14 September 2017

The Center for Permafrost continues its research for another four years


In August, the agreement between the Danish National Research Foundation (DNRF) and the University of Copenhagen was signed for continuation of the Center for Permafrost (CENPERM). CENPERM is a Center of Excellence running for the period 2012 – 2022. The total funding received from DNRF is close to 100 million DKK.

CENPERM performs research on the physical, biological and biogeochemical processes in ecosystems that are affected by permafrost: soils that are continuously frozen. These ecosystems, which survive in cold and often harsh environments, are anticipated to change because of climate and environmental changes in high latitudes. A substantial part of CENPERM’s field research is performed at different places in Greenland and Sweden.

For the second phase of the Center for Permafrost, which has been granted now, there will be a special emphasis on the use of the collected data for upscaling with remote sensing and computer models.

CENPERM is led by Professor Bo Elberling and is a collaboration between the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management and the Department of Biology at the University of Copenhagen and the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS).