Welcome to the 2013 Arctic Workshop!

Boulder, Colorado
15-16 March 2014

Saturday & Sunday
(More info)

The 43rd Annual International Arctic Workshop will be held 11-13 March 2013 on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Please join our annual gathering of international researchers to present your work on any aspect of high-latitude environments (past, present, and future). We strive for a relaxed, friendly, and interactive experience, fostered in part by our relatively small size. And unlike most meetings, you can present your very latest research; the abstract deadline is only a few weeks before the Workshop. Student participation is strongly encouraged, with partial support available to those making presentations (limited number of slots).

The meeting is open to all interested in the Arctic, and will consist of a series of talks and poster sessions covering all aspects of high-latitude environments. Previous Arctic Workshops have included presentations on arctic and antarctic climate, archeology, environmental geochemistry, geomorphology, hydrology, glaciology, soils, ecology, oceanography, Quaternary history, and more. A traditional strength of the Workshop has been Arctic paleoenvironments.


Amherst, MA

This years' workshop will be held at the Umass Hotel, in the heart of the campus of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The hotel is located about 50 min drive from the Hartford Connecticut (BDL) airport and about 2 hours drive from the Boston (BOS) Airport. Shuttle and bus transports are available.

For more details on Amherst, lodging, and transport, see Travel Info


Support for Students

Financial assistance is available for a limited number of students from any country giving a talk or presenting a poster thanks to support from the National Science Foundation (Arctic Natural Sciences Program). Note that our support budget is more limited than last year. So submit your abstract early. First come, first served.

Supported Student Presenters will be provided with all the benefits of regular registration plus the following:

  • DISCOUNTED Registration Fee ($20)
  • Monday Evening Student Party (open to all students).

For more details on assistance, see Student Support


Registration & Abstracts due
Tuesday 26 February 2013

Special Events


"Field Trip: Deglacial History and Environments of the Pioneer Valley"

Optional, pre-Workshop field trip. 9 AM to 4 PM.
Led by Julie Brigham-Grette et al. 
$25  (includes transportation, guidebook, coffee and box lunch). You can pay when registering.


Pre-Banquet Documentary Film

"Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of climate change. Using time-lapse cameras, his videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate."

Film sponsored by    
UMass Department of Geosciences

John H. England
Professor Emeritus
Dept. of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
University of Aberta, Canada

Banquet Keynote

"My Arctic Camino of Forty-eight Years and Counting: stories of remarkable friends, calamities and adventures that ultimately eclipse the splendour of science."

For all event information,
see Program


Climate System Research Center

Department of Geosciences
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Our research is focused on the climate system, climatic variability and global change issues, from contemporary climate variations, their causes and consequences, to paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental changes.


University of Massachusetts Amherst

UMass Amherst, the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system is located in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, 90 miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City. With more than 27,000 students, this major research university offers top-rate undergraduate and graduate programs, top-notch faculty, and competitive NCAA Division I athletics.


National Science Foundation's
Office of Polar Programs - Arctic Natural Sciences

NSF is helping support student participation in the Workshop.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed on this website and in the Program & Abstracts volume are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.



Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research

University of Colorado at Boulder

INSTAAR's researchers uncover and communicate processes concerning earth and environmental systems—matters that are becoming ever more urgent as changes in climate and land use are felt worldwide.


Image above:
Students in Kongsfjord, Svalbard.
Kronebreen in background. Summer 2011. Photo: Julie Brigham-Grette (UMass Amherst).

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OPP- Arctic Natural Sciences Program

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