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



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…

2017.01.23 | Research news

Synthesis of the Greenland Ecosystem Monitoring Programme - GEM produces special issue of AMBIO

The Greenland Ecosystem Monitoring programme has produced a special issue of the journal AMBIO: Synthesis of the Greenland Ecosystem Monitoring Programme. The issue presents 13 papers, which based on GEM data, describes the results of the past 10 and 20 years that the programme has operated at Nuuk and Zackenberg respectively. The papers cover…

2017.01.03 | Research news

ZERO and NERO Annual Reports 2014

Annual reports for the field season 2014 has been published by GEM and can be accessed here: ZERO - Zackenberg Ecological Research Operations 20th Annual Report NERO - Nuuk Ecological Research Operations 8th Annual Report. Please notice that Aarhus University does no longer publish the ZERO and NERO Annual Reports in printed versions but…

2016.12.08 | Research news

New GEM Strategy 2017-2021 launched

GEM is widely recognized as an internationally leading climate change related environmental barometer measuring climate impacts and ecosystem changes in the Arctic. A new GEM strategy (2017-2021) aims at taking the programme a step further towards being able to assess and understand ecosystem change and function at local and greenlandic scale and…

2016.12.07 | Research news

Application deadline for conducting fieldwork in 2017 at GEM main stations

Arctic Station, Disko: 1 December 2016 and ad hoc ( Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, Nuuk/Kobbefjorden: 1 April 2017 and ad hoc ( Zackenberg Research Station, NE Greenland: 15 February 2017 (

2016.08.29 | Research news

Expanding GEM to include Disko as a new main station

A workshop was held 9-12 August to discuss how to include Disko in GEM and provide input to the implementation of the GEM 2017-2021 Strategy (focus on terrestrial ecosystem compartments).