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. In this regard, lessons from the past afford a view into ice sheet processes and history on timescales longer than what is available in the historical record and which are crucial for future predictions.

April 19-21

We welcome you to Bergen, Norway for a three-day workshop focused on Greenland Ice Sheet stability, with an emphasis on lessons from the past.

Three workshop themes are to explore the ice-sheet surface (atmospheric forcing, Holocene and longer records of climate forcing); the ice-sheet margins (ice-ocean interactions); and the ice-sheet base (basal processes and archives of ice sheet history from the bed under and beyond the ice).

Workshop summary:

Tackling the topic of Greenland Ice Sheet stability requires input from a range of disciplines that encompass both paleodata generation (ice and climate history) and numerical ice sheet modeling.  

We wish to gather a community of diverse experts, including early career scientists, to 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.

The goal of this workshop is to (a) synthesize the current state of knowledge and (b) develop key research priorities that will help guide future efforts to make significant traction on the problem of Greenland Ice Sheet stability. The aim of the workshop organizers is to work with the community on a manuscript to be submitted following the workshop.

Organizing Committee: Camilla Andresen, Andreas Born, Jason Briner, Heiko Goelzer, Kelly Hogan, Petra Langebroek, Kerim Nisancioglu, Therese Rieckh   

If interested, please fill out intent to participate poll here.

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For questions, please contact Jason Briner, University at Buffalo (visiting professor, University of Bergen)


Source of imagery: top left flyer base image from Catania et al. (2020), top right imagery from J. MacGregor, Morlighem et al. (2016), J. Briner; image at bottom from J. Briner.