By CHARLOTTE HSU republished from UBNow
Published May 30, 2018
BUFFALO, N.Y. — An international conference on glaciers and ice sheets will bring about 80 climate researchers from around the world to Buffalo this June.
The event — the International Glaciological Society (IGS) Symposium on Timescales, Processes and Glacier Dynamics — will feature presentations by some of the leading climate researchers of our time. The aim is to advance scientific knowledge of how ice sheets and glaciers respond to climate change, which could lead to improved predictions of how quickly sea levels will rise over the next century and beyond.
The conference, taking place from June 3-8, illustrates UB’s growing prominence in climate change research.
“In the past few years, UB’s visibility has grown a lot in the field of climate science. Our researchers are very active in this field. There are only a handful of institutions that host these international symposiums, and we are proud to be among them,” says Beata Csatho, PhD, chair of UB’s Department of Geology and one of the meeting’s lead organizers.
A number of conference events are free and open to the UB community and the public. All will take place in the Marquis ballroom of the Hotel at the Lafayette at 391 Washington St., Buffalo:
UB's growing visibility in climate science
The department now has four tenure-track faculty members who study ice sheets and glaciers — a relatively large research group for glaciology. These UB scientists do field studies in the Arctic, use satellites to monitor ice sheets, and employ numerical modeling to understand ice sheets and glaciers.
The RENEW (Research and Education in eNergy, Environment and Water) Institute is highly engaged in environmental, renewable energy and climate change research. RENEW promotes interdisciplinary research activities to position UB as a global leader in select areas of energy, environment and water. The institute engages over 100 faculty across seven schools and colleges at UB.
During the IGS symposium, scientists from around the world will share the latest research on glaciers and ice sheets. They’ll also have the chance to explore some Western New York wonders, with the conference being held in the architecturally significant Hotel at the Lafayette, and a trip to Niagara Falls planned for Wednesday, June 6.
A full program is available here: https://www.igsoc.org/symposia/2018/buffalo/proceedings/.
The International Glaciological Society Symposium on Timescales, Processes and Glacier Dynamics is sponsored by the UB Department of Geology, Center for Geohazards Studies at UB, UB College of Arts and Sciences, UB RENEW Institute, the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado Boulder, the National Science Foundation and NASA.
Sustainable Development Goals:
13. Climate action: Taking a steps to combat climate change and its impacts
14. Life below water: Conserving and managing the marine resources and oceans to promote sustainable development of our world
15. Life on land: Managing forests and terrestrial ecosystems, while combating desertification, land degradation and biodiversity loss in a sustainable way