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The first Alpine Glaciology Meeting (AGM) was held in Zurich in 1997 with the aim of offering an informal platform for scientists working on snow and ice to discuss their methods, problems and results. The working language is English, and young scientists in particular are encouraged to present their work in progress. The AGM concept is similar to that of the “Northwest Glaciology Meeting” which has been held annually in Seattle (USA) for many years with a minimal amount of logistic overhead.
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Summary of the Alpine Glaciology Meeting 2001
Some 60 persons from 9 different countries participated at this meeting, 34 oral presentations were given, and 5 posters were presented. The topics discussed included photogrammetry applications in glaciology and permafrost studies, ice sheets, energy balance over snow and ice, glacier mass balance, glacial hydrology and various others. Most of these represent work-in-progress, and lively discussions ensued
on the use of new satellite images in glaciology,
on the application of various geophysical methods in permafrost detection,
and on the continuous search for evidence of the effects of climate change, e.g., glacier mass balance investigations, ice core analyses, etc.
A wide disparity of views exists with regards to this third point; the scientific community is cautioned to avoid making the same mistake as many public media which equate "climate" with "mean annual air temperature".
The technical problems associated with "simple" measurements such as air temperature (ventilated vs. unventilated), and the rather sophisticated analyses of eddy correlation data and profile measurements to determine the turbulent fluxes over snow and ice, were focused on in particular.
Certain questions remain open in areas such as:
the impact of spatial scale in modelling snow- and ice-melt runoff,
and the mechanics of ice flow, including the processes at the glacier bed.
In connection with the fate of the "Ötztal Ice Man", it was found that so-called permanent snow patches are much less affected by climatic change than extended glacier areas, as snow patches keep their extent much more constant due to a negative feedback between ablation and accumulation.
In summary, this meeting fostered the lively exchange of experience in current glaciological studies, and proved to be useful to put in closer contact experienced senior scientists with young, innovative researchers. The next Alpine Glaciology Meeting will take place at the Laboratory of Hydraulics, Hydrology and Glaciology (VAW-ETH) in Zurich (www.glaciology.ch ) on
21st and 22nd February 2002.
Some speakers provided abstracts of their presentations, which are downloadable from the following list of all contributions.
List of Presentations
For linked contributions short abstracts are available!
|Photogrammetry||Icesheets||Energy Balance||Glacier Mass Balance|
Thursday, 22. February
1. Session Photogrammetry
|Walter Welsch (München)||Juneau Icefield Research Program: Geodetic observations|
|Koni Eder (München)||Efficiency of up-to-date photogrammetric methods for glacier monitoring|
|Ian S. Evans (Durham)||Testing a model of glacier distribution for the Alps: glacier altitude, aspect, size and type Editing glacier inventories to provide reliable baselines for studies of change: consistency between Alpine countries (Reserve)|
|Frank Paul (Zürich)||The new Swiss glacier inventory 2000: First results|
|Andreas Kääb (Zürich) :||ASTER: First glaciological evaluation of a new satellite sensor|
|Simone Sironi (Milano)||A GIS Database of the Lys Glacier studies as a tool of the climate change evaluation (Valle d'Aosta, Italy)|
|Richard Ladstädter (Graz)||Measurement of rock glacier movements using digital photogrammetry|
|Christian Hauck (Zürich)||Comparing different geophysical techniques for detecting and characterising permafrost in high mountain regions|
2. Session Icesheets
|Gudfinna Adalgeirsdottir (Zürich)||Progress of the modelling work on Vatnajokull ice cap, Iceland|
