Asiaq contributes to GEM Annual Report Cards 2016

Asiaq contributes to GEM Annual Report Cards 2016

Asiaq’s contribution to Greenland Ecosystem Monitoring programme (GEM) has recently been used extensively for the Annual Report Cards 2016.

The monitoring program was initiated in 1996, in cooperation between Danish and Greenlandic research institutions. Long-term climate data allows for a comparison of the results for 2016 field season with the long-term mean.

Asiaq is responsible of the GEM’s sub-programme ClimateBasis at all GEM locations and the sub-programme GlacioBasis in Nuuk. The collected data from our programs fed into 4 out of 11 contributions in this Annual Report Cards 2016.

One of the articles shows the change in average air temperatures and their influence in the ecosystem. Another one highlights how an extreme temperature rise together with heavy rain can trigger slushflow avalanches. The mass loss of mountain glaciers in Greenland is quantified based on GEM results.

Kobbefjord after heavy slushflow avalanches. Courtesy GEM GeoBasis.