The GLEESP project visits Sermilik station to reveal past climate changes
Interviews of the GLEESP project that visited Sermilik research station in South-East Greenland with support from INTERACT TA were recently published in The Press and Journal, and in the Herald Scotland. The acronym GLEESP stands for Holocene Glacial Evolution in East Greenland determined from Pro-Glacial Sediment Proxies.
The group, led by Craig Frew from the Aberdeen University, conducted the field work to study changes in climate over the past 10,000 years, allowing predictions for the possible future changes. The location of Sermilik station close to the margins of the Greenlandic ice sheet in South-East Greenland was ideal for the study, which aims to detect past changes in the glacier and climate from the sediments of a glacier-fed lake. The lake sediment cores were collected from the bottom of a glacier-fed lake on Ammassalik Island, which is separated from the mainland by the Sermilik Fjord in the west, and by the Ikaasartivaq Strait in the northeast. The lake sediments, dating back thousands of years, are further analysed to reveal how the glacier behaved in the past, and what kind of climate existed at the location.