Research supported by NOAA's Climate Program Office was accepted for publication in Geophysical Journal International on Feb. 9, 2015.
"Glacial isostatic adjustment, relative sea level history and mantle viscosity: reconciling relative sea level model predictions for the U.S. East coast with geological constraints" explores the ability of models to correctly simulate the process of glacial isostatic adjustment (GIA) - the rebound of land masses which were previously compressed under large ice sheets.
Using relative sea level histories, the authors show that a new mantle viscosity model (VM6) improves upon previous versions in simulating this process. Understanding GIA as it occurred in the past is crucial to understanding how the present-day retreat of existing glaciers and ice sheets at the poles will affect global and regional sea level.
To access the full paper, visit: http://gji.oxfordjournals.org/content/201/2/1156.abstract