Arctic Station – University of Copenhagen

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Arctic Station

Arctic Station

Photo credit: Kent Pørksen

The Arctic Station is located on the south coast of Disko Island in central West Greenland. It is facing the Disko Bay/Davis Strait and is characterized by an Arctic, marine climate. The station offers fantastic scenery with some of the world's largest icebergs drifting by and cliffs abruptly rising to heights of more than 600 meters behind the station. The broad windswpt valley, Blæsedalen, north of the station is home to two CENPERM snow fence experiments established in 20012 and 2013.

The main building with facilities for 26 guests and the laboratory building are located in a nature sanctuary, one km west of the town of Qeqertarsuaq (formerly Godhavn) with about 1100 inhabitants.

The laboratory building comprises three rooms, two of which have standard equipment including electronic balances and microscopes. The third lab is cooled, allowing scientists to work at in situ temperatures. Additionally the laboratory building comprises a darkroom, a room for storage of chemicals, a herbarium, general purpose storage rooms and a library.

The Arctic Station buildings and logistics have been continuously modernized, expanded and developed. Therefore, the station now appears as a state-of-the-art platform for year-round environmental research. The Arctic Station is supervised by a board set up by the Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen.