Welcome to the Virtual Earth System Laboratory! Here, the Ice Sheet System Model (ISSM) team hosts simulations related to glaciers, ice sheets, sea level and solid earth.
Our earth science simulations fall into one or more categories, which can be reached via the links below.
Simulations of Glacier Flow and Sensitivity to Climate
Model the evolution of glaciers in Alaska, Patagonia and the Himalayan regions in response to variations in surface temperature, snow precipitation, and other factors related to climate change.
Simulations of Ice Sheet Flow and Sensitivity to Climate and Forcings
Model the evolution of ice sheets such as Greenland and Antarctica, and understand the factors that control their evolution and contribution to sea level rise in the coming decades/centuries. This includes basal friction at the ice/bed interface, snow precipitation, temperature, etc.
This is an animation showing the simulated retreat of the Southwestern portion of the Greenland Ice Sheet during the Holocene (~ the last 12,000 years).
Simulations of Sea Level Rise and Contribution from the Cryosphere
Model the evolution of sea level over the entire Earth, and understand the contribution of glaciers and polar ice caps to its rise or decline in a changing climate.
Results of a new study on negative feedbacks from Solid Earth and Sea-Level processes on grounding line retreat in Antarctica, along with corresponding impacts on the contribution of Thwaites Glacier to future sea-level rise.
Simulations of Processes Undergone by the Earth's Lithosphere and Mantle
Here you will find simulations related to the Earth' interior. This includes models of geothermal heat flux and their impact on the thermal profile of polar ice sheets, models of mantle plumes under the ice, models of Glacio-Isostatic Rebound, and other models related to processes undergone by the earth lithosphere and mantle.