Swiss Polar Institute Website Expedition GLACE


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 the effect of glacial outflow on marine physics, chemistry and biology. Collection of sea-ice samples and short sea-ice cores in this region will be considered. Possibilities for terrestrial sampling include ice cores, lake sediment cores, lake / snow / ice microbiology, drone surveys, and collection of rare vegetation and microbiological ‘baseline data’ in this rapidly changing environment.

Ryder & Ostenfeld Glacier (@ Google Earth, click on image for higher resolution)