Mie S. Winding, head of department at the Greenland Climate Research Centre, was invited to Ilulissat to speak to Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen about climate change in Greenland.
Together with the Chairman of Naalakkersuisut, Múte Borup Egede, Mie S. Winding had the opportunity to speak about climate change and global warming in the Arctic, and about how Greenlandic ecosystems and society are being affected.
“Surrounded by seals, sea ice and breath-taking icebergs, we discussed how climate change is affecting Greenland and the Arctic, and how we can tackle it together,” said Mie S. Winding.
Other important topics were anchoring knowledge in Greenland and investing in long-term monitoring programmes and research projects.
“If the Danish Realm wants to participate in the climate debate and be better prepared to understand the present and manage the future, we have to invest in research, monitoring and research infrastructure,” says Mie S. Winding.
Greenland is important to the global climate system, primarily because of the vast ice sheet covering 80% of the country. Millions of cubic metres of frozen freshwater are locked in the ice sheet, and in fact, Greenland holds 10% of the world’s freshwater resources. As temperatures increase, the Greenland ice sheet will melt, and if it melts completely, water levels in the worlds’ oceans will rise by 7.3 metres.