Greenland Ice Sheet Stability – Lessons from the Past

The Greenland Ice Sheet's response to climate change is important to society for a number of reasons, the least of which is sea level rise. Understanding ice sheet stability is central to this effort. In this regard, lessons from the past provide views into ice sheet processes and history on timescales longer than what is available in the historical record and are crucial for future predictions.

We welcome you to Bergen, Norway for a three-day workshop (April 19-21) focused on Greenland Ice Sheet stability, with an emphasis on lessons from the past.

Three workshop themes to explore are:

    • the ice-sheet surface (atmospheric forcing, Holocene and longer records of climate forcing)
    • the ice-sheet margins (ice-ocean interactions)
    • the ice-sheet base (basal processes and archives of ice sheet history from the bed under and beyond the ice)

Workshop summary

Tackling the topic of Greenland Ice Sheet stability requires input from a range of disciplines that encompass both paleodata (ice and climate history) and numerical ice sheet modeling. We wish to gather a diverse community, including early career scientists, to bring different datasets and approaches together to see if consensus can be reached on the current state of knowledge of the Greenland Ice Sheet's history and its sensitivity to climate forcing.

The goals of this workshop are to:

    • synthesize the current state of knowledge
    • develop key research priorities that will help guide future efforts to make significant traction on the problem of Greenland Ice Sheet stability
    • work with the community on a manuscript to be submitted following the workshop


Please click here to register!

For questions, please contact Jason Briner, University at Buffalo (visiting professor, University of Bergen) Email:


Organizing Committee

Camilla Andresen, Andreas Born, Jason Briner, Heiko Goelzer, Kelly Hogan, Robert Law, Kerim Nisancioglu, and Therese Rieckh

Workshop Program

The program for the workshop is available here.

Travel and Logistics

The workshop will take place in a nice meeting space in the University of Bergen, Law building (Magnus Lagabøtes Plass 1, 5010 Bergen).
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The workshop site is about a 10-15 minute walk from many places of interest: Downtown Bergen, the light rail, hotels, restaurants and several tourist attractions.