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Pre-AGU ISMIP6 Workshop

An ISMIP6 Workshop was held on Saturday, December 12, from 13:00 to 18:00 and Sunday, December 13, from 9:00 to 18:00, 2015, right before the 2015 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. The meeting venue was Fort Mason Centre, in San Francisco, USA. During this two day meeting, a joint session with the Greenland Ice Sheet-Ocean Observing System (GrIOOS) meeting was held on the same dates.

The goals of the proposed workshop were to i) continue the planning of the ISMIP6 (Ice Sheet Model Intercomparison Project for CMIP6) effort and ii) analyze the outcome from the first ISMIP6 experiment that focuses on the impact of initialization methods, and choice of datasets during this process, on sea level projections resulting from ice sheet models. The knowledge gained from this initial experiment will provide crucial information on future experimental design (such as should datasets be identical for each models) and provide an initial indication of whether it is possible to quantify the uncertainty in sea level projection arising from the initial state of ice sheet models. This first experiment is also designed to test the framework that will be used for future ISMIP6 experiment and a goal of the workshop will be to start the discussion on how to best provide forcing for ISM from the CMIP6 climate models.  The workshop will be held in a location near the GrIOOS meeting (Greenland Ice Ocean Observing System) so that the ISMIP6 community can provide input to this effort and start building collaboration with the observing comminities.

 The report from the ISMIP6 workshop on initialization, forcing and datasets is available here.