Alpine Hydroclimatology in Greenland

To contribute to an advanced understanding of climate change impacts in the Arctic and the complex land-atmosphere interaction involved, a cooperation in polar research has been initiated by the AHC team and the Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG) (Wien, Austria). In August 2010, a joint expedition has been undertaken to Freya Glacier, a small valley glacier on Clavering Island (NE-Greenland) , in order to continue the mass- and energy balance measurements carried out by the ZAMG since 2007 and to parameterize and adjust a physically based snow model to Arctic conditions.

The expedition team (left: Thomas Marke (University Innsbruck), Ulrich Strasser (University Innsbruck) and Gernot Weyss (ZAMG) from left to right) and the Freya Glacier (right).

The physically based snow model AMUNDSEN will be applied here to simulate snow accumulation, distribution, sublimation and surface melt attempting to improve the simulation of glacier recession and freshwater influx into the ocean.