Advances and future opportunities for the integration of ice sheet models and observations
Recent years have seen ever increasing volumes and diversity of observational data sets from ice sheets and ice shelves become available. Examples include airborne and ground-based radar sounding, seismic and gravity data, satellite altimetry
and observations of the ice surface motion at increasing spatial and temporal resolutions, as well as targeted observations of smaller scale processes in the interior and at the base of the ice. These data are needed to validate different aspects of models,
investigate poorly known processes, and provide essential constraints for modelling the evolution of the Antarctic and Greenland Ice Sheets. Models in turn are critical for identifying data requirements, locations for future targeted observations, and can
help improve the interpretation of some observations.
This session aims to bring together modellers and observational scientists to present result that integrate, or have strong potential to integrate, models and observations, discuss strategies to incorporate under-represented processes in numerical ice sheet
models, identify areas where further observational constraints are needed, and model specifications required to incorporate available, but underutilized data sets.
We welcome contributions that focus on data-model integration and comparison at any spatial and temporal scale, including present and past ice flow, and using observations pertaining to surface, englacial, and subglacial processes, as well as ice/ocean interactions.