PROMICE and GC-Net
In 2007, GEUS launched the Programme for Monitoring of the Greenland Ice Sheet (PROMICE) to study the mass loss of the Greenland ice sheet. PROMICE focuses on ice movement tracked by satellites and GPS, and on surface processes through a network of weather stations in the melt zone of the ice sheet.
The Greenland Climate Network (GC-Net) was established in 1995 by Prof. Konrad Steffen at CIRES. The programme was funded by the USA until 2020, at which point GEUS assumed responsibility for the weather station network. The snowfall and climatology are monitored by weather stations in the interior of the ice sheet.
Together, the two monitoring programmes deliver data about the mass balance of the Greenland ice sheet in near real-time.
The observations provide much-needed ground truth to calibrate models.
As lead scientist of the GC-Net programme, I travel to Greenland at least once a year to carry out maintenance on our weather stations. A 360 degree video view of a visit is available on youtube.
I have experienced amazing landscapes and witnessed the changing Arctic first hand.