IGS Conference updates


By Bill Daehler
Spring 2013

CReSIS will host a major conference on radioglaciology for the International Glaciological Society (IGS) in Lawrence, Kansas, USA on September 9-13, 2013.

Though some details for the IGS Conference are still being determined, several important elements have already been finalized. Dr. Richard Alley, of Pennsylvania State University, will be the conference’s keynote speaker. There are a range of other prominent scientists featured at the conference, including NASA’s Dr. H. Jay Zwally, the University of Copenhagen’s Dr. Dorthe Dahl-Jensen and the British Antarctic Survey’s (BAS) Dr. Richard Hindmarsh.

Zwally, Dahl-Jensen and Hindmarsh will be highlighted at the conference as featured speakers. In addition to working as a professor at the University of Copenhagen, Dahl-Jensen is also the Chairperson of the Scientific Steering Committee, which runs the NEEM project in Greenland. Zwally has held a number of senior research positions since joining NASA in 1974, including playing an important role in a laser altimeter satellite that examines ice sheet mass balance—eventually resulting in the launch of the Ice Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) in January 2003. More recently, Zwally has been examining the mass balance of the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets. Hindmarsh has worked with the BAS since 1991. He has studied the flow of ice, heat and sub-glacial sediment and water, in addition to running ISM (Ice-Sheet Modeling), which is a work-package for the Ice Sheets Project.

International Symposium on Radioglaciology

The IGS conference will be opened by the Chancellor of the University of Kansas (KU), Bernadette Gray-Little. The international conference will include representatives from universities and science programs from around the world. Fourteen countries and five continents will be represented at the conference, including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, the USA and the United Kingdom.

A poster session will feature a range of topics on Tuesday September 10. The five-day conference will also include oral sessions, meetings to exchange information, a banquet and plenty of opportunities to explore natural and cultural opportunities in Kansas. This includes an excursion to the Tallgrass Prairie National Reserve, an eastern Kansas prairie and nature reserve.

There will be a range of radioglaciology topics covered throughout the conference, including:



  • Radars and signal processing techniques for sounding and imaging of polar ice sheets.
  • Ultra-wideband radar technology and innovative polar research applications.
  • Recent observations and results over the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets.
  • Refining algorithms for basal condition assessment.
  • Remote sensing techniques for smaller ice masses and ice masses in logistically challenging areas outside the poles.

The IGS Symposium is co-hosted by CReSIS, the University of Kansas, the KU School of Engineering and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Though the early bird registration deadline has past, those interested in attending can still register for the conference. Walk-in registration will also be available during the September conference.