The Greenland Ice Sheet

The Greenland ice sheet is the second largest body of ice in the world, only surpassed by the Antarctic ice sheet. Around three million km3 worth of ice is stored in the ice sheet, which is a substantial part of the planet’s total mass of freshwater.

Melting of the ice sheet is a major contributor to global sea level rise and may alter ocean currents and climate patterns. PROMICE is monitoring the mass balance of the ice sheet to gain a better understanding of these dynamics.