The Greenland Institute of Natural Resources in Nuuk, Greenland, will conduct measurements of the seabed terrain and its properties during GLACE. The data will be used by scientists to understand the marine geology and the influence of submerged currents in the ocean on the melting of the Greenland Ice Cap. The depth data will be included in the large databases on Arctic bathymetry, which is widely used in science – as well as in public services such as Google Earth for the Oceans.
The project also includes a terrestrial part where we plan on collecting samples and doing analyses on land, in freshwater and in coastal areas. The sampling will be done on e.g. vegetation, arthropods, seaweed, fish, and freshwater to update our basic knowledge on the biology and the environment in general. Furthermore, we will collect samples from specific species to gain novel data on background levels of radionuclides. We will use the data from the super-sites NG1, NG2 and NG3 for comparisons between the sites, and to compare them with data gained from the long-term monitoring sites in the Greenland Ecosystem Monitoring network. While the ship is underway, we will carry out marine mammal and sea bird observations (MMSO). All data collected will be highly valuable and will provide knowledge from remote areas, which normally are inaccessible.