Solid Earth Response and influence on Cryosphere Evolution (SERCE)


In 2017 SERCE will co-host a training school on Glacial Seismology, and a 3-day workshop on Glacial Isostatic Adjustment & Elastic Deformation:

  1. Glacial Seismology Training School – 11th-17th June 2017, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
    Closing date for applications: 31st Jan 2017
    The training school will be led by Rick Aster, co-sponsored by POLENET-ANET.

  2. Workshop on ‘Glacial Isostatic Adjustment & Elastic Deformation’ – 5-7th September 2017, Reykjavik, Iceland
    The meeting is organized by Abbas Khan, joint with IAG.  Support for Early Career Researchers will be available.

SERCE-facing sessions have also been proposed for EGU 2017 and SCAR 2018. Details will be advertised once the list of sessions is finalized
Three other meetings to be held in 2017 that may be of interest:

  1. PAIS (Past Antarctic Ice Sheet Dynamics) meeting in Trieste, Italy – 10th-16th September, 2017
  2. acrobatWCRP meeting on Regional Sea Level Changes and Coastal Impacts, New York, USA – 10th-14th July, 2017
  3. IAG-IASPEI Meeting (Geodesy and Seismology), Kobe, Japan – 30th July - 4th August, 2017

Plans for a number of other SERCE-sponsored workshops and summer schools are in the pipeline for 2018 and beyond, including:

  • Workshop on Antarctic Heat Flux, led by Jacqui Halpin and Anya Reading, Hobart, Australia (2017/2018?)
  • Workshop on feedbacks between GIA and ice dynamics, including consideration of lateral Earth structure, potentially joint with WCRP (2018?)
  • Re-run of the GIA training school
  • Polar Geodesy Field School, led by Mirko Scheinert (2018?)



Ohio State University Stone Laboratory, Gibraltar Island (Lake Erie), Ohio.  September, 2015


SERCE Session at the XXXIV SCAR Open Science Conference in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

S8. Solid earth responses and influences on cryospheric evolution

Conveved by: Thomas James, Terry Wilson, Joachim Jacobs and Kristin Poinar

The polar regions are unique geodynamic environments where the solid earth, the cryosphere, the oceans, the atmosphere and the global climate system are intimately linked. This SERCE session will explore new data and modeling studies bearing on any aspect of the interaction between the solid earth and ice sheets. Topics are expected to include crust and mantle structure beneath the ice sheets, mapping of earth properties and their variations through seismological and other geophysical techniques, observations of solid earth deformation and feedbacks between solid earth deformation and ice sheet dynamics, new data and models for ice histories driving glacial isostatic adjustment (GIA) in Antarctica, incorporation of geological, geodetic and geophysical measurements into geodynamic modeling of the solid earth response to ice mass changes, and the assimilation of ground-based measurements with data from current space missions. Contributions addressing solid earth – cryosphere interactions at both poles are encouraged.

**More information about the XXXIV SCAR Open Science Conference here


SERCE Side Meeting at the XXXIV SCAR Open Science Conference in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

A discussion and planning forum for scientists interested in the interdisciplinary objectives of the SCAR-SERCE research programme, which address the fundamental interactions between the Antarctic ice sheet and the underlying Antarctic crust and mantle, with the overarching goal to advance understanding of the interactions between the solid earth and the cryosphere, to better constrain ice mass balance and sea level change in a warming world.

During this forum, emphasis will be on potential future internationally coordinated activities that can be facilitated by SERCE, including:

  1. an internationally coordinated measurement network (continuation of POLENET)
  2. improving data exchange to facilitate pan-antarctic analyses
  3. data products needed for interdisciplinary science activities, such as:
    1. Seismic models (crustal thickness, lithosphere thickness, mantle shear wave velocity/density/viscosity models) in forms useful for geodynamic modeling
    2. Surface & ice sheet mass balance estimates in a form appropriate for elastic rebound modeling
    3. Crustal motion velocities in formats needed for geodynamic modeling
    4. Gravity models
    5. Ice Sheet loading models over millennial timescales for visco-elastic GIA

Date: Saturday, 27 August

Time: 14:00-18:00

Location: University of Malaya, IPS Building, Room Jasmin

Contact: Terry Wilson (

**Link to the SCAR OSC Side Meetings Schedule here


Glacial Isostatic Adjustment Training School

Ohio State University Stone Laboratory, Gibraltar Island (Lake Erie), Ohio.  September, 2015


GIA School Group Ten international instructors:  Mike Bentley, Mike Bevis, Ian Dalziel, Erik Ivins, Giorgio Spada, Holger Steffen, Pippa Whitehouse, Wouter van der Wal, Doug Wiens, Terry Wilson

Funding for the Training School came from the SCAR-SERCE budget and the NSF-POLENET project.  Funding covered all participation costs for instructors and students on site, and partial travel support for the majority of participants.  

The extensive organization for the training school was implemented by Wilson and POLENET project staff at Ohio State University.  

A widely publicized call for applications yielded nearly 150 submissions.  Through a selection process, 45 participants from 16 countries were selected and invited; participants included 25 PhD students, 4 Postdocs and 12 Researchers/Faculty.  Real time virtual participation was made available throughout the school – there were 31 ‘virtual participants’ from 8 additional countries.  The virtual participants were able to ask questions in real time.

Participants were given intensive training on GIA modeling and relevant processes, including ice mass change, solid-earth deformation, and sea-level and geoid variations.  An introduction to the fundamentals of GIA modeling, including model inputs, methods, and current state of GIA models was discussed.  Students learned about relevant data used to generate, tune, and constrain GIA models, including geologic/geomorphologic and ice core records, GPS, seismic, tide gauge, satellite gravity, and satellite altimetry.  The program included both lectures and computer exercises utilizing freely available modeling software, and participants left with an understanding of the theory and development behind GIA modeling as well the practical ability to independently install and run GIA modeling software.

All lectures during the 13-19 September Training School were recorded. These recordings include the slides presented as well as audio from each lecturer.  Links to view the lectures are at: