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North East Greenland Automated Weather Station and GPS

General

Project start
01.01.2016
Project end
31.12.2017
Type of project
ARMAP/NSF
Project theme
Weather, climate & atmosphere
Project topic
Cryosphere
Meteorlogy

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Greenland (DK)
Fieldwork region
Greenland Ice Sheet
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 78.96443, -22.636678

Fieldwork start
01.01.2016
Fieldwork end
31.12.2016

SAR information

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Greenland (DK)
Fieldwork region
Greenland Ice Sheet
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 78.980797, -21.313871

Fieldwork start
10.08.2016
Fieldwork end
13.08.2016

SAR information

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Greenland (DK)
Fieldwork region
Greenland Ice Sheet
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 78.987888, -22.081778

Fieldwork start
13.08.2016
Fieldwork end
16.08.2016

SAR information

Project details

02.10.2019
Science / project plan

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Science / project summary
In collaboration with DTU and UT, researchers will deploy two iAWS (Automated Weather Station) on the north-east ice stream, Greenland, within 50 km of the ice front of Zachariae Isstrom to document surface mass balance processes and changes in ice dynamics in a marine-based glaciological settings that is undergoing significant changes at present. The iAWS will provide surface climatology data and GPS data with a direct satellite uplink. The data will be analyzed to better understand why current regional atmospheric climate models do not capture surface melt processes quite accurately in the northeast in contrast to other parts of Greenland and to document short-term (hourly) changes in ice dynamics in response to the collapse of the Zachariae Isstrom ice shelf around 2012. The results will in turn help researchers better understand the evolution of this marine-based sector of Greenland and projects its future contribution to sea level rise. As part of this collaboration, DTU will deploy GPS stations at locations further upstream to document changes in glacier dynamics in the interior and share data access with our team. These data will document how far inland changes in ice dynamics are tracked down and on what time scales.
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