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Understanding of glacier calving processes are important for glacier mass balance estimates and thus for global sea level rise and for deglacierization of large areas in the Arctic. Proper use of  remote sensing data and modeling of tidewater glaciers need  in situ validation and continuous  monitoring of  tidewater glaciers. The purpose of the workshop is to train early career scientists in field and remote sensing studies of tidewater glaciers. The workshop has three major goals: (a) to  present  recent results from studies of Svalbard (and other) tidewater glaciers during scientific sessions; (b) to share experience, application of new techniques and obtained results directly in the field by visiting key tidewater glaciers in Spitsbergen; and (c) to discuss a potential international program of coordinated field and remote sensing observations of calving glaciers in the Arctic.

All components of the meeting will be directed to young scientists. Provided training will allow them to use different field and remote sensing methods, as well as, present most recent findings.  The workshop will encourage participation in research of calving glaciers for better understanding of the processes and for more  precise estimation of the calving flux in mass budget calculations and thus the global sea level rise in the future. The meeting will combine scientific talks and in-field training for both senior and young scientists.

The workshop will be held on board of the r/v Horyzont II, chartered by the Institute of Geophysics Polish Academy of Sciences. The cruise itinerary includes: Longyearbyen – Hornsund – Ny Aalesund – Kongsfjorden – Billefjorden – Longyearbyen.