IKKA in Sermitsiaq
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IKKA in Sermitsiaq

Our main results from the 2019 fieldwork in Ikka Fjord, SW Greenland has been published in the Greenlandic newspaper Sermitsiaq. Because the Ikka columns now appear to be so fragile, it is important to share the knowledge with the local communities in Greenland. Otherwise, we would normally wait until the results had been published in a scientific paper before going public. However, that can take a year(s), and we need people travelling and especially diving in Ikka Fjord among the columns to be aware of how fragile the columns are. In addition, my colleague Paul Seaman is busy making new maps of the positions of the columns based on the geophysical survey he and Richard Gyllencreutz did last summer. These maps should also be valuable to the local authorities and communities in Greenland. I would like to thank all the funds, who supported this fieldwork in 2019: Eggertsjóðir and the University Research Fund in Iceland, Bolin Centre for Climate Research in Sweden, and Aage V. Jensens Fond and Aase og Jørgen Münters Fond in Denmark. Without their financial support we could not have done the fieldwork. Just as important was the logistical help from the Joint Arctic Command (JACO) and Blue Ice Explorer in Greenland. Without their field and diving assistance we could not have carried out this research.

Here is a link to the article in Sermitsiaq (in Danish):

Divers from navy vessel “Hvidbjørnen” helped us take samples of the columns. Photo: JACO
Lots of sea urchins on the columns and one fish. Photo: JACO
Navy diver Morten Havbæk Brandt taking samples. Photo: JACO