Glaciers & Sea Level Collaboration Team

Improving the understanding of glaciers, ice caps and the Greenland Ice Sheet to resolve the forcings for and impacts of mass balance changes.

Scope of activities

The Glaciers and Sea Level Community of Practice was created under the Arctic Research Plan 2017-2021 to improve the understanding of glaciers, ice caps, and the Greenland Ice Sheet to resolve the forcings for and impacts of mass balance changes. It continues to meet and contribute to the goals and objectives of the Arctic Research Plan 2022-2026.


Team leaders

Zoe Courville
Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab

Joe MacGregor
(Website)

Kaitlin Harbeck
NASA Cryospheric Sciences Program (Website)


Performance elements from the Arctic research plan


Accomplishments

Under the 2017-2021 Arctic Research Plan, the Glaciers and Sea Level Community of Practice:

  • Hosted meetings to provide updates on the Landsat-8, ICESat-2, Operation IceBridge, and NASA ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar mission.
  • Provided a platform for researchers from the Greenland Ice Sheet Monitoring Network, Oceans Melting Greenland mission, and U.S. Geological Survey Benchmark Glaciers Program and Ice2O Project to share information about observations and measurements documenting the variability of land ice.
  • Shared updates on investigator-driven studies of land ice process studies across the Arctic.
  • Made connections with international domain experts on ongoing Arctic cryospheric change.
  • Supported the development and assessment of ice sheet models.
  • Supported collaboration and information sharing on the fundamental development of boundary conditions datasets for understanding and projecting cryospheric change.

For a full summary of the Glaciers and Sea Level Community of Practice’s accomplishments under the 2017-2021 Arctic Research Plan, see the 2021 Performance Element Summary Statements.