Research Station Zackenberg and Daneborg

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Research Station Zackenberg and Daneborg

In 1991 a group of scientists from Copenhagen University decided to establish a research station in the central part of North East Greenland. Research results indicated that in particular the Arctic areas were being influenced by climatic changes even though the concern about global warming was still quite new.

Status: Ongoing project
Partners
: Copenhagen University
Website: www.zackenberg.dk
Project background
Since 1997 Aage V. Jensen Charity Foundation has financed the development of the research station with ten houses for land-based research activities at Zackenberg and two houses and a work boat for sea-based research activities at Daneborg. The station has its own extensive environment monitoring program and is today internationally regarded as one of the leading research stations in the Arctic areas. Every year about 100 researchers from a number of countries visit the station, and during the summer months Zackenberg is one of the busiest places in North East Greenland.

Climatic measurements are made, the development of the vegetation is observed, and the emission of greenhouse gases into the air is measured. Small beetles are gathered for careful study in the laboratories and divers examine the biology beneath the sea ice.