Forum for Research into Ice Shelf Processes (FRISP) Expert Group


Terms of Reference

FRISP exists to promote inter‐disciplinary scientific research into the interactions between the Earth’s ice sheets and oceans.

Research on the floating ice shelves and the ocean circulating beneath them are core themes, but the scope extends to ice sheets that feed ice shelves and marine‐terminating glaciers, the continental shelves that supply waters to the sub‐ice cavities and calving fronts of tidewater glaciers, forcing of ice and ocean from atmosphere and sea ice, and the investigation of archives retained in ice and sediments of the past functioning of those systems.

FRISP aims to promote international collaboration through the sharing of early results, to enhance the coordination of field programmes so that the scientific return from available logistical infrastructure can be maximised, and to encourage the participation of early career scientists in an informal and open forum for scientific discussion.

To achieve the above aims, FRISP organises an annual international workshop that is open to anyone working on relevant topics and is publicised on the “Cryolist” email listserver.

Presentations on all aspects of ice‐ocean research are encouraged, including, but not limited to:

  • formation, flow and disintegration of ice shelves and tidewater glaciers;
  • response of ice shelves and tidewater glaciers to past, present and future climate variability;
  • surface and basal mass balance of ice shelves;
  • ice‐ocean interaction at the base of ice shelves and calving front of ice shelves and tidewater glaciers;
  • mass transport across the grounding line;
  • ocean circulation and water mass transformation beneath ice shelves and within pro‐glacial fjords;
  • impact of ice shelves on the global ocean;
  • processes controlling the delivery of ocean heat to glaciated coastlines;
  • climate records from on, beneath or near current or former ice shelves;
  • iceberg calving, drift, melting, and decay.

Studies based on observation, modelling or a combination of the two are equally welcome.

The location of each workshop is decided on by a Steering Committee and the decision is usually ratified at the preceding workshop by all attendees.

The Steering Committee will also consider requests for non‐financial co‐sponsorship of other meetings devoted to the FRISP science themes, and if appropriate will consider combining the annual workshop with such a meeting.

The Steering Committee is composed mainly of representatives from nations supporting a sustained programme of relevant scientific research, and encourages the addition of new programmes and representatives.