The mass balance of the Earth’s land ice (ice sheets, glaciers and ice caps) and the circulation of the adjacent oceans are strongly coupled through physical processes occurring at the ice–ocean interfaces at the fronts and bases of ice shelves and glacier tongues, and the termini of tidewater glaciers. Improved understanding of these processes is essential to realistically represent the evolution of ice sheets and glaciers in a changing climate and to improve predictions of global ocean circulation and sea-level change. The goals of this symposium are to: (1) assess the state of our knowledge of ice–ocean interactions; and (2) discuss what is needed for development of reliable, quantitative models of ice-sheet evolution.
We expect that this symposium will attract experts in ice-sheet, ice-shelf, glacier, ocean and climate studies whose research addresses interactions of the ocean (including sea ice) and land ice in the global climate system using in situ observations, remote sensing and/or modeling. While we expect most contributions to be related to the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, we encourage contributions on all aspects of interactions between ice sheets, glaciers and the ocean, towards achieving the symposium goals.
Abstract submission deadline extended to: 29 March 2016.
Early registration deadline: 26 April 2016.