International Symposium on The Cryosphere in a Changing Climate

12 February 9:00am - 17 February 5:00pm
Victoria University of Wellington, Kelburn, Wellington, 6012

The International Symposium on The Cryosphere in a Changing Climate will be hosted by Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand, from February 12 to 17, 2017, in Wellington, New Zealand.


This is the first international symposium that will bring together three of the leading international organisations in the field of cryospheric research: the International Glaciological Society (IGS), the International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS), and the WCRP Climate & Cryosphere Project (CliC). The theme of the conference ‘The Cryosphere in a Changing Climate’ is global in scope with a focus on physical processes within the cryosphere, and interactions between the cryosphere and the climate system. This symposium will also serve as the 2017 meeting of New Zealand Snow and Ice Research Group (SIRG; the NZ regional branch of the International Glaciological Society), as well as the location for the IACS Bureau and CliC Scientific Steering Group meetings.

Plenary speakers will include Professor Rob DeConto (University of Massachusetts, ice sheet modelling, 2016 Tinker–Muse prize winner), Professor Ben Marzeion (University of Bremen, mountain glaciers), Professor Marilyn Raphael (University of California, Los Angeles, sea ice, atmospheric circulation) and Professor Dorthe Dahl Jensen (University of Copenhagen, ice cores and climate).


Topics will include (but are not limited to)

  1. Contribution of glaciers and ice sheets to sea level changes, past, present and future

  2. Thresholds and processes for ice shelf loss in a warming world

  3. Mt Cook and the Hooker Glacier 

  4. Glacier and ice sheet dynamics: processes, uncertainties, boundary conditions, field and laboratory experiments and modelling

  5. Coupling of global climate models to glacier, ice sheet and snow models

  6. Ice cores and climate

  7. Ice–ocean interactions in a changing climate

  8. Contrasting hemispheric sea ice behaviour

  9. Cryospheric feedbacks to climate change, including polar amplification of climate

  10. Snow processes and their relevance in a changing climate

  11. Snow and glacier hydrology, and changing runoff in a warming climate

  12. Effects of climate variability and change on mountain glaciers

  13. Emerging areas of cryosphere/climate research