Workshop about taking the next step to the snow research

The main idea of this workshop was to bring mostly early career and young researchers focusing on different thematics related to snow: physic, chemistry, microbiology and glaciology.

Group photo from the workshop

Group photo from the workshop"Taking the next step to the snow research". Photo: Norwegian Polar Institute

Snow is one the main interface between the Earth surface and the atmosphere with as three main properties a high reflectivity (albedo), a high thermal insulation (low thermal conductivity) and a high permeability (exchanges of energy and chemical compounds with the atmosphere). More than that, it has been observed that snow in itself can be seen as a small ecosystem with growth of algae, fungi and bacteria.

In that context, we organized a workshop in Poland from 1 to 4th September titled: Taking the next step to the snow research. The workshop was funded by SSF (NFR) and was hosted by the Polish Polar consortium, University of Silesia, Poland. The main idea of this workshop was to bring mostly early career and young researchers focusing on different thematics related to snow: physic, chemistry, microbiology and glaciology. The outcome will be published through a NPI scientific report with recommendation in term of data collection and sampling protocol in order to emphasize on the needs of interdisciplinary work to better understand the role that snow can play on climate and ecosystem. Preliminary discussion have been made on collaborative field work in Svalbard next year between the different teams and nations present: France, Great Britain, Italia, Norway, Poland, Sweden, and hopefully more will join us.

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