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SPRI Review 2000: SPRI Review 2000

SPRI Review 2000

International Glaciological Society

Mr C. Simon L. Ommanney

The Society continues 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.

A sad event this year was the passing of Hilda Richardson in February. She had been Secretary General of the Society for 40 years and was a familiar figure to many of those working in, and visiting, the Institute.

During 2000, the International Glaciological Society moved the publication of the Journal of Glaciology to four issues per year from the previous three, and continued with three issues of ICE, the Society's news bulletin, and two volumes of the Annals of Glaciology. Ken Moxham handled house editing for the Journal, and Sylva Gethin, working in the Institute Library, did reference checking. Selected papers from the EISMINT/EPICA meeting (held in Den Haag, The Netherlands, 21-22 April 1999) were published as Annals of Glaciology 30. Those from the International Symposium on the Verification of Cryospheric Models (held in Zürich, Switzerland, 16-20 August 1999) were published at the end of the year as Annals of Glaciology 31. All publications are available from the IGS office.

The Society organized two meetings in 2000. The first, an International Symposium on Snow, Avalanches and Impact of the Forest Cover, was held in Innsbruck, Austria, 22-26 May 2000. The chief editor was Kolumban Hutter, Technische Universität Darmstadt, and selected papers from this meeting will be published in 2001 as Annals of Glaciology 32.

In June, the IGS sponsored an International Symposium on Sea Ice and its Interactions with the Ocean, Atmosphere and Biosphere, held in Fairbanks, Alaska, USA, 18-23 June 2000. The chief editors were Martin O. Jeffries and Hajo Eicken, of the Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks, and selected papers will be published in 2001 as Annals of Glaciology 33.

During the past year, the Society also co-sponsored the Second International Conference on Mars Polar Science and Exploration in Reykjavík, Iceland, 21-25 August.

In 2001, the IGS will be sponsoring two meetings. The first will be the Fourth International Symposium on Remote Sensing in Glaciology being held in College Park, Maryland, USA, 4-8 June 2001. Gareth Rees is a member of the editorial board for this meeting, papers from which will be published in Annals of Glaciology 34. The second meeting will be an International Symposium on Ice Cores and Climate to be held in Kangerlussuag, Greenland, 19-23 August 2001. Selected papers from this meeting will be published in Annals of Glaciology 35.

In 2001, the Society will be co-sponsoring a special session on Snow and Ice: Principles, Processes, Management and Use at a conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 14-17 May 2001, and a meeting on Millennial-scale Events in the North Atlantic Region during Termination I, at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, 13-18 June 2001.

The Society continues to promote the exchange of information and ideas on all aspects of snow and ice actively. A highlight this year was a co-publication venture with the University of Washington Press that led to the printing of a revised edition of Glacier ice by Edward R. LaChapelle and Austin Post. This is a highly regarded annotated compilation of outstanding photographs of glacier features and is available from the Institute bookshop.

More details on the Society and its activities are available through its web site, hosted by the Scott Polar Research Institute (www.spri.cam.ac.uk/igs/).