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A Glacier Dynamics and Ice-Ocean Interactions Perspective for IceBridge Science

General

Project start
01.01.2014
Project end
31.12.2016
Type of project
ARMAP/NSF
Project theme
Weather, climate & atmosphere
Project topic
Meteorlogy

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Greenland (DK)
Fieldwork region
Greenland, Mid-West
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 69.2166667, -51.1

Fieldwork start
18.08.2014
Fieldwork end
25.08.2014

SAR information

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Greenland (DK)
Fieldwork region
Greenland, Mid-West
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 67.0179977417, -50.69400024414

Fieldwork start
13.08.2014
Fieldwork end
27.08.2014

SAR information

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Greenland (DK)
Fieldwork region
Greenland, Mid-West
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 67.0179977417, -50.69400024414

Fieldwork start
01.01.2016
Fieldwork end
31.12.2016

SAR information

Project details

02.10.2019
Science / project plan

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Science / project summary
This project will study ice-ocean interactions along the coast of Greenland to determine the impact of the ocean on the mass balance of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Researchers will collect multibeam echo sounding (MBES) swath bathymetry in West Greenland fjords to evaluate the precision of fjord bathymetry that can be inferred with Operation IceBridge gravity data. They will also collect oceanographic data (temperature, salinity) to quantify thermal forcing from the ocean on the glaciers, their melt rates and in turn quantify the impact of the ocean on the mass balance and stability of the ice fronts of marine-terminating glaciers. The results will be instrumental in deriving more reliable ocean products from numerical ocean models and make these models more able to calculate the melt rates of glaciers in contact with ocean waters in past, present and future conditions.
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