We had a great meeting! Thanks to everybody involved, including our funder (NSF), participants, and organizers.

NEW: Here you can view the workshop (watch video).

NEW: You can see some photos of the workshop.

NEW: you can download detailed minutes of the two-day workshop [pdf]. (thanks Allison Cluett!)

See workshop program here.

See abstracts here.


Workshop summary:

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


Travel and logistics:

NEW: Access TR site (641 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY) either from front of building (fronting Delaware Ave) or on the back side where the parking lot is.

NEW: Workshop dinner/evening program will take place on Monday evening 7-10 pm at Big Ditch, downtown Buffalo.

NEW: Download PDF file with tour and restaurant information.

The workshop will be held in the Allentown part of downtown Buffalo, NY at this venue.

It is free to attend, lunch and coffee breaks will be covered. Dinners, travel and lodging costs will not be covered.

Travel to Buffalo is easy via the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport. There are many lodging options in downtown Buffalo, many that are a reasonable walk to the venue site [15 min walk nice (use group rate code UBG if booked 30 days in advance), 5 min walk ok, 8 min walk luxury]. The venue is in Allentown, where there are dozens of great restaurants.


For any other questions, please contact Jason Briner, University at Buffalo

Email: jbriner@buffalo.edu