Joint Model-data workshop for the Late Pleistocene evolution of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets

Joint Model-data workshop for the Late Pleistocene evolution of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets

LGGE, Grenoble, May 22-24, 2014


1) Bring together the field and modelling communities working on the Antarctic and/or Greenland ice sheets

2) Clarify key uncertainties for the field data and modelling communities

3) Compare latest model results to data and geological/glaciological inferences

4) Identify key model deficiencies wrt data

5) Identify priorities for new data

6) Consider what can be done to make paleo records and model output more accessible to various users

7) Consider surprises in the model results and whether they are refuted by data

Timetable: important dates

Call for abstracts: will go out Jan 9

application for travel support: extended to Feb 10/2014

Abstract submission and registration application deadline: extended to Feb 10/2014

Letter of acceptance: prior to Feb 14/2014

More details coming soon.


2 days of lectures and poster sessions, followed by a field trip on Saturday, May 24.
Strong emphasis on adequate discussion time.
Workshop will be limited to 60 participants.

Most oral presentations will be invited reviews. Emphasis on posters follows from an emphasis on interaction/discussion.

Model results will be circulated to participants before the workshop to further facilitate discussion.

Draft workshop timetable/agenda

Getting to Grenoble

The simplest way for Grenoble is to Land in Lyon, with an hourly shuttle (bus from 5:30am to 00:30am on week days) . The trip is one hour long. Lyon Airport Shuttle tickets/info.

You also have shuttle between Geneve and Grenoble (5 every day, the travel last 2 hours). Geneva shuttle info.

Leaving from Chamonix, the closest airport is Geneva (3 regular bus every day, it is a 2 hour trip. info, timetable.

From Chamonix to take a train (or a bus and and a train (at least), then a bus, is at least a 4 hours travel (via Annecy or Chambery)

more info on Getting to LGGE

confirmed speakers

Michael Bentley, Durham U.
Peter Clark, Oregon State U.
Rob DeConto, U. Mass.
Brenda Hall, U. Maine
Claus-Dieter Hillenbrand, British Antarctic Survey
Anne Jennings, INSTAAR, U. of Colorado
Kurt Kjaer, U. of Copenhagen
Antony Long, Durham U.
Frank Pattyn, Free University of Brussels
John Stone, U. of Washington
Pippa Whitehouse, Durham U.

Field Trip on May 24

The trip is tentatively 10 am to 4 pm (depart and arrive back in Grenoble). We will explore the plateau of the "Plateau Guillets" located just above Grenoble. We will see a Last Glacial Maximum moraine complex, situated on the left margin of the past glaciers flowing over Grenoble. This moraine complex will be presented by Sylvain Coutterand, geomorphologist, who has studied the extension, the petrography of glacial deposits, and chronology of French alpine glaciers during the last glacial cycle.
We will also have time to explore some easy hiking trails in the area. And perhaps most importantly, the trip will help us collectively digest the two intense days of the workshop in a beautiful environment.


Registration fee will likely be 125 euros (to be finalized shortly). This will cover coffee breaks, two lunches, and one supper. Workshop size is capped at 60 participants. Registration application and abstract submission is now open. Please use this registration link. NOTE: abstract submission is not required for registration application and workshop participation. Interest and active participation are most critical.

Travel support

Thanks to generous support from IACS/IUGG and PAIS/SCAR, some travel support will be available to early-career researchers (students, post-docs, and tenure-track faculty) and researchers from institutions in developing world countries. Support will likely range over the 200 to 700 euro range depending on applicant needs and number of applicants. Travel support application is part of registration application.

Contact info

To be added to the workshop email list and queries about registration and abstract submission:
Pippa Whitehouse (pippa.whitehouse[At]}uk)

Other enquiries: Lev Tarasov (lev[aT]mun(Dot}ca)

Organizing committee

Michael Bentley, Durham University, UK
Robert Larter, British Antarctic Survey, UK
Antony Long, Durham University, UK
Glenn Milne, University of Ottawa, Canada
Vincent Peyaud (site organizer), LGGE, France
Catherine Ritz (site organizer), LGGE, France
Lev Tarasov (coordinator), Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
Pippa Whitehouse (co-coordinator), Durham University, UK


Supported by

IACS (International Association of Cryospheric Sciences) and IUGG

PAIS (Past Antarctic Ice Sheet Dynamics)/ SCAR

LGGE (Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Géophysique de l’Environnement)

Dept. of Physics, Memorial University of Newfoundland



MOCA (Meltwater, Ocean, Cryosphere, Atmosphere Response network)

PALSEA (PALeo-constraints on SEA-level rise)