Integrating Remote Sensing, In Situ, And Physically-Based Modeling Approaches To Understand Global Lake Ice Dynamics

About the Meeting

Every year, millions of lakes freeze globally. This remarkable physical change has cascading influences on lake ecosystems processes that are regulated by factors such as ice duration, ice thickness, ice clarity, and snow cover. Extreme shifts in any of these ice characteristics influence lake hydrodynamics and organismal phenology and can lead to unexpected changes in biodiversity, nutrient cycling, and ecosystem function in subsequent seasons. The dependence of lake ice formation and persistence on weather events (air temperature, wind, insolation, and precipitation) implies that global shifts in winter climate will have profound and unknown consequences on lake ecology and the cultural uses of lake ice.

To synthesize the latest progress in understanding lake ice and generate cross-disciplinary collaboration, this workshop will bring together approximately 25 experts from the in situ limnology, remote sensing and modeling communities. Core goals for this workshop include: 

  • Developing consensus on terminology, metadata, and data exchange formats among data sourced from in situ, remote sensing, and models (one or multiple datasets archived online for public use), that could allow for the establishment of a global in situ lake ice database; 
  • Identifying key areas where combined approaches can be used to address critical questions in science, engineering, and management;
  • Addressing critical questions about how lake ice dynamics are changing that require cross-disciplinary approaches.

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Meeting Logistics


To make a reservation for this meeting, please call the Fluno Center (phone number, ask for the Workshop on lake ice before DATE. 


The meeting will be held at the Memorial Union. This is a short walk from the Fluno Center.

Code of Conduct

Expected behavior

  1. All participants are treated with respect and consideration, valuing a diversity of views and opinions.
  2. Be considerate, respectful, and collaborative.
  3. Communicate openly with respect for others, critiquing ideas rather than individuals.
  4. Avoid personal attacks directed toward other attendees.
  5. Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert organizers if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.
  6. Respect the rules and policies of the meeting venue, hotels,  or any other venue.


Unacceptable Behavior

Examples of unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to, verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, national origin, inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces or in presentations, or threatening or stalking any attendee or other meeting guest.


The following behaviors are not tolerated:

  1. Harassment, bullying, intimidation, or discrimination in any form.
  2. Physical or verbal abuse of any attendee, or other meeting guest.


Xiao Yang,
Catherine O'Reilly,
Sapna Sharma,
Tamlin Pavelsky,
Hilary Dugan,