Greenland ice sheet meltwater and sediment discharge monitoring at Watson River, Greenland

Updated 2017-05-15

Ice sheet meltwater and sediment discharge is measured at only very few sites in Greenland. The measurements provide detailed insights into ice sheet surface melting, englacial meltwater routing, subglacial erosion, etc., and their importance increase with the lengthening of the time series. Monitoring was initiated by IGN (Copenhagen University) in 2006, and taken over by the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland in 2014. Data are available through the Programme for Monitoring of the Greenland Ice Sheet (

This is not a National Implementation Plan (NIP) project

Time frame

Project time span
2006 -
Data collection
2006 -
Data processing
2006 -
Data reporting
2006 -

Contact information

Contact person
Dirk van As -

Dirk van As

Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS)

Øster Voldgade 10

1350 Copenhagen



Parameters and Media

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


Regions studied
Climate change effects
Climate change effects
Climate change effects

Data availability

Are data archived or planned to be archived at an AMAP Thematic Data Centre?
Data availability and access

Contact Dirk van As ( or go to

References to key publications (or planned publications) and data reports

Van As D, Mikkelsen AB, Nielsen MH, Box JE, Claesson Liljedahl L, Lindbäck K, Pitcher L and Hasholt B (2017) Hypsometric amplification and routing moderation of Greenland ice sheet meltwater release. The Cryosphere.

Hasholt B, Van As D, Mikkelsen AB, Mernild SH and Yde JC (2017) Transport of sediment and solutes from the Kangerlussuaq sector of Greenland Ice Sheet (2006–2016). Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research.

Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?

Methods & Procedures

Not specified

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
Other related projects

The Greenland Analogue Project (GAP)

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