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Two-day workshop on ice-sheet model initialisation

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Two-day workshop on ice-sheet model initialisation

By Zairon – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

On Tuesday March 28th and Wednesday March 29th of 2023, we will host a two-day workshop on ice-sheet model initialisation at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. The workshop will be held in the historic Academy Building of Utrecht University, downtown Utrecht (at walking distance from the main train station), starting at around 09:00h in the morning of Tuesday March 28th, and ending with a nice dinner in the evening of Wednesday March 29th.

A significant part of the spread in projections of future ice-sheet retreat is attributed to uncertainties in their present state, and the way this state is represented in ice-sheet models. Modelling groups across the world tackle this initialisation problem utilising a variety of approaches, each with its own advantages and shortcomings. We will explore this topic from both a physical and a modelling perspective, and exchange insights about the practical implementation of different approaches in ice sheet models, enabling more comprehensive intercomparison exercises in the future.

The program for both days will consist of invited talks in the morning, covering topics such as general model initialisation, physical uncertainties in the ice-sheet system, inversion techniques, basal sliding, and basal melt. In the afternoon, there will be room for submitted presentations and posters, and a session dedicated to sharing model code related to different aspects of model initialisation.

There are no participation fees, but participants are expected to cover their own expenses. Due to venue considerations, the number of attendees will be limited to around 50, with a particular focus on early career researchers.

Participants can apply, with or without an abstract, through this Google form:

Deadline for application: Friday February 24th 2023, 23:59h

Feel free to circulate this message also to anybody who might be interested. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us via or .

We hope to see many of you there!


Tijn Berends, Jorjo Bernales, and Roderik van de Wal

Date 28 March 2023 - 29 March 2023Time All Day EventVenue Academy Building of Utrecht UniversityLocation Utrecht University, Netherlands, Venue Google Map Link + Google MapCategory Symposia, Meetings and Workshops

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