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Sensor based monitoring of ice-land-ocean interactions


Program / partnership
Arctic Science Partnership (ASP)
Greenland Ecosystem Monitoring (GEM)
Nansen Legacy
Polar Dream
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Type of project
Project theme
Project topic
Atmosphere - ocean coupling
Climate research
Ecosystems, aquatic
Ecosystems, terrestrial
Education & Outreach
Environmental science
Glacier - ocean coupling
Ice - ocean coupling
Sea ice

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Greenland (DK)
Fieldwork region
Greenland, North-East
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 72.85, -25.0333333

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Project details

Science / project plan

Investigation of how climate change on land and ocean affect plants, insects, plankton and ecosystems in NE Greenland. Data is collected over the entire growth season/year by special designed automated instrumentation. These were deployed in 2019 and data will be retrieved and instruments serviced in 2020. We will also test new self-profiling ocean buys, intelligent camera systems and deploy new weather stations to cover the climate gradient from the Greenland ice sheet to the outer coast in the Ella Ø fjord system. 

Science / project summary

We have over the last 25 years made long-term measurements in East Greenland, mostly in the Daneborg/Zackenberg area. Time is ready to scale up our measurements to the regional scale. Through a close collaboration between different science disciplines (atmosphere, cryosphere, terrestrial, limnic and marine scientists) and during the last years together with engineering, the Arctic Research Centre at Aarhus University have ambition to use new technology for such an upscaling. We therefore start to test different equipment for such a mobile measuring platform that will be able to obtain measurements of climate, environmental and living conditions for animals and plants along the climate gradients that exists from Cape Farewell to the northern parts of Greenland. We aim data to be transferred in real-time. When this test version is in operation, we will place 5 units along the East Greenland coast line.  We plan to involve local communities in the placement and establishment of the units. Data will be used in teaching and education programs at Aarhus University and in the new education facilities at the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources in Nuuk.

Publications related to project

Mikkelsen PS, Rysgaard S (2019) Fangstmandsperioden trækker fortsat spor i Nordøstgrønland. Tidsskriftet Grønland 3:121-135. 

Rysgaard S, Høye T, Kortegaard S (2019) In Mikkelsen PS: “Feltrapport for Ella Ø forskningsholdet 2019. Nordøstgrønlands Kompani NANOK”, Feltrapport fra rejsen til Nordøstgrønland 2019, 35 pp.