Greenland Ecosystem Monitoring

GEM: Greenland Ecosystem Monitoring (GEM) is an integrated monitoring and long-term research programme on ecosystems and climate change effects and feedbacks in the Arctic. Since 1994 the programme has established a coherent and integrated understanding of the functioning of ecosystems in a highly variable climate, which is based upon a comprehensive, long-term inter-disciplinary data collection carried out by Danish and Greenlandic monitoring and research institutions, primarily at the two main field stations: Nuuk in low arctic West Greenland and Zackenberg in high arctic Northeast Greenland. 

The vision of GEM: Focusing on Greenland, GEM will contribute substantially to the basic scientific understanding of arctic ecosystems and their responses to climatic changes and variability as well as the potential local, regional and global implications of changes in arctic ecosystems. GEM will maintain and strengthen its position as an internationally leading integrated long-term monitoring and research programme. 

Scientific coordination: Scientific coordination between GEM partners and external partners is carried out by the GEM Coordination Group. Overall priority setting in the GEM programme is resolved in the GEM Steering Committee. 

GEM Coordination Group:
• Aarhus University, Denmark
• Asiaq - Greenland Survey, Greenland
• Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics, Austria
• Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, Greenland
• National Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Denmark
• University of Copenhagen, Denmark
• University of Southern Denmark, Denmark 

GEM Steering Committee:
• Danish Energy Agency/Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Buildings, Denmark 
• Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation/Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science
• Environmental Protection Agency/Danish Ministry of the Environment
• Ministry of Nature, Environment and Justice/Government of Greenland, Greenland
• Aarhus University, Denmark
• Asiaq – Greenland Survey, Greenland
• Greenland Institute of Natural Resource, Greenland
• National Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Denmark
• University of Copenhagen, Denmark



2018.05.15 | Research news

GEM related job-offer: Climate and Cryosphere Researcher at Asiaq, Greenland Survey

Asiaq - Greenland Survey offers a challenging position as a researcher within the fields of climate and cryosphere. Asiaq is leading the three GEM ClimateBasis and one GEM GlacioBasis sub-program of the Greenland Ecosystem Monitoring programme (GEM,<>). Within these programs our aim is to provide…

2018.04.25 | Research news

Exciting PhD studentships available related to GEM

Patterns of arctic ecosystem variability and change Exploring mobile measurement capabilities of short lived climate forcers (SLCF) to obtain improved understanding of high latitude atmosphere/climate dynamics

2018.04.25 | Research news

Danish national news (DR) on the continued funding in 2018 for GEM

from the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate (in Danish)

2017.10.09 | Research news

GEM Annual Report Cards 2016 - First edition!

The Greenland Ecosystem Monitoring programme has published its first edition of the GEM Annual Report Cards, which replaces the annual reports produced since the start of the programme in 1996. The Report Cards presents highlights of the past year and interesting time series analysis from the freely available GEM database. The report cards will be…

2017.10.09 | Research news

GEM annual reports 2015

GEM annual reports 2015 are now available from the Nuuk Ecological Research Operations (NERO) and Zackenberg Ecological Research Operations (ZERO). The 9th annual report form NERO and the 21st annual report from ZERO are the last versions of the annual reports. From 2016 GEM instead produces a common Annual Report Cards…

2017.03.23 | Research news

GEM will have a full day session at the upcoming AMAP conference ‘Bringing knowledge to action’ – 24 April 2017

The Greenland Ecosystem Monitoring Programme (GEM) has a full day session at the upcoming AMAP conference 'Arctic Science: Bringing knowledge to action', 24-27 April 2017 in Virginia, USA. See more about the conference on their website. The GEM session will present a synthesis of the first 20 years of GEM and discuss linkages between national…