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IGS International Symposium on ‘Five Decades of Radioglaciology’
From Monday 08 July 2019
To Friday 12 July 2019
Location Stanford, California, USA

The International Glaciological Society will hold an International Symposium entitled "Five Decades of Radioglaciology" in 2019. The main symposium will take place from Tuesday morning, 9 July, until the afternoon of Friday 12 July. On Monday 8 July there will be a pre- symposium short-course on ice penetrating radar science and engineering for early-career researchers. Also on Monday 8 July, side meetings will also be scheduled for collaborative radar sounding projects including BedMap3 and the SCAR AntArchitecture project.

Radio-echo sounding is a powerful geophysical technique for directly characterizing the subsurface conditions of terrestrial and planetary ice masses at the local, regional and global scales. As a result, a wide array of orbital, airborne, towed and in situ instruments, platforms and data analysis approaches for radar sounding have been developed, applied or proposed. Terrestrially, airborne radar-sounding data have been used in physical glaciology to observe ice thickness, basal topography and englacial layers for more than five decades. More recently, radar-sounding data have also been exploited to estimate the extent and configuration of subglacial water, the ice-sheet surface, the geometry of subglacial bedforms, the spatial variation of basal melt, englacial temperature, and the transition between frozen and thawed bed. Planetary radar sounders have been used or are planned to observe the subsurface and near-surface conditions of Mars, Earth’s Moon, comets and the icy moons of Jupiter. These instruments provide critical subsurface context for surface-sensing, particle, and potential-field instruments in planetary exploration payloads. This symposium will discuss advances in radar-sounding systems, mission concepts, signal processing, data analysis, modeling and scientific interpretation.


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Monday 08 July 2019

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