Swiss Polar Institute Website Expedition GLACE
Photo by Konrad Steffen @ WSL
Photo by Konrad Steffen @ WSL

Science

15 projects, one expedition

GLACE is composed of 15 different, synergistic research projects, bringing together scientists from a wide range of disciplines and from around the globe. Research questions will target the physics, chemistry and biology of sea-ice, glaciers, lake sediments, terrestrial ecosystems, the ocean, and the sea floor.

Swiss polar science has a strong standing on the expedition, as six of the research projects are led by scientists from Swiss research institutions.

For this first full circumnavigation of Greenland, the 44 selected scientists will have helicopters and zodiacs at their disposal as well as different laboratories both on the ship and in dedicated laboratory containers. This will allow them to work around the clock and conduct real time experiments in addition to collecting and storing unique samples and data. The scientists on board the expedition will benefit from a large support team composed of mountain guides, zodiac and helicopter pilots, lab assistants and technicians as well as a management team with wide range of competences.

Ocean

Aalisakkat : Fish and zooplankton around Greenland

Terrestrial

Gaining a holistic view of terrestrial biodiversity in Greenland

Cryosphere
Ocean

Greenland Ice and Sediment Transect

Terrestrial

Greenland lake coring expedition

Atmosphere

Identifying microscopic ocean particles that help form ice crystals in arctic clouds

Cryosphere
Ocean

Impact of glacial meltwater discharge on freshwater‑marine coupling across the Greenland shelves

Ocean

Impact of Greenland ice melt on ocean productivity

Ocean
Terrestrial

Measuring levels and impacts of plastic pollution around Greenland

Cryosphere

Observing the state and change of Greenland’s sea ice cover

Terrestrial

Paleoenvironmental Arctic Change (PEACE)

Cryosphere

Past Arctic sea ice extent from ice cores

Cryosphere

Sea Ice Thickness Under Arctic Climate Change

Ocean
Terrestrial

Seabed properties around greenland and flora and fauna sampling in remote areas

Atmosphere

Understanding the multiple facets of Arctic airborne particles and their impacts

Atmosphere

Water and trace elements in air, snow and ice