By Maurice van Tiggelen (IMAU)
With its 150 inhabitants, the small settlement of Narsarsuaq is mostly known for being the only airport in a radius of 500 km. The airport was built by the American army during World War II. But it is also important for being located only 50 km from the Greenland ice sheet, the main objective of this fieldwork. The climate above this southernmost part of the ice sheet is influenced by the warm North-Atlantic Ocean. This means that it can snow quite a bit in winter, but the ice melts even more during summer.