Projects and publications
The projects under the auspices of the Greenland Perspective initiative are constantly developing. On this page you will find an outline of our current projects.
Please feel free to contact the secretariat for more details.
The human dimension: Greenland Perspective on capacity building in the Arctic
Some Arctic societies have experienced improved living conditions due to increased industrialization. But a too large number of people in the Arctic, have little or no formal education, decoupling them from development. Many people with no formal education do, however, have a high level of skills relevant for new industrial actors on the local level as well as in the regional Arctic context. In this project we ask how these informal skills can be activated, acknowledged and utilized. The analysis is important for the Greenlandic society because all human resources are needed in a country with a small and scarce population.
The project is managed by Kuupik Kleist, Group Greenland and Marc Jacobsen, University of Copenhagen and includes academics from Ilisimatusarfik and the University of Copenhagen. As the project develops, the project team will include academics from other universities.
Uses of Greenlandic rock flour
Greenland has enormous reserves of finely ground rock flour created by the action of glaciers on Greenland’s mountains. The project hypothesize that this material could be a potentially valuable resource of mineral nutrients and alkalinity for improving the productivity of depleted and/or acidic tropical soils, especially in low input farm conditions - and could become a new source of income for Greenland.
The project is managed by Professor Minik Rosing and includes partners from Greenland, Denmark, United States and Brazil.
The project also includes partners from the Technical University of Denmark. They are working on another dimension of the rock flour: How to use it in construction.
The town of Kangerlussuaq is small but one of the most important hubs in Greenland. This is where tourists, business people and Greenlanders travelling out of Greenland almost always passes through when coming to or leaving the country. The municipality is eager to develop this area further in terms of business opportunities and wellfare for the people living in the area - but their focus is to do it in an economocially and environmentally sustainable way. The project explores the possibilities of doing this and includes tourism, ecosystem analysis, infrastructure analysis, economy, geoglogy etc.
The project is managed in a collaboration between the Natural History Museum of Denmark and the Innovation Network INVIO. The project includes partners from Qeqqeta Municipality, DTU and aims to include partners from other research institutions in Denmark and Greenland.
The geological resources
Greenland is famous for its interesting geology and the extraction of rawmaterials from the underground is one of the potential future pillars of business development in the country.
But the geology can also be a selling point for tourists and production of art and souvenirs can contribute to the development of the tourism industry in Greenland.
Density and climate infuence seasonal population dynamics in an Arctic ungulate
Lars O. Mortensen Charlotte Moshøj and Mads C. Forchhammer (2016)
Published in: Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research, Vol. 48
The locally migratory behavior of the high arctic muskox (Ovibos muschatus) is a central component of the breeding and winter survival strategies applied to cope with the highly seasonal arctic climate. However, altered climate regimes afecting plant growth are likely to afect local migration dynamics of the muskox. In this study, we apply longterm local-scale data on the seasonal distribution of muskoxen in the Zackenberg Valley, Northeast Greenland, to assess the degree of climatic infuence on local seasonal muskox dynamics. Specifcally, we analyze how seasonal climate (temperature, snow cover), forage availability (length of growth season), and the number of adult females available per male (operational sex ratio) infuence changes in the seasonal density dependence, abundance, and immigration rate of muskoxen into the valley. The results suggested summer temperature as the major controlling factor in the seasonal, local-scale migration of muskoxen at Zackenberg. Specifcally, higher summer temperatures, defned as the cumulative average daily positive degrees in June, July, and August, resulted in decreased density dependence and, consequently, increase in the seasonal abundance of muskox in the valley. Additionally, a longer growth season was found to increase the seasonal abundance of muskox in the Zackenberg Valley. In contrast, changes in spring snow cover displayed no direct relation to the seasonal immigration rate. Our study suggests that access to high-quality forage is important for the shortterm, local scale population dynamics of muskoxen in Northeast Greenland.
University of Greenland
Manutooq 1, Post Box 1061
3905 Nuussuaq, Nuuk
Email: aols @ uni.gl
How we do it
Our work is organized into theme packages containing a number of research projects, led by researchers and often involving industry, authorities and civil society.
Each project is independent and produces its own scientific results. It is the responsibility of the leader of the theme package to assemble the results of the different projects into a synthesis report which is made available to the public.
Would you like to join?
As a researcher, participating in the Greenland Perspective initiative is a way of activating your research in the Greenlandic Society. We also welcome industry, authorities and civil society in the initiative.
It is possible to join the initiative in a number of ways.