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GlobalMass SIGNED

Global land ice, hydrology and ocean mass trends

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Project "GlobalMass" data sheet

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postcode: BS8 1QU

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 2˙397˙430 €
 EC max contribution 2˙397˙430 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-AdG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-08-01   to  2021-07-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL UK (BRISTOL) coordinator 2˙397˙430.00


 Project objective

Sea level rise will be one of the most serious and costly consequences of future climate change. Constraining the sources and sinks of sea level change is essential for understanding the drivers of past variations and for improving predictions of future behaviour. Matching estimates of sea level rise with the components that affect it is a long standing problem in geosciences spanning multiple disciplines: oceanography, glaciology, hydrology and solid Earth physics. Traditionally, each part of the problem has been tackled separately using different data, techniques and physical understanding. This is because of the challenge in determining just one component but also because of the different expertise and understanding within the various communities. The proposed research will, for the first time, tackle all components simultaneously. I will combine all the relevant observations (both from satellites and in situ) with physical principles of the coupled system to solve for all components of the sea level budget. First, I will produce a data-driven estimate for glacio-isostatic adjustment that is independent of any assumptions about Earth structure or ice loading history. Second, I will partition the sea level budget into its steric, hydrological, cryospheric and solid earth components for 1981-2020. Third, I will apply the methods and datasets to re-evaluate the 20th Century sea level record. These advances will also result in the determination of regional mass trends of land ice and hydrology over a ~30 year period. In the process of attaining these goals in geosciences, I will also develop state of the art techniques for statistical inference of Big Data. I have developed and tested the approach, using a subset of the data, for the Antarctic ice sheet. The approach is unique, global in scale and will address fundamental problems across four different disciplines in geosciences, as well as advancing techniques in statistical inference and computer science.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 William Llovel, S. Purkey, B. Meyssignac, A. Blazquez, N. Kolodziejczyk, J. Bamber
Global ocean freshening, ocean mass increase and global mean sea level rise over 2005–2015
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-54239-2
Scientific Reports 9/1 2020-02-04
2020 B.D. Vishwakarma, S. Royston, R.E.M. Riva, R.M. Westaway, J.L. Bamber
Sea level budgets should account for ocean bottom deformation
published pages: , ISSN: 0094-8276, DOI: 10.1029/2019gl086492
Geophysical Research Letters 47, e2019GL086492 2020-02-04
2020 Sam Royston, Bramha Dutt Vishwakarma, Richard Westaway, Jonathan Rougier, Zhe Sha, Jonathan Bamber
Can We Resolve the Basin‐Scale Sea Level Trend Budget From GRACE Ocean Mass?
published pages: , ISSN: 2169-9275, DOI: 10.1029/2019jc015535
Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 125/1 2020-02-04
2019 Jonathan L. Bamber, Michael Oppenheimer, Robert E. Kopp, Willy P. Aspinall, Roger M. Cooke
Ice sheet contributions to future sea-level rise from structured expert judgment
published pages: 11195-11200, ISSN: 0027-8424, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1817205116
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116/23 2019-08-29
2017 Stefan Hofer, Andrew J. Tedstone, Xavier Fettweis, Jonathan L. Bamber
Decreasing cloud cover drives the recent mass loss on the Greenland Ice Sheet
published pages: e1700584, ISSN: 2375-2548, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1700584
Science Advances 3/6 2019-06-13
2017 Alba Martin-Español, Jonathan L. Bamber, Andrew Zammit-Mangion
Constraining the mass balance of East Antarctica
published pages: 4168-4175, ISSN: 0094-8276, DOI: 10.1002/2017gl072937
Geophysical Research Letters 44/9 2019-06-13
2018 J.L. Bamber, A.J. Tedstone, M. D. King, I. M. Howat, E. M. Enderlin, M. R. van den Broeke, B. Noel
Land Ice Freshwater Budget of the Arctic and North Atlantic Oceans. Part I: Data, Methods and Results
published pages: 1827–1837, ISSN: 2169-9291, DOI: 10.1002/2017JC013605
Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 123 2019-06-13
2018 Jonathan L Bamber, Richard M Westaway, Ben Marzeion, Bert Wouters
The land ice contribution to sea level during the satellite era
published pages: 63008, ISSN: 1748-9326, DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/aac2f0
Environmental Research Letters 13/6 2019-06-13
2018 Anny Cazenave, Benoit Meyssignac, Michael Ablain, Magdalena Balmaseda, Jonathan Bamber, Valentina Barletta, Brian Beckley, Jérôme Benveniste, Etienne Berthier, Alejandro Blazquez, Tim Boyer, Denise Caceres, Don Chambers, Nicolas Champollion, Ben Chao, Jianli Chen, Lijing Cheng, John A. Church, Stephen Chuter, J. Graham Cogley, Soenke Dangendorf, Damien Desbruyères, Petra Döll, Catia Domingues, Ulrike Falk, James Famiglietti, Luciana Fenoglio-Marc, Rene Forsberg, Gaia Galassi, Alex Gardner, Andreas Groh, Benjamin Hamlington, Anna Hogg, Martin Horwath, Vincent Humphrey, Laurent Husson, Masayoshi Ishii, Adrian Jaeggi, Svetlana Jevrejeva, Gregory Johnson, Nicolas Kolodziejczyk, Jürgen Kusche, Kurt Lambeck, Felix Landerer, Paul Leclercq, Benoit Legresy, Eric Leuliette, William Llovel, Laurent Longuevergne, Bryant D. Loomis, Scott B. Luthcke, Marta Marcos, Ben Marzeion, Chris Merchant, Mark Merrifield, Glenn Milne, Gary Mitchum, Yara Mohajerani, Maeva Monier, Didier Monselesan, Steve Nerem, Hindumathi Palanisamy, Frank Paul, Begoña Perez, Christopher G. Piecuch, Rui M. Ponte, Sarah G. Purkey, John T. Reager, Roelof Rietbroek, Eric Rignot, Riccardo Riva, Dean H. Roemmich, Louise Sandberg Sørensen, Ingo Sasgen, E.J.O. Schrama, Sonia I. Seneviratne, C.K. Shum, Giorgio Spada, Detlef Stammer, Roderic van de Wal, Isabella Velicogna, Karina von Schuckmann, Yoshihide Wada, Yiguo Wang, Christopher Watson, David Wiese, Susan Wijffels, Richard Westaway, Guy Woppelmann, Bert Wouters
Global sea-level budget 1993–present
published pages: 1551-1590, ISSN: 1866-3516, DOI: 10.5194/essd-10-1551-2018
Earth System Science Data 10/3 2019-04-02
2018 Z. Sha, J. C. Rougier, M. Schumacher, J. L. Bamber
Bayesian model-data synthesis with an application to global glacio-isostatic adjustment
published pages: e2530, ISSN: 1180-4009, DOI: 10.1002/env.2530
Environmetrics 2019;30:e2530 2019-04-02
2018 M Schumacher, M A King, J Rougier, Z Sha, S A Khan, J L Bamber
A new global GPS data set for testing and improving modelled GIA uplift rates
published pages: 2164-2176, ISSN: 0956-540X, DOI: 10.1093/gji/ggy235
Geophysical Journal International 214/3 2019-04-02
2019 Stefan Hofer, Andrew J. Tedstone, Xavier Fettweis, Jonathan L. Bamber
Cloud microphysics and circulation anomalies control differences in future Greenland melt
published pages: 523-528, ISSN: 1758-678X, DOI: 10.1038/s41558-019-0507-8
Nature Climate Change 9/7 2019-08-29
2019 D. S. Dukhovskoy, I. Yashayaev, A. Proshutinsky, J. L. Bamber, I. L. Bashmachnikov, E. P. Chassignet, C. M. Lee, A. J. Tedstone
Role of Greenland Freshwater Anomaly in the Recent Freshening of the Subpolar North Atlantic
published pages: 3333– 3360, ISSN: 2169-9291, DOI: 10.1029/2018jc014686
Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 124 2019-08-29

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