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Department of Arctic Environment

The department conducts research on issues related to environmental management of mineral and petroleum exploration and exploitation in Greenland. Research also includes monitoring and assessment of contaminants in the environment, particularly related to AMAP, and studies related to the impact of global climate change on Arctic ecosystems. Based on this research the department is environmental advisor to the Government of Greenland, Bureau of Minerals and Petroleum. The department also conducts research and monitoring of marine mammals in Danish waters, including environmental impact assessment of offshore windmills.

The department has a staff of approximately 45 people with a background in biological, chemical, geographical and veterinary sciences and including 8-10 Ph.D. student. The department is organised in a Management and 3 research sections: 'Applied Arctic Environmental Research', 'Climate Effects and Systems Modelling' and 'Marine Mammals and Toxicology'. Furthermore, the department is responsible for coordination of the Greenland Ecosystem Monitoring programme (GEM), including the Zackenberg and Nuuk Basic programmes.

The staff has significant experience in conducting field work, often in harsh environments in remote areas of Greenland. The use of GIS coupled with remote sensing techniques has become an important tool in analysing and presenting data. A modern trace element laboratory is available in the department, which has proven a high quality of its analyses in international laboratory performance studies.

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Revised 2013.01.29

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