Research on the glaciers draining into Nuup Kangerlua (Godthåbsfjord), SW Greenland

This research project aims to produce new scientific insights into the calving behaviour and retreat of tidewater glaciers in Greenland, and identify possible risks of icebergs in the populated Godthåbsfjord (Nuup Kangerlua) area, SW Greenland. The research has a specific focus on the glacier Narsap Sermia, due to its close proximity to Greenland's capital Nuuk, which is also home to the largest port in Greenland. This glacier is especially interesting as it has the potential to destabilise and retreat rapidly over a large distance in the upcoming years, creating iceberg hazards for the people who live and work in the area.

The time lapse camera was setup in July 2017 and has taken a photo every hour for 11 months until the data was collected in May 2018. The analysis of this data will provide valuable insights into the ice dynamics and calving behaviour of Narsap Sermia and will enable us to identify seasonal trends. In the next year, this data will be combined with satellite data from the past 30 years to create a reconstruction of Narsap Sermia’s behaviour which will enable us to make predictions about its future.