Ice cores and SoCal beaches

Last week I spent a few days in La Jolla, CA near San Diego. I had never been to San Diego before July and now I’ve been twice in only a few months!

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I was there for another conference, but this time all about an ice core in West Antarctica that was completed last year. The meeting was the first to talk about science related to the ice core data they collected.

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Fun and Science: Ice sheet modeling and Austin sight-seeing

At the end of last week and through the weekend I was attending a workshop for work right here in Austin. Basically, some very smart people  designed a sophisticated ice sheet model recently that some of us at the Institute for Geophysics are interested in using to answer some of the questions we have about ice.

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Left is the observed Greenland ice velocity. Right is the modeled Greenland ice velocity. Note they’re practically identical; that means it’s good. (Brinkerhoff and Johnson, 2013)

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Breckenridge in June

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Welcome to Denver

I’m on the road again, so I thought it was time to update the blog. This time I’m in Breckenridge, Colorado. The land of ski resorts that stay open until the 4th of July. I’m attending the annual meeting about the Community Earth System Model, which I use to study the Greenland Ice Sheet in an effort to improve modeled projections of ice loss and sea level rise.
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