Research station Zackenberg

Research station Zackenberg

The Zackenberg Ecological Research Operation (ZERO) is part of the Greenland Ecosystem Monitoring programme (GEM).

The research station Zackenberg (74º28’ N, 20º34’ W) was established in 1995 and is owned by Asiaq through the Greenland Self-Government. Zackenberg is situated in North-East Greenland approx. 25 km West of Daneborg.

An extensive interdisciplinary monitoring programme studies the impact of climate variability and change on terrestrial and marine ecosystems. Furthermore, process-specific research projects are conducted.
ZERO includes five sub-programmes: ClimateBasis, BioBasis, GeoBasis, GlacioBasis and MarineBasis.

Asiaq is responsible for the sub-programme ClimateBasis, which studies the climate and hydrology in Zackenberg. The core of the programme builds on several automatic measuring stations. The most important climate parameters are measured redundantly on two masts with independent energy supplies placed in the Zackenberg valley. This setup ensures continuous time series in a very challenging environment. A hydrometric station is placed at the Zackenberg River where repeated floods occur. Manual discharge measurements are performed throughout summer and allow a runoff time series to be calculated by establishing a stage-discharge relation.

The monitored data is thoroughly quality controlled on an annual basis and freely available through a database.

The activities in the research station are coordinated via ZERO where the following institutions are Asiaq’s partners:
- Department of BioScience, University of Aarhus
- Department of Geography and Geology, University of Copenhagen
- Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS)
- Greenland Institute of Natural Resources
The activities are primarily funded by:
- The Greenland Self-Government
- The Danish Energy Agency
- The Environmental Protection Agency in Denmark
- Aage V Jensen's Foundation

More information on ZERO can be found here.