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SPRI Review 1999: International Glaciological Society

International Glaciological Society

Mr C. Simon L. Ommanney

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

The Society published three issues of the Journal of Glaciology, three issues of ICE, its news bulletin, and two volumes of Annals of Glaciology. House editing for the Journal was handled by Ken Moxham, and reference checking by Sylva Gethin, working in the Institute library. Papers from the 'International symposium on glaciers and the glaciated landscape' (held in Kiruna, Sweden, 17-21 August 1998) were published in November as Annals of Glaciology 28. Papers from the 'Sixth international symposium on Antarctic glaciology' (held in Lanzhou, China, 5-9 September 1998), sponsored by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, were ready for publication as Annals of Glaciology 29 at the end of the year. All publications are available from the IGS office.

The Society is collaborating with the European Science Foundation in publishing papers from the 'European project for ice coring in Antarctica/European ice sheet modelling initiative' session held during the European Geophysical Society's General Assembly in The Hague, The Netherlands, 20-22 April 1999. Papers from this meeting are being edited by Kolumban Hutter, Technische Universität Darmstadt, and will be published in 2000 as Annals of Glaciology 30.

In August the IGS sponsored the 'International symposium on the verification of cryospheric models: bringing data and modelling scientists together,' held in Zürich, Switzerland, 16-20 August 1999. Papers from this meeting will be published in 2000 as Annals of Glaciology 31, edited by Koni Steffen, University of Colorado.

During the past year, the Society also co-sponsored the following meetings: 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, 7-8 September 1999.

In 2000 the IGS will be sponsoring two meetings. The first will be the 'International symposium on snow, avalanches and impact of the forest cover,' to be held in Innsbruck, Austria, 22-26 May. Papers from this meeting will be published in Annals of Glaciology 32. The second meeting will be the 'International symposium on sea ice and its interactions with the ocean, atmosphere and biosphere,' to be held in Fairbanks, Alaska, 18-23 June. Dr Peter Wadhams is a member of the editorial board for this meeting, papers from which will be published in Annals of Glaciology 33. The Society will be co-sponsoring the 'Second international conference on Mars, polar science and exploration' in Reykjavik, Iceland, 21-25 August.

The Society continues actively to promote the exchange of information and ideas on all aspects of snow and ice. To improve speed of publication and service to the glaciological community, next year will see the introduction of an additional annual issue of the Journal of Glaciology as it moves to a quarterly publication cycle. More details on the Society and its activities are available through its web site, ( hosted by the Scott Polar Research Institute.