International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS)
On July 4, 2007, at the XXIVth IUGG General Assembly in Perugia, Italy, the IUGG Council decided to launch the International Association of Cryospheric Sciences, IACS as the 8th IUGG Association. IACS is now a sister organization to long established Associations such as those for Hydrological Sciences (IAHS), Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences (IAMAS) and Physical Sciences of the Oceans (IAPSO). The decision by the IUGG Council was mainly reached in recognition of the fact that the study of the Cryosphere has to be seen on equal footing to investigations of other components of the Earth system. With the initiation of IACS, its predecessors, the International Commission for Snow and Ice (ICSI) and the Union Commission on Cryospheric Sciences (UCCS) are superseded.
IACS comprises five Divisions that address:
We encourage all members of the scientific community to contribute towards the study of the cryosphere in the framework of IACS’ goals and objectives.
IACS website: www.cryosphericsciences.org