2015 WAIS Divide Ice Core / SPICE Core Science Meeting

September 22-23, 2015
Scripps Seaside Forum
8610 Kennel Way
La Jolla, CA 92037

Scripps Seaside Forum

Overview  |   Deadlines  |   Registration  |   Talks  |   Posters  |   Agenda  |   Lodging  |   Travel


This year's WAIS Divide ice core science meeting is a combined meeting with the South Pole Ice (SPICE) Core project. The combined meeting will be two full days and the agenda is such that both days will be of interest to ice core scientists regardless of which project they are working on.

The combined meeting is being held September 22-23, 2015, at the Scripps Seaside Forum at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, CA. The meeting is open to all science community members. Media representatives are not allowed at the meeting because preliminary results will be presented.

The SPICE Core talks will be mostly project and science updates. Because there will be less time for WAIS Divide talks than at previous science meetings, the WAIS Divide talks will be restricted to new data and/or new interpretations that are significantly different from previous science meeting presentations, not status reports.

In addition to the talks on both days, there is a dedicated poster session during the afternoon of September 22 for both SPICE Core and WAIS Divide. See below for more information about the poster session.

During the afternoon of September 23 there will be a short session to present/discuss future ice core projects. This includes the Hercules Dome and Oldest Ice projects. If you want to make a presentation and lead a discussion about a future project, you must contact Ken Taylor ( and SPICE Core ( directly by Friday, August 14. We will not be endorsing, or scheduling, future ice coring projects at this meeting.

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Friday, August 14 - Last day to submit abstracts for talks/posters (see below for more info)
  - Last to register for meeting at $75 price point
Monday, August 24 - Last day to register for meeting at $100 price point (no talks/posters will be accepted)
  - Last day book a hotel room at the group rate at the La Jolla Shores Hotel

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To register for the meeting, please complete the secure ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM by FRIDAY, AUGUST 14. The registration fee is $75 and only online registrations will be accepted.

Registrations after August 14 will include an additional $25 late fee, and you will not be able to request a talk or poster. Registrations will not be accepted after August 24.

Register online at:

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You may submit a request to give a talk at the meeting. Requests for talks must fit into one of the following categories:

  1. WAIS Divide: Talks on new data and/or new interpretations that are significantly different from previous science meeting presentations.
  2. SPICE Core: Updates on progress in the laboratory, preliminary results from this year's sampling (e.g. timescale development), and forward-looking talks related to SPICE Core are encouraged.
  3. South Pole Science: Other projects related to South Pole science -- e.g. updates on the plans for firn air sampling, upstream geophysics etc.
  4. Cross-cutting projects: Related talks that do not fit clearly into any of the above categories.

The SPICE Core and WAIS Divide science committees will ultimately decide on the talks that are accepted for the meeting. The deadline for submitting talks is FRIDAY, AUGUST 14. Abstracts submitted after August 14 will not be considered.

To submit an abstract for a talk, complete the registration form.

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You may submit a request to present a poster at the meeting. Because we are limited in the number of posters that we can accommodate at Scripps Seaside Forum, and because we anticipate potentially more posters than we can accommodate, we are instituting the following policy for the posters: if you are interested in presenting a poster at the meeting, you must submit a poster abstract, via the registration form, by FRIDAY, AUGUST 14. Once we receive all of the poster abstracts we will determine whether we can accommodate them all. If we can't accommodate all of the poster requests, posters with topics that are SPICE Core or WAIS Divide specific will take priority over non-SPICE Core and non-WAIS Divide specific posters.

Posters must be PORTRAIT STYLE and no larger than 36" WIDE (x 60" TALL). Posters will be posted on the walls of the conference room and grouped by topic. Each poster will have an assigned wall space so it is critical that your poster is no larger than 36" WIDE. We will supply the materials needed to post the posters. All you need to bring is your poster.

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La Jolla Shores Hotel, 8110 Camino Del Oro, La Jolla, CA 92037

You need to make your own reservations directly with the Hotel Reservations Department at (800) 237-5211. Please refer to the "WAIS DIVIDE SCIENCE" when making reservations. The group rate is $159.00 plus tax (currently 12.5%).

When calling for reservations, an American Express, Visa, Diner's Club, Master Card, Discover or Carte Blanche credit card number with the expiration date will be required to guarantee the reservation. Reservations received after the cut-off date will be confirmed on a space available basis at published rates.

The "cut-off date" for accepting reservations into this room block is MONDAY, AUGUST 24. Reservation requests received after 5:00pm local time at the Hotel on the cut-off date will be accepted on a space and rate availability basis.

Please note that reservations that are not cancelled with a 48-hour notice will be charged. This includes changes to the reservation such as early departures.

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People need to arrange for their own travel from the airport to/from the hotel. We have been told that a taxi ride from San Diego International Airport (SAN) to La Jolla Shores is about $50.00. There are also shuttles that stop at multiple hotels that may be less expensive (

Alternatively, we have a ride-sharing board for those of you who are renting cars and can offer rides to others or who need a ride, or for those of you who want to share a cab ride:

The La Jolla Shores Hotel is just a short walk (along the water) to the Scripps Seaside Forum so no transportation is needed to get to/from the conference center.

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