-Contributed by Sophie Nowicki, NASA

ismip6logo BWThe Ice Sheet Model Intercomparison Project for CMIP6 (ISMIP6) held an afternoon workshop on Wednesday, August 19, 2015, during the International Symposium on Contemporary Ice-Sheet Dynamics: ocean interaction, meltwater and non-linear effects of International Glaciological Society held in Cambridge, UK. ISMIP6 plans to have workshops at every conference or meetings attended by steering committee members.

As it was the first workshop since the official endorsement of ISMIP6 by CMIP6 (6th version of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project), the meeting was a great opportunity to present to the ice sheet modelling community the ISMIP6 and CMIP6 frameworks, including the other MIPs that will take part in CMIP6, the CMIP6 timeline and the Grand Challenges of the World Climate Research Program (WCRP). The first ISMIP6 experiment that is specifically designed for standalone ice sheet model was also presented: iniMIP focuses on the impact of ice sheet model initialization procedure on future ice sheet evolution, and therefore aims to gain an understanding of the uncertainty in sea level projections due to initialization.

[ISMIP6 website]
[ISMIP6 workshop at IGS 2015 webpage]