PROMICE 2013. Report for the 2013 operational phase of the Programme for Monitoring of the Greenland Ice Sheet

Signe B. Andersen, Andreas P. Ahlstrøm, Morten L. Andersen, Jason E. Box, Michele Citterio, William T. Colgan, Robert S. Fausto, Dirk van As, Martin Veicherts, Karen Edelvang

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This report updates on Programme for monitoring the Greenland ice sheet (PROMICE) activities for the year 2013. It is not intended to give a complete overview of the program. More information about PROMICE may be found in 2007-2010 PROMICE report (Ahlstrøm et al. 2011) and in 2011-2012 PROMICE report (Andersen et al. 2013). Unlike the previous 6 summers in a row with many melt records set, year 2013 was characterized by colder north air inflow along west Greenland. This lead to melt values from PROMICE automatic weather stations between -0.4 to 5.9 m, which is closer to average than previous record setting years. However, the results still imply a significant net mass loss from the Greenland ice sheet (further details in PROMICE newsletter 5, Appendix A).

- Successful monitoring by 22 Greenland ice sheet automatic weather stations.
- The first results of quantifying the melt from the entire Greenland ice sheet were achieved.
- The first results of quantifying the dynamic mass loss from the entire Greenland ice sheet were achieved.
- The PROMICE aerophotogrammetric map of all Greenland land ice was used to separate the mass loss due to the Greenland peripheral glaciers and ice caps from that of the ice sheet proper finding that 14% is due to peripheral glaciers and ice caps.
- PROMICE ground measurements lead to the adjustment of satellite measurements of melt extent from the US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in spring 2013 (further details in PROMICE newsletter 4, Appendix D).
- PROMICE provided a large part of the data presented on the Polar Portal a new website where Danish research institutions display the results of their monitoring of the Greenland ice sheet and the sea ice in the Arctic to the general public (
- The first meeting of the PROMICE advisory group was held (further details in minutes, Appendix C).
- A new combined PROMICE website and public database with PROMICE data was launched (
- The PROMICE team contributed to 13 peer reviewed publications including one in Nature.
- Ten publications related to PROMICE were cited in the 2013 IPPC AR5 report.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCopenhagen
Number of pages76
Publication statusPublished - 22 Oct 2014

Publication series

SeriesDanmarks og Grønlands Geologiske Undersøgelse Rapport


  • Greenland

Programme Area

  • Programme Area 5: Nature and Climate


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