IGS co-hosts a sea ice symposium every 5 years. The Centre for Earth Observation Science (University of Manitoba) is excited to be hosting the first IGS event to be held in Canada. The symposium will include oral and poster sessions, and will provide a friendly and intellectually stimulating environment to facilitate face-to-face interactions and networking. Additional activities will include an opening reception, a banquet dinner and a mid-symposium afternoon excursion.
Sea ice plays a critically important yet highly dynamic role in global climate, polar marine ecosystems, globalization, and Indigenous cultures. The theme of this event focuses on the implications that changes to sea icescapes and freshwater-marine coupling particularly involving ice sheets, glaciers, ice shelves, sea ice loss and continental runoff have on climate systems within and beyond polar regions, environmental and ecological integrity, and socioeconomic development at the regional to global scales.
We look forward to welcoming the international glaciology and sea ice communities to Winnipeg, Manitoba. The University of Manitoba and the Province have a long history in Arctic, sea ice and Indigenous studies and activities. The meeting will take place in the historic Fort Garry Hotel in the heart of downtown Winnipeg, adjacent to the Winnipeg Forks and Exchange District. This venue is ideally situated within walking distance to the Canadian Human Rights Museum, the VIA Rail train station, and numerous eating venues, markets and shops.
Access and share the most current results and field opportunities related to or influenced by sea ice, maintain and develop international collaborations, and participate in discussions around the challenges and opportunities arising from climate change at both poles.