The largest single source of uncertainty in projections of future global sea
level is associated with the mass balance of the Antarctic Ice Sheet (AIS). In
the short-term, it cannot be stated with certainty whether the mass balance of
the AIS is positive or negative; in the long-term, the possibility exists that
melting of the coastal shelves around Antarctica will lead to an irreversible
commitment to ongoing sea level rise. Observational and paleoclimate studies
can help to reduce this uncertainty, constraining the parameterizations of
physical processes within ice sheet models and allowing for improved
projections of future global sea level rise. This session welcomes
presentations covering all aspects of observation, paleoclimate reconstruction
and modeling of the AIS. Presentations that focus on the mass balance of the
AIS and its contribution towards changes in global sea level are particularly
Ricarda Winkelmann, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Abstract submissions are open until 10 January 2018.
We look forward to seeing you in Vienna!
Steven Phipps, Christopher Fogwill and Felicity Graham
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