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Today's Topics:

   1. ISMASS 2012 workshop announcement (14 July 2012, in
      conjunction with SCAR-OSC Portland, Oregon, USA) (Francisco Navarro)


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Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2012 10:12:05 +0100
From: Francisco Navarro <[hidden email]>
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Subject: ISMASS 2012 workshop announcement (14 July 2012, in
        conjunction with SCAR-OSC Portland, Oregon, USA)
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*ISMASS 2012 Workshop, Portland, Oregon, 14 July 2012*


The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and the World Climate Research Program (WCRP) are pleased to announce the kick-off workshop of the renewed Ice-Sheet Mass Balance and Sea Level (ISMASS) expert group. The workshop aims are detailed below.


*When:*  14 July 2012, from 08:00 to 17:00


*Where:*  Hilton Portland, Portland, Oregon, USA - a venue of the SCAR Open Science Conference


*Who*  should plan to attend: Anyone interested!


The ISMASS 2012 Workshop is free to all registered participants. Please register through the workshop website

where you will find additional details on the workshop.


For planning purposes, please register by 31 May.


A limited amount of*travel support*  is available to attend the ISMASS 2012 Workshop.   Preference will be given to early career scientists and researchers from developing countries. Visit the website for details on how to apply (deadline 1 April).


Coordination support for the workshop and travel funding applications are provided by the WCRP/SCAR/IASC Climate and the Cryosphere Project (CliC) and the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS).


For questions about the workshop, please [hidden email]  <mailto:[hidden email]>.


NOTE that a related SCAR-OSC session (no. 7 - Glaciers and Ice Sheet Mass Balance and Their Relation to Sea Level) is also planned.


We look forward to seeing you in Portland.



1)To assess the current knowledge of the contribution of the Antarctic
and Greenland Ice Sheets to global and regional sea-level rise, taking
into account ongoing and proposed projects including the
ESA/NASA-supported Ice Sheet Mass Balance Inter-Comparison Exercise. The
focus will be on quantifying the uncertainties, and understanding and
resolving the current discrepancies among the estimates from different
observational and modelling methods. New techniques will also be explored.

2)To analyze how model-based predictions of ice-sheet discharge
contributions to sea-level changes can be improved. The emphasis will be
on identifying the main shortcomings of the currently available models
and suggesting improvements for the next generation of ice-sheet models.
Particular attention will be given to the interactions of ice sheets and
shelves with the oceans and the atmosphere.

3)To reach a consensus on the magnitude of the current contribution of
ice-sheet surface mass balance and discharge to sea-level change, and
disseminate this knowledge not only to other researchers, but to
policymakers and the general public.

4)To analyze the feasibility of preparing updates of the estimates of
the contribution of ice-sheet discharge to sea-level rise between
successive IPCC reports (e.g. every two years).

5)To study the regional distribution of sea-level rise and its impacts
on coastal areas.

6)To determine how the renewed SCAR-IASC joint expert group on Ice Sheet
Mass Balance and Sea Level (ISMASS) should be organized to effectively
meet the above objectives.

Prof. Francisco Navarro., desp. A-302-4
Departamento de Matem?tica Aplicada
ETSI de Telecomunicaci?n, Universidad Polit?cnica de Madrid
Av. Complutense, 30 (Ciudad Universitaria)
28040 Madrid, Spain
Tel. ++34 914533565, Fax ++34 913367289
e-mail [hidden email]

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