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SPRI Review 2001: International Glaciological Society

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.

During 2001, Ken Moxham handled house editing for both Journal of Glaciology and Annals of Glaciology. Headquarters staff consisted of the Secretary General, Simon Ommanney, his assistant Linda Gorman, and a part-time typist, Joan Keating.

Selected papers from the International Symposium on Snow, Avalanches and Impact of the Forest Cover, held in Innsbruck, Austria, 22-26 May 2000, were published as Annals of Glaciology 32. Those from the International Symposium on Sea Ice and its Interactions with the Ocean, Atmosphere and Biosphere, held in Fairbanks, Alaska, 18-23 June 2000, were published at the end of the year as Annals of Glaciology 33. Both publications are available from the IGS office.

The Society organized two meetings in 2001. The first, the Fourth International Symposium on Remote Sensing in Glaciology in College Park, Maryland, 4-8 June 2001, for which the co-chief editors were Jan-Gunnar Winther and Rune Solberg; Gareth Rees of the Institute was an associate editor. Selected papers from this meeting will be published in 2002 as Annals of Glaciology 34. Later in the year the IGS sponsored the International Symposium on Ice Cores and Climate, in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, 19-23 August 2001. The chief editor is Eric Wolff of the British Antarctic Survey and selected papers from this meeting will be published in 2002 as Annals of Glaciology 35.

The Society also co-sponsored the 58th Annual Eastern Snow Conference on Snow and Ice: Principles, Processes, Management and Use, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 14-17 May 2001.

In 2002, the IGS will be sponsoring two meetings. The first is the International Symposium on Fast Glacier Flow, being held in Yakutat, Alaska, 9-14 June 2002; selected papers from this will be published in 2003 in Annals of Glaciology 36. The second, the International Symposium on Physical and Mechanical Processes in Ice in Relation to Glacier and Ice-Sheet Modelling, is being held in Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France, 26-30 August 2002. Papers from this meeting will also be published in 2003 in Annals of Glaciology 37. The Society is co-sponsoring the glaciological symposia being held during the European Geophysical Society's General Assembly, in Nice, France, 22-26 April 2002.

The principal meetings in 2003 will be on snow and avalanches, in Davos, Switzerland, and on Antarctic glaciology, in Milan, Italy.

The Society continues to promote the exchange of information and ideas on all aspects of snow and ice. This year another highlight was the co-publication, with the University of Washington Press, of Secrets of the snow by Edward R. LaChapelle. This is a companion to his Field guide to snow crystals, previously published by the Society.

Early in 2001 we were saddened by the loss of Sylva Gethin, a retired cataloguer who had worked for years efficiently checking references for the Society's publications, who died suddenly.

More details on the Society and its activities are available through its web site, hosted by the Scott Polar Research Institute (