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Monitoring glaciers in a changing climate using drones

During 2017 and 2018 Asiaq will, on behalf of Greenland’s Research Council, carry out a glaciological research project using UAV-technology (drones). The aim of the project is to determine seasonal and annual volume changes, at Qassinnguit glacier in Kobbefjorden. The volume changes will then be used to determine the glacier’s mass and area changes.

The glacier will be surveyed using a Sensefly Ebee drone. The drone captures high resolution images, and by using photogrammetric methods these images can be used to generate a digital surface model (DSM) and orthophoto mosaic. The results from the drone project will be compared with results from Asiaq’s glaciological studies at Qassinnguit, which are operating in the framework of GlacioBasis under the Greenland Ecosystem Monitoring-program (www.g-e-m.dk) since 2012.

The project consists of four field campaigns in total, of which the first was successfully carried out on May 10th 2017. The upcoming field campaigns will be carried out September 2017, May 2018 and September 2018. The project’s final results are expected to be finalized in the beginning of 2019.

Fieldwork at Qassinnguit, May 2017.

A high resolution image of Qassinnguit glacier, recorded from a drone.

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.

Igaliku home featured in the New Google Earth

Google introduced a brand-new version of Google Earth - on the web and Android - earlier this week. The new Earth has major visual and functional upgrades two years in the making, which according to Google ‘allow you to see the world and learn about how it all fits together.’

One of the features is the Home Project, which enables you to zoom all the way in from outer space and enter people’s homes virtually on every corner of the earth. It is Malene Egede from Igaliku, South Greenland, who is the star of this story. The story and images reveals what life is like in an isolated sheep farm area in Southern Greenland.

Since 2014, Asiaq, with financial support from Visit Greenland and Air Greenland have cooperated with Google to map towns and settlements throughout Greenland using the Google Street View Trekker, a system with cameras that shoot in all directions. To date, Asiaq, with good help from many volunteers, has mapped 44 towns and settlements in Greenland, including this spectacular feature which shows Melene Egede’s farmhouse in Igaliko.

Malene Egede featured at This Is My Home, Google Earth

When snow-data attracts the inquisitives

Asiaq welcomes our new apprentice, Steffen Ringsø Nielsen, who studies Arctic Technology with Construction and Raw Materials as field of specialization.

Steffen studies on 7th semester and will finish his study at the beginning of 2018. Asiaq’s many interesting projects and scientific fieldwork made Asiaq a perfect place for Steffen to hold his semester in Nuuk. Most recently, he attended the snow survey in the middle of no-where at one of Asiaq’s research-station, 30 km from the Greenlandic capital Nuuk.

Every year, since the Arctic Technology program started in 2001 in Sisimiut, 50 km north of Arctic Circle, Asiaq has been given the opportunity for minimum one student to spend their semester at Asiaq. The semester is held in close cooperation with Arctic Technology Centre, where the apprentice gets insight in the core activities of Asiaq.

Furthermore, every year Asiaq has one accountant and one electronic-technician as apprentice.

Asiaq - Greenland Survey undertakes infrastructure and research projects, providing knowledge on arctic climate, soil conditions, mapping and water resources, based on physical data from Greenland. Asiaq has over 60 years’ experience, giving our partners, customers and Greenlandic society access to unique data and time series.

Steffen going to fieldwork

New aerial photos of Greenlandic towns

In the summer of 2016, Asiaq had new impressive aerial photos taken of Nuuk, Sisimiut, Ilulissat and Maniitsoq.

Asiaq uses the new aerial photos to update the technical map of the towns. The town maps will be updated with e.g. new roads, hiking trails, buildings, addresses, and building numbers (B-numbers).

When Asiaq has finished updating the town maps, you will also be able to see the maps on www.nunagis.gl.

The new aerial photos can be studied on the website www.nunagis.gl or by clicking the following links for Nuuk, Maniitsoq, Sisimiut, Ilulissat.

What the Game of Thrones has to do with Asiaq?

