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Impact of climate induced glacier melt on marine coastal systems in the West Antarctic Peninsula region


  • Project management in Bonn
RSRG Prof. Dr. Gunter Menz


  • Project aim

Glacier mass balance measurements on KGI
In the context of the ESF IMCOAST project we intend to start an extensive field programme on Potter Glacier in addition to previous observations on Bellingshausen Dome and the main ice cap of King George Island. The observations on Potter glacier shall be run over three years and comprise the installation of an automatic weather station (AWS) including direct measurements of surface energy fluxes on the glacier. Additionally snow courses and mass balance stakes will be placed on the glacier. The data from this instrumentation will form the base for point and spatially distributed melt and glacier surface mass balance modelling. The snow courses and modelling activities shall also cover Potter Peninsula in order to link them to the hydrological measurements within IMCOAST.

  • Run time

April 2010 - April 2013

  • Study area

King George Island, Potter Glacier
Western Antarctic Peninsula

  • Staff

Ulrike Falk (Prinicpal researcher)

Hilke Gieseke (Student assistant)

Franziska Kotzur (Student assistant)

Matthias Braun (project coordinator)

Gunter Menz (project coordinator)
  • Cooperation partners

Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska, Fairbanks

  • Funding agencies

European Science Foundation (ESF)
Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) 
AZ 03F0617B, ERANET Europolar

  •  Further information

IMCOAST project web page

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