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SPRI Review 1996: International Glaciological Society

International Glaciological Society

Dr Simon Ommanney

The Society continued its service to the glaciological community, its publishing activities, and the organisation of symposia around the world from its headquarters within the Scott Polar Research Institute.

The Society published three issues of the Journal of Glaciology and three issues of ICE, the News Bulletin of the International Glaciological Society in 1996. Douglas MacAyeal (University of Chicago) continued as chief editor of the Journal, with copy editing being done by Ray Adie and Ken Moxham. Papers from the 'International symposium on glacier erosion and sedimentation' (held in Reyjkavik, Iceland, 20-25 August 1995) were published in July as Annals of Glaciology 22. Papers from the 'International symposium on ice sheet modelling' (EISMINT, held in Chamonix, France, 18-22 September 1995), sponsored by the European Science Foundation, were published in November as Annals of Glaciology 23. This most recent publication was printed by Page Bros of Norwich, marking a movement away from the sole-source printing the Society has practiced to date. All publications are available from the IGS office.

A meeting on 'Changing glaciers: revisiting themes and field sites of classical glaciology' was held at Fjærland, Norway, from 24-26 June 1996. The IGS is collaborating with the Norwegian Glacier Museum and the Norsk Polarinstitutt in publishing papers from this meeting in the Annals of Glaciology. The volume will be edited by Ian Whillans of the Byrd Polar Research Center (Ohio State University).

In August 1996, the IGS organised the 'International symposium on representation of the cryosphere in climate and hydrological models' in Victoria, British Columbia, with the help of the Canadian Atmospheric Environment Service. The overall organisation was done by the Secretary General with local arrangements handled through a committee in Canada consisting of Barry Goodison, Greg Flato, and Ross Brown. Papers from this meeting will be published as Annals of Glaciology 25, edited by John Walsh (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). The Society also co-sponsored the '9th international symposium on the physics and chemistry of ice' at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire.

Planning for future symposia continued. For 1997, the IGS is organising the 'International symposium on snow and avalanches' in Chamonix, France, from 25-29 May and collaborating with the Australian Antarctic CRC on publishing papers from the 'International symposium on Antarctica and global change,' to be held in Hobart, Tasmania (14-18 July). In June, the Society will be co-sponsoring a meeting on 'Remote sensing of planetary ice' in Flagstaff, Arizona, in conjunction with the United States Geological Survey.

For 1998, the IGS is organising the 'International symposium on glaciers and the glaciated landscape' in Kiruna, Sweden (17-21 August 1998), papers from which will be published as Annals of Glaciology 28. The subsequent Annals volume will include papers from the 'Sixth Antarctic glaciology meeting' being held in China later that year. Besides its own meetings and publications, the Society will be co-sponsoring a meeting to be held in Tromsø on 'Global change in the polar regions,' with the Norsk Polarinstitutt, and a meeting on 'Snow hydrology,' being held in Hanover, New Hampshire, with the US Army Corps of Engineers.

The Society continues to actively promote the exchange of information and ideas on all aspects of snow and ice.