Calving Glaciers: Report of a Workshop February 28-March 2, 1997
Editors:van der Veen, C.J.
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Publisher:Byrd Polar Research Center, The Ohio State University
Citation:van der Veen, C.J., editor. 1997. Calving Glaciers: Report of a Workshop, February 28-March 2, 1997. BPRC Report No. 15, Byrd Polar Research Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 194 pages.
Series/Report no.:Byrd Polar Research Center Report. 15
Uncertainties in predicting future sea level are dominated by a lack of knowledge of the behavior of glaciers that calve icebergs, and our understanding of past climate changes is also limited by our inability to fully understand the record of such glaciers. To help address these difficulties, a "Workshop on Tidewater Glaciers" was convened by the Glacier Dynamics Group at the Byrd Polar Research Center of The Ohio State University, on February 28 - March 2, 1997. While the initial focus was on grounded tidewater glaciers, the importance of other calving glaciers such as tidal glaciers in Greenland and Antarctic ice shelves, was acknowledged and the scope of the discussions broadened correspondingly. Thirty-four participants, representing observationalists, theoreticians, and rnodellers, formulated a list of recommendations that, as implemented, should produce the knowledge needed to help interpret and predict the behavior of iceberg calving glaciers. Most of the presentations given during the first half of the meeting are summarized in Part II of this report. Findings of the four panels which, during the second half of the workshop, addressed key issues concerning observational programs, iceberg calving, glacier dynamics, and subglacial hydrology and geology, are summarized in Part I of this report.
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