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ZEROCALMI drillsite near METstation Zackenberg in background Stefanie Härtel smallZEROCALMI drillsite near MET station. Mount Zackenberg in background. Photo by Stefanie Härtel

Zackenberg Research Station is located on the north side of the Young Sund - Tyrolerfjord fiord complex in Northeast Greenland (74º30' N, 21º00' W). The station is situated in the southern part of the National Park of North and East Greenland, the largest national park in the world (c. 1 mio. km2). Nearest settlement is the military outpost Daneborg, 20 km southeast of the station, and nearest town is Ittoqqortoormiit, 450 km south of the station.

The station mean annual temperature is -9.2 degrees Celsius, the mean temperature being in February -20.1 degrees Celsius and in July: 5.2 degrees Celsius.

movingBetty Stefanie Härtel small"Betty" permafrost drill. Photo by Stefanie Härtel.The study area at Zackenberg comprises the entire catchment of the river Zackenberg, totaling about 500 square kilometers. It provides facilities for specific but comprehensive research projects and for long-term monitoring grouped around five systematic programs (ClimateBasis, GeoBasis, BioBasis, MarineBasis and GlacioBasis).
ClimateBasis is monitoring of the climate, GeoBasis is monitoring of the physical landscape processes, Biobasis is the monitoring of the living nature, MarineBasis is monitoring plant- and animal distribution and GlacioBasis is monitoring the mass balance of a glacier. At the station there are approximately ten ongoing projects per year, of which approximately two thirds are Danish projects with focus on climate change feedbacks.
During the fall of 2013, PAGE21 Young Researcher Stefanie Härtel visited the site. Blog from her expedition is available here in English.

For more information, please contact the Zackenberg Secretariat at the department of Bioscience
Fredericksborgvej 399
DK-4000 Roskilde
Phone: +45 87158734
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or visit the station website