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2007 Events [top]

10–14 December, 2007

NSIDC Experts at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting

NSIDC personnel will be attending and presenting at the upcoming AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco, California. NSIDC staff will be in Booth 139 and will be available to field questions and provide data products and support.

5 October, 2007

Preconcert Conversation with Julienne Stroeve

NSIDC Research Scientist Julienne Stroeve leads a conversation about sea ice and climate change at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her talk comes just before the Artist Series performance First person: stories from the edge of the world,which features Ensemble Galilei with National Public Radio's Neal Conan. Stroeve's talk will take place on the Boulder campus in Macky Room 102. For more information, visit the Artist Series Web site at

24 September, 2007

The Basis of Recent Climate Change

NSIDC Senior Research Scientist Mark Serreze gives an invited lecture at The Wildlife Society 14th Annual Conference and Trade Show in Tucson, Arizona, that discusses current and past climate and the prospect of abrupt climate change. The lecture will take place at 8:00 am at the Tucson Convention Center. For more information, visit the annual meeting Web site at; to read Serreze's abstract, search for it by title.

18 September, 2007

International Polar Year Webcast on Sea Ice

NSIDC scientists Walt Meier and Julienne Stroeve will share their research on Arctic sea ice with students during a live educational Webcast, broadcast via, starting at 10:00 am Muontain Time. Meier and Stroeve will be joined by scientists from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and the Alfred Wegener Institute in Germany. The public is encouraged to send questions to For more information about the importance of Arctic sea ice, see Frequently Asked Questions within the Arctic Sea Ice News Fall 2007 Web site.

18 September, 2007

Odyssey of a Giant Iceberg: What Icebergs Tell Us about Ice Sheets in the Climate Change Era

NSIDC Lead Scientist Ted Scambos gives a talk on Antarctic icebergs and climate change at the Boulder Public Library Canyon Theatre in Boulder, Colorado, on Tuesday September 18 at 7:00 pm. The lecture is part of the CU @ The Boulder Public Library Series and takes place at the Boulder Public Library Canyon Theatre (1000 Canyon Blvd; Boulder Public Library parking at 10th and Arapahoe). The lecture is free and open to the public; for more information, please contact the Boulder Public LIbrary at 303.441.4113. To learn about the expedition that informed Scambos's research, please see IceTrek: Exploring the Lifecycle of a Drifting Antarctic Iceberg.

6 September 2007

Planet in Peril: Polar Ice Update

NSIDC Senior Research Scientist Mark Serreze gives a lecture on the decline of Arctic sea ice at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DMNS) in Denver, Colorado, on Thursday, September 6 at 7:00 pm. The cost is $12 per museum member, $15 per nonmember. For directions and more information about the lecture, please visit the museum announcement at: For more information about the importance of sea ice, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions About Sea Ice.

22 April 2007

Film Showing: "Good Days on the Trail"

NSIDC is showing some of our rare archival footage as part of the International Film Festival at the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU).

Featuring recently-discovered historical footage of CU student alpine hikes in the Front Range mountains, this silent color film provides a unique glimpse into the mountaineering lifestyle and familiar landscapes of the past. Watch students in the Mountain Recreation Department from 1938 to 1942 hike, climb, and camp in the Indian Peaks and nearby Rocky Mountain National Park. The showing includes live narration by university scientists, a brief history of the alpine program, a look at the science of local glaciers, and reminiscences of former students.

NSIDC will show the film at 7:00 pm on campus in the ATLAS Building, Film Studies Theatre Room 100; entry is $5.00. For more information or to order a copy of the film on DVD, see Good Days on the Trail, 1938-1942 Documentation.

8–11 March 2007

Ice Fest International Polar Year Celebration

NSIDC is participating in Ice Fest, a community-wide event in Boulder, Colorado, that marks the beginning of the International Polar Year (IPY). Ice Fest will feature films, science talks, and activities around the themes of snow, ice, polar research, and climate studies. The celebration is sponsored by NSIDC's parent organization, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science (CIRES), as well as other organizations. For more information about NSIDC's involvement in the International Polar Year, see IPY at NSIDC.

2006 Events [top]

11–15 December 2006

NSIDC at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting

NSIDC personnel will be attending and presenting at the upcoming AGU Fall Meeting from December 11 to 15 in San Francisco, California. NSIDC personnel will be staffing Booth 616 and will be available to field questions and provide data products and support.

26 October 2006

Climate Change Pole to Pole: NSIDC Scientists Lecture at Denver Museum

NSIDC scientists Mark Serreze and Ted Scambos will talk about the state of Arctic and Antarctic ice at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. They will discuss current Arctic sea ice conditions and the effects of warmer temperatures's on Antarctic ice shelves and glaciers.

