Registration is open for the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) Workshop

Each fall, Antarctic researchers gather for a three-day workshop to present and discuss their findings regarding the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS). The event is a multidisciplinary Earth system science workshop focusing on the distinctive glaciological, geological, oceanographic, and climatic aspects of the Ice Sheet. This year, it will take place about an hour’s drive east of San Diego, in Julian, CA. Registration for the workshop is now open for researchers and students who wish to participate.

The WAIS Workshop will be held from 24-27 September 2014 at Camp Cedar Glen. Those interested in giving a 15-minute talk may submit an abstract in order to be considered for one of the sessions listed below. Participants may also submit poster abstracts.

  • Changes in WAIS from observations (The Times They are a-Changin’)
  • Ice-ocean interaction (Surfin’ USA)
    • Amundsen Sea (West Coast Blues)
    • everywhere else (Promised Land)
  • Modelling of ice and polar ocean (California Dreamin’)
  • Sea ice (I Get Around)
  • Climate and accumulation (It Never Rains in California)
  • Marine ice sheet instability (Free Fallin’)

The registration deadline is 2 September 2014, and the deadline for abstracts is 22 August 2014. On-site, shared lodging is available for those who are interested. For more details, please visit the WAIS Workshop Web site.

Record Coldest Place

This image shows the location of record low temperature measurements for Antarctica. The red dots show where the record satellite-measured surface temperatures and the earlier record low air temperature occurred. Shades of gray are a compilation of the lowest MODIS-sensor land surface temperature readings made by NASA’s Aqua satellite during 2003-2013, with darker grays representing the coldest areas. Landsat 8 thermal images acquired in July and August of 2013 provided more detail on the coldest areas (purple squares). Elevation of the Antarctic surface is shown in green lines, and a blue lines provide an outline of the Antarctic continent, its islands, and the edge of its floating ice sheet.
—Credit: Ted Scambos, National Snow and Ice Data Center