Lecture / Reading

Understanding Ice: The James B. Case Memorial Symposium

Sponsored by Stanford University Libraries, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences


Tuesday, April 24, 2018
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
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Huge ice sheets cover Antarctica and Greenland.  Glaciers and snowpack act as frozen reservoirs providing water for surrounding communities.  We hear about ice when glaciers recede or ice sheets break off, but what are the processes governing these changes?  What role does ice play in the behavior, evolution, and stability of the earth system?  Three Stanford faculty will address these topics focusing on their cutting-edge research in the geology, geophysics, and modeling of ice.  Join Rob Dunbar, Dustin Schroeder, and Jenny Suckale as they explain what is known about how ice works. This afternoon symposium is in honor of James B. Case (Stanford BS - Civil Engineering '50), a glacial surveyor, and expert in photogrammetry, who donated his glacier map collection to Stanford Libraries in 2017.


1:00 - 1:15pm: Welcome

1:15 - 1:45pm: "Mapping Ice", Speaker: Julie Sweetkind-Singer 

1:45 - 2:15pm: "Glaciology 101”, Speakers: Dusty Schroeder & Rob Dunbar

2:15 - 2:45pm: "Ice Penetrating Radar: Looking into Ice Sheets", Speaker: Dusty Schroeder

2:45 - 3:15pm: Break

3:15 - 3:45pm: "Back to the Future: How Knowledge of Past Changes in the Antarctic Ice Sheet our View of the Greenhouse Future", Speaker: Rob Dunbar

3:45 - 4:15pm: "Ice on slippery slopes: Understanding the processes that govern rapid ice loss from Antarctica", Speaker: Jenny Suckale

4:15 - 5:00pm: Exhibit viewing and student talks

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Admission Info

The talks are free but require advance registration. Please register here.