International Glaciology Society

Symposium on Glacial Erosion and Sedimentation

Madison, Wisconsin, USA, 12–17 May 2019

Pyle Center

Madison, Wisconsin


The International Glaciological Society will hold an International Symposium on ‘Glacial Erosion and Sedimentation’ in 2019. The symposium will be held at the Pyle Center in downtown Madison, Wisconsin, USA on 12–17 May 2019.

Since the last IGS symposium on glacial erosion and sedimentation in Reykjavik in 1995, techniques for characterizing these processes and their associated landscapes and sediments have improved markedly. Diverse remote-sensing techniques measure subaerial and submarine landforms at extraordinarily high resolution, and geophysical methods reveal evolving subglacial landscapes and processes. New and refined geochronological techniques place improved constraints on rates of erosion and deposition. Increased computer power allows models that address coupled processes of glacier flow, bedrock erosion, sediment transport and tectonic change over long time and length scales. New field and laboratory methods provide insight into the mechanics and kinematics of sediment-transport processes and their manifestations in glacial sediments.

Interesting and stubbornly enduring questions accompany these advances. How can glacial sediments and landforms inform us about glacier dynamics and how are glacier dynamics modulated by sediment-transport processes? How can large-scale models of glacial landscape evolution better approximate the small-scale processes that drive erosion and sediment transport? How can past climate variability be inferred from glacial sediments and landforms? How have rates of glacial erosion and sedimentation changed through time? How are drumlins and other subglacial bedforms sculpted, and what data can provide definitive hypothesis tests?


1. Processes and patterns of glacial erosion, sediment transport and deposition

2. Glacial history and dynamics, as inferred from sediments and landforms

3. Sediment transport feedbacks on glacier dynamics

4. Models of glacial landscape evolution

5. Rates of glacial erosion and sedimentation

6. Origins of glacial landforms

7. Geophysical studies of glacial landforms and subglacial processes

8. Climate signals of glacial sediments

9. Hazards associated with glacial sedimentation and erosion


Glacial Erosion and Sedimentation Opening of online abstract submission: 1 December 2018

Opening of online registration: 27 January 2019

Abstract submission deadline: 5 February 2019

Notification of abstract acceptance: 22 January 2019

Early registration deadline: 15 March 2019

Deadline for full refund: 15 April 2019

Deadline for refund on a sliding scale: 1 May 2019

Late registration surcharge starts: 2 May 2019

Symposium starts: 12 May 2019

Annals of Glaciology volume 60, issue 80 Paper submission deadline: 7 June 2019

Final revised papers deadline: 30 August 2019

The Call for Papers for the Annals of Glaciology is posted on Accepted papers will be published as soon as authors have returned their proofs and all corrections have been made. Hard copy publication is scheduled for late 2019.

Local Organizing Committee

Lucas Zoet (Chair), Dave Mickelson, Elmo Rawling, Shaun Marcott, Carrie Jennings, Urs Fischer.

Contact Lucas Zoet with questions: