Green Land – exploring natural resources

Many of the special features of Greenland – the grand nature, the long distances, the small population and not least the cold climate – is often considered a barrier to development. We ask the question: Could it be, that some of the special Greenlandic features could actually become a business and at the same time contribute to solving problems in other countries?

Green Land is a theme package which explores the exploitation of natural resources with this double potential.

The purpose of the Green Land theme package is to produce new knowledge, gather existing knowledge and to uncover business opportunities for Greenland, based on natural resources – business opportunities which might contribute to solving a global problem such as climate change, pollution, food security etc.

Glacial Rock Flour

Glacial rock flour consist of small particles of pulverized stone created by the weight and movements of the Greenlandic glaciers through millenia. The project investigates the rock flours potential to revitalize depleted soils in the tropics.

Arctic as a Food Producing Region

The Arctic area is important as a food producing region, but has potential to become even bigger. This comparative project involving the Arctic states wishes to provide useful insight into common challenges as well as examples of successful developments of food/species. Based on knowledge of the present production and established “Arctic” niche products the project explores possible paths for arctic food production.

Oil as a Resource

Greenland's unique geology holds many possibilities. One of them is the possibility of finding oil in the underground. A current project is investigating the geological parameters needed for the presence of oil in Greenland and thereby mapping out areas that might be rich in oil. 

Soapstone as a local Resource

The area around Nuuk has been of interest to scientists for centuries because of its unique geology. The project aims to bridge the gap between researchers and the public and to inform the citizens of Nuuk and of other towns and villages in Greenland about the potential for small scale mining of soapstone.

Enzymes as a Resource

Through the course of evolution, microorganisms have evolved to adapt to the arctic climate of Greenland. They have learned to survive in cold environment and therefore they produce enzymes, that are active at low temperatures. The enzymes harvested from such microorganisms can prove to have a high industrial value. 

Food Microbes as a Resource

Food microbes from traditionally prepared Greenlandic food may be of use for natural preservation of industrial meat and fish products. The projects aims at mapping the food microbiome of traditional Greenlandic foods that are not cooked and which are prepared in a natural setting. This project will also help us understand how the Inuit evolved to adapt to the traditional diet rich in animal fat and protein and scarce in fibre, a conventionally unhealthy diet.