Zackenberg Ecosystem Monitoring (ZERO) (ZERO)

Updated 2019-06-25

The objective of the station is to facilitate ecosystem research in the High Arctic. 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 Nuuk Ecological Research Operations (see below) within the Framework of Greenland Ecosystem Monitoring (GEM). Main gaps: Winter dynamics

Time frame

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

Contact information

Contact person
- -
Morten Rasch

Parameters and Media

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


Regions studied
Zackenberg Station
Zackenberg Station
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 high 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?

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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