Assessment of errors and uncertainty patterns in GIA modeling

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Assessment of errors and uncertainty patterns in GIA modeling. / Barletta, Valentina Roberta; Spada, G.

In: Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 14, 2012, p. EGU2012-9717.

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Barletta, Valentina Roberta; Spada, G. / Assessment of errors and uncertainty patterns in GIA modeling.

In: Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 14, 2012, p. EGU2012-9717.

Publication: Research - peer-reviewConference abstract in journal – Annual report year: 2012

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title = "Assessment of errors and uncertainty patterns in GIA modeling",
publisher = "Copernicus GmbH",
author = "Barletta, {Valentina Roberta} and G. Spada",
year = "2012",
volume = "14",
pages = "EGU2012--9717",
journal = "Geophysical Research Abstracts",
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T1 - Assessment of errors and uncertainty patterns in GIA modeling

A1 - Barletta,Valentina Roberta

A1 - Spada,G.

AU - Barletta,Valentina Roberta

AU - Spada,G.

PB - Copernicus GmbH

PY - 2012

Y1 - 2012

N2 - During the last decade many efforts have been devoted to the assessment of global sea level rise and to the determination of the mass balance of continental ice sheets. In this context, the important role of glacial-isostatic adjustment (GIA) has been clearly recognized. Yet, in many cases only one "preferred" GIA model has been used, without any consideration of the possible errors involved. Lacking a rigorous assessment of systematic errors in GIA modeling, the reliability of the results is uncertain. GIA sensitivity and uncertainties associated with the viscosity models have been explored in the literature. However, at least two major sources of errors remain. The first is associated with the ice models, spatial distribution of ice and history of melting (this is especially the case of<br/>Antarctica), the second with the numerical implementation of model features relevant to sea level modeling, such as time-evolving shorelines and paleo coastlines. In this study we quantify these uncertainties and their propagation in GIA response using a Monte Carlo approach to obtain spatio-temporal patterns of GIA errors. A direct application is the error estimates in ice mass balance in<br/>Antarctica and Greenland due to GIA. GIA errors are also important in the far field of previously glaciated areas and in the time evolution of global indicators. In this regard we also account for other possible errors sources which<br/>can impact global indicators like the sea level history related to GIA.

AB - During the last decade many efforts have been devoted to the assessment of global sea level rise and to the determination of the mass balance of continental ice sheets. In this context, the important role of glacial-isostatic adjustment (GIA) has been clearly recognized. Yet, in many cases only one "preferred" GIA model has been used, without any consideration of the possible errors involved. Lacking a rigorous assessment of systematic errors in GIA modeling, the reliability of the results is uncertain. GIA sensitivity and uncertainties associated with the viscosity models have been explored in the literature. However, at least two major sources of errors remain. The first is associated with the ice models, spatial distribution of ice and history of melting (this is especially the case of<br/>Antarctica), the second with the numerical implementation of model features relevant to sea level modeling, such as time-evolving shorelines and paleo coastlines. In this study we quantify these uncertainties and their propagation in GIA response using a Monte Carlo approach to obtain spatio-temporal patterns of GIA errors. A direct application is the error estimates in ice mass balance in<br/>Antarctica and Greenland due to GIA. GIA errors are also important in the far field of previously glaciated areas and in the time evolution of global indicators. In this regard we also account for other possible errors sources which<br/>can impact global indicators like the sea level history related to GIA.

JO - Geophysical Research Abstracts

JF - Geophysical Research Abstracts

SN - 1607-7962

VL - 14

SP - EGU2012-9717

ER -