ASP Nuuk Campaign

Study Area: Godthåbsfjorden and Davis Strait
Submitted by: Søren Rysgaard



The Arctic is under increasing pressure from combined climate change, pollution and exploration and exploitation of living, hydrocarbon and mineral resources, but the scientific basis for assessing and predicting the complex effects on ecosystems, human livelihood and health is patchy and poorly coordinated. Finally, basic research into the Arctic environment and its ecosystems is still limited, as the area is one of the least investigated in the world. Given the rapid climate changes and ongoing rapid developments in the infrastructure and various business sectors in the Arctic there is an urgent need for recruiting highly educated staff with Arctic experience and insight. The Canadian Excellence Research Chair has initiated a comprehensive Arctic Science Partnership (ASP), a collaboration between University of Manitoba, Greenland Institute of Natural Resources and the Aarhus University to increase knowledge on climate, ice, ecosystems and human interactions. The ASP 2013 Nuuk - Davis Strait campaign examines a sub-Arctic system under change.


Project Description

The rationale behind this study is to increase year round knowledge on sub-arctic ecosystems. Approximately one hundred scientists collaborate on this comprehensive project across water, land and atmosphere to investigate:

1)     Ongoing changes in ice-ocean interactions, snow and ice extent, permafrost thaw and their combined consequences for Arctic ecosystems and the benefits we receive from the systems

2)     Proxies for predicting future changes in ocean currents, weather systems and ecosystems

3)     Impact of climate change on the Arctic societies, population’s lifestyle and disease patterns

4)     Pollutant transport to the Arctic and exposure consequences on ecosystems and humans

5)     Feedbacks between the Arctic and Earth climate systems


Sub projects led by CEOS

  • Green house gases (CO2 – CH4 – N2O) dynamics within fjord sea ice
  • Underwater eddy correlation measurements of ice-ocean heat and mass exchange
  • Evolution and distribution of pH in natural first-year sea ice

  • Assessment of sea ice algae production in Kobbefjord

  • Mercury transport and transformation across the sea ice environment
  • Circulation and exchange processes at the entrance to Godthåbsfjord
For a full list of projects visit:

Principal Investigators: Søren Rysgaard , David Barber, Fei Wang, Jens Ehn, Igor Dmitrenko

U Manitoba: Greg McCullough, Ryan Galley, Marcos Lemes, Nicolas-Xavier Geilfus, Karley Campbell, Odile Crabeck, David Babb, Corinne Pomerleau

Funding and/or Other Support

Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC)


For more information contact:

Dr. Søren Rysgaard



Study Area

Study area Godthåbsfjorden (64N; 51W).
Credit: Søren Rysgaard