[CRYOLIST] Workshop: Antarctic Surface Hydrology and Future Ice-shelf Stability, LDEO, Feb 21-23

Jonathan Kingslake j.kingslake at columbia.edu
Tue Nov 21 08:25:12 PST 2017

Dear Cryolist,
We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting an NSF-funded:

*Workshop on Antarctic Surface Hydrology and Future Ice-shelf **Stability*

at *Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory*, Palisades, New York, on February
21st to 23rd, 2018.

A number of research groups are currently examining processes related to
coupling between surface meltwater production and future Antarctic ice
loss. Recent studies have suggested that surface hydrological systems in
Antarctica may expand and proliferate this century. Meanwhile, numerical
models of the Antarctic Ice Sheet that incorporate meltwater's impact on
ice shelves, predict Antarctic contributions of up to a meter of global
sea-level rise this century in response to atmospheric warming.

Given the emerging interest in surface hydrology, ice-shelf stability and
future sea-level rise, it is vital for the scientific community to come
together to identify and address critical knowledge gaps in this field.

This workshop will bring together scientists with expertise in ice-sheet
dynamics, glacial hydrology, climatology and other disciplines in order to
move the community towards answering several fundamental questions raised
by observations of Antarctic surface hydrological processes. These could
What climate dynamics are responsible for surface meltwater generation in
What controls the spatiotemporal distribution of meltwater ponds on
Antarctic ice shelves?
Where is meltwater generated, where does it pond today and how will this
change this century?
What controls the movement of water across the ice surface and into the
sub-surface of Antarctic ice shelves?
How will meltwater impact the stability of ice shelves this century?

Specifically we aim to:
(1) Establish the state-of-the-science of Antarctic surface hydrology,
(2) Identify key research questions and future priorities in this field, and
(3) Facilitate collaborations

The workshop will consist of short science talks, poster sessions and group
discussions on various topics within this broad field. Oral and poster
presentations could report modelling studies, remote sensing, fieldwork,
laboratory experiments related to any aspect of the dynamics of Antarctic
surface meltwater and ice shelves.

If you would like to attend please email abstracts (300 word limit),
including affiliation information to Frances Simpson (
fsimpson at ldeo.columbia.edu) by *December 18th.  *Attendance is limited to
around 30 people, so if necessary, abstracts will be chosen by the
organizing committee based on scientific relevance and diversity, and
maximizing gender, geographic and career-stage diversity..

*We are very keen to encourage the participation of early-career scientists
and under-represented groups of scientists!* We have NSF funding to support
travel for a limited number of US-based attendees. This funding will be
distributed on the basis of need, the potential benefit to early-career
scientists and the scientific and diversity considerations listed above. Sorry,
only US-based applicants are eligible for travel support.

If you would like to apply for travel support, please include in your
application (in addition to your abstract) a separate statement including the
length of time since obtaining your last degree, a description of your need
for funding and the potential benefit to you that attending this workshop
could bring (300 word limit).

Please feel free to contact any of the organizing committee for more
details before submitting.

Yours sincerely,

The organizing committee:
Jonathan Kingslake    Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (
j.kingslake at columbia.edu)
Luke Trusel                 Rowan University (trusel at rowan.edu)
Marco Tedesco           Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (
mtedesco at ldeo.columbia.edu  <cryocity at gmail.com>)
Robin Bell                   Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Indrani Das                 Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Rob DeConto              University of Massachusetts
Christian Schoof         University of British Columbia
Alison Banwell            University of Cambridge
Jan Lenaerts               University of Colorado
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