25 October 2006

NSIDC 30th Anniversary Seminar

NSIDC will host a one day seminar on 25 October 2006 to celebrate 30 years of the WDC for Glaciology, Boulder, and to acknowledge the contributions of Dr. Stan Wilson to the NASA Polar Oceanography Program, the DAACs, and their predecessor Pilot Data Systems. The agenda consists of four themes, with speakers and scientists involved in the development of the NASA Polar Oceans Program and the Boulder WDC.

13 October 2006

NSIDC Director Roger Barry to present Goldthwait Lecture

Barry will present the Goldthwait Lecture, "Arctic Ocean-Ice-Atmosphere Interactions," on October 13, 2006, in Columbus, Ohio. For more information, see the news release, NSIDC Director Receives Goldthwait Polar Medal.

7–9 August 2006

Asian Conference on Permafrost

NSIDC scientists Tingjun Zhang, Oliver Frauenfeld, Richard Armstrong, Andrew Slater, and Chris Helm will be attending the conference in Lanzhou, China. Zhang is convening one of several special workshops surrounding the conference; special sessions include geotechnical engineering in warm permafrost areas; climatic, cryospheric, and environmental changes in Central Asia; and monitoring, mapping, and modeling of mountain and high-elevation permafrost. A special focus will be on the recently completed Qinghai-Tibet Railway.

Zhang obtained a grant from the United States National Science Foundation to help defray the costs of attendance for students, postdoctoral candidates, and young researchers from all over the United States.

10–12 July 2006

Virtual Globes Scientific Users Conference

NSIDC is supporting this conference, which focuses on the scientific use of virtual globes. Virtual globes are desktop software programs, such as the popular Google Earth, that allow users to zoom in on a virtual Earth to view specific types and layers of information. The conference will be held at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

15–19 May 2006

9th Bi-Annual Circumpolar Remote Sensing Symposium

NSIDC is sponsoring the symposium, which will be held in Seward, Alaska. The conference focuses on remote sensing applications in the polar environments, and will provide a forum for exchanging research and encouraging cooperation in the circumpolar regions of the world. It will also serve as an excellent method to report progress on International Polar Year activities. NOAA at NSIDC project manager Lisa Ballagh will present a poster illustrating NSIDC data sets viewable through Google Earth.

14–16 May 2006

Antarctic Peninsula Climate Variability: Observations, Models, and Plans for IPY Research

The workshop will include presentations of recent climatological, oceanographic, and glaciological research in the Antarctic Peninsula (AP). A primary objective of the meeting is to develop a coordinated science plan for the International Polar Year.

3–4 March 2006

International Polar Year Data Management Workshop

NSIDC and the IPY Programme Office hosted a data management workshop at the the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge, England to begin developing an implementation plan for the IPY Data and Information Service (DIS).

2005 Events [top]

5–9 December 2005

American Geophysical Union Fall Conference

Please visit NSIDC at booth number 921. You'll find information on new and updated data sets and tools, data resources for cryospheric and Earth science researchers, and information for journalists, educators, and the general public. Come by and learn more about how we can help you! Please see NSIDC at AGU, Fall 2005.

5–9 April 2005

Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting

Please visit NSIDC at booth number 423.

2004 Events [top]

16–17 November 2004

Workshop on EOS Snow and Ice Products

The intent of the workshop is to bring together current and potential users of EOS snow and ice standard products from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer - EOS (AMSR-E), Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite (ICESat), Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+), and Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) sensors. The themes of the workshop center on the snow and ice products and results, including validation results; integration of EOS snow and ice products into models; production of climate data records; and improvements to data access and availability.

8–10 August 2004

A Chronicle of Distinction: From the Arctic to the Andes
Roger Barry Symposium

The symposium will recognize the significance of Dr. Barry’s extensive accomplishments and contributions to the science of climatology, as well as his teaching and mentoring. The symposium will include a keynote address, scientific talks, an address by Dr. Barry, and a reception dinner.

23 January 2004

Arctic Perspectives on the Climate Change Debate

Dr. Mark Serreze, Research Scientist at NSIDC/CIRES, will be presenting a Cryospheric and Polar Processes Division Seminar/coffee on Friday, 23 January in the ARC Building (CU-Boulder, East Campus), 3100 Marine Street, Room 620, at 10:30 AM. The seminar will examine the role of human impacts and natural variability affecting climate, ice cover, vegetation, and oceanic and atmospheric circulation patterns in the Arctic region.

20–28 August 2004

Special Symposium on Remote Sensing at the 32nd IGC

Present your work on remote sensing of snow and ice at a special symposium sponsored by the International Association for Mathematical Geology.

