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International Partnerships in Ice Core Sciences
1-5 October 2012, Presqu'île de Giens, Côte d'Azur, France
The first Open Science Conference of the International Partnerships in Ice Core Sciences (IPICS) has been held from 1-5 October 2012 at the beautiful setting of the Belembra club, situated on the border of the Mediterranean Sea in one of the best spots of the French Côte d’Azur.
IPICS is an international programme under the umbrellas of IGBP/PAGES (Past Global Changes), SCAR (Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research) and IACS (International Association of Cryospheric Sciences). Gathering 25 nations, it aims at coordinating international collaboration for ice core research of the next several decades.
The objective of the conference was to present, discuss and put in perspective the most recent results coming of past and current ice core drilling projects (deep drillings such as EPICA, WAIS, NEEM, TALDICE,… but also shallow drillings) in Antarctica and Greenland. Other ice core drilling projects conducted in non-polar glaciers or in other Arctic sites were also welcome. The four IPICS white papers structured the conference programme. Gathering mostly ice core scientists, the conference also attracted researchers working on other paleoclimate archives as well as paleoclimate modelers and glaciologists.
The conference format favored informal discussions and networking, with an attendance of 230 participants. Plenary lectures alternated with poster sessions. The comfortable and isolated setting of the Belembra Club favored friendly exchanges, and notably the contacts between senior/junior scientists and PhD students/postdocs.
A special issue in a scientific journal will accompany the conference event and provide an opportunity for publishing IPICS science in an important journal for the ice core community.