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Effects of climate change

Climate change and particularly the effects on arctic ecosystems have gained more and more attention during the latest years. This applies to the scientific as well as the political point of view as the main interest is a better understanding of the coupling between climate and environment.

It has since long been recognised that ecosystems of the high arctic are particularly sensitive to climate changes. Documentation of the presence of this connection has to be founded on long-term monitoring of the biological and physical environment at a limited number of localities. In Greenland no such place existed before the establishment of Zackenberg Ecological Research Operations (ZERO) in 1995 at Zackenberg  Valley in Northeast Greenland.

The Department of Arctic Environment supports several projects that deal with the effect of climate changes on the arctic environment.

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