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Greenland snow depletion

Drivers, impacts and a future perspective

General

Organisation
Program / partnership
Greenland Ecosystem Monitoring (GEM)
Project start
01.12.2019
Project end
30.06.2021
Type of project
Research
Project theme
Ecosystems
Project topic
Atmospheric science
Climate research
Climatology
Ecosystems
Ecosystems, terrestrial
Geography and human geography
Geoscience
Hydrology
Modelling
Snow

Project details

14.01.2020
Science / project plan

Snow cover is a key parameter in the understanding of Arctic Ecosystems, since it affects the ground thermal regime. 
Even smaller variations in the snow depletion can have great consequenses for the ecosystem itself and also the societies in areas with great depence on activities which is affected by snow (hunting, winter/spring turism). In this project we investigate how the snow depletion varies interannually and geographically in Greenland and which parameters control these variations. This is done to create a better knowledge on the link between atmospheric conditions and snow melt in Greenland also in areas where we have no data snow data available. The last part of the project aims to find out what the ecosystem consequenses of the variations in snow depletion are based on the Greenland Ecosystem Monitoring (GEM) core sites - Zackenberg, Disko and Kobbefjord (Nuuk). 
The project is based on data already available from GEM and Asiaq - Greenland Survey. 

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