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2021 WAIS Workshop

September 20–23, 2021
Algonkian Regional Park
Sterling, Virginia, USA

The 2021 WAIS Workshop will be a hybrid workshop, with the in-person option occuring at the Algonkian Regional Park Woodlands Conference Center in Sterling, VA. We look forward to seeing you all in-person or virtually! You can view the 2021 WAIS Workshop agenda and abstract booklet here

The conference will take place September 20-23, 2021, kicking off with an informal dinner on Monday 9/20. The formal science agenda will conclude by lunch on Thursday 9/23, with an optional Thursday afternoon workshop. The conference will be streamed synchronously online for those that cannot attend in person. Please visit the 2021 WAIS Workshop webpage for more information.. Sponsored by the NSF and NASA, the workshop will focus on marine ice-sheet and adjacent earth systems, with particular emphasis on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Please contact the Organizing Committee if you have any questions or concerns regarding the WAIS Workshop by emailing wais@mines.edu.

A note about the virtual participation option: Remote participation for the 2021 WAIS Workshop will include the option for remote presentations and panel discussions. Remote presentations will be viewed by both remote and in-person participants. Community sessions will be open to all participants.

A note about COVID safety: In line with other scheduled meetings, our expectation is that if you are unvaccinated, you will opt for the virtual option. For those vaccinated and attending in person, our room will be well under capacity (<50% capacity) and we will request all participants wear a mask that follows CDC guidelines (we will have spare masks in case anyone needs a new one for whatever reason). For those lodging on-site, although cabins are shared, most beds are one-to-a-room connected with shared common space; we will contact you to ask your permission if we assign you shared accomodations. We also would like to remind all participants that you can elect to attend our hybrid meeting virtually. Please email wais@mines.edu if you would like to switch your registration to virtual; we are happy to refund the difference in registration cost until Thursday, September 16, at 7 pm EDT. 

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Questions? Please contact us at wais@mines.edu.

Past Meetings

Current science plan: How Much, How Fast? (PDF)


Past Science Plans

2014 WAIS Science Plan


Amundsen Sea Embayment (ASEP) Science and Implementation Plan (February 2002)

WAIS Initiative Science Plan 2013-2016 (PDF)

Related Information

The following links provide information related to the WAIS Initiative. They will take you to outside Web sites.

Pine Island Glacier (PIG) Ice Shelf (2007 - 2010 and beyond)

Who, what, where, why, how, and when ...

LIMA: Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica (November 2007)

View and Download Data | Information and Resources

International Polar Year, 2007-2008

U.S. Committee to the IPY, and much more ...

Royal Society Scientific Discussion Meeting on the Antarctic Ice Sheet(October 2005)

Programme (PDF) | Read Details

Glaciologists Honored by ACAN: Ross Sea Ice Streams and Ridges Renamed (January 2003)

Map | Write-up by Terry Hughes