The Greenland ice sheet

The Greenland ice sheet is the largest ice sheet in the northern hemisphere. In recent years, the ice sheet and the surrounding glaciers have changed dramatically in mass and size due to climate changes.

Collecting information about the state of the Greenland ice sheet is not easy. The harsh climate, the inaccessible terrain, the logistic challenges and the enormous size of the ice sheet mean that we have to use a combination of in-situ, airborne and satellite measurements as well as model calculations to describe and analyse the state of the ice sheet and its surrounding glaciers.

GEUS has experience from more than 40 years of glaciological field work and analysis. We are responsible for the monitoring of the mass loss from the Greenland ice sheet in the Programme for Monitoring of the Greenland Ice Sheet (PROMICE), and in that connection we operate an extensive network of weather stations on the ice sheet (see below).

Through PROMICE, GEUS puts the collected knowledge and all data about the Greenland ice sheet and its surrounding glaciers at the disposal of the Danish and global public. The programme is also a source of communicaton and learning.