23-24 May 2023 – Workshop with ESA CCI and EO on ice shelf mass balance, Copenhagen

The OCEAN:ICE EO (#OCEANICEEO) workshop was held on the 23rd and 24th May 2023 in Copenhagen as a hybrid event. The workshop was hybrid with the in-person component hosted by Danish Meteorological Institute at the Black Diamond/Royal Library in central Copenhagen.

As the sophistication of atmosphere, ocean and ice sheet models, in general, has grown, so has the availability of remote sensing datasets for evaluation and assimilation. It is often difficult to keep track of what datasets are available. In addition, the combination of these datasets with model outputs allows us to refine estimates of mass budget and better understand ice sheet-ocean–atmosphere interactions.

The workshop aimed to report together the modelling and EO communities to better integrate satellite and in-situ data with numerical models within OCEAN:ICE. The focus is on defining freshwater fluxes from Antarctica, in particular, the use of data and models to assess surface mass balance, basal melting and calving fluxes from the continent. We were particularly interested in ice shelves but we also covered the grounded ice sheet and the influence of the ocean.

A short version of the workshop report can be found on Zenodo: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.8033778

Image credits: ESA – Thin sea ice https://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Images/2014/07/Thin_sea_ice