GeoBasis Disko 2017-2018

Updated 2017-12-15

The GeoBasis Disko monitoring program started in 2017 as a part of the cross disciplinary Greenland Environmental Monitoring (GEM) program. GeoBasis Disko is an integrated part of the GeoBasis program, following the same standards as in Nuuk and Zackenberg (two other GEM sites) and largely focusing on the same parameters and methodologies. GeoBasis Disko is finaced by Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate.

A close collaboration and synergy with Arctic Station that is manned year round makes it possible to collect and carry out measurements also during winter.As location Qeqertarsuaq on the south coast of the Disko island, represent a Greenlandic west coast climate, with annual mean temperatures just below 0°C, with discontinuous permafrost, and as such remarkably different from the two existing GEM sites. Further, the Disko bay area is highly interesting from a socioeconomic perspective due its high population and active fishery industry, and as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Greenland.

The primary objective of GeoBasis Disko is to establish baseline knowledge on the dynamics of fundamental abiotic terrestrial parameters within the environment/ecosystem around Arctic Station. This is done through a long term collection of data that includes the following sub-topics;

  • Snow properties; including spatial and temporal variation in snow cover, depth and density.
  • Soil properties; spatially distributed monitoring of key soil parameters such as temperature, moisture, and concentration of nutrient ions
  • Meteorology; monitoring of essential meteorological variables across various surface types and elevations.
  • Gas Flux monitoring; plot and landscape scale flux monitoring of CO2, H2O and energy in wet and dry ecosystems.
  • Hydrology; monitoring of seasonal variation in river water discharge, chemistry and suspended sediment.
  • Geomorphology; monitoring of shorelines, coastal cliff foots and cross-shore profiles.

GeoBasis focuses on selected abiotic parameters in order to describe the state of Arctic terrestrial environments and their potential feedback effects in a changing climate. As such, inter-annual variation and long-term trends are of paramount importance.

 

 

This is a National Implementation Plan (NIP) project
Comments and additional information:

GeoBasis Disko is a direct follow -up on the monitoring program DiskoBasis (2013-2017). When Disko/Arctic Station became incorporated in the Greenland Ecosystem Monitoring (GEM) collaboration some of the monitoring components from DiskoBasis are contiuoued under the sub program GeoBasis.

Time frame

Status
Ongoing
Project time span
2017 - 2018
Data collection
2017 - 2018
Data processing
2017 - 2018
Data reporting
2018 -

Contact information

Contact person
Charlotte Sigsgaard
Address

Charlotte Sigsgaard (Denmark): cs@ign.ku.dk

Phone
+4535322518
Email
kd.uk.ngi@sc
Other project contacts

Thomas Friborg Jakobsen (Denmark): tfj@ign.ku.dk

 

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Climate change effects
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Freshwater sediments
Ice/snowpack
Precipitation/snow
River/lake: suspended particulate matter

Geography

Regions studied
Climate change effects
Stations or areas where observations are made

Please check the "GeoBasis Disko Manual and Guidelines" which will be made available from the homepage: http://g-e-m.dk

Data availability

Are data archived or planned to be archived at an AMAP Thematic Data Centre?
No
If no (or only part of data are reported to a TDC), where and how are (other) data stored?

Data will be made freely available to the public trough the GEM database http://data.g-e-m.dk

Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?
No

Methods & Procedures

Procedures and methodology used for, e.g., sampling and sample storage, sample pretreatment, extraction and analysis, including which laboratories are involved, references to methods employed, etc.

Please check the "GeoBasis Disko Manual and Guidelines" which will be made available from the homepage: http://g-e-m.dk

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
No
Is this project reporting to other organizations/programmes?

GeoBasis Disko is reporting to/part of Greenland Ecosystem Monitoring (GEM)

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