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From Commission to Association: the transition of the International Commission on Snow and Ice (ICSI) to the International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS)

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The transition of the International Commission on Snow and Ice (ICSI) of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) to become the International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS) within the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) is described. IACS was accepted as the eighth Association of IUGG in 2007 and is the first new Association of the Union to be formed in over 80 years. Particular attention is paid to the reasons that prior to 1999 led to the request by the Commission to the Union for a change in status, and to the steps taken during the period 1999–2007 by the ICSI Bureaux and IUGG, that preceded the acquisition of Association status.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: June 1, 2008

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  • The Annals of Glaciology is a peer-reviewed, thematic journal published 2 to 4 times a year by the International Glaciological Society (IGS). Publication frequency is determined and volume/issue numbers assigned by the IGS Council on a year-to-year basis and with a lead time of 3 to 4 years. The Annals of Glaciology is included in the ISI Science Citation Index from volume 50, number 50 onwards.

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