PROMICE (Programme for Monitoring of the Greenland Ice Sheet) is a research project that initiated in 2007. The purpose of the project is to monitor the deglaciation along the edge of Greenland's inland ice and thus contribute to the ongoing assessment of the mass balance of Greenland's inland ice. Furthermore, the project aims to register all changes in the extent of local glaciers and ice caps and to register the recession and expansion of the edge of Greenland's inland ice.
This project is based on the fact that a heavy mass decrease currently takes place from Greenland's inland ice. The deglaciation is expected to affect the global sea level and the climate dynamics. The Arctic region in general is exposed to the global warming faster than the rest of the world, at the project will contribute to the monitoring of these changes. Thus, the project provides important data that are necessary in order to obtain a better understanding of the climate changes that occur and the effects to expect in the future.
PROMICE, which is funded by the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Building, is performed as a collaborative partnership between:
- Asiaq, Greenland Survey
The mass balance of the inland ice is monitored by means of data from measuring stations on the ice as well as data on the ice surface obtained from aeroplanes and satellites, combined with modelling of ice dynamics and surface melting. You can read more about the project on Promice.dk.
Asiaq e.g. supplies measurements of the run-off from locations receiving contributions from the inland ice as well as archive data.