Dataset landingpage: GeoBasis Zackenberg - Geomorphology - Recession

Dataset specification

  • Title: GeoBasis Zackenberg - Geomorphology - Recession
  • Description: Coastal cliff recession has been monitored along four markers on the Southern coast towards Young Sound since 1996. Until 2011 the perpendicular distance between the four markers and the edge of the coastal cliff was measured every year. Thereafter the sampling frequency has been reduced to every fifth year. The survey is always conducted in late August. Geomorphology:Geomorphology GeoBasis Zackenberg:The GeoBasis monitoring programme focuses on selected abiotic characteristics in order to describe the state of Greenlandic terrestrial environments and their potential feedback effects in a changing climate. Monitored plot data is up-scaled to a landscape level and is used to improve ecosystem models to be able to quantify these feedback mechanisms. The GeoBasis programme provides an active response to recommendations in international assessments such as ACIA and SWIPA; and is continuously being adapted based on AMAP and other international founded recommendations. Furthermore, the GeoBasis programme is directly involved in several international networks and research projects (e.g. the Circumpolar Active Layer Monitoring (CALM) programme, the Nordic Centre of Excellence DEFROST, the Danish Centre of Excellence CENPERM, the EU-projects PAGE21 and INTERACT, and the Arctic Research Centre at Aarhus University). The GeoBasis programme is divided into a number of sub-groups, including:
  • DOI: 10.17897/TWAB-P761 -
  • Location/site: Coastal_cliff - -20.57, 74.47 (lon-lat wgs84)
  • Date span of the dataset: 1996-08-22 - 2019-08-24

Data originator, license and how to download the dataset

The dataset is a product of the Greenland Ecosystem Monitoring program (GEM): It is free and open data, licensed with terms of use under the Creative Commons CC-BY-SA license: When downloading you will automatically get a terms of use document, describing how to cite the data and other important information.

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Variables measured / columns in dataset

ID Name Unit Data Type Description Date YYYY-MM-DD Date Line - Number Indication of which marker the measurement is made to, see general description of the dataset for coordinates Distance_m M Number The perpendicular distance between one of the four coastal markers and the edge of the coastal cliff on the Southern coast towards Young Sound.