Summer Modeling School
The Summer Modeling School will be an intensive Summer School that will bring current and future ice-sheet scientists together to develop better models for the projection of future sea-level rise (slr). The IPCC Fourth Assessment Report  acknowledged that current models do not adequately treat the dynamic response of ice sheets to climate change, and that this is the largest uncertainty in assessing potential rapid sea-level rise. Recognizing this, an ice-sheet modelling Workshop was held during the July 2008 SCAR/IASC  meeting, in St. Petersburg, Russia. This meeting developed a community strategy on how best to (i) improve the physical understanding of ice-sheet processes responsible for rapid change; (ii) incorporate improved physical understanding into numerical models; (iii) assimilate appropriate data into the models for calibration and validation; and (iv) develop prognostic whole ice-sheet models that better incorporate non-linear ice-sheet response to environmental forcing (such as change in surface mass balance, loss of buttressing from floating ice shelves and ice tongues, and rising sea level).
The two-week Summer School is a first step towards implementing this strategy. It will bring scientists from differing backgrounds together and allow more extensive and in-depth interactions between the relevant scientific research communities. A series of general background lectures as well as discussions of more specialized and advanced topics during this Summer School will provide the foundation for cross-disciplinary research, particularly for early career scientists. We anticipate publication of lecture notes both in hard copy and on a dedicated home page, to provide the glaciological community with an up-to-date overview of the science and observational techniques that will serve to guide further research efforts. Direct beneficiaries will be young researchers; indirect beneficiaries will be coastal zone communities who will gain improved sea level change forecasts to underpin their plans for sustainable development.
- Map from airport to University Place Hotel using public transport (note that the directions in your travel letter are better than the Google generated instructions here).
Lectures and Planned Activities
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|Dates||Lecture Topics||Lecturers||Laboratory Topics||Laboratory Instructors|
|4-5 August||Introduction to and theoretical basis for ice sheet modeling. Basal Conditions.||Kees van der Veen, Nina Kirchner, Alan Rempel|| Finite differencing and pragmatic programming using Fortran 95...
computing divergence and gradient... from conservation equation to matrix algebra... rheology and that which makes ice ice... simple, ideal models... that which makes ice-sheet modeling hard...
|Gethin Williams, Ian Rutt, Jesse Johnson|
|6 August||Data sets for ice sheet modeling||Slawek Tulaczyk and Ken Jezek||COMSOL Multiphysics||Olga Serginko and Jesse Johnson|
|7 August||The world of ice shelves and 'distributed stress-field solutions'.Modelling mountain glaciers.||Todd Dupont, Olga Sergienko, and Brian Anderson||Linear Algebra of ice-sheet modeling, relaxation methods, finite-element methodology, solution of Laplace equation in arbitrary domain, creation of an ice-shelf flow-field model (snap shot of flow field), Models of the Ross Ice Shelf||Olga Sergeinko and Todd Dupont|
|8 August||Student Presentation||Modeling School Students||open work day with breakfast & presentations in the morning||go to the farmer's market|
|9 August||Free day; possible PDX tour|
|10 August||Excursion to Mt. Hood and Eliot Glacier field trip||Guided by Hassan Basagic|
|11 August||Quantifying model uncertainty||Charles Jackson and Patrick Heimbach||Uncertain lab, Dynamic response to the enhanced basal flow in the Greenland ice sheet Weli Wang||Charles Jackson, Patrick Heimbach, and Weli Wang|
|12-13 August||Introduction to Glimmer-CISM (Part I, Part II and Part III); Higher-order models||Ian Rutt, Magnus Hagdorn, Stephen Price, Bill Lipscomb, Jesse Johnson||Software development and creating a module for Glimmer, representing and manipulating data. Grounding line treatments, presented by Sophie Nowicki. Verifying ice sheet models, presented by Aitbala Sargent||Ian Rutt, Magnus Hagdorn, Gethin Williams, Stephen Price, Bill Lipscomb, Jesse Johnson|
|14 August||Coupling the Cryosphere to other Earth systems||Bill Lipscomb and Ian Rutt||Community Climate System Model (CCSM) Lab||Bill Lipscomb, Jesse Johnson, Stephen Price and Ian Rutt|
Additional student/instructor resources for the Summer School:
- List of Computing Resources and Room Description
- Details of Eliot Glacier field trip
- An outline Reading List
- Notes from daily lectures
- Portland dining and brewpub suggestions
Application and Registration
The window for receipt of student applications has closed. Thank you for your interest in the program.
The registration fee for the course is US $350.
Christina Hulbe, Jesse Johnson, Cornelis van der Veen