Nuuk Basic Ecosystem Monitoring (NERO) (NERO)

Updated 2019-06-25

The objective is to allow comparative studies of ecosystem dynamics in relation to climate variability and change in respectively a high arctic and low arctic setting as Nuuk Basic comprises the same components as Zackenberg. According to the framework programme of Zackenberg Ecological Research Operations (ZERO) this includes: - Basic quantitative documentation of ecosystem structure and processes; - Baseline studies of intrinsic short-term and long-term variations in ecosystem functions; - Retrospective analyses of organic and inorganic material to detect past ecosystem changes; - Experimental studies enabling predictions of ecosystem responses to Global Change. The programme is coordinated with Zackenberg Ecological Research Operations (see above) within the Framework of Greenland Ecosystem Monitoring (GEM). Main gaps: Winter dynamics

Time frame

Project time span
2007 -
Data collection
2007 -
Data processing
2007 -
Data reporting
2007 -

Contact information

Contact person
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Morten Rasch

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Seawater/suspended particulate matter


Regions studied
Kobbefjord, Greenland
Kobbefjord, Greenland
Stations or areas where observations are made

Zackenberg, Nuuk Basic

Data availability

Data availability and access

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.

c. 3.500 physical and biotic parameters are measured each year in marine and terrestrial (including glacial) parts of the ecosystem. The programme is cross-disciplinary and aims on providing data to allow for quantifying the dynamics of a low arctic ecosystem

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

Aaarhus University (AU)

Is this project reporting to other organizations/programmes?

The scientific components of the programme are coordinated by the Nuuk Basic secretariat at the National Environmental Research Institute at the University of Aarhus, Denmark. Networks: Circumpolar Active Layer Monitoring (CALM), CEON (CEON), Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS), Arctic Coastal Dynamics (ACD), FLUXNET (FLUXNET), GLORIA (GLORIA), ITEX (ITEX)

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