The response of arctic glaciers to climate change

Updated 2000-09-18

Land ice forms an important component of the climate system. Sea level variations are closely related to the total ice volume. However, the relation between glacier mass balance and meteorological conditions is inderstood only broadly. In particular, the strong variation of mass balance patterns on the 10-300 km scale has hardly been investigated. Reduction of the uncertainty in estimating changes in glacier mass balance for climate change scenario's requires a better knowledge of the processes that lead to the spatial variability of glacier mass balance. The goal of the project is to indentify and model the most important factors leading to mesoscale variability of the mass balance field on ice caps.

This is not a National Implementation Plan (NIP) project

Time frame

Status
Completed
Project time span
1995 - 2000
Data collection
not specified
Data processing
not specified
Data reporting
not specified

Contact information

Contact person
J. de Wolde
Address
P.O. Box 80 005 3508 TA Utrecht The Netherlands
Phone
+31-(0)30-2533164
Fax
+31-(0)30-2543163
Email
ln.uu.syhp@edloWed.J

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Climate change effects
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Precipitation/snow
Additional information or further specification of types of data / information collected, species / tissues / organs sampled, etc.

meteorological data (temperature, humidity, radiation, wind, pressure, etc.)

Geography

Regions studied
Iceland
Stations or areas where observations are made

Vatnajökull, Iceland

Data availability

Are data archived or planned to be archived at an AMAP Thematic Data Centre?
no
Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?
No

Methods & Procedures

Not specified

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
Yes
Other institutes involved in the project

Science Institute, University of Iceland, Iceland University of Innsbruck, Austria

Is this project reporting to other organizations/programmes?

EU-TEMBA EU-ICEMASS

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