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Debris-covered glaciers: from remote sensing and field-based tools to local communities

02 - 04 September 2019
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Geological Society Events, 2019 Year of Carbon
The Geological Society, Burlington House
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Changes to the state of debris-covered glaciers pose a hazard to nearby communities, with rapidly-growing, moraine-dammed lakes a particular threat.

This workshop will allow scientists and practitioners to explore the current state of the science on debris-covered glaciers in high mountain environments such as high Asia and the Andes. Through a series of talks and working groups, the workshop will facilitate the standardisation of methodology and develop recommendations for future work that can be transferred to local institutions. 

Participants will collaborate on developing workshop material for future capacity-building training packages, as well as on the effective deployment of the growing Earth science social media presence of High Mountain-based communities and organisations. 

The workshop is closely aligned with the aims of the GAPHAZ working group of the International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS) and the International Permafrost Association (IPA), and the newly-formed IACS group on debris-covered glaciers.

The workshop will feature two days for working groups to share the latest methodological advances and to develop strategies and key aims for future research. The working group topics will be decided based on participant expertise, but may include glacier processes and change; glacier-related hazards; and socio-economic impacts of glacial-lake outburst floods (GLOFs).

Specific outcomes will include:

  1. Publishing results of the meeting on an open access website (e.g. GAPHAZ, IACS), and promoting the existence of these findings via social media avenues
  2. Development of collaborative research projects – both active collaborative analysis and formal proposals seeking new funding
  3. Action plans for local community engagement


  • Dr Adina Racoviteanu, Aberystwyth University (lead convener)
  • Dr Neil Glasser, Aberystwyth University
  • Dr Lindsey Nicholson, University of Innsbruck  

Organising committee/facilitators  

  • Dr Duncan Quincey, University of Leeds
  • Dr Scott Watson, University of Arizona
  • Dr Evan Miles, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL
  • Dr Tobias Bolch, University of St Andrews 


Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr Tobias Bolch – Mapping, area change and mass balance of debris-covered glaciers from space
  • Professor John Reynolds – Glacier lakes hazard ranking schemes
  • Dr Matt Westoby – Modelling GLOFs
  • Dr Duncan Quincey – GAPHAZ working group
  • Dr Scott Watson – ‘Walk and talk’ conference in Nepal, supra-glacier lakes and ice cliffs
  • Dr Jonathan Carrivick – Processes related to GLOFs
  • Dr Evan Miles – Ice cliffs and supra-glacial lakes


Monday 2 September

1.30pm: Arrival and registration

2.00pm: Oral talks

3.00pm: Coffee break

3.30pm: Oral talks

4.30pm: Discussion and working group set-up

5.00pm: End of day

Tuesday 3 September

9.00am: Working group session #1

12.30pm: Lunch break

1.30pm: Working group session #2

4.30pm: Group discussion and wrap-up

5.00pm: End of day

Wednesday 4 September

9.00am: Working group session #3

12.30pm: Lunch break

1.30pm: Presentations by each group, group discussion and harvesting

5.00pm: Wrap-up and close of meeting

5.30pm: End


We are offering a reduced registration rate of £70 for attendees from developing countries as defined by the World Bank. To request this rate, please contact [email protected].

Registration includes tea and coffee during breaks, but does not include lunch.

Registration rates

£ 120.00
£ 170.00
£ 120.00
£ 20.00
£ 70.00

Geolsoc Contact


Burlington House

Convenor Contact

Adina Racoviteanu

Lindsey Nicholson

Neil Glasser