Northwest Glaciologists’ Conference 2020

We invite you to join us virtually on October 14th-16th to share results, discuss new ideas, and to build collaborations with fellow glaciologists from the northwest and around the world.

As always, the meeting will be informal with an emphasis on highlighting the work of students and early career scientists. We strongly encourage presentations about the new, the controversial, and the possibly-hairbrained.

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Conference Agenda

NWG2020 will be held over Zoom. The room is password protected: please register below for access! A tentative schedule follows (All times PDT):

Wednesday, Oct. 14

Time Item Speakers
1:00-1:30 Welcome and Logistics  
1:30-3:30 Session 1 - Ice-ocean-lake interactions
  • Chris Miele - Fracture of floating glacier ice upon sidewall decoupling
  • Brad Lipovsky - Rift propagation on the Milne Ice Shelf
  • Lynn Kaluzienski - Modeling Ross Ice Shelf Sensitivity to Changes Along is Western Lateral Margin Using the Ice Sheet System Model (ISSM)
  • Maryam Zarrinderakht - Mathematical Modelling for Iceberg Calving
  • Yara Mohajerani - Automatic Grounding Line Delineation with DInSAR and Deep Learning
3:30-4:00 Coffee Break  
4:00-5:30 Session 2 - Glacier Surges
  • Meghan Sharp - Reconstruction of Tweedsmuir Glacier's Surge History with Historical Images
  • Tim Bartholomaus - Testing theories of glacier surges: Intro to Turner Glacier project
  • Andrew Nolan - Investigating the association of thermal structure and glacier surging on the continental side of the St. Elias Mountains in Yukon, Canada
  • Alexi Morin - A Methodological Investigation of Bayesian Methods on a Surging Glacier
  • Erik Young - Assessing the sensitivity of large-scale folds to glacier surging using numerical modelling
5:30-6:00 Synthesis Discussion  

Thursday, Oct. 15

Time Item Speakers
1:00-3:30 Session 3 - Hydrology and Outburst Floods
  • Leif Karlstron - Fluid resonance in elastic-walled englacial transport networks
  • Tryggvi Unnsteinsson - Analytical models of glaciovolcanic caves and chimneys
  • Mickey Mackie - Stochastically simulating the subglacial topography of Greenland
  • Flavien Beaud - How to build a glacier in the lab to explore subglacial hydrology?
  • Alan Rempel - How cavitation drives basal mass exchange
  • Amy Jenson - Evolution of glacial lake outburst floods over annual to decadal time scales
3:00-4:00 Coffee Break  
4:00-5:30 Session 4 - Snow, firn, and mass balance
  • David Shean - TBD, likely something involving remote sensing and seasonal obs of glaciers/snow in the Western U.S.
  • Max Stevens - Something about firn
  • Tate Meehan - Historical Surface Mass Balance Reconstruction 1984-2017 from GreenTrACS Multi-offset Ground-penetrating Radar
  • David Rounce - The Python Glacier Evolution Model (PyGEM): recent applications and developments
  • Taryn Black - TBD - likely coastal glacier change at Kenai Fjords National Park
5:30-? Northwest Glaciologists Trivia Extravaganza  

Friday, Oct. 16

Time Item Speakers
1:00-2:00 Poster Session
  • Toby Meierbachtol - Quantifying heterogeneous meltwater infiltration in western Greenland's percolation zone from the refreezing thermal signature
  • Nevil Franco - Modeling supraglacial lake drainage and its effects on the seasonal evolution of the subglacial drainage system in a tributary setting
  • Jukes Liu - Synchronous retreat of Southeast Greenland peripheral marine-terminating glaciers in 2016
  • Ellyn Enderlin - Recent patterns in near-terminus ocean conditions around Antarctica revealed by remotely-sensed iceberg data
  • Doug Brinkerhoff - Constraining Subglacial Processes from Surface Velocity Observations Using Surrogate-based Bayesian Inference
2:00-4:30 Session 5 - Ice Dynamics
  • Lavanya Ashokkumar - Contrasting response pattern between glacier dynamics and climate, inferred from glaciers in the Himalayas
  • David Polashenski - Borehole Instrument Design for Deployment on the Athabasca Glacier
  • Aiden Stansberry - The Basal Thermal State of Southwest Greenland During Periods of Ice Sheet Geometric Change
  • Daniel Shapero - Adaptive meshing for simulating ice sheets and glaciers
  • Giovanni Corti - Improving the Accuracy of High Resolution SAR Offset Tracking
  • Martin Truffer - TBD
4:30-5:00 Synthesis Discussion  
5:00 Adjourn  

Interested in Attending?

As is tradition, there is no formal registration. However, to roughly gauge the expected number of attendees, to figure out session themes, and to provide participants with the Zoom password, we would appreciate if you would fill out the following form: