Scientific Computing Seminar

Date and Place: Thursdays and hybrid (live in 32-349/online via Zoom). For detailed dates see below!


In the Scientific Computing Seminar we host talks of guests and members of the SciComp team as well as students of mathematics, computer science and engineering. Everbody interested in the topics is welcome.

List of Talks

Event Information:

  • Thu

    SC Seminar: Mathieu Morlighem


    Prof. Mathieu Morlighem, Department of Earth Sciences, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, USA

    The challenges of modeling the ice sheets in a changing climate


    Ice sheets are dynamic systems that are among the largest contributors to sea level rise. Observations over the last three decades have shown that the Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets have been losing mass at an increasing rate. How the ice sheets respond to the warming of the ocean and the atmosphere has become today one of the most urgent questions in understanding the implications of global climate change. Numerical modeling is the only effective way of addressing this problem. Yet, modeling ice sheet flow at the scale of Antarctica represents many technical challenges, and many important parameters, such as boundary conditions, remain difficult to observe directly and are poorly constrained. In this talk, we discuss some of the recent technical advances made in this field, through the use of high performance computing and inverse modeling. We also show how automatic differentiation tools, such as CoDiPack, are not only helping to better understand the physics of ice sheet flow, but also help to identify the regions that are most at risk of future change in climate conditions and should be closely monitored. These tools will eventually help us better constrain the models over the observational period and reduce the uncertainty in sea level rise projections.

    How to join

    The talk is held online via Zoom. You can join with the following link: