Linking the Solid Earth and Glacial Isostatic Adjustment
Convener: Bart Root | Co-conveners: Jörg Ebbing, Grace Nield, Holger Steffen
| Attendance Wed, 06 May, 14:00–15:45 (CEST)

The growth and decay of the Polar Ice Sheet reshapes the solid Earth via isostasy and erosion. In turn, the shape of the bed exerts a fundamental control on ice dynamics as well as the position of the grounding line—the location where ice starts to float. A complicating issue is the fact that the Earth displays large spatial variations in rheological properties. These properties affect the timescale and strength of feedbacks between ice-sheet change and solid Earth deformation, and hence must be accounted for when considering the future evolution of the ice sheet. This session invites contributions discussing observations, analyses, and modelling of the coupling of the Solid Earth and glacial isostatic adjustment (GIA) and/or addressing the Earth properties from seismological, gravity, magnetic and heat-flow studies. Contributions related to both polar regions are welcomed.

Invited Speaker: Javier Fullea, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, Ireland