|Hilmar Gudmundsson (Zürich)||Inverse modeling of surface data on ice streams and ice sheets|
|Takayuki Shiraiwa (Zürich)||Ice-core study from the Tyndall Glacier, Southern Patagonia Icefield|
|Jakob Helbing (Zürich)||Implication for glacier dynamics derived from borehole inclinometer measurements|
3. Session Energy Balance
|Martin Arck (Basel)||Problems in the determination of sensible heat flux over snow caused by a shallow surface layer|
|Patrick Wagnon (Saint-Martin-d´Heres)||Turbulent fluxes over tropical glaciers as determined by eddy correlation methods|
|Stephan Suter (Zürich)||Borehole Temperatures from Cold Firn Areas in the Alps: A Tool for Climate Change Detection?|
|Frank Rau (Freiburg)||The dry snow zone of the northern Antarctic Peninsula - can we detect the regional warming?|
|Christian Georges (Innsbruck)||Comparison of ventilated and unventilated temperature measurements recorded in front of a tropical glacier|
Friday, 23. February
4. Session Glacier Mass Balance
|Georg Kaser (Innsbruck)||Glacier mass balance measurements in the Cordillera Blanca (Peru)|
|Giancarlo Rossi (Novale)||Five years (1995/96 to 1999/2000) of mass balance and glaciological measurements on the Vedretta Pendente-Hangenderferner (Alto Adige-South Tirol, Italy)|
|Heinz Slupetzky (Salzburg)||Calculation of the yearly net accumulation of Storglaciären (Sweden) in selected years and the relation to the winter/summer balance (mass turnover diagrams)|
|Nils Haakensen (Oslo)||Norwegian maritime glaciers are advancing! A result of global warming?|
|Christian Vincent (Saint-Martin-d´Heres)||Influence of climate change on French glaciers' mass balance over the 20th century|
5. Session Hydrology
|Irmgard Juen (Innsbruck)||Glacier mass balance, precipitation and runoff in tropical catchment areas|
|Thomas Schuler (Zürich)||Analysis of dye tracer tests performed at Unteraargletscher, Switzerland|
|Urs H. Fischer (Zürich)||Subglacial sediment deformation: a new approach to longstanding questions|
|Cornelia Schütz (Innsbruck)||Influence of glaciers on stream ecosystems|
|Francesca Pellicciotti & Ulli Strasser (Zürich)||Haut Glacier d´Arolla - Outlook on an integrated modelling effort for assessing climate change impact on a glacierized basin|
|Herbert Lang (Zürich)||Spatially distributed model studies of three partly glacierized catchment areas|
|Stefan Taschner (Brescia)||Monitoring a debris covered glacier using remote sensing data and an energy balance model|
6. Session Various
|Stefan Winkler (Würzburg)||Late Holocene glacier variations in Mt. Cook-National Park, Southern Alps, New Zealand|
|Gleb Glazirin (Tashkent)||The discovery of the Oetztal Iceman from a glaciological perspective|
|Gunnar Östrem (Oslo)||Information on the "Svartisen Subglacial Observatory"|
|Paola Casati (Milano)||Colle del Lys Ice Core: seasonal and annual trends of relevant ionic species|
|Markus Weber (KfG)||Real 3D experience of glaciers by processing stereoscopic images using a special color anaglyph technique (see also: www.glaziologie.de/stereo and www.glaziologie.de/cdrom ….)|
|Guglielmina Diolaiuti (Milano)||Vedretta Piana Gacier in the Stelvio National Park(Italy): Areal and volumetric variations on the Ski Area in the year 2000|
Please select an image and click on it to get an enlarged version (ca. 200kb!)...
During the sessions... Images kindly submitted by Katharina Schulz
Coffee break... Images kindly submitted by Katharina Schulz
Thursday evening at Munich Hofbräuhaus... Images kindly submitted by Frank Paul
Lunch at the Academy of Sciences... Images by L. Braun and M. Weber
Visiting the Alpine Museum of the DAV... Images kindly submitted by Frank Paul
At Spöckmeier on Saturday morning... Image kindly delivered by Gleb Glazirin
The Summery of the meeting, the list of presentations and the submitted abstracts is provided for download as
|a Adobe-PDF-Document (agm2001.pdf, 188 kb!)|
|a Word97/2000-Document (agm2001.doc, 173 kb, 21p)|
|a zipped Word97/2000-Document (agm2001doc.zip, 103 kb)|
Dr. Ludwig N. Braun and Colleagues
Last update 31.5.2001