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SPRI Review 1998: International Glaciological Society

International Glaciological Society

Dr C. Simon L. Ommanney

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

It published three issues of the Journal of Glaciology and three issues of ICE, the News Bulletin of the International Glaciological Society in 1998. William D. Harrison, University of Alaska, and Matthew Sturm, Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, Fort Wainwright, Alaska, took over as Chief Editor and Assistant Chief Editor, respectively, of the Journal, completing a successful transition of the editorial office from the University of Chicago. House editors for the year were Ray Adie and Ken Moxham. Papers from the 'International symposium on snow and avalanches' (held in Chamonix MontBlanc, France, 26-30 May 1997) were published in July as Annals of Glaciology 26. Papers from the 'International symposium on Antarctica and global change: interaction and impacts' (held in Hobart, Australia, 13-18 July 1997), sponsored by the Antarctic CRC and Australian Antarctic Division, were published in December as Annals of Glaciology 27. All publications are available from the IGS office.

An 'International symposium on glaciers and the glaciated landscape' was held in Kiruna, Sweden, from 17-21 August 1998. Papers from the meeting are being edited by Johan Kleman, Stockholm University, and will be published in 1999 as Annals of Glaciology 28.

In September, the IGS collaborated with the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research in the 'Sixth international symposium on Antarctic glaciology,' held in Lanzhou, China, 5-9 September 1998. Papers from this meeting will be published as Annals of Glaciology 29, edited by T.H. Jacka of the Antarctic CRC and Australian Antarctic Division.

During the past year, the Society also co-sponsored the following meetings: 'Glacial debris transport and deposition: processes and products,' 9-11 January, held at in Leeds, UK; AGU Chapman Conference on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, 13-18 September, held in Orono, ME, USA; 'Snow hydrology: the integration of physical, chemical and biological systems,' 6-9 October, held in Vermont, NH, USA; and the 'First international conference on Mars polar science and exploration,' 19-22 October, held in Houston, TX, USA.

In 1999, the IGS is collaborating with the European Science Foundation in the EISMINT/EPICA 'Symposium on ice sheet modelling and deep ice drilling' being held in Den Haag, The Netherlands, 20-22 April 1999, papers from which will be published in the Annals. The Society's annual meeting will be the 'International symposium on the verification of cryospheric models: bringing data and modelling scientists together,' to be held in Zurich, Switzerland, 16-20 August 1999; papers will be published in Annals of Glaciology 31. The IGS is co-sponsoring the 'Sixth international symposium on thermal engineering and sciences for cold regions,' in Darmstadt, Germany, 22-25 August,1999 and an 'International conference on the deformation of glacial materials,' in London, UK, 7-8 September 1999.

The Society continues to actively promote the exchange of information and ideas on all aspects of snow and ice. More details are available through the Society.