NSF Workshop: How Stable is the Greenland Ice Sheet?

Event Type: Conferences and Workshops

When: 11 September 2017 to 12 September 2017

Where: Buffalo, New York

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How the Greenland Ice Sheet responds to climate change is important for society for a number of reasons, least of which is sea level rise. Understanding ice sheet stability is central to this effort. However, we do not currently have data or models that allow for a definitive consensus view of ice sheet variability during the past. The goals of this workshop are two-fold: (1) With a community of experts, both senior and junior, bring different datasets and approaches together to see if consensus can be reached on the current state of knowledge of Greenland Ice Sheet history and sensitivity to climate forcing, and (2) Develop key research priorities that will help guide future efforts to make significant traction on the problem of Greenland Ice Sheet stability.

To tackle the issue of Greenland Ice Sheet stability requires input from a range of disciplines. These include ice coring, ice sheet modeling, glaciology, geophysics, geodesy, glacial geology, paleoceanography, geochronology, geochemistry, sea level studies, and others. These disciplines have focused on four major (and integrated) approaches that collectively hold most promise for going forward: (1) ice and bedrock coring, (2) stratigraphy and chronology, (3) ice sheet modeling, and (4) ice sheet processes.

Invited keynote presentations by Dorthe Dahl-Jensen (U Copenhagen), Sophie Nowicki (NASA Goddard), Jeremy Fyke (Los Alamos Nat’l Lab)

Organizing Committee: Richard Alley, Michael Bender, Jason Briner (chair), Beata Csatho, Kristin Poinar, Joerg Schaefer

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