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Working as a climatologist in Greenland

Working as a climatologist in Greenland

Do you want to work with Greenlandic climate data and contribute to local and international knowledge of the polar climate system?


Asiaq is a company owned by the Government of Greenland. With a total of 28 interdisciplinary and international employees, we are responsible for monitoring the non-living environment in Greenland and play a significant role as Greenland's center for data, knowledge and skills regarding the physical environment. Our tasks range from research, consulting and commercial activities, to survey and advice to public authorities. The position as climatologist is affiliated with the Hydrology, Climate and Environment Department, which works with collection and dissemination of climate, hydrology and environmental data, and is responsible for a network of automatic weather stations in Greenland. The department includes technicians, academics and researchers.


As a climatologist you will play an important role in ensuring and documenting the high quality of climate data we provide. You will be fully involved in all aspects of the work, from data collection in the field, to documentation and quality assurance, through to analysis and dissemination to our customers, research projects and the public in Greenland. You will help develop and expand our weather and climate observation projects in close collaboration with colleagues in Asiaq, as well as external partners. The job is based in Nuuk, the Capital of Greenland, but during summer the job could include field work all around Greenland.


You have a relevant higher education e.g. engineering, geography or geophysics and have knowledge of meteorology and climatology, preferably under arctic conditions. You have experience with field measurement of climate parameters as well as data management and analysis. It is also an advantage if you have experience with databases, systematic quality assurance, statistical analyzes and GIS.You are resourceful, ready to tackle problems that are new to you and are excited about the prospect of living in Greenland. Your spoken and written English is excellent. Knowledge of Danish language is an advantage. You can work as part of a team but also make independent decisions. You are in good health and are ready to stay in a tent in the wilderness in connection with field work.


Employment terms and conditions

Employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Government of Greenland and the relevant union. Workplace is in Nuuk, Greenland’s capital with its thriving multi-ethnic community and its endless outdoor opportunities in the backyard. Staff accommodation will be assigned in accordance with applicable rules. Relocation and travel costs will be paid for the employee, accompanying partner and children at the time of taking up employment, as well as when leaving after at least three years of employment. If an applicant already has staff housing through employment in the Government, the right to assigned staff residence is retained. The staff housing is linked to the employment relationship and must be vacated upon termination of the employment relationship. Start date 1st of October 2018 or by agreement.


Further information

For further information please contact professions coordinator Dorthe Petersen ( or research assistant Kerstin Rasmussen ( Further information about Asiaq can be found on


Application deadline

Application deadline is 12th of August 2018. Interviews will be held 16th, 17th or 20th of August 2018.

Please send application, CV and copies of relevant exam records with subject ‘Klimamedarbejder’ to:

Technical Maps of Towns and Settlements

Here you will find information on how to download data for the technical maps of towns and settlements.

Data can be downloaded from Asiaq´s FTP server by using the following logon information:

  • Adress:             ( do not work anymore )
  • Username:              Asiaqs_grundkort
  • Psswrd:                   *no psswrd*


Data must be downloaded by using a FTP client. Serveral free FTP clients are available and one among many can be downloaded from

In the program Filezilla, you enter the FTP server´s information as shown below. Finally, you press ”Quickconnect”.


Host:       Username: Asiaqs_grundkort           Password:         Port:  Quickconnect


When connected, you will see the content of the server at one side of your screen and your own computers content on the other. Now, you are able to download all you want from the FTP server to your computer.

Vector data is available in the following formats: DGN, DWG, TAB. Also, Orto photos are available in ECW format.

Notice, you must connect the FTP server by using a FTP client program – you cannot access directly from your browser.

Asiaq’s field activities for the summer of 2017

2017 is an active year for Asiaq, where we have many field activities within soil investigations, mapping, weather observations, water resources and remote sensing. Here you can read about some of our field activities; you can also follow us on facebook where we post pictures from the places we operate in.

This summer we visited Paamiut, Qaqortoq, Nanortalik, Narsaq and Uummannaq to update the technical base maps. We also made the much needed updates of seventeen North Greenlandic settlements in the areas of Uummannaq and Upernavik; the locations were last updated 2009.

During the updates of the base maps, we record new roads, buildings, masts, sewers and much more, in order to make the ground map consistent with the reality. As something new, we will use a drone to make aerial photos, which we can subsequently produce orthophotos from. As we are in these remote towns and settlements, we will use the opportunity to capture 360 degree panorama pictures of the settlements with a Google StreetView camera.       

During July, Asiaq have conducted technical measurement at Nukissiorfiits hydropowerplant in Tasiilaq. The discharge in the channel connecting the two lakes that make up the power plant’s reservoir has been measured, to improve the knowledge about the magnitude of the water flow between the lakes. The discharge can be controlled by the staff at the power plant, and they will use the new data to optimize the utilization  of the water resource.

Additionally, Asiaq has field activities in Zackenberg in Northeast Greenland, on Disco Island and in Kobbefjord in connection with the research projects Greenland Ecosystem Monitoring and PROMICE. Furthermore Asiaq has mapping activities in Maniitsoq, where new mapping methods with remote sensing were widely used. Read more about the research projects at


Monitoring glaciers in a changing climate using drones

During 2017 and 2018 Asiaq will, carry out a glaciological research project, funded by Greenland’s Research Council, using UAV-technology (drones). The aim of the project is to determine seasonal and annual volume changes, at Qassinnguit glacier in Kobbefjorden. The volume changes will then be used to determine the glacier’s mass and area changes.

