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Ice in a Sustainable Society – Call for Papers

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The International Glaciological Society (IGS) will prepare a special issue of the Annals of Glaciology with the theme ‘Ice in a Sustainable Society’ in 2022. The issue will be part of Annals Volume 64.

The Associate Chief Editor for this issue will be Sérgio Henrique Faria (Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) and IKERBASQUE, the Basque Foundation for Science)

Scientific editors are: Carolina Adler (MRI & University of Bern, Switzerland), Douglas R. MacAyeal (University of Chicago, USA), Christine Schøtt Hvidberg (University of Copenhagen, Denmark), María José Sanz (BC3, Spain), Shin Sugiyama (Hokkaido University, Japan), Francisco Navarro (University of Madrid, Spain) Martyn Tranter (Aarhus University, Denmark Further editors will be appointed as needed.

Schedule for publication:

  • 10 March 2022 – Submissions Open
  • 1 September 2022 – deadline for submitting a manuscript to this Annals volume (twelve weeks after the symposium)
  • 1 March 2023 – deadline for supplying final accepted paper
  • Accepted papers will be published online as soon as authors have returned their proofs and all corrections have been made.
  • The completed Annals issue will be available towards the middle of 2023.


This Annals will focus on “interdisciplinary relations” rather than isolated disciplines. Its main objective is to look beyond individual specializations, identifying powerful interconnections and relationships that recognize no disciplinary borders, in order to highlight the extraordinary transdisciplinary potential of glaciology.

The goals of this Annals are:

  • to assess the relevance of glaciology to a sustainable society, including the scientific, technological, social, economic and cultural dimensions.
  • to serve as a transdisciplinary line of action and instrument to engage citizens, stakeholders and policymakers, promoting critical thinking about the climate crisis and providing them with the necessary tools to make better decisions, both personally and collectively.
  • to encourage transdisciplinary ice research and activate participatory processes to solve complex problems.

The Annals issue will be organized into five blocks of knowledge, whose structure follows the scheme “Glaciology meets X”:

Topics of interest:

  1. Glaciology meets Physical Sciences: This block encompasses the fundamental physics and chemistry of ice in all its forms, including snow and ice mechanics, microstructure, and geochemistry; snow and firn metamorphism; thermal, optical, and dielectric properties of ice; ice phases; solar system ices; and so on. It hosts also topics related to the physical foundations of low-temperature experimental techniques and technologies, like cryo-geochemical analyses; neutrino detection; scanning electron microscopy (SEM); Raman spectroscopy; mass spectrometry (MS); atomic force microscopy (AFM); continuous flow analysis (CFA); neutron and X-ray crystallography (XRC), etc.
  2. Glaciology meets Formal Sciences and Engineering: This block includes several themes related to mathematics, modelling, and engineering. It encompasses all aspects of “theoretical glaciology”, from mathematical and numerical problems to glacier and ice-sheet modelling. Furthermore, it hosts glaciological applications in engineering and technology, including the use of ice as model material for condensed matter and materials science; issues in cold-regions engineering; architectural challenges on/in/with ice and permafrost; transportation on ice and permafrost; iceberg towing; borehole and ice-core drilling; refrigeration and cryogenic processes; food technology; technological aspects of ice-related sports; etc.
  3. Glaciology meets Life and Environmental Sciences: This block covers several themes related to biology, ecology, medicine, and the environment. In particular, it incorporates cryobiology and cryospheric ecology as a follow-up of the IGS Kyoto Symposium 2018. Furthermore, it deals with the role of the cryosphere in the climate system, including the cryospheric contribution to global and regional climate models (including CMIP6, CORDEX, etc.); ice-core paleoclimate records; glacier inventories and mass balance; sea-ice loss; permafrost degradation; (sub-/supra-/pro-) glacial lakes; etc. Finally, it provides a forum to discuss the recent conclusions from the Sixth Assessment Report, Working Group I of the IPCC (AR6 WGI)
  4. Glaciology meets Social Sciences: This block covers the socio-economic importance and impacts of the cryosphere in a changing climate. It deals with topics related to climate-change adaptation, vulnerability, risk, resilience, mitigation, equity, litigation, governance, and policy. It also addresses sustainability and the role played by the cryosphere for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) following different scenarios and pathways. Finally, it offers a forum to discuss the conclusions coming up in early 2022 from the Sixth Assessment Reports of Working Groups II and III of the IPCC (AR6 WGII and AR6 WGIII).
  5. Glaciology meets the Humanities: This block unravels the fascinating role played by ice and glaciology in the history, philosophy, and culture of mankind. It includes the significance of ice and the cryosphere for the history and philosophy of science, for scientific communication and journalism, and for climate-change sensibilization and awareness. It addresses also timely themes relating ice to sports and tourism, local and indigenous knowledge, minorities rights, gender equality, etc.; as well as ice in the visual and conceptual arts, performing arts, music, literature, film, interactive media, applied arts and crafts, and so on.

If you have questions about the suitability of your paper for this Annals issue, please contact the Annals Associate Chief Editor Sérgio Henrique Faria

The Annals of Glaciology is listed on the ‘Web of Science’. Current impact factor is 2.318.

Please note the usual high standards of IGS publications apply, and authors are expected to contribute toward publication of the issue through article processing charges. For further details on article processing charges, please see For information on the preparation of manuscripts for submission, please see