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

Date:
02 - 04 September 2019
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Event type:
Workshop
Organised by:
1. Geological Society Events, 2019 Year of Carbon
Venue:
Burlington House, London
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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 workshopwill 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 standardization 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 organizations. 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 outbust floods (GLOFs).    

Specific outcomes will include:  (i) 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  (ii) development of collaborative research projects – both active collaborative analysis and formal proposals seeking new funding  (iii) action plans for local community engagement. 

Convenors

  • 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 

Speakers

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr Tobias Bolch – Mapping, Area Change and Mass Balance of Debris-covered Glaciers from Space
  • Prof. 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

Programme

Monday 2 September

13:30 – 14:00 – arrival and registration
14:00 – 15:00 – oral talks
15:00 – 15:30 – coffee break
15:30 – 16:30 – oral talks
16:30 – 17:00 – discussion and working group set-up

Tuesday 3 September

09:00 – 12:30 – working group session #1
12:30 – 13:30 lunch break
13:30 – 16.30 working group session #2
16.30 – 17:00 group discussion and wrap-up

Wednesday 4 September

09:00 – 12:30 – working group session #3
12:30 – 13:30 – lunch break
13:30 – 17.00 – presentations by each group, group discussion and harvesting
17.00 – 17:30 wrap – up and close of meeting


Registration

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 Katherina.Steinmetz@geolsoc.org.uk

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


Specific outcomes will include:  (i) 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  (ii) development of collaborative research projects – both active collaborative analysis and formal proposals seeking new funding  (iii) action plans for local community engagement. 

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Registration rates

£ 120.00
£ 170.00
£ 120.00
£ 20.00
£ 70.00

Geolsoc Contact

Registrations

Burlington House
Piccadilly
W1J 0BG


Convenor Contact

Adina Racoviteanu


Lindsey Nicholson


Neil Glasser