Publisert 21.11.2016 , sist oppdatert 13.03.2019

Copernicus Glacier Service

Copernicus bretjeneste (page in Norwegian)

Monitoring of glaciers and glacier changes is important for many purposes. The goal of this project is to develope a national service for glaciers in mainland Norway and Svalbard. The Norwegian water resources and energy directorate (NVE) and Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI) are responsible for monitoring glaciers in  Norway and Svalbard, respectively. 

Glacier products
The project will mainly use optical imagery from Sentinel-2, but also Landsat-8 and other sensors when relevant. The glacier products will be made available from NPI and NVE websites (as Web Map Service's and download) and through the CryoClim portal. Data will also be submitted to GLIMS-project (Global Land Ice Measurements from Space: Glacier Products that will be produced are:

  1. Glacier outline, area and calving front
  2. Glacier surface type and snow line
  3. Ice velocity
  4. Glacier crevasses and surge
  5. Glacier lakes

Sentinel-2 image of glaciers in the Kongsfjorden area, Svalbard, 2 August 2016.


Liss Marie Andreassen, Section for glaciers, ice and snow, Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE), Postbox 5091, Majorstua, 0301 Oslo, Norway. Project leader. (lma 'at'

Geir Moholdt, Norwegian Polar Institute, Fram centre, Postbox 6606 Langnes, 9296 Tromsø, Norway

Andreas Kääb, Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo, Postbox 1047 Blindern, 0316 Oslo, Norway


The Project Copernicus Glacier Service ('Copernicus bretjeneste' in Norwegian) is a Cooperation between the Norwegian water resources and energy directorate (NVE), the Norwegian Polar Insitute and the Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo. The service will mainly use data from the Sentinel-2 satellite in the Copernicus-programme. The Project is partly funded by the Norwegian Space Centre through Copernicus.