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SCAR EXCOM 2019 Paper 7: Report from SERCE SRP

SCAR Executive Committee Meeting
30-31 July, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

SCAR EXCOM 2019 Paper 7: Report from SERCE SRP

Solid Earth Response and influence on Cryospheric Evolution (SERCE), 2018-19 Report

Agenda Item: 4
Person Responsible: Pippa Whitehouse

Report Authors: Pippa Whitehouse (UK) and Matt King (Australia)


  • Preparation well underway for a 5-day SERCE-funded Glacial Isostatic Adjustment (GIA) training school to be held in Gävle, Sweden in late August 2019. 40 participants have been selected from ~160 applicants, no limit on additional numbers that can join via a virtual participation platform. 12 lecturers from 9 countries. On-site participants nearly all ECRs, from 15 different countries, we have very close to 50:50 gender balance. Additional financial support from POLENET (NSF-funded), EGU, IACS (IUGG-funded), and DTU Space has made it possible for us to provide nearly 100% travel and subsistence funding to all participants and lecturers.

  • Preparation also well underway for a GIA workshop in Ottawa in late September 2019. Exciting line-up of invited speakers, with even split of male/female and ECR/more established scientists. $10k SERCE funds assigned to provide travel support for ECRs, additional funds to cover local costs are provided by POLAR Knowledge Canada.

  • SERCE Chief Officers have recently provided letters of support to 2 large grant applications (headed up by Joachim Jacobs and Florence Colleoni, respectively), and to Adam Martin in support of a book on ‘The Antarctic Mantle’ to be co-edited with Wouter van der Wal.

  • SERCE-facing sessions will take place at IUGG 2019, ISAES 2019, and AGU 2019. Joint Chief Office Pippa Whitehouse is also on the International Science Organising Committee for SCAR OSC 2020.

  • We have formed a sub-committee on Antarctic Geothermal Heat Flux, headed up by Jacqui Halpin, Alex Burton-Johnson and Ricarda Dziadek, a dedicated session and a side meeting will take place at ISAES 2019.

  • Publication (co-authored by SERCE Chief Officers) of an article on the current state of knowledge on Antarctic Ice Sheet-solid Earth feedbacks, and identification of future research priorities.