Event facts

  • Location: Marine Centre Wales, School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University, LL59 5AB.
  • Time: Wednesday 28 September 2016, 12:00 – Friday 30 September 2016, 12:00
  • Presenter: TBC
  • Contact: Tom Holt

September 2016


IGLOOS: Interactions at the interface of glaciology, oceanography and sea ice

Sponsored by the NRN-LCEE Research Development Fund

We are pleased to announce the first IGLOOS (Interactions at the interface of glaciology, oceanography and sea ice) Workshop to be held at the School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University on the 28-30th September 2016. The workshop aims to foster new collaborations within Wales and beyond, focused on challenges in cryosphere-ocean interaction science in a changing climate.

Climate change in the polar regions has become synonymous with the striking response of the cryosphere. The decrease in extent and thickness of Arctic sea ice, the acceleration and recession of Greenland glaciers, and the destabilisation of Antarctic ice sheets have all been linked to warming by the ocean. The resulting freshwater input to the ocean impacts local stratification, circulation and the ocean's ability to transfer heat towards the cryosphere, with the potential to feed back onto ocean overturning. Understanding how the enhanced transfer of energy between ocean and ice in a warming world is driven by interactions at the ice-ocean interface is critical to our ability to accurately predict future climate change. The IGLOOS workshop will focus on the mechanics governing interactions at this interface, and identify promising avenues for improved measurement and modelling of these interactions.

The workshop will follow an afternoon-full day-morning format and feature talks from  contributors on glaciology, oceanography and sea-ice science including invited keynote speakers:

  • Prof Doug Benn (University of St Andrews)
  • Dr Luc Rainville, (Applied Physics Lab, University of Washington Seattle)
  • Prof Danny Feltham (Reading University and Centre for Polar Observation and Modeling)

There will be no workshop fees, but to ensure a productive meeting conducive to the exchange of ideas and effective discussion, there is a limit on the total number of attendees. Talks-by-discipline will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Please fill in the registration form (https://goo.gl/forms/jOT9zgA3fnkK7WA42)  to signal your interest and intention to attend



Both the Anglesey Arms in Menai Bridge or the University Management Centre in Bangor are recently refurbished and provide very comfortable accommodation.  For links to these and other choices,  please see recommendations on the School of Ocean Sciences page:  https://www.bangor.ac.uk/oceansciences/about/hotels.php

Traveling to Menai Bridge/Bangor:

Marine Centre Wales is situated amidst the Bangor University School of Ocean Sciences buildings in Menai Bridge.  The village of Menai Bridge is on the island of Anglesey, across the Menai Straits from Bangor, Gwynedd, where there is a mainline rail station.

If you are travelling by car, exit from the A55 North Wales expressway at junction 8A and turn right onto the A5 heading into Menai Bridge.

If arriving by train to Bangor,  Menai Bridge can be reached on foot (scenic 30 minute walk along the Strait), by public bus (8 minutes, 6+) or taxi from Bangor railway station.

More detailed directions for reaching Bangor are available at https://www.bangor.ac.uk/openday/location.php.en