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Look here:          Nikolaj Coster-Waldau brings Greenland's changing landscape to Street View - YouTube

Since 2014, Asiaq, with financial support from Visit Greenland and Air Greenland have cooperated with Google to map towns and settlements throughout Greenland using the Google Street View Trekker, a system with cameras that shoot in all directions. Now, with the online tool anyone can take virtual trips along the coast of Greenland, helping to bring knowledge of our beautiful country to the world. To date, Asiaq, with good help from many volunteers, has mapped 44 towns and settlements in Greenland as well as many additional spectacular sites in uninhabited areas (see Igaliku here ).

It is a wonderful service, giving much more than just a snapshot of Greenland: Street View can help to create awareness of serious global challenges such as climate change.

And who could be better suited to bring this message to the world than Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, the Greenlandic married Hollywood star, from the Game of Thrones, and Goodwill Ambassador for the climate goals of the United Nations?

Asiaq sent our specialist, Eva Mätzler, to South Greenland to act as a technical advisor and coordinator for Mr. Coster-Waldau and the film team.  We are proud of our contribution to this amazing short film from South Greenland, which brings a stunningly beautiful and thoughtful message to the world.

Media plan: Greenlandic media Sermitsiaq.ag and KNR.gl and our homepage Asiaq.gl

Timing: Following the international Google Launch on February 7th 2017

 


Contact person Asiaq: Eva Mätzler, 34 88 83, eva@asiaq.gl

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”Weather Now” has got a quick little brother

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Få et hurtigt overblik over vejret – selv med en dårlig forbindelse.

Efter lanceringen af den nye vejr-hjemmeside vejr.asiaq.gl, som viser det aktuelle vejr for over 40 forskellige steder langs Grønlands kyst, har der været arbejdet på en let og hurtig udgave af siden, så du nu også med en begrænset internetforbindelse og sporadisk dækning kan følge med i vejret. Nu er der en løsning på plads, som kan dække de efterspurgte behov. Du kan finde siden påvejr.asiaq.gl/simpel

For at slanke siden så meget som muligt, præsenteres de aktuelle målinger for alle stationer i tabelvisning. De seneste 24 timers målinger samt koordinaterne for hver station kan findes ved at klikke sig ind på stationerne. Har man brug for mere information, såsom længere tidsserier, flere parametre, grafer, ekstremværdier, søgefunktioner og stationers positioner placeret på et kort, kan man via et enkelt klik navigere over på den fulde vejrhjemmeside og lege videre. God fornøjelse!

Asiaq launches new weather portal - now you can see the current weather in over 40 places in Greenland!

Vejret nu

Never before has it been easier to see how the weather is like right now either in your home town, in the city where your grandparents’ plane takes off from, or on your sailing routes along the coast. On Asiaq’s redesigned weather homepage, weather.asiaq.gl, you can follow current weather observations for more than 40 cities, settlements and offshore locations. You can find temperature, wind conditions, pressure, humidity, visibility, and much more at present and back in time. It is important for the safety at sea and on land to have a comprehensive, clear, and user friendly page for finding relevant and updated information about the weather. Now it is easy to choose the right clothing before leaving home. Furthermore, the observations on the page are texted and ready for reading aloud for the benefit of visually impaired people.

Arctic Winter Games will be needing weather observations

The timing for the launch is not coincidental. ”With Arctic Winter Games just around the corner, there is great interest from both organizers and spectators to have the opportunity to see how the weather will be at the individual venues under the AWG” – says project manager Majbritt Westring Sørensen, and continues: ”Therefore we have worked extra hard to complete the weather page so people can see the current weather in the centre of Nuuk, at the airport, on top of the alpine skiing lift, and in Qinngorput.”. ”This type of events are highly dependent on the weather situation – and our planning and replanning are deeply dependent on us being able to observe the weather and how it evolves. Therefore climate stations are an important element when we are preparing ourselves for any possible situations” says Arnakkuluk Jo Kleist, Assistant to General Manager for AWG.<\p>

More and faster

The updated weather page replaces the familiar Asiaq weather homepage (same URL) which showed data for 19 different locations. Now this number has been increased to 42, and with a time delay of only 17 minutes, the weather cannot be more current. You can already now go to weather.asiaq.gl and see what the weather is like right where YOU are..