DiskoBasis -Ecosystem monitoring at Arctic Station

Updated 2019-06-25

In 2013 a new ecosystem monitoring programme “DiskoBasis” was initiated at Arctic Station on Disko Island, Greenland. The project is partly funded by the Danish Energy Agency. The primary objective of DiskoBasis is to establish baseline knowledge on the dynamics of fundamental physical parameters within the environment/ecosystem around Arctic Station. This initiative extends and complements the existing monitoring carried out at Arctic Station by including several new activities –especially within the terrestrial and hydrological/fluvial field. DiskoBasis include collection of data in the following sub-topics; • Gas flux, meteorology and energy balance • Snow, ice and permafrost • Soil and soil water chemistry • Vegetation phenology • Hydrology -River water discharge and chemistry • Limnology -Lake water chemistry • Marine -Sea water chemistry

This is a National Implementation Plan (NIP) project

Time frame

Project time span
2013 - 2016
Data collection
2013 - 2016
Data processing
2013 - 2016
Data reporting
2014 - 2016

Contact information

Contact person
Charlotte Sigsgaard

University of Copenhagen. Department of Geosciences and natural resource management. Øster Voldgade 10. DK-1350 Copenhagen K

+45 35322518
+45 35322501
Other project contacts

Gitte Henriksen: gin@science.ku.dk Casper Tai Christiansen: ctc@science.ku.dk Bo Elberling: be@ign.ku.dk

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Climate change effects
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Freshwater sediments
Plankton (zooplankton)


Regions studied
Climate change effects

Data availability

Are data archived or planned to be archived at an AMAP Thematic Data Centre?
If no (or only part of data are reported to a TDC), where and how are (other) data stored?

Some DiskoBasis data are now available through the Greenland Ecosystem Monitoring (GEM) database (http://data.g-e-m.dk/) and more data will soon be made available through this database.

Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?

Methods & Procedures

Procedures and methodology used for, e.g., sampling and sample storage, sample pretreatment, extraction and analysis, including which laboratories are involved, references to methods employed, etc.

Please refer to "Guidelines and Sampling Procedures for the Monitoring programme at Arctic Station: DiskoBasis"

QA/QC Information (what QA/QC procedures are implemented, laboratories involvment in QA/QC activities, model verification/validation routines, etc.)

Please refer to "Guidelines and Sampling Procedures for the Monitoring programme at Arctic Station: DiskoBasis"

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
Other institutes involved in the project

University of Copenhagen, Department of Biology (Freshwater Biology) and (Marine Biology) (Terrestrial Ecology)

Other related projects

The Basis Monitoring Programmes in Zackenberg (ZERO) and in Nuuk (NERO)

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