The Project

This project brings together researchers at the University of Liverpool, UK and Asiaq Greenland Survey to investigate changes in the past, present and potential future iceberg calving behaviour of the glaciers near to Nuuk, and what the consequences of this are for those who live and work in the area.

Icebergs that calve (break off from) from the tidewater glaciers in Nuup Kangerlua (Godthåbsfjord) currently pose a risk to people and boats mainly in the inner parts of the fjord only. These risks include collision, iceberg capsize, and iceberg driven tsunamis. However, as the ice sheet retreats, the possibility of larger icebergs may mean that Nuuk itself will become subject to these risks in the future. This could pose dangers to infrastructure and property in Nuuk, in addition to shipping that uses the port.

It is currently uncertain whether these risks will actually materialise, though this project hopes to shed light on this. We will achieve this using state of the art image analysis techniques, numerical modelling, in addition to learning from changes that have happened over different timescales, ranging from the last few years all the way back to when the Vikings inhabited the fjord.


How can you help?
We are interested to hear from you if any of the below applies to you!

  • You or your business may be affected if icebergs become more frequent around Nuuk/in the fjord
  • You have old or recent photographs of Narsap Sermia, Kangiata Nunaata Sermia or Akullersuup Sermia
  • You have experience of how (or if) the ice conditions in the fjord have changed

If you have any information on the above, however small, please do get in touch!


This blog is maintained by Dominik Fahrner


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