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SCAR EXCOM 2013 WP14: Report on SERCE (Solid Earth Response and influence on Cryospheric Evolution)
SCAR Executive Committee Meeting
22-23 July 2013, Barcelona, Spain

SCAR EXCOM 2013 WP14: Report on SERCE (Solid Earth Response and influence on Cryospheric Evolution)

Working Paper 14
Agenda Item: 2.3.7
Deadline: 22 May 2013
Person Responsible: Terry W.

Executive Summary

Title:  Solid Earth Response and influence on Cryospheric Evolution  (SERCE)

Authors: Terry Wilson

Introduction/ Background:

The Solid Earth Response and influence on Cryospheric Evolution (SERCE) SRP targets new understanding of solid earth – cryosphere interactions at a crucial time in earth history when global change is driving changes in mass balance of the polar ice sheets.  SERCE promotes integration of new earth science data sets into modeling of ice mass balance, ice dynamics, and solid earth responses to mass change.

Important Issues or Factors:

  • Success of initial SERCE activities = indicator of timeliness of this SRP focus
  • Steering Committee membership
  • Planned activities requiring support

Recommendations/Actions and Justification:

  • Suggestions for, and approval of, SERCE steering committee
  • Approval of budget requests; required to implement programme plans
  • Advice on ensuring bi-polar participation in appropriate planned activities

Expected Benefits/Outcomes:

  • Finalizing the Steering Committee will achieve critical mass, appropriate diversity, and energy to plan and implement SERCE activities
  • Funding will ensure SERCE activities are implemented appropriately and successfully
  • Establishing the path for SCAR-IASC (and other) collaboration will aid in realization of the integrated bi-polar science that the SERCE programme requires

Partners:  

SERCE will seek international partners to leverage each activity.  Partners that have been identified in initial planning are:

  • IASC Cryosphere Working Group
  • Upper Mantle Dynamics and Quaternary Climate in Cratonic Areas (DynaQlim) – an International Lithosphere Progamme group
  • International Association of Geodesy
  • EGU Training School funding scheme
  • U.S. National Science Foundation (training schools)
  • APECS

Budget Implications:

Funding of $25,000 for 2014 and $20,000 for 2015 are requested to support SERCE activities.