, preparations are still going on according to plan.

However, for everyone's convenience at this uncertain time, the abstract submission deadline has been extended to 12th May and the Early Bird registration deadline to 19th June 2020. For more information, please visit

We would like to remind you to submit your abstract to session S12: "Seismological and Structural Studies in Polar Regions and the Cryosphere". The session accepts both oral and poster presentations on a wide range of topics to be found within the appended description below.

We are pleased to announce an invited talk, titled "Regional and local scale monitoring of glacier dynamics and permafrost in Svalbard", to be given by Dr. Andreas Köhler (NORSAR, Norway).

In addition, we would like to draw your attention to the call for papers for a Seismological Research Letters Focus Section dedicated to Arctic and Antarctic Seismology, to be published on the July 2021 issue. Please visit for a detailed scope and feel free to contact the guest editors, Myrto Pirli and Peter Voss, with any questions on scientific scope. The deadline to submit your manuscript is 1st December 2020.

Looking forward to meeting you on Corfu!

With kind regards and best wishes,

Myrto Pirli
Nicolas Celli
Peter Voss
Fabian Walter


Session scope:

The Polar Regions attract increased scientific, social and economic attention and hold special significance as regions strained the most by the consequences of climate change. Unanswered questions on the regions’ tectonic evolution, implications of their natural resources and the UN Law of the Sea Treaty stimulate further interest in them. Among the seismological challenges in the Polar Regions are the origin and properties of intraplate seismicity, the mechanisms of ultra-slow seafloor spreading, the structure and dynamics of aseismic ridges and subglacial cratons and orogens, the role of glacial rebound in seismicity triggering, seismogenic glacier sliding and iceberg production, and the exploration for oil and gas. As an imaging tool both in depth and on the surface, apart from revealing the Earth’s structure, seismology contributes to studies of paleoclimate and ice and permafrost structure. Seismology has also proven itself as an effective instrument to study ice dynamics and monitor glacier-related natural hazards, the rich cryo-seismological wavefield providing unrivalled insights into iceberg detachment, crevassing, subglacial water flow and basal stick-slip phenomena.

We invite submissions on seismology and Earth structure in the Polar regions and glaciated environments with temperate climates. All seismological topics are welcome, including monitoring and analysis of seismicity (tectonic and cryogenic) and related hazards, near-surface processes, studies of recent larger seismic events, seismotectonics and seismic imaging of crustal and mantle structure. We welcome contributions on recent research results and their interpretation, and on passive and active experiments under the special conditions of the polar environment and mountain glaciers.

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