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SCAR XXXI IP27: Ice Sheet Mass Balance and Sea Level (ISMASS): A Science Plan
Title: Ice Sheet Mass Balance and Sea Level (ISMASS): A Science Plan
Authors: C. J. van der Veen and ISMASS
Introduction/ Background: The importance of ice sheet modeling efforts has been magnified by recent reports suggesting that sea level rise remains the most poorly constrained and potentially catastrophic impact of climate change.
Important Issues or Factors: First, three scientific questions of great significance are posed. Englacial processes and the closely related numerical schemes for addressing them will be pivotal to advancement on the questions, but the other three component processes will play a role as well. The questions are:
In this contribution, the scientific background for each of the questions is presented. This is followed with a “roadmap” for studying the questions that is consistent with the best available data.
Recommendations/Actions and Justification: The SSGs and Delegates (along with potential partners such as ISMASS) need to evaluate how to take this initiative forward, for example should ISMASS be a potential future SRP?
Expected Benefits/Outcomes: The ISMASS document has been prepared to coordinate and focus scientific inquiry in the coming years
Partners: IASC are interested in cosponsoring the ISMASS initiative