The aim of the present project is to continue the monitoring of contaminants in the atmosphere in Greenland to detect temporal and geographical changes and to understand the mechanisms behind them especially those related to climate and to changes in sources and source regions.
With increasing oil exploration activities in the Greenland Sea more information on the ecology and temporal and spatial sensitivity of this very little studied marine ecosystem, is needed for environmental planning and regulation, in order to meet the goal of minimal environmental impact. A Strategic Environmental Study Plan for Northeast Greenland for providing environmental information for planning and regulating oil exploration activities and oil spill response in the Greenland Sea has been established.
Northeast Greenland is a key region for studying past sea ice variability and glacier melt-off and their impact on the environment and biota. Very little research has yet been carried out on the marine realm off NE Greenland, and thus there is a limited understanding of modern and past climate and environment along the NE Greenland shelf and coast. The NorthGreen2017 expedition will focus on the past and current changes in Arctic ice shelves, ocean circulation, sea ice extent, sediment transport and freshwater discharge from the Greenland ice cap.
North Water Polynya Scientific Conference will bring together scientists working on the North Water Polynya Region to present recent research and to discuss status, trends and the future of the North Water Polynya as well as future research needs.