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Meeting of Northwest Glaciologists 2016

October 14-15 at the University of Washington, Seattle
Meeting Directions/Parking Accommodations Questions?

Icy Seattle


Friday and Saturday, October 14-15, 2016 from 9am to 5pm

University of Washington
Friday: Husky Union Building (HUB) Room 250
Saturday: Johnson Hall, Room 075
See campus map

  • Please let us know if you plan to come by emailing nwglaciologists2016@gmail.com. Please include your name and institution. A title for your talk or poster would also be helpful.
  • The room will be open and staffed for registration from 8:30 on Friday morning. There will also be coffee and some breakfast items (e.g. bagels, fruit) available then.
  • The cost will probably be around $20-25 for students and $40-50 for all others to cover the evening social event and meeting refreshments. Please bring cash or check to cover registration.
  • Please bring your own name tag, coffee mug (and pint glass, perhaps) to make this an eco-friendly meeting. There may be a prize offered for the most creative name tag.

We anticipate that the meeting will follow the format of previous years. As usual for NWG, we have no requirements for advance abstracts. However, due to the anticipated large number of participants, we do ask that you let us know in advance

  • whether you would like to talk
  • whether you would like to present a poster
  • if presenting, what is your title?
  • The organizers will use that information to get the first session started at 9 AM.
    The ongoing schedule is usually then a work in progress.

    The time available for each speaker will depend on the number who want to speak. However, due to the anticipated large number of participants, we ask that you be prepared to give your presentation in about 15 minutes maximum including discussion. If we have a very large number of speakers, we may need to go beyond 5 PM, or shorten the time slots.

    We plan to have projection facilities for PowerPoint-type presentations.  If you will want any additional equipment, please let us know what you would like as soon as possible.

    We can also accommodate posters if you would like to bring one. Please indicate that you would like to do so when you email
    to let us know that you are coming.


    A pizza dinner and social gathering will take place on Friday evening. Directions to the venue will be provided at the meeting.

    Driving Directions and Parking

    To get to the venue from Interstate 5, take Exit 169 (NE 45th St.) and head east on NE 45th St. Turn right (south) on 15th Ave NE.

    Parking options (map) include:

    • Central Plaza Garage: Turn left (east) at 41st St. and pay for parking at the gatehouse. Parking is $15 on Friday and $10 on Saturday and payable by cash or Visa/Mastercard.

    • Other campus lots: Turn left (east) at 40th St./Stevens Way and pay for parking at the gatehouse. The gatehouse attendant will direct you to a convenient lot. Parking is $15 on Friday and $5 on Saturday and payable by cash or Visa/Mastercard.

    • Self-serve E1 lot: Instead of turning on 15th Ave, continue east on 45th St. and take a sharp right (south) on Montlake Blvd, then left (east) on Wahkiakum Rd and pass through one of the pay stations. Parking is $6/day and payable by Visa/Mastercard/Discover. (Note: you will enter at the E18 restricted lot; drive to the far (north) end for general parking.)

    If you would like to use google maps, you can put the destination as Johnson Hall (JHN), Seattle, WA, and this should get you to the venue.

    There are also many bus lines that serve the UW. Check the King Country Metro Trip Planner to find the correct bus.

    If you are coming from the airport, you can take the Link Light Rail from the airport to the University of Washington Station.

    On-Campus Directions to the Meeting Rooms

    The meeting is held on Friday in the Husky Union Building (HUB), room 250. From the parking garage, walk east to find the HUB. It is located on the west side of Stevens Way E.

    On Saturday, the meeting will be in Johnson Hall, room 075. Johnson Hall is just south of the parking garage and Red Square, and on the northeast side of Drumheller Fountain.

    Click here for a map of campus with the venue pointed out.


    Contact Taryn Black (teblack /AT/ uw.edu) for available couch/floor space with UW hosts. There are several hotels or guest houses within walking distance of the campus. Click here for some suggested hotels nearby. The UW is accessible via many bus lines as well if you find a hotel further away.

