EGU session CR5.6: Controls on the surface mass balance of ice sheets and glaciers
We invite you to take part in the EGU General Assembly 2020
session "CR5.6 Controls on the surface mass balance of ice
sheets and glaciers".
Understanding the impacts of climate change on ice sheets and
glaciers requires accurate knowledge of surface mass balance.
The interaction of ice sheets and glaciers with the atmosphere
enables coupled atmosphere-ocean modes and large-scale weather
patterns, meso-scale circulations, and local-scale energy and
mass exchanges in the near-surface boundary layer to control the
surface mass balance. Surface processes including melt-albedo
feedbacks and firn densification introduce further complexity in
determining surface mass balance.
This session focuses on (i) advances in measuring surface energy
budgets and surface mass balance, and (ii) modelling that
improves our understanding of glacier and ice sheet surface mass
balance and atmospheric interaction. We invite contributions
across a broad range of theoretical, numerical and observational
approaches that explore historic, recent and projected changes
to glacier and ice sheet surface energy budgets and mass
balance. The range of topics includes but is not limited to:
boundary layer dynamics; improvements to satellite SMB
retrievals; firn densification; future atmospheric circulation
impacts; changes in cloudiness; and the processes driving snow
and ice albedo changes. We particularly welcome contributions
which focus on improvements to process understanding that will
lead to better SMB estimates in the future.
The abstract submissions deadline is 15 January 2019, 13:00 CET.
Limited travel support is available, including support for Early
Career scientists (https://www.egu.eu/ecs/financial-support/).
Please note that this requires an earlier abstract submission by
1 December 2019.
We look forward to seeing you in Vienna!
Charles Amory, Willem Jan van de Berg, Ruth Mottram and Andrew
Dr. Andrew Tedstone
Department of Geosciences, University of Fribourg
CH-1700 Fribourg, Switzerland