32nd International Geological Congress
Florence, Italy
August 2028, 2004

Special Symposium: Understanding Geology through Geomathematical Analysis of Remote Sensing Data


Ute C. Herzfeld, CIRES/NSIDC (
Daniel F. Merriam, Kansas Geological Survey

2003 Events [top]

11–12 June 2003

NOAA NESDIS Data Users' Workshop

The NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) will hold a Data Users' Workshop in Boulder, CO. NESDIS is the parent organization of the NOAA National Data Centers (with which NSIDC is affiliated) and of offices that provide operational satellite data products. Panel discussions will solicit users' opinions on current NESDIS products and services and inform users of future capabilities, plans, and data sets This will be an opportunity for you to provide comments on future data access through NESDIS. The workshop Web site offers registration information, the workshop agenda, a list of posters, and more.

28–29 May 2003

Cold Land Processes Workshop

A two-day workshop at NSIDC to discuss the data collected from the CLP field campaigns and future scientific applications of these data.

16–18 March 2003

A Workshop on Assessing Global Glacier Recession

A three-day workshop was convened at NSIDC, with the aim of evaluating current methods of determining the worldwide recession of mountain glaciers over the last half-century or longer.

2002 Events [top]

3–4 June 2002

Cold Land Processes Workshop

A NASA Cold Land Processes Workshop was held at the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) in Hanover, NH. The workshop agenda included a review of the data sets acquired in CLPX 2002, and a review of data collection plans for CLPX 2003. NSIDC staff participated in discussions of the management and distribution of CLPX data sets. For more information on the workshop, visit the Meetings and Events Web page for CLPX and scroll down to 7th Cold Land Processes Workshop: Hanover, New Hampshire.

For more information on the CLPX project, visit the CLPX project site.

16–17 January 2002

Global Geocryological Database Mini-Workshop

The World Data Center for Glaciology at NSIDC hosted a workshop for the International Permafrost Association's Standing Committee on Data, Information, and Communication. The primary purpose of the workshop was to plan the production and content of the Circumpolar Active-Layer Permafrost System, Version 2 (CAPS v.2) CD ROM. The WDC for Glaciology published the first CAPS CD in 1998; for more information about the CD, see CAPS CD. This follow-on version is to be released at the 2003 International Conference on Permafrost in Zurich.

The focus of the CD will be to publish data from for major IPA programs: The Global Terrestrial Network for Permafrost (GTN-P), the Circumpolar Active-Layer Monitoring (CALM) Program, the Arctic Coastal Dynamics (ACD) Project, and the Cryosols database project. These are all part the World Meteorological Organization's Global Climate Observatory System (GCOS). The WDC for Glaciology also plans to publish a variety of other frozen ground related data and information in addition to data from these major projects.

For more information or to contribute data, please see the Frozen Ground Data Center at NSIDC.

2001 Events [top]

7–9 November 2001

NASA Cold Land Processes Workshop

NSIDC hosted an open workshop to continue planning the 2002 Cold Land Processes Field Experiment. The agenda included a review of data collection plans for the CLPX, data management planning, and discussions on CLP science and technology requirements.

For more information, visit the NASA Cold Lands Processes Mission site and view the workshop agenda, participants, minutes (PDF, 40 KB), and presentations (PDF and Microsoft Office PowerPoint®, various sizes).

October and November 2001

NSIDC'S 25th Anniversary Celebration

NSIDC celebrated its 25th Anniversary and a quarter century of cryospheric data management with October events in Boulder and December events at the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco.

See also: Glaciological Data Report GD-30: TWENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY. Monitoring an Evolving Cryosphere: Summary of the NSIDC Special Session at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, December 10-14, 2001 (PDF file, 2.4 MB), June 2002

2000 Events [top]

4–6 October 2000

American Polar Society 2000 Symposium

NSIDC hosted the American Polar Society's 2000 Symposium, "Polar Research from the Last Millennium to the Next." Symposium themes included:

  • Where Have all the Data Gone?
  • From Dog Sled to Satellite
  • Human Impacts on the Polar Environment

1999 Events [top]

15–16 March 1999

8th Annual Midwest Glaciology Meeting

NSIDC and the Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) jointly hosted an informal meeting focused on the climate and dynamics of large ice sheets.

About 50 scientists attended. New results on Antarctic ice streams, the central West Antarctic sub-ice geology, and retreat of several Alaskan glaciers were discussed among the 40 talks and six posters given. Highlight talks included early SAR interferometric results mapping ice velocities over the Siple Coast (Ian Joughin), SAR mapping of surging in the Bagley ice field (Robert Fatland), early GPS vertical ice motion results for points within the West Antarctic ice sheet (Ian Whillans), tidal modeling of the Weddell Sea to facilitate the use of interferometric SAR over the Ronne Ice Shelf (Doug MacAyeal), and a report on unique firn snow 'megadune' structures in the East Antarctic (Mark Fahnestock).

For more information about INSTAAR, visit the INSTAAR Web site.

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