"Global Sea Level Changes since the mid Holocene: background trends and interdependencies between ice sheets and climate system" within the framework of the priority program: Regional Sea Level Change and Society (SeaLevel)
Over the last few decades the contribution of the ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica to sea level
rise has grown. It is however not clear to what extent the recent reduction in land ice mass is related
to the globally warming climate. This DFG funded project aims to assess natural variability and long-term trends in the ice sheets’ mass balance and to relate these to the changes during the industrial period. For this purpose we turn our attention to the last 6000 years, from Mid Holocene to present, as this period is characterized by similar to present ice sheet geometries as well as only moderate and gradual climate change before the onset of rising greenhouse gas concentration. Combining ice sheet simulations and climate simulations, we focus on those interactions between the climate system and the ice sheets, which are usually unresolved in millennial scale simulations.
Contact: Uta Krebs-Kanzow | Hu Yang
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