Item: The history of issw and the issw steering commitiee
Title: The history of issw and the issw steering commitiee
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 2006 International Snow Science Workshop, Telluride, Colorado
Authors: Richard Marriott, ISSW Steering Committee, Seattle, Washington
Abstract: The International Snow Science Workshop began as meetings held informally in the 50s and early 60's. Early meetings were held as special sessions or workshops added to conferences on other topics loosely related to snow and avalanches. As the field grew in size and sophistication, the need for the regular exchange of ideas between practitioners and researchers became increasingly evident. Meetings dealing specifically with snow and avalanches were organized in the 1970's both in Canada and the United States. In 1982, the snow study group at Montana State University organized a meeting that emphasized the importance of interaction and exchanges between practioners and researchers. This group created the title International Snow Science Workshop (ISSW). At ISSW in 1982, an informal meeting of interested parties was held during the conference to discuss the possibility of holding ISSW on a regular basis. Two years later, in Aspen, Colorado, the ISSW Steering Committee was created to provide guidance for future ISSW's. The Steering Committee has maintained an informal organization, meeting only at ISSW's, but has been successful in evolving guidelines for ISSW's and maintaining an unbroken series of Workshops over the past 22 years. This paper describes the intertwined history of ISSW and the Steering Committee. In addition, it presents the guidelines that have been developed for the Workshops over the years and future plans for ISSW and the Steering Committee.
Keywords: issw, history, steering committee, future
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