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



2018.10.05 | Research news

GEM session at Arctic Biodiversity Congress 2018

GEM is hosting a session at the Arctic Biodiversity Congress on Wednesday 10 October 2018 at 8.30-10.00. The session title is Building long-term ecosystem monitoring programs to feed Arctic and international biodiversity assessments”. The session will explore how long-term ecosystem-based monitoring programs are…

2018.07.12 | Positions

Exiting job opportunities related to GEM

Coordinator for Arctic science support and logistics, Aarhus University (Roskilde Campus) The Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University at AU Campus Roskilde, invites applications for a 2-year academic position within Arctic science support and coordination. We are looking for a dedicated, enthusiastic and service-minded…

2018.06.29 | Research news

GEM Annual Report Cards 2017 out now!

The GEM Annual Report Cards 2017 present selected science stories of the 2017 field season and longer time series analysis from all five Basis Programmes included in GEM (Climate, Geo, Bio, Marine and Glacio). As a new feature, it also includes descriptions of the five GEM Basis Programmes, including overview of monitored parameter groups…

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)