Cryosphere Geophysics: Understanding a Changing Climate with Subsurface Imaging

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6-8 January 2013
Boise, Idaho, USA

The earth's cold regions present perhaps the most diverse set of geophysical problems of any earth system. We must understand the influence of water in all its phases on the dynamics and thermodynamics of snow, ice and frozen soil masses whose geophysical properties can change dramatically on time scales from hours to millennia. This workshop exchanged concepts and ideas on the development and application of geophysical exploration methods to problems in the changing Cryosphere relating to snow, sea ice, permafrost, glaciers and ice sheets. It focused mainly on how various methods of subsurface imaging can help monitor changes in the Cryosphere and thus elucidate the consequences of a changing climate. These changes could include the mass balance of ice sheets and glaciers, active layer depth and extent, the state and depth of terrestrial and offshore permafrost, and the mass budget and state of sea ice and the seasonal snow cover. The workshop also highlighted advances in geophysical methods, especially as relevant to resource development, environmental hazard monitoring and assessment, and bridging the gap between development and practical application of geophysical technology.

Papers were invited that investigated all aspects of cold regions subsurface imaging and extraction of in situ petrophysical properties.

"Homework Session"

The workshop will hosted a "homework" session for which participants (particularly students) were encouraged to submit a data set in need of interpretation. These sets were circulated to all participants in advance for comment. During the session those submissions for which there were the most responses were focused on, though all were circulated.

Workshop Venue

The meeting was held at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho, USA.

Organizing Committee

John Bradford, Chairman (Boise State University)
Steven Arcone (Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab)
Hajo Eicken (University of Alaska Fairbanks)
Hans-Peter Marshall (Boise State University)

Sponsors

SwRI
Sensors & Software

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