Sea level

DTU Space analyses sea level data from satellites in space and measuring stations on land. This provides information about earlier changes in sea levels and insight into the actual rise itself.

The rise in sea level is an important parameter for analysing climate change and its influence on the oceans and ice caps in Greenland and the Antarctic. As the polar ice caps melt, the bedrock rises. When using measuring stations on land it is crucial to determine the degree to which the bedrock has risen, as only then is it possible to obtain accurate measurements of the actual rise in sea level.

With the help of measuring stations in Qaqortoq, Thule and Scoresbysund, DTU Space monitors the sea level in the waters around Greenland. The stations are part of a global network whose aim is to collect data on changes in sea level for international monitoring programmes.