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Gaining a better understanding of the Arctic: The Greenland Circumnavigation Expedition GLACE

GLACE is a Swiss scientific expedition around Greenland. It aims to complete the first circumnavigation of Greenland in August and September 2019 . By gathering scientific observations all around Greenland, the expedition will be able to provide a unique holistic understanding of this region critically affected by climate change.

GLACE is organised by the Swiss Polar Institute. 15 research projects and 44 scientists from a wide range of disciplines and from around the globe will be on board the Akademik Tryoshnikov. They have helicopters, zodiacs and a variety of laboratories at their disposal, and will be supported by a large team, composed of lab assistants and technicians, mountain guides, bear guards and pilots, to name only a few.

Along the North of Greenland, an atomic icebreaker will support the research vessel to tackle the multi-annual ice and provide access to the largely unchartered Northern Greenland. Seven super sites have been identified as landing spots to conduct measurements and experiments on land and along the shore. The ship will be stopping at each site for between 2-5 days.

Reykjavik

SG1

Kangerdlugssuaq Fjord

68°13'N, 32°05'W

The Kangerdlugssuaq and Sermilik (Helheim) fjords host the terminations of two major accelerating glaciers from south Greenland, and previous studies have shown a direct influence of Atlantic waters on the…

SG2

Sermilik (Helheim) Fjord

66°05'N, 37°48'W

The Kangerdlugssuaq and Sermilik (Helheim) fjords host the terminations of two major accelerating glaciers from south Greenland, and previous studies have shown a direct influence of Atlantic waters on the…

SG3

Prince Christian Sund

60°09'N, 43°53'W

Prince Christian Sund is the southernmost area of Greenland. The area hosts small marine terminating glaciers and numerous lakes. Spending two days in the area will provide the opportunity to…

Ilulissat

NG1

Ryder & Ostenfeld Glacier

82°20'N 52°16'W

The Ryder and Ostenfeld Glaciers are two major glacial outflow areas, with substantial melting documented over the past decades. Detailed oceanographic surveying in this area will be able to address…

NG2

Cape Morris Jessup

83°38'N, 32°39'W

Cape Morris Jessup is the northernmost area of Greenland, and North America. Contrasting samples collected from this super-site with samples collected at the southernmost part of Greenland (Prince Christian Sund,…

NG3

Independence Fjord

82°08'N, 28°00'W

Independence Fjord is a large fjord in the eastern part of northern Greenland. It is about 200 km long and up to 30 km wide. The Marie Sophie Glacier and…

NG4

Zachariae Glacier

79°31'N, 19°25'W

NG4 is a potential super-site, which acts as back-up if ice conditions during NG1, NG2, or NG3 prohibit extensive sampling. The site is located at the outlet of  Zachariae Isstrom…

Reykjyavik

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Photo by Konrad Steffen @ WSL
Photo by Konrad Steffen @ WSL
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