Andreas Peter Ahlstrøm

Chief Research Consultant

  • Øster Voldgade 10
    1350 Copenhagen K

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2016-present: Chief Research Consultant – Department of Glaciology and Climate, GEUS



  • Deputy Head of Department
  • Strategy development and mentor role
  • Cross-departmental organisational development of GEUS
  • Initiating and leading large-scale international projects
  • Representation in international scientific and strategic networks
  • Development of the department project portfolio



  • Programme lead for GC-Net monitoring of the Greenland ice sheet (9,5 MDKK/year, 2021-present)
  • Theme Leader in the EU-project INTAROS (112 MDKK, 2016-2022)
  • Revitalisation of the project management model across GEUS’ departments (ongoing)
  • Development of the department strategy using Open Space Technology
  • Governmental advisory activities/consultancy for the Greenland Government (>12 MDKK, 2016-present)
  • Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Danish National Centre for Climate Research (NCKF)
  • Representation of GEUS in the Advisory Board for Ilulissat Icefjord Centre
  • Consultancy for the mining company Greenland Resources Inc.


2009-2015: Senior Scientist – Department of Marine Geology and Glaciology, GEUS

  • Management of the monitoring of the Greenland ice sheet PROMICE (5 MDKK/year, lead 2007-2012)
  • Theme Leader & Outreach Leader for Nordic Centre of Excellence SVALI (35 MDKK, 2010-2016)
  • Work Package Leader in the EU-project Ice2sea (75 MDKK, 2009-2013)
  • Project lead/-participant for GEUS in ESA CCI Greenland Ice Sheet (29 MDKK, 2012-2018)
  • Project lead on a variety of scientific, advisory and governmental consultancy projects
  • Consultancy for Quadra Mining
  • Co-affiliated with the Greenland Climate Research Center at the Greenland Institute of National Resources in Nuuk, Greenland


2006-2009: Scientist – Department of Quaternary Geology, GEUS

  • Design and initiation of the monitoring of the Greenland ice sheet – PROMICE (5 MDKK/year, 2007-present)
  • Design and initiation of the monitoring of the A. P. Olsen ice cap, NE Greenland – GEM (0,8 MDKK/year, 2008-present)
  • Consultancy for Alcoa (2,8 MDKK, 2008-2009)
  • Governemental advisory activities/consultancy for the Greenland Government


2003-2005: Assistant Professor – Ørsted•DTU (now DTU Space)

  • Research in applied glaciology (hydropower) – FORSYN (0,65 MDKK)
  • Participant in the projects SPICE (EU), Climate & Energy (NEFP) and ICEMINE (SNF)



2017-present              MPG (Master of Public Governance) – Copenhagen Business School/University of Copenhagen

1999-2003          Ph.d. (Climate and Environment) – University of Copenhagen

1991-1999          Cand.scient. [BSc & MSc+] (Geophysics) – University of Copenhagen


2019     Talent for Ledelse [governmental leadership talent programme] (Summit/Lead/PA – Moderniseringsstyrelsen)

2018-2019          Internal leadership talent programme (Connector – Klima-, Energi- og Forsyningsministeriet)

2012     Project Management Module 3 (Mannaz – GEUS)

2010     Lyst til Ledelse [Leadership Course] (Ministry of Climate and Energy)

2009     Forskeren som leder – ledelse af forskere [Research management course] (DFH – DME, 9 ECTS)

2007    Project Management Modules 1 & 2 (DIEU – GEUS)

2006     Communicating and Dissemination in Writing (DJF – GEUS)


Additionally, I have participated in numerous scientific and fieldwork-related courses.



  • Management, initiation and development of large-scale international research projects, national environmental monitoring programmes and scientific networks
  • Organisation and strategy development
  • International research in climate and cryosphere – author/co-author of 58 peer-reviewed publications, 14 reports within the subject, 4 PhD-students, 26 years of glaciological field experience
  • Commercial glaciology and consultancy in hydropower, drinking water and mining in Greenland – author/co-author of 15 reports within the subject
  • Governmental advising on climate change and politically sensitive cases within glaciology – reporting to the UNFCCC, ministerial delegations to Greenland
  • Public outreach through media strategies, web portals, international TV/film-productions, e-learning – leader of 4 dedicated outreach projects



  • Appointed member of the Scientific Advisory Group of the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat
  • National Representative for Danmark/Greenland to the Arctic-HYCOS under WMO
  • Appointed member of the AMAP Climate Expert Group, Arctic Council
  • Expert Advisor in glaciology and sea level change (UNFCCC) for the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities
  • National Representative to the International Association of Cryospheric Sciences under IUGG
  • National Correspondent to the International Glaciological Society
  • National Representative (Chairman 2008-2012) to the IASC Network on Arctic Glaciology
  • Advisory Committee Member in the International Greenland Ice Sheet-Ocean Interactions (GRISO) Network
  • Committee Member of the SEARCH Land Ice Action Team (under NSF/IARC/ARCUS)
  • Member of the Danish University Corps of External Examiners (Physics) & international PhD committees



English at negotaition level (lived in England and the US), Danish as mother tongue, Swedish and Norwegian at working level, Spanish and German at rudimentary level.


  • GB Physical geography
  • QE Geology

Programme Area

  • Programme Area 5: Nature and Climate


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