    2016 Presentations

    Time Presenter Title
    9:15-9:30 Hester Jiskoot Fog on Arctic glaciers from time-lapse photography
    9:30-9:45 Claire Todd Updates from GRAPL
    9:45-10:00 Noel Fitzpatrick The surface energy balance and turbulence characteristics of Nordic Glacier
    10:00-10:15 Laura Kehrl Seasonal to interannual variability in glacier dynamics at Helheim or Kanger
    10:45-11:00 Rob Burrows Tracking changes on small glaciers with citizen scientists
    11:00-11:15 Alamgir Hossain Modelling glacier advance and retreat using the level set method
    11:15-11:30 Billy Armstrong Remotely-sensed velocity variability and controlling mechanisms for south-central Alaska glaciers
    11:30-11:45 Miriam Jackson Glacier measurements in Bhutan
    11:45-12:00 Brita Horlings The nature of kinematic waves in glaciers and their application to understand Nisqually Glacier, Mt. Rainier
    1:30-1:45 Ben Hills Modeling heat transfer to explain observed temperature anomalies in near-surface ice, Greenland ice sheet ablation area
    1:45-2:00 Alex Pulwicki Multiscale investigations of accumulation on alpine glaciers
    2:00-2:15 Annika Horlings A numerical modeling investigation on calving and the recession of South Cascade Glacier
    2:15-2:30 Ben Pelto Comparison of seasonal mass balance methodologies in the Columbia Mountains, B.C.
    2:30-2:45 Esther Babcock Data, data everywhere but how much do you need? Sensitivity of glacier-wide winter balances to variable data coverage
    2:45-3:00 Melissa Brett Glacier area and volume change, Glacier National Park
    3:30-3:45 TJ Fudge What causes cm-scale irregular layering in Antarctic ice cores?
    3:45-4:00 Camilo Rada Insight and challenges on the analysis of borehole pressure data on a small alpine glacier in the Yukon territory, Canada
    4:00-4:15 Arran Whiteford Patterns in Antarctic hydrology
    4:15-4:30 Seth W Campbell An updated geophysical assessment of ice core sites from Alaska and Canada to improve ice core hydroclimate reconstructions in the Northeast Pacific
    4:30-4:45 Roman Motyka LeConte Glacier
    4:45-5:00 Martin Truffer Challenges and rewards of airborne radio echo sounding over glaciers
    9:15-9:30 Jason Amundson Feedbacks between subglacial discharge, plume dynamics, and frontal ablation during tidewater glacier retreat
    9:30-9:45 Cole Carr DIRTY ICE: Quantifying spatial and morphological change in selected Pacific Northwest glaciers
    9:45-10:00 Paul Kintner Ice flow and englacial temperature modeling near the shores of Lake Vostok
    10:00-10:15 Tim Bartholomaus The periodic topography of ice stream beds: insights from the Fourier spectra of mega-scale glacial lineations
    10:15-10:30 Jenna Zechmann Active seismic surveys of till
    10:45-11:00 Flavien Beaud What can a computer model tell us about rock trails?
    11:00-11:15 Leif Karlstrom Fluvial supraglacial landscape evolution on the Greenland Ice Sheet
    11:15-11:30 Leonora King Delineating supraglacial channels from topographic data
    11:30-11:45 Michelle Koppes Recent work looking at the effects of the Oct 2015 massive landslide-tsunami at Tyndall Glacier in Icy Bay, Alaska
    11:45-12:00 Dan Shugar
    2:30-2:45 Mark Fahnestock Progress of the present surges of Walsh and Steele glaciers
    2:45-3:00 Jeff Crompton Bedrock fracture intensity measurements at surge-type glaciers
    3:00-3:15 David Lilien Acceleration of Crosson and Dotson Ice Shelves controlled by melt and rifting
    3:15-3:30 Mike Hay Improved ice fabric inference by combining thin section and sonic velocity data
    4:00-4:15 Andy Aschwanden A QGIS plugin for orographic precipitation
    4:15-4:30 David Shean
    4:30-4:45 Jade Cooley Tidal forcing of seismic events near the grounding line at the Beardmore Glacier, Antarctica
    4:45-5:00 Matt Nolan
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