Final reminder: Snow and Avalanches at the IUGG, Melbourne - 1 February Deadline for Abstract submission
Dear Forum members,
Between 28 June - 7 July 2011, the IUGG Conference “Earth on the Edge: Science for a Sustainable Planet” will take place in Melbourne, Australia. The International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS)
is organizing a symposium entitled “Snow and Avalanches in the Southern Hemisphere” (code J-CO2). Please consider submitting an abstract for this session or other cryospheric sessions. Tree-ring studies related to snow avalanches are also welcome!
Detailed information is provided below:
Title: Snow and Avalanches in the Southern Hemisphere (code J-CO2)
Lead Convenors: Jordy Hendrikx & Alejandro Casteller
Abstract deadline: 1 February, 2011
Scope: Snow is both a hazard and a resource. Snow avalanches threaten mountain communities as well as some industrial activities worldwide, but snow also provides a valuable resource for snow tourism and is critical for water availability in many alpine river
catchments. This session is devoted to the latest results on snow cover processes, snow melt, snow storms, avalanche formation, and case studies of catastrophic snow avalanche cycles and their corresponding meteorological and snowpack conditions. A particular
focus will be on studies from the Southern Hemisphere. In regard to case studies emphasis is placed on both the examination of recent catastrophic snow and avalanche events and the examination of major avalanche path histories and their changing avalanche
regimes. The session aims at improving our understanding of snow, snow storms and catastrophic snow avalanche cycles and their corresponding meteorological and snowpack conditions in order to improve both avalanche forecasting and risk management. We particularly
encourage studies from the Southern Hemisphere, but welcome contributions from around the world.
Keywords: snow avalanches, snow cover, snow storms, natural hazards
Review: All contributed abstracts will be reviewed by the convenors
Options: Accepted abstracts will be presented as either oral or posters as determined by the convenors.
Looking forward to seeing you there.
Assistant Professor of Geography
Director of the Snow & Avalanche Laboratory
Department of Earth Sciences Montana State University
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