CENPERM staff, guests and students have full access to a unique field research infrastructure such as long-term ecosystem manipulation experiments and extensive time-series of environmental data from our sites in Greenland, and to a range of dedicated field equipments e.g. gas analysers, temperature, moisture sensors and automated chambers for gas flux analyses.
In the field, CENPERM use different drilling equipment for drilling down to 15 m depth. Continuous measurements of temperature, soil moisture, and greenhouse gas fluxes take place simultaneously at different locations using a number of probes, data loggers, dedicated gas analyzers for N2O, CH4 and CO2 concentration and isotope analyzers. Finally, CENPERM has transportable freezers and containers for snap freezing and transport of soil samples in liquid nitrogen for subsequent analysis of in situ RNA transcripts.
Our new and well-equipped laboratories with advanced analytical equipment and highly qualified, specialized laboratory staff serve as a productive environment.
The laboratories have a wide range of facilities including facilities for sample preparations for mRNA metatrancriptomics; Q-PCR with high resolution melting for analysis of DNA- and RNA-based community changes; enzymatic activity assays; isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) for 15N and 13C analysis of liquids and solids; gas chromatography for trace gas analysis; an IRMS/GC for high precision isotopic analysis of δ15N, δ 13C, δ18O and δ2H in N2O, CH4 and CO2; GC/MS for amino acid, PLFA and BVOC analyses; and analyzers for dissolved, microbial and total C, N and P.
In addition, CENPERM possesses a full temperature-controlled laboratory with thermoblock constructions in order to perform temperature-gradient studies under fully controlled conditions, including light control.
Remote sensing and data portal
CENPERM make use of existing competences in remote sensing images as low altitude remote sensing, aerial photography and high resolution InSAR technology, which will allow generation of high-resolution digital elevation models. The Global Terrestrial Network for Permafrost (GTN-P) will be the official data portal of CENPERM. This ensures that data will be available and subsequently can be used in a global context.