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Glaciology of the Southern Andes

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Glaciology of the Southern Andes

We are glad to announce the 5th edition of the postgraduate course GLACIOLOGY OF THE SOUTHERN ANDES by Instituto Argentino de Nivología, Glaciología y Ciencias Ambientales (IANIGLA- CONICET), which will be held in Mendoza, Argentina from the 31 of July to the 11 of Agust 2023.

The course is intended to provide a comprehensive overview of the physics of glaciers with examples from the Southern Andes. Due to his extent, the Southern Andes (22°S-54°S) span a broad range of latitude and altitude, which dictates a wide variety of temperature and precipitation conditions, resulting in a significant climatic diversity that hosts numerous and different types of glaciers. We will exploit these differences to understand better the importance of glaciers and glacier changes in local to regional human activities.

Key topics include:
Climatology of the Southern Andes
The history of glaciology and glaciological discoveries along the Southern Andes
Glacier mass balance and hydrology in the Southern Andes
Glacier dynamics, surging and tidewater glaciers in the Southern Andes
Remote Sensing in glaciology
Glacier geology along the Southern Andes

Following the success of previous editions, the course will be divided into two weeks, with a fieldwork excursion of two days to the Central Andes of Mendoza in the middle. During the first week, we will concentrate on delivering the theoretical concepts with lectures and exercises based on the different glacial-climatic regions of the Southern Andes. After the fieldwork excursion, students will work in groups to consolidate the concepts learned during the previous week while studying real examples along the Southern Andes.

The course is taught in Spanish by glaciologists and climatologists from IANIGLA and is intended for postgraduate students with research subjects related to glaciology. Also, graduate students or technicians from public or private agencies related to mountain hydrology or natural resource management of the Southern Andes are welcome to apply.

Here is an excellent promotional video of the course by CONICET Documental:

Also, don’t forget to read about the course in the ICE bulletin of the IGS:

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