Zackenberg Research Station – University of Copenhagen

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Zackenberg Research Station

Photo: Henrik Spanggård Munch


Zackenberg Research Station is located in the high arctic Northeast Greenland, 25 km northwest of the settlement Daneborg - a military outpost with twelve inhabitants. During the brief summer of the high arctic Zackenberg is alive with researchers and logistics staff.

Since its official opening in 1997 the research station has provided accommodation facilities for 25 persons at a time and has several laboratories at disposal for guest scientists.

Zackenberg lies 2 km inland on the south coast of Wollaston Foreland peninsula at Young Sound. The surrounding study area is covered with continuous permafrost with an active layer thickness varying from 20 to 100 cm with the deepest thickness in dry areas.

The margin of the Greenland Ice Sheet is located 60 km to the west of the station. The study area was de-glaciated about 8,000 years ago. Today it holds a great diversity of biotopes like ponds, fens, heaths and grasslands.

The long-term monitoring program Zackenberg Basic has since its establishment in 1995 been the most comprehensive, cross-disciplinary ecosystem monitoring program in the polar regions – the Arctic as well as the Antarctic. It provides access to a wide range of both biotic and abiotic data. Zackenberg Research Station is operated by the Zackenberg Secretariat at the Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Denmark.