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The 2020 WAIS Workshop is going VIRTUAL!

Due to CoViD-19, the 2020 WAIS Workshop will be virtual. And instead of having three days of WAIS Workshop activities, we will have three weeks. 

Weeks of September 21 and September 28: Virtual Science Sessions
October 6: WAIS Community discussion about race and racism in West Antarctic research 
October 7: WAIS Community discussion about early-career impacts of CoViD-19

Register by Aug. 28 for the WAIS Workshop 2020 Virtual Science Sessions here.

We are please to announce that registration and abstract submission for our WAIS Workshop 2020 Virtual Science Sessions is now open. Sessions will take place during the weeks of September 21 and September 28. Multiple distributed, virtual science sessions will take place via Zoom during the weeks of September 21 and September 28. Each week, participants will be shuffled into a group of <15 participants, with up to 10 speakers who each give an 8 minute talk. Talks will be followed by a WAIS-style 20 minute discussion moderated by the session convener. The goal is that most participants will attend and present in two ~100-minute sessions scheduled at the convenience of the session participants during the designated week. All session will be recorded and posted on YouTube for future community consumption.

Topics for virtual session include

  • Snow/firn/surface-mass balance
  • Grounding zones and ice shelves
  • Past records of changes and processes
  • Oceanography and marine biology
  • Science communication and outreach
  • Subglacial environments, processes, and lifeforms
  • Leading edge (new tech, methods, and data science)

Abstracts will be reviewed by WAIS Workshop organizers and session conveners. Decisions and session placement will be announced by September 7 and session scheduled finalized by September 14. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are embraced at the WAIS Workshop, and we are committed to creating and maintaining a workshop environment that is safe, inclusive, and welcoming to all genders, races, identities, self-expressions, ethnicities and cultures. Please contact the Organizing Committee if you have any questions or concerns regarding the WAIS Workshop by emailing wais@mines.edu.

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. 

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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