International Glaciological Society
21 - 25 June 2010

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It is our pleasure to invite you to the IGS symposium
Snow, Ice and Humanity in a Changing Climate in Sapporo, Japan.

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  • Programme: Preliminary session programme is available here. PROGRAM

  • Venue: Informatin of the Symposium venue is available here. VENUE

  • Registration: Online registration is open at ONLINE REGISTRATION.
    Pre-registration deadline is extended to 24 May 2010.

  • Presentation: Size of Poster Board is H90 x W180, PRESENTATION

  • Hotel booking: You can book your room online at TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION.

  • Abstract submission was closed

  • Visa: Visas are required for some nationalities to travel to Japan for this conference. Please contact your travel agent and/or the Japanese Consulate/Embassy in your country for exact details and visa application procedures. If you have any requests to local organizing committee, please contact by e-mail (igs at

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Avenue lined with poplar trees in Hokkaido University

Snow and ice in the natural environment are facing drastic changes under the influence of rapidly changing global and regional climates. Since snow and ice play crucial roles in cold regions, such changes have substantial impacts on human societies and activities. For example, the amount of snowfall and the duration of seasonal snow cover have been affected in many places, with consequences for the water resources and avalanche risks. Thawing permafrost causes destruction of infrastructure, and formation of glacier-dammed lakes poses potential hazards in mountainous regions. On the other hand, reduction of the summer sea ice extent in the Arctic creates new possibilities to use open water as a sea route for commercial vessels.

This symposium focuses on recent changes in the cryospheric components (snow, glaciers, ice sheets, permafrost, sea ice, lake ice, river ice) with respect to their influences on humanity. We invite contributions related to this subject in a broad sense, including ground based observations, remote sensing, laboratory experiments, numerical modelling, data compilations and analyses, risk management and social impact assessment. Topics are not restricted to present-day issues, but also open for paleo-environmental records as they are important for understanding the present and predicting the future. The conference will bring together researchers engaged in different fields of cryospheric science in order to discuss interactions of snow and ice with humanity in the past, present and future.

Co-Sponsored by
Japan Society of Snow and Ice