Satellite mapping of coastal areas and reefs

There is allocated an amount from the North Atlantic Pool for partially mapping of the Greenlandic coast

Diverse coastal living and life at seas is found here in Greenland, where shore sailing is as normal as it is the main route of the infrastructure, as in professional life also in the spare time.

The coastal living applies to the whole country, that targets the world goals into combination that also makes it harder to balance and, forces into prioritizing in the approach of the goals. See the SDG-report here.

Greenland has the title world’s largest island, that completes several regions as a whole country. The coastline could be an infinite research area, as the environment and the biodiversity vary so much. As the global warming is melting the ice sheet, the landscape is still very at change. Historically the people were and still are nomads, that is known as fishermen and hunters as a profession and as an activity in their spare time, that combines the infrastructure both on land and at sea – frozen or not.

Allocated amount

Because of this there is a massive workload to map the whole coastline and waters. Satellite technology has made it easier, but it also depends on the satellite. This year the Danish Geodata Agency announced that 4,4 million of Danish kroners will be allocated from the North Atlantic Pool to the Danish Finance Act, in the period of 2023-2024, for resources to make a mapping of some parts of the Greenlandic coastline and reefs.

Read their article here. (DA)

This can mean that; it will be possible to complete a partially mapping of the coastal areas. The mapping could produce tools for the rescue service in the area Search And Rescue, SAR, and increase sailing safety in the marine environment.

The mapping will become more important, as the winter sea ice reduces in the upcoming years and opening for more ship sailing. The Danish Geodata Agency has already started working on a chart of the sailing routes among the harbours.