Landscape Analysis of Greenland

Radar measurements of Greenland’s ice cap thickness have revealed a sub-ice landscape that Getech has analysed in order to gain new insights into the hydrocarbon prospectivity of the marginal sedimentary basins of Greenland.

As part of this report the pre-Neogene landscape has been restored by modelling the flexural isostatic response to ice loading using different experimental values for the elastic thickness of the lithosphere(Te). Additionally, the affect of relative Paleogene hotspot motion, which are critical, have been removed. This restored landscape was then analysed to pick out the signatures of past changes in Greenland’s drainage networks.

This innovative report exposes a new paradigm for the evolution of sediment source to sink relationships in the region. Can you afford to explore the Greenland margins without the benefits of these new insights?

Landscape Analysis of Greenland area of interest“…a sub-ice landscape that Getech has analysed in order to gain new insights into the hydrocarbon prospectivity…”

Example of Neogene drainage trends adapting older trends.


  • 376 page report with 447 figures and tables
  • An ArcGIS™ mxd project and geodatabase v10.x (earlier versions available on request)

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This Regional Report investigates…

…which of the ancient river outfalls are the mouths of major drainage systems and which are short-headed rivers.

…if incorporation of flexural rigidity concepts change the analysis compared to simple Airy isostatic correction.

…how drainage patterns have changed over time and the evidence for these changes.

…if the path of the Iceland hotspot is evident in the landscape and whether this has affected drainage patterns.

…evidence from drainage patterns of recent pre-ice tectonic events and how these events might have affected hydrocarbon prospectivity offshore.

Report Contents

  • Executive Summary and Introduction
  • Flexural Isostatic Analysis
  • Neogene Drainage and Landscape Analysis Methods
    • Methods
    • Drainage Basin Results (for each basin):
      • Basin Overview
      • General Basin Overview
        • geography
        • hydrological features
        • substrate geology and structure
      • Stream Morphometry
        • morphometric parameters
        • stream parameters
        • hypsometry
        • Horton plots
      • Geomorphology
        • long profile
        • high-pass filter
        • topographic cross-sections
      • Drainage Evolution – Hypotheses
        • stream pattern analysis and interpretation
      • Conclusion
        • interaction with adjacent basins
        • landscape evolution
  • Paleogene Landscape Evolution of Greenland

ArcGIS™ Contents

  • Cultural data
  • Present day topography, ice thickness and derived sub-ice topography
  • Separate .mxd files showing topography corrected for Airy and flexural isostatic response, each containing:
    • Newly defined drainage basins
    • Newly generated drainage networks
    • High-pass filter (discriminating short wavelength geomorphological features for a specified spatial wavelength)
    • Low-pass filter (discriminating long wavelength landforms greater than a specified spatial wavelength)
  • Comparison of differences between modelled isostatic responses
  • Paleogene drainage evolution

Related Products

If this Regional Report is of interest then you may also wish to know more about the following Getech products:

Geodynamics and Petroleum Geology of the Circum Arctic
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