The glacier will be surveyed using a Sensefly Ebee drone. The drone captures high resolution images, and by using photogrammetric methods these images can be used to generate a digital surface model (DSM) and orthophoto mosaic. The results from the drone project will be compared with results from Asiaq’s glaciological studies at Qassinnguit, which are operating in the framework of GlacioBasis under the Greenland Ecosystem Monitoring-program ( since 2012.

The project consists of four field campaigns in total, of which the first was successfully carried out on May 10th 2017. The upcoming field campaigns will be carried out September 2017, May 2018 and September 2018. The project’s final results are expected to be finalized in the beginning of 2019.

Fieldwork at Qassinnguit, May 2017.

A high resolution image of Qassinnguit glacier, recorded from a drone.

Asiaq contributes to GEM Annual Report Cards 2016

Asiaq’s contribution to Greenland Ecosystem Monitoring programme (GEM) has recently been used extensively for the Annual Report Cards 2016.

The monitoring program was initiated in 1996, in cooperation between Danish and Greenlandic research institutions. Long-term climate data allows for a comparison of the results for 2016 field season with the long-term mean.

Asiaq is responsible of the GEM’s sub-programme ClimateBasis at all GEM locations and the sub-programme GlacioBasis in Nuuk. The collected data from our programs fed into 4 out of 11 contributions in this Annual Report Cards 2016.

One of the articles shows the change in average air temperatures and their influence in the ecosystem. Another one highlights how an extreme temperature rise together with heavy rain can trigger slushflow avalanches. The mass loss of mountain glaciers in Greenland is quantified based on GEM results.

Kobbefjord after heavy slushflow avalanches. Courtesy GEM GeoBasis.

Igaliku home featured in the New Google Earth

Google introduced a brand-new version of Google Earth - on the web and Android - earlier this week. The new Earth has major visual and functional upgrades two years in the making, which according to Google ‘allow you to see the world and learn about how it all fits together.’

One of the features is the Home Project, which enables you to zoom all the way in from outer space and enter people’s homes virtually on every corner of the earth. It is Malene Egede from Igaliku, South Greenland, who is the star of this story. The story and images reveals what life is like in an isolated sheep farm area in Southern Greenland.

Since 2014, Asiaq, with financial support from Visit Greenland and Air Greenland have cooperated with Google to map towns and settlements throughout Greenland using the Google Street View Trekker, a system with cameras that shoot in all directions. To date, Asiaq, with good help from many volunteers, has mapped 44 towns and settlements in Greenland, including this spectacular feature which shows Melene Egede’s farmhouse in Igaliko.

Malene Egede featured at This Is My Home, Google Earth

When snow-data attracts the inquisitives

Asiaq welcomes our new apprentice, Steffen Ringsø Nielsen, who studies Arctic Technology with Construction and Raw Materials as field of specialization.

Steffen studies on 7th semester and will finish his study at the beginning of 2018. Asiaq’s many interesting projects and scientific fieldwork made Asiaq a perfect place for Steffen to hold his semester in Nuuk. Most recently, he attended the snow survey in the middle of no-where at one of Asiaq’s research-station, 30 km from the Greenlandic capital Nuuk.

Every year, since the Arctic Technology program started in 2001 in Sisimiut, 50 km north of Arctic Circle, Asiaq has been given the opportunity for minimum one student to spend their semester at Asiaq. The semester is held in close cooperation with Arctic Technology Centre, where the apprentice gets insight in the core activities of Asiaq.

Furthermore, every year Asiaq has one accountant and one electronic-technician as apprentice.

Asiaq - Greenland Survey undertakes infrastructure and research projects, providing knowledge on arctic climate, soil conditions, mapping and water resources, based on physical data from Greenland. Asiaq has over 60 years’ experience, giving our partners, customers and Greenlandic society access to unique data and time series.

Steffen going to fieldwork

New aerial photos of Greenlandic towns

In the summer of 2016, Asiaq had new impressive aerial photos taken of Nuuk, Sisimiut, Ilulissat and Maniitsoq.

Asiaq uses the new aerial photos to update the technical map of the towns. The town maps will be updated with e.g. new roads, hiking trails, buildings, addresses, and building numbers (B-numbers).

When Asiaq has finished updating the town maps, you will also be able to see the maps on

The new aerial photos can be studied on the website or by clicking the following links for Nuuk, Maniitsoq, Sisimiut, Ilulissat.

What the Game of Thrones has to do with Asiaq?

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Look here:          Nikolaj Coster-Waldau brings Greenland's changing landscape to Street View - YouTube

Since 2014, Asiaq, with financial support from Visit Greenland and Air Greenland have cooperated with Google to map towns and settlements throughout Greenland using the Google Street View Trekker, a system with cameras that shoot in all directions. Now, with the online tool anyone can take virtual trips along the coast of Greenland, helping to bring knowledge of our beautiful country to the world. To date, Asiaq, with good help from many volunteers, has mapped 44 towns and settlements in Greenland as well as many additional spectacular sites in uninhabited areas (see Igaliku here ).

It is a wonderful service, giving much more than just a snapshot of Greenland: Street View can help to create awareness of serious global challenges such as climate change.

And who could be better suited to bring this message to the world than Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, the Greenlandic married Hollywood star, from the Game of Thrones, and Goodwill Ambassador for the climate goals of the United Nations?

Asiaq sent our specialist, Eva Mätzler, to South Greenland to act as a technical advisor and coordinator for Mr. Coster-Waldau and the film team.  We are proud of our contribution to this amazing short film from South Greenland, which brings a stunningly beautiful and thoughtful message to the world.

Media plan: Greenlandic media and and our homepage

Timing: Following the international Google Launch on February 7th 2017


Contact person Asiaq: Eva Mätzler, 34 88 83,

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