In 2013, the World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS) organizes a Summer School on Mass Balance Measurements and Analysis. The course will be restricted to about a dozen participants from the Andes and Asia who are involved with ongoing mass balance programmes in their region. The participants are trained in both field and office work by an international team of experts in glacier monitoring and capacity building. This summer school is carried out within the framework of the project “Capacity Building and Twinning for Climate Observing Systems” (CATCOS) which is led by MeteoSwiss and funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The event is co-sponsored by the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), the Global Cryosphere Watch of the World Meteorological Organization (GCW/WMO), and the International Association of Cryospheric Sciences of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IACS/IUGG).
Date & schedule
The summer school will be held from 2-7 September 2013 in the region of Zermatt, Switzerland. Training in field work and safety aspects will be done on nearby Findelengletscher. A detailed programme will follow.
Hotel Riffelberg is situated above Zermatt at an altitude of 2548 m asl in the middle of a hiking and skiing area. The hotel offers rooms with a beautiful view onto the glacier and mountain world of Zermatt, including the famous Matterhorn. Reservations are automatically made with your acceptance by the WGMS!
Travelling to Zermatt and Hotel Riffelberg
Zermatt is situated in Southern Switzerland and is easily accesssible by rail from the west (about 4 hours from the airport at Geneva-Cointrin, FR/CH), the north (3.5 hours from the airport Zurich-Kloten and 2 hours from Bern-Belp, CH) and the south (about 3.5 hours from the airport at Milan-Malpensa, IT). Please check your rail connections here! First you take the train to Visp, where you can change to the narrow-gauge railway to Zermatt. The rail-journey Visp - Zermatt takes 65 minutes and will take you through the romantic Vispertal and Mattertal valleys. From Zermatt, you have to take the famous Gornergrat-train to Riffelberg (25 min). Please check the timetable on this website! The last train to Riffelberg leaves Zermatt at 19:24!!
Summer school fees and accommodation costs (including breakfast and dinner) as well as travel costs (up to a maximum of 1500.- CHF) are covered by the WGMS and the CATCOS project. Beverages and lunch might have to be covered by the participants.
List of selected participants
More than 80 valid applications were received by the end of the application period (30 November 2012). From these, a total of 16 training positions are offered to a maximum of two candidates from countries directly involved in the CATCOS project (EC, KG) and to one per other countries in the Andes and Asia. During the selection process, priority was given to candidates involved with established mass balance programmes.
The following candidates were selected for participation in the WGMS Summer School 2013:
From the Andes:
• AR: Mariano H. Masiokas, IANIGLA/CONICET, Mendoza
• BO: Alvaro Soruco, UMSA University, La Paz
• CL: Gonzalo Barcaza, DGA, Santiago
• CO: Jorge Luis Ceballos, IDEAM, Bogotá
• EC: Bolívar Cáceres, INAMHI, Quito
• EC/FR: Ruben Basantes, EPN/LGGE, Quito/Saint Martin d’Hères
• PE: Luzmila Rosario Davila Roller, UGRH, Huaraz
From Asia :
• BT: Sangay Tenzin, DHMS, Thimphu
• CN: Wenbin Wang, CAREERI, Lanzhou
• IN/FR: Farooq Azam, JNU/IRD-LTHE-LGGE, New Delhi/Saint Martin d’Hères
• IN: Renoj J. Thayyen, National Institute of Hydrology, WHRC, Jammu
• KG: Ryskul Usubaliev, CAIAG, Bishkek
• KG: Erlan Azisov, CAIAG, Bishkek
• KZ: Kapitsa Vassiliy, DG-MESRK, Almaty
• MN: Demberel Otgonbayar, DG-MSU, Khovd
• NP: Sharad Joshi, ICIMOD, Kathmandu
• PK: Farrukh Bashir, PMD, Islamabad
Scientific steering committee and teaching team
The concept and programme of the summer school has been developed by the Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) and will be implemented by the international Teaching Team (TT) consisting of the following members:
• Martin Hoelzle (SSC & TT), WGMS, Department of Geosciences, University of Fribourg, CH
• Matthias Huss (SSC & TT), Department of Geosciences, University of Fribourg, CH
• Bernhard Hynek (SSC & TT), Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik, AT
• Horst Machguth (SSC & TT), WGMS, Department of Geography, University of Zurich, CH
• Antoine Rabatel (SSC & TT), Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Géophysique de l’Environnement, FR
• Michael Zemp (SSC & TT), WGMS, Department of Geography, University of Zurich, CH
• Yves Arnaud, (SSC), Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Géophysique de l’Environnement, FR
• Isabelle Gärtner-Roer (SSC), WGMS, Department of Geography, University of Zurich, CH
• Wolfgang Schöner (SSC), Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik, AT
• Dorothea Stumm (SSC), International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, NP
• Patrick Wagnon, (SSC), Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Géophysique de l’Environnement, FR