POSTPONED TO SEPT 2021: PalSea Meeting

Improving Understanding of Ice Sheet and Solid Earth Processes Driving Paleo Sea Level Change

When: 14 September 2020 to 16 September 2020

Where: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, New York

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Following the many challenges posed by the current COVID-19 pandemic, the organizing committee has decided to postpone the PALSEA-SERCE 2020 workshop to autumn 2021.

However, to continue fostering scientific exchanges in the sea level and ice sheet community in these difficult times, the organizers have decided to set up a virtual meeting, named PALSEAExpress, for the dates of September 15th and 16th, 2020. Each day will consist of three hours, divided between invited talks (20 minutes each plus question time) and virtual poster presentations.

This meeting will focus on developing a better understanding of the physical processes that drive ice sheet collapse and solid earth deformation. These processes are highly uncertain due to a lack of observational constraints, yet they are the dominant drivers for local sea level change. Overcoming this uncertainty requires drawing from observations and expertise from a variety of fields complementary to PALSEA and SERCE including rheology, hydrology, glaciology, and geodesy. In this meeting, we aim to bring empiricists and modelers from the sea level and ice sheet communities together in order to unify solid Earth deformation and ice sheet evolution across time and spatial scales. Pairing our improved understanding of physical processes with enhanced paleo datasets will allow us to narrow in on ice sheet contributions to past sea level rise.

The first day of the meeting will be dedicated to better understanding past sea level, solid Earth deformation, and the glacial isostatic adjustment process. The second day will be dedicated to presentations addressing cutting-edge constraints on paleo ice sheets including ice sheet modeling and ice margin constraints. During the third day of the meeting we will address data stewardship in the sea level modeling community in breakout groups. In particular we will (1) try to establish best practices for the documentation, distribution, and citation of numerical code, (2) review what benchmarking across different 1D and 3D GIA codes exist and / or should be done, and (3) understand how ice and sea level model output should be made available to the community (what format, what platform).

Abstract submission is now online. Please submit your abstract through this form. Abstract submission will close July 1st 2020. Registration will open later and will close August 10th 2020.