Coastal Mapping NE Greenland

Coastal Mapping NE Greenland

The aim of this project is to use a remote sensing approach to map and characterise the coastal zone in NE Greenland in the vicinity of off-shore hydrocarbon areas of interest. Within the project we will derive intertidal zones, shallow bathymetry and shoreline types based on the publically available data.

Currently, knowledge of coastal areas is generally poor and this is particularly the case for the more remote areas of Greenland such as NE Greenland, where ecosystems flourish in the protection of the national park. With hydrocarbon exploration pushing ever further north it is highly desirable to fill these knowledge gaps, to help foster informed decisions and to provide a planning tool in the event that an emergency response is required.

Environmental Oil Spill Sensitivity Atlases exist for West and South Greenland, but not for East Greenland, although work is under way to compile one based on existing data. The current project is highly complementary to the coarser scale but larger regional coverage of the planned atlas. We will use new methods on recent satellite data giving the possibility to provide up to date products at a higher resolution. Both products will act as a validation tool for the other, and will also allow the opportunity to examine advantages and limitations of the different approaches.

Project partners:

Greenland Institute for Natural Resources (


Figure 1: Area of Interest (AOI) for the proposed mapping project (bold line), also delineated, the larger AOI’s of the Strategic Environmental Study Plan and Oil Spill Sensitivity Atlas.