Ice Sheet Mass Balance and Sea Level (ISMASS) Expert Group
A Mini-symposium was co-organized by ISMASS and 3 major SCAR programmes (SERCE-PAIS-AntClim21) entitled ‘The Antarctic ice sheet from past 2 future’ at the 2016 SCAR Open Science Conference (OSC) in Malaysia. Complementing the symposium, an ISMASS session at the OSC entitled ‘Glaciers and ice sheet mass balance’ was also organized.
A model intercomparison initiative on West Antarctic Glacier-Ocean Models Kick-Off Meeting was held on 27-29 October 2014 at the New York University Campus in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, organized by David and Denise Holland. This resulted in a publication in EOS. A follow-up of this initiative was organized in Abu-Dhabi on 16-18 May 2016, focused on coupling of ice sheet and ocean models. A summary of that workshop will become available soon.
This workshop will be held in Cambridge on Sunday afternoon, 16 August 2015, right before the IGS meeting. The precise location and time will be announced soon.
Ice‐ocean interactions are considered to lie at the basis of current and future ice mass loss of the Antarctic ice sheet. One of the feedback mechanisms that can be generated through such ice‐ocean interaction is the so‐called marine ice sheet instability, which generates at present the most important uncertainty for the projections of sea level in the context of global warming.
A set of 3 types of idealized intercomparison experiments for studying marine ice sheet processes in ice‐sheet, ocean and coupled models have been developed over the past year:
More information is available on the MISOMIP website. The design of these experiments will be published by this summer (in the Copernicus journal GMD).
The August workshop will be an opportunity to:
To register, please send an e‐mail to email@example.com indicating your name, position and institution. An announcement about grants for early career scientists will be made through the CRYOLIST (by about 15 May).