Articles | Volume 6, issue 2
Review article
 | Highlight paper
29 May 2018
Review article | Highlight paper |  | 29 May 2018

Glacial isostatic adjustment modelling: historical perspectives, recent advances, and future directions

Pippa L. Whitehouse

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This article is a contribution to a special issue on Two centuries of modelling across scales. It describes the historical observations, evolving hypotheses, and early calculations that led to the development of the field of glacial isostatic sdjustment (GIA) modelling, which seeks to understand feedbacks between ice-sheet change, sea-level change, and solid Earth deformation. Recent and future advances are discussed. Future progress will likely involve an interdisciplinary approach.