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Mark F. Meier, 1926-2012

Mark Meier was one of the nation's most prominent glaciologists and a leader in the study of glacier melt's effect on rising on sea levels. As director of INSTAAR from 1985 to 1994, he steered the institute toward broad, interdisciplinary problems of global change. He was also a painter, a gentle and generous colleague, and a good friend. He passed away November 25, 2012. He will be missed.

Mark Meier and Richard Alley study an ice core from GISP2 (note the annual dust layers visible in the core segment) at the National Ice Core Laboratory (NICL). Mark was the first Director of NICL. Photo by Ken Abbott, CU Office of Public Relations, Boulder.Mark Meier (in plaid shirt) and fellow glaciologists (including Bob Krimmel, holding child) on Glacier Peyto in the Canadian Rockies. Photo by Vladimir Kotlyakov, 1977.Above a tongue of Grossaletschgletscher in Switzerland, Mark Meier in a national Georgian cap he brought at a symposium that just finished in Tbilisi. Photo by Vladimir Kotlyakov, 1978.Past and present INSTAAR Directors Pat Webber, James Syvitski, and Mark Meier atop the University Memorial Center at the NSF Arctic System Science (ARCSS) party, 1995.Mark Meier, Mark Dyurgerov, Vladimir Konovalov, and Karen Lewis pore over maps.  Photo by Vladimir Konovalov, June 1999.James Syvitski and Mark Meier at the start of the INSTAAR Fall Retreat at the Mountain Research Station. Photo by Julie Hughes, 1999.Mark at the INSTAAR holiday party, displaying his usual formality. Photo by Julie Hughes, January 2006.Tad Pfeffer, Bob Anderson, Ursula Rick, Mark Meier, and Suzanne Anderson (plus zebra!) celebrate publication of their 2007 paper in Science, "Small glaciers dominate eustatic sea-level rise in the 21st century," 317 (5841): 1064-1067. The cake is shaped to look like a calving glacier (probably Columbia). Photo July 2007.Bill Manley and Mark Meier at the INSTAAR picnic. Photo by Julie Hughes, fall 2008.Mark, Jim White, and Bill Bowman at the fall picnic during INSTAAR