International Workshop on Ice Flow Modeling, Beijing Normal University, March 21-25, 2011

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Sea-level rise will be one of the most visible, costly, and globally widespread consequences of future climate warming; an estimated ~150 million people live within 1 meter of present-day sea level. Recent efforts towards closing the current sea-level rise (SLR) budget indicate that the contribution from land ice has increased by ~60% over the last decade (Cazenave et al., 2009). While numerous other observational studies have confirmed increasing mass loss from the polar ice sheets over that same period of time, the drivers for these changes are still poorly understood. Further, existing ice sheet models have proven inadequate for mimicking or explaining these changes. As a result, the IPCC in its 4th assessment report gave neither a best estimate nor an upper bound for 21st century SLR, largely because of uncertainties associated with the role of ice dynamical processes. This mismatch between observations and model skill has lead to intense efforts within the glaciology, climate, and numerical modeling communities to provide “next-generation” ice sheet models for use in constraining SLR from the polar ice sheets (e.g. Lipscomb et al., , 2009). This international workshop presents an opportunity to learn about state-of-the-art ice sheet modeling from researchers associated with the Open Source Finite Element Software for Multiphysical Problems (ELMER) and Community Ice Sheet Model (CISM) projects.


Guest Lecturers



  • Pictures from the modeling school can be found HERE.