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Susitna Glacier painting

Susitna Glacier, Alaska - a 'textbook example' of folded moraines caused by repeated surges. Glacier surges are not only extremely rapid transformations of glacier flow and geometry, but also provide vital clues to the basal sliding mechanism of glacier flow. Painting by M. F. Meier (INSTAAR), acrylic on canvas, 18 by 24 inches, 2003.




Thanks to all for a successful 2004 workshop!
More than 125 people from 8 countries participated, with record student attendance.

2004 Program and Abstracts Volume:
Low resolution 5.7 MB PDF document (requires free Adobe Reader v. 5 or higher).

2004 Key information

Contact email:

Icebreaker, Check In, & Registration:
10 March (Wed.), 5 pm - 8 pm.

Check in & Registration Continued
11 March (Thurs.), 8 am - 8:30 am

Main program:
11- 13 March (Thurs. through Sat.)
Talks: Thurs., Fri. afternoon, & Sat.
Posters: Fri. morning.

Graduate Student registration:
Students presenting a talk or poster can register for *free*! Other students, $60 ($130 late registration).

Professional registration:
Early registration fee is $100. Late registration fee is $130 and includes those registering at workshop.

PARCS community meeting and theme session

PARCS (Paleoenvironmental ARCtic Sciences) community-wide planning meeting:
10 March (Wed.), day before the Arctic Workshop. Contact:
This 1-day open meeting is to coordinate on-going research activities related to the current PARCS research focus, and to discuss new ides for organized paleoenvironmental research in the Arctic.

PARCS-focused theme session during the Arctic Workshop
(Oral session Thursday 11 March, Poster session Friday morning 12 March):

All Arctic Workshop participants are invited to submit abstracts to this theme session.
Modes of Arctic Climatic Variability and Warmth: This session (oral and posters) focuses on new studies pertinent to the current NSF ESH-PARCS research focus. It features recent investigations of proxy records that document: (1) high-resolution (annual to decadal) environmental variability spanning at least that last 500 years; and (2) marine, terrestrial, and biological changes during periods when the Arctic shifted toward and experienced warmer conditions in the past. (When submitting abstracts indicate this theme session in "Comments" field).


The Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) at the University of Colorado at Boulder is proud to host the 34th Annual International Arctic Workshop. This workshop has grown out of a series of informal annual meetings started by John T. Andrews (INSTAAR) and sponsored by INSTAAR and other academic institutions worldwide. In keeping with this tradition, there are no formalized topics, and the workshop is organized around themes developed from the abstracts submitted for presentation and poster display. In 2004, we hope to build upon the increasing interdisciplinary breadth of previous years by encouraging contributions in glaciology and snow sciences well as in the wide variety of Arctic research themes traditionally well represented. To get a sense of past programs, see the 2002 Workshop Program or view the 2003 Abstracts volume (1 Mb PDF).

Who should attend

The meeting is open to all interested in the Arctic and will consist of a series of talks and poster sessions covering all aspects of high-latitude environments, past and present. Previous Arctic Workshops have included presentations on Arctic and Antarctic climate, archeology, environmental geochemistry, geomorphology, hydrology, glaciology, soils, ecology, oceanography, and Quaternary history.

Student participation

Student participation is a vital component of this workshop and we continue to have generous support from the U.S. National Science Foundation for a limited number of graduate student presenters. They will receive support for registration, meals, and hotel charges. The first meeting was organized by John Andrews at INSTAAR in 1970 to give graduate students an opportunity to present their ongoing research, obtain some experience in public speaking, and to get feedback from more senior researchers. We plan to continue this tradition of high quality research, presented and discussed in a relaxed and friendly manner. Of course, not all participants will be graduate students and there will be many well-known Arctic researchers and funding agency managers who will participate via talks, posters, and discussions.

Theme sessions and associated meetings

Arctic Workshops have traditionally included a broad spectrum of talks and posters. However, we have also accommodated specific themes. We can also accommodate small group meetings but it helps if we have notice and a preferred time so we can book the room(s). Please identify any special topics or needs by emailing Tad Pfeffer at:

Abstracts, talks, and posters

All abstracts will be submitted online. We recommend visiting the abstract submission page in advance of your submission to learn of special instructions regarding formats for figures, etc. If there are too many submissions for talks, we will encourage a few individuals to switch to the poster session. The poster session is often the best part of the meeting, so don't consider this as a second class option. We will not change your talk to a poster without your consent. Poster size is limited to about 1 m by 1 m. Talk length will depend on the number of submissions and will be posted on this web site in advance of the meeting. Expected length is 10 or 15 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions and transition to the next speaker. Authors who would like to submit abstracts for both a poster and a talk or multiple posters should email to see whether space is available.

Arctic Workshop history

2005, 35th Annual, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Dept. of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Univ of Alberta).
2004, 34th Annual, Boulder, Colorado
2003, 33rd Annual, Tromsø, Norway (Norwegian Polar Institute, Department of Geology, University of Tromsø )
2002, 32nd Annual, Boulder, Colorado
2001, 31st Annual, Amherst, Massachusetts (UMASS Geosciences & Climate System Research Center)
2000, 30th Annual, Boulder, Colorado
1999, 29th Annual, Seattle, Washington (College of Forest Resources, Univ. of Washington)
1998, 28th Annual, Boulder, Colorado
1997, 27th Annual, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Dept of Geography, Univ of Ottawa)
1996, 26th Annual, Boulder, Colorado
1995, 25th Annual, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, (Centre d'Etudes Nordiques, Universite Laval)
1994, 24th Annual, Boulder, Colorado
1993, 23rd Annual, Columbus, Ohio (Byrd Polar Research Center, The Ohio State University)
1992, 22nd Annual, Boulder, Colorado
1991, 21st Annual, Fairbanks, Alaska (Alaska Quaternary Center, Univ of Alaska Museum, Univ of Alaska)
1990, 20th Annual, Tromso, Norway (Dept of Geology, Univ of Tromso)
1990, 19th Annual, Boulder, Colorado
1989, 18th Annual, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada (Dept of Geography, Univ of Lethbridge)
1988, 17th Annual, Boulder, Colorado
1987, 16th Annual, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Boreal Insitute for Northern Studies, Univ of Alberta)
1986, 15th Annual, Boulder, Colorado
1985, 14th Annual, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada (Bedford Institute of Oceanography)
1984, 13th Annual, Boulder, Colorado
1983, 12th Annual, Amherst, Massachusetts (Dept of Geology & Geography, Univ of Massachusetts)
1970 - 1982 1st-11th Annual, Boulder, Colorado (INSTAAR, Univ of Colorado)

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Support for students is subsidized by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF OPP-0133709), for which we are grateful. Efforts by the Organizing Committee, led by T. Pfeffer and D. Lubinski, made the event possible. Committee members: T. Pfeffer, D. Lubinski, W. Roth, A. Jennings, W. Manley, A. Ogilvie, and S. DeVogel. Financial Technician: S. Frazier. Web site and Program/Abstracts volume created by D. Lubinski, who built upon earlier HTML work by W. Manley and E. Joynt and programming efforts by J. Lopez (CU Web Communications). Site design drawn heavily from Banner image derived from a photo by J. Briner of the Ahklun Mountains, Togiak National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska , 2000.

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