Glacial Isostatic Adjustment Training School Opportunity
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POLENET/SERCE Glacial Isostatic Adjustment (GIA) Training School

September 13-19, 2015
Gibraltar Island, Lake Erie, Ohio, USA
Application Deadline: March 31, 2015

The ongoing global process of Glacial Isostatic Adjustment (GIA) contributes significantly to present-day rates of sea level change, causes temporal changes in the Earth’s gravitational field and is evident in the displacement of the Earth’s surface.

A training school focused on GIA modeling will be held from September 13-19, 2015, at the Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory on Gibraltar Island in Lake Erie, Ohio. The school is aimed at early-stage researchers from a wide range of backgrounds, and no previous experience in GIA modeling is required. An introduction to the fundamentals, methods, applications, and current state of GIA modeling will be provided. Participants will be given intensive training on GIA modeling and relevant processes, including ice mass change, solid-earth deformation, and sea-level and geoid variations, and they will learn about the multitude of relevant data and data sources used to generate, tune, and constrain GIA models. The program will include both lectures and computer exercises using freely available modeling software. Participants will come away with an understanding of the theory and development behind GIA modeling as well as the practical ability to independently install and run GIA modeling software.

Instructors for the GIA School include Mike Bentley, Mike Bevis, Ian Dalziel, Erik Ivins, Matt King, Meredith Nettles, Giorgio Spada, Holger Steffen, Bert Vermeersen, Wouter van der Wal, Pippa Whitehouse, and Doug Wiens.

There is no registration fee, and participants will be provided with food and lodging for the duration of the training school. Funding for additional travel expenses, including airfare, may be available for both US and non-US participants. Individuals seeking financial support should submit both an Enrollment Application and a Financial Support Application, available at the POLENET External Non-U.S. government site web site. The deadline for application is March 31, 2015.

Financial support is provided by NSF-Polar/Antarctic Earth Sciences and the SCAR-SERCE Research Programme.