Start: 01.11.2023

Ends: 03.11.2023

Time: 20:00 - 16:00

Place: Oslo

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers from the various international groups studying Svalbard glacier mass balance and snow accumulation and melt, to promote better collaboration and cooperation between the groups.


The workshop will develop further international and interdisciplinary cooperation on modelling and field measurements of snow and glacier mass balance in Svalbard. Research challenges and opportunities will be identified, with focus on data gaps and sources of uncertainty, identifying new techniques and instrumentation, and optimizing program methodology. We will discuss unresolved modelling problems, and increased cooperation and coordination of field activities to reduce costs and environmental impact.

Draft agenda

  • Present ongoing research projects, both field-based and modeling
  • Discuss remote sensing techniques relevant for field programs and modelling
  • Update on latest frontal ablation/calving estimates for the overall mass balance
  • Innovative techniques (e.g. new sensor initiatives, mapping using Surface from Motion, UAVs, terrestrial LiDAR)
  • Develop strategy for future funding of collaborative research
  • Dedicated discussion on SSF strategic objectives

Tentative schedule:
Wednesday 1st Nov: dinner at 20:00
Thursday 2end Nov: full day workshop and dinner
Friday 3rd Nov: workshop end around 16:00

Contact person: Jack Kohler: jack.kohler@npolar.no

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