FRISP - a forum to discuss ice shelf processes and related problems

FRISP was started in 1984, and used to mean "Filchner-Ronne-Ice-Shelf-Programme". FRISP is a subcommmittee of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Working Group of Glaciology. For several years the work of the FRISP parties was focused on the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf (FRIS). But meanwhile the geographical restriction to FRIS was widened up and other ice shelves have been included into the investigations.  FRISP started out as an European forum, but now welcomes any scientist working on ice shelves and related issues.  FRISP remains a focus on glaciology, but the scope is extended to include continental shelf oceanography, meteorology, and quaternary paleoclimatology  to encourage discussion between these disciplines.

Amongst other topics FRISP will deal with

  • mass balance, dynamics and break up of ice shelves.
  • mass transport across the grounding line.
  • ocean circulation in front and underneath of ice shelves.
  • recent meteorological processes in the Weddell sea area.
  • climatic information from ice cores in the Weddell sea area.

Present chairman of FRISP:

Dr. Adrian Jenkins,  British Antarctic Survey (BAS), U.K.

Previous chairmen:

Dr. Hans Oerter, AWI, Germany (1999 - 2002)
Prof. Olav Orheim, Norsk Polar Institutt, Norway (1994 -1999)
Dr. Chris Doake, British Antarctic Survey, U.K. (1990-1994)
Prof. H. Miller, AWI, Germany (1986-1990)
Dr. Heinz Kohnen, AWI, Germany (1983-1986)