Workshop: Instrumentation for Polar Glaciology and Geophysics Research (IPGGR)

NSF and NASA funded Workshop:

Instrumentation for Polar Glaciology and Geophysics Research (IPGGR)


October 9 and 10, 2014


Conference Center at the Maritime Institute (CCMIT)

Linthicum Heights, MD USA


This workshop is designed to bring together the glaciology and geophysics communities to review ground-based, airborne, and spaceborne instrumentation (e.g., radar, lidar, seismics, GPS, etc., or datasets associated with these) that either exists or is in development and which is ideal for Arctic and Antarctic research.

The specific goals of this workshop are to: 1) assess the current state of both in-development and mature instrumentation; 2) identify limitations within existing instrumentation; 3) develop a means of communicating, and updating, the broader community of these technical capabilities; and 4) provide advice to funding agencies on how to continuously communicate the available instrumentation to the broader community.

Notes from workshop discussions will form the basis of: 1) a report that summarizes the workshop and addresses the 4 goals; and 2) a publication of the highlights of the report in EOS, to inform the broader community.

Venue, Lodging, and Local Transportation

Funding has been arranged to cover venue, lodging, and local transportation costs for invited participants.

+ Venue:
The workshop will be held very close to the Baltimore/Washington Airport, at:

The Conference Center at the Maritime Institute (CCMIT)
692 Maritime Boulevard
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

The venue costs cover some of your meals, including breakfast and lunch.

+ Lodging:
The workshop venue, CCMIT, is also a hotel.

+ Local transportation:
The venue/hotel has a free airport shuttle for registered hotel guests. Therefore, rental cars, shuttles, and taxis are not needed and will not be reimbursed.

Air Travel

Funding has been arranged to cover air travel costs for invited participants.

We are requesting that participants use Baltimore/Washington Airport; otherwise, ground transportation will not be covered by the Workshop. We suggest arrival on the night of the 8th and departure after 5 PM on the 10th.


A final agenda is available here.


Workshop Co-Conveners:
Kelly Brunt (University of Maryland/NASA Goddard Cryosphere)
Joe MacGregor (Institute for Geophysics, University of Texas at Austin)

Workshop Steering Committee:
Knut Christianson (Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University)
Carl Leuschen (Center for the Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets, University of Kansas)
Marianne Okal (UNAVCO)
Kirsty Tinto (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory)
Duncan Young (Institute for Geophysics, University of Texas at Austin)

A full list of registered participants is available here.

Meeting Summary

 A workshop summary (uploaded 01/05/2015) is available here.

 A workshop instrumentation summary (uploaded 01/05/2015) is available here.

 An Eos article on the meeting is available here.

This website, and summary documents associated with the workshop, are based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1446951. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.