The International Conference of Glaciology about the ice and climate changes will be held in Valdivia in February 2010.
Global warming is considered such a relevant issue by Chilean authorities and scientists that Valdivia was declared as the venue for the International Conference on Glaciology “Ice and Climate Change: A southern vision”. This conference will be held from the1st to 3rd of February 2010.
According to Cecs, the event organizer, the conference’s objective is “to introduce new results and discuss climate and cryospheric changes in the hemisphere, and their effects and consequences for human society and environment”. It is also expected to generate an interdisciplinary debate about climate change with specialists of other sciences related to the earth and human society.
The programming, sponsored by the International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS), and The Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) Project, considers topics from the analysis of the climate of the hemisphere to the social and economic impact that the phenomenon has generated.
Study and exploration
The Cecs is a corporation created in 1984. Among its priorities is the study of ice, which it includes studies from the Andes of central Chile to Antarctica, including the vast Patagonian ice fields.
Cecs professionals have participated in expeditions in different places of the country to obtain information on the actual state and evolution of glaciers. Among the most relevant explorations are the land investigations at Ellsworth Lake in Antarctica, the air exploration of the Amundsen Sea, as well as the study about the relationship between volcanoes and glaciers in the Region de los Lagos (Lakes Region) that are complemented by satellite image analys.
Furthermore, a survey that will determine the needs of human and technical equipment to continue with the study and registry of glaciers in the future is expected by the end of 2009.