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01.06 - 03.06.2016
Copenhagen, Denmark
Contact person:
Robert Fausto   

Purpose of the Workshop:

  • present and discuss observations and modelling of meltwater retention processes in firn and snow, with emphasis on low temperature 'polar snow/firn';
  • plan and coordinate meltwater retention model development;
  • develop objectives and collaboration.

Workshop participants will be discussing questions like: What parameters affect meltwater retention and how well can we model their evolution on glaciers and ice sheets? What measurements are currently available? What are the uncertainties associated with estimates of the parameters identified above and how are they spatially and temporally distributed?

Registration deadline is Friday 8 April, 2016.

We have some financial support and may ask a registration fee. We plan for the workshop to include morning and afternoon coffee breaks and a workshop dinner Thursday evening. Lunch facilities are available on site.

Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), Øster Voldgade 10, DK-1350 Copenhagen K.

Contributions are welcomed in the form of oral presentations and/or posters. Presentation duration will be 15-20 minutes, including discussion. Confirmed keynote presentations will be given by Roger Braithwaite and W. Tad Pfeffer. The workshop will start at 12 am Wednesday 1 June 2016 with registration and end Friday afternoon at 3 pm on 3 June 2016. More information about the Workshop format, program and details will be provided late April.

Abstracts and registration:
Those intending to attend the workshop should submit abstracts (maximum length 200 words) by email to Robert Fausto (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) no later than the registration deadline.  Abstracts should indicate whether an oral or poster presentation is preferred.

Financial support:
The Inter-Agency Standing Committee Cryosphere Working Group (IASC-CWG) has granted financial support for five early-career scientists to participate in the workshop. Each early-career scientist will be granted 800 euros in total for travel and accommodation. To be eligible for financial support, the scientist should have received his or her highest degree (BSc, MSc, or PhD) within the past five years. Please send a short cover letter and CV to Robert Fausto (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Special Publication:
Chief editor, Regine Hock, has confirmed a special issue on the workshop topic in Frontiers in Earth Sciences - Cryospheric sciences.

A range of hotels and hostels exist near the workshop location. Public transit is very efficient, including bike rental. Booking these early is recommended due to extra demand from the high tourist season.

Air fares can be extra expensive in summer so book early. Transit from the airport to downtown is straight forward by metro located at the far end of the airport exit up one floor. Tickets may be purchased near the airport security exit.