The Arctic Station, Qeqertarsuaq, Greenland, University of Copenhagen (AS-Q)

Updated 2016-05-07

The Arctic Station is located on the south coast of the Disko Island in central west Greenland. It is thus facing the Disko Bay and is characterized by an arctic, marine climate. There are 3 building comprising guest facilities, staff accomodation, laboratory and library that are located in a nature sanctuary, approximately 1 km west of a small town, Qeqertarsuaq (formerly Godhavn), with ca. 1100 inhabitants. Within the town community is located all necessary service facilities, incl. several shops, bank, postoffice, church and a hospital. The station offers a 'state of the art' platform for year-round environmental research. The Arctic Station maintains a stat-of-the-art automatic weather station located in the immediate vicinity of the Arctic Station. The datalogging at Arctic Station (every half hour) comprises: air temperatur, humidity, incoming and outgoing radiation, wind speed and direction, rainfall, ground temperatures (5, 60 and 150 cm below surface) and temperature in solid rock 2 metre below surface. In addition to the above the station also maintains a freshwater, a marine and a terrestrial monitoring program. The whole moitoring program is call DiskoBasic.

Time frame

Project time span
1907 -
Data collection
1907 -
Data processing
1991 -
Data reporting
1991 -

Contact information

Contact person
-Kirsten S. Christoffersen -Bo Elberling

Kirsten S. Christoffersen

Professor, Freshwater Biological Laboratory University of Copenhagen, Universitetsparken 4, 3rd floor, 2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark



Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Biological effects
Climate change effects
Media sampled/studied/modelled


Regions studied
Climate change effects
Stations or areas where observations are made


Data availability

Data availability and access

Contact the secretariat (

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

Stations website (

Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?
Specimen banking information

Birds, likens, plants

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.

Described in the DiskoBasic manual

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

Described in the DiskoBasic manual

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 (UoC)

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