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IGS Symposium

A Symposium of the International Glaciological Society Coming to Stanford, July 8th –12th, 2019 

IGS Website for the Symposium ( 2019/stanford) 

The International Glaciological Society will hold an International Symposium on ‘Five Decades of Radioglaciology’ in 2019. The symposium will be held at Stanford University in Stanford, California, USA on 8 –12 July 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.


We seek papers and presentations that advance the understanding radar sounding and its use in physical glaciology. Key focus areas include (but are not limited to):

1. Radar systems: development, performance and platforms
2. Data: intercomparison, validation and release
3. Radar processing: propagation, inversion and automation
4. Englacial structure: layers, deformation and accretion bodies
5. Attenuation: near-surface properties, temperature and chemistry
6. Bed conditions: topography, roughness, thermal state and hydrology
7. Interpretation: comparing observations with modeling and theory
8. Planetary radioglaciology: radar investigations of planetary cryospheres

Registration Website (

Monday July 8th Side Meetings:

Register your interest in side meetings on Monday 8 July for collaborative radar sounding projects including BedMap3, the SCAR AntArchitecture project, and orbital radar sounding here (

Monday July 8th Pre-Symposium Short Course:

Register your interest the pre-symposium short course here (

Student and Early Career Support

We have been able provide travel, housing, and registration support for a number of early-career researchers (graduate students, postdocs, recent hires in permanent positions) on a competitive basis (applications now closed). 

Friday Morning Fun Run

On Friday, we will be leaving at 7 AM from the Arrillaga Outdoor Education and Recreation Center on a morning run to see the Stanford Dish. The Dish is a 1961 radio telescope built by the United States Air Force, still in use today largely for spacecraft communication and radio astronomy measurements. We have two options for run length: a 6 km out-and-back to heads up to the Dish and back and a longer 10 km loop that will see more of campus, including Hoover Tower and Main Quad.

We will also have entry passes for the gym for post-run showers, and will have a bag drop in case you need to check out of your hotel or want to bring a gym bag. Note: the gym does not provide towels, so if you want to shower,


The symposium, short course, and side meetings will be hosted variously in the Mackenzie Room of the Huang Building in the Science and Engineering Quad, the patio of the Mitchell Earth Sciences Building, GeoCorner, and the Green Earth Sciences Building.


A number of rooms in the Stanford Munger Graduate Residence and the Stanford Guest House on the Stanford Campus have been reserved to provide more affordable/convenient accommodation than many local hotels. 

Stanford Guest House: Small hotel on the campus of the Stanford Linear Accelerator (a 2.5mile/4 km walk or bus ride from the conference). Guests can now make reservations with the Group Code IGS19 by calling our Front Desk at 650-926-2800 or by booking online here

Munger Graduate Residence: On-campus apartment accommodation (now full).

Places to Eat

On Campus: (~0 to ~15 min walk)

Near Campus: (~15 min walk)

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Near Campus: (~25 min walk)

Near Campus: (~30 min walk)

Near Campus: Universiy Avenue, Palo Alto (~35 min walk)

Near Campus: California Avenue, Palo Alto (~40 min walk)

Near Campus: Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park(~45 min walk) 


Posters can be any size that fits on a 4 ft x 8 ft poster board.

Scientific Program 

The Full Program is availabable at (

Monday Side-Meeting and Short-Course Program

Short Course
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Geocorner 320-105

Short Course for Students, Postdocs, and Early Career Researchers

9:00 - 9:50: Intruduction, 10:00 - 10: 50 Attenuation, 11:00-11:50 Englacial, 1:30 - 2:20: Bed, 2:30 - 3:20: Intepretation, 3:30 -4:20: Processing, 4:30 - 5:20: Systems

Side Meetings
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Green 365
Orbital Sounding Concepts
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Green 365
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Green 365
Ice Breaker
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mitchell Patio
Ice Breaker

Tuesday Side-Meeting

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


IGS Council Meeting

Local Organizing Committee (Stanford):

Davide Castelletti, Matt Chalker, Winnie Chu, Thomas Jordan, Elisa Mantelli, Ros McCambridge, Liliane Pereira, Dustin Schroeder, Matthew Siegfried 

Scientific Steering and Editorial Committee:

Rob Bingham (Edinburgh), Don Blankenship (UTIG), Knut Christiansen (Washington), Olaf Eisen (AWI), Gwenn Flowers (SFU), Nanna Karlsson (GEUS), Ala Khazendar (JPL), Jonathan Kingslake (Columbia), Michelle Koutnik (Washington), John Paden (CReSIS), Jeremie Mouginot (UCI), Dustin Schroeder (Stanford), Martin Siegert (Imperial)


Secretary General, International Glaciological Society (IGS) <>
Dustin Schroeder, Stanford University <>