GeoBasis - Zackenberg

Updated 2018-09-28

The GeoBasis programme collects data describing the physical and geomorphological environment in Zackenberg, North East Greenland. This includes meteorology, carbon flux and energy exchange, snow cover and permafrost, soil moisture, –chemistry and nutrient balance, hydrology, river discharge and – sediment

This is a National Implementation Plan (NIP) project
Comments and additional information:
  • Snow properties; including spatial and temporal variation in snow cover, depth and density.
  • Soil properties; spatially distributed monitoring of key soil parameters such as temperature, moisture, chemistry and seasonal progression of active layer depth.
  • Meteorology; monitoring of essential meteorological variables across various surface types and elevations.
  • Flux monitoring; plot and landscape scale flux monitoring of CO2, CH4, H2O and energy in wet and dry ecosystems.
  • Hydrology; monitoring of seasonal variation in river water discharge, chemistry and suspended sediment.
  • Geomorphology; monitoring of shorelines, coastal cliff foots and cross-shore river profiles.

Time frame

Project time span
1995 -
Data collection
1995 -
Data processing
1995 -
Data reporting
1995 -

Contact information

Contact person
Magnus Lund

Magnus Lund, Senior researcher , +4530783178


Manager for the Geobasis monitoring programme
Zackenberg Research Station,


Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University

Frederiksborgvej 399, 4000 Roskilde, Denmark


Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Climate change effects
Other metals/elements
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Freshwater sediments
River/lake: suspended particulate matter


Regions studied
Other metals/elements

Data availability

Are data archived or planned to be archived at an AMAP Thematic Data Centre?
Data availability and access

References to key publications (or planned publications) and data reports

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.

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

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
Is this project reporting to other organizations/programmes?

Greenland Ecosystem Monitoring (

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