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Logistics and field stations

Research in Greenland is resource demanding. It is expensive to travel to e.g. North Greenland, and it is difficult to get around in isolated, uninhabited and hardly negotiable areas.

Danish Polar Center (DPC) organizes, from year to year, logistics platforms for research projects in selected regions of Greenland. These platforms optimize the economic advantages in coordinating the logistic needs from all actors in a certain geographical region during the summer field season. This way opportunities arise for small projects with highly sensitive budgets to partake in field campaigns that they could otherwise not be a part of. During recent summers logistics platforms have covered Northwest as well as Northeast Greenland.

DPC operates its own field station, Zackenberg, at 75°30'N in Northeast Greenland. Logisticians are in charge of your travel, accommodation and food during your stay, and they operate and develop the station so that the researchers will get the needed services while in the field. Since the start in 1995 the average overnights at the station has been 1500-2000 per summer.

Zackenberg station has established a mutual agreement with the researchers' hotel, KISS, at Kangerlussuaq (West Greenland), Sermilik field station (Southeast Greenland), Arctic Station (Qeqertarsuaq, West Greenland) and Greenland Institute of Natural Resources (Nuuk, West Greenland) on e.g. shared marketing, shared representation in pertinent international networks and a shared committment in knowledge building in Greenland.

During the summer fields season DPC has logisticians deployed at Mestersvig, Northeast Greenland, to operate an aircraft traffic hub as the gateway to the National Park in North and East Greenland for research projects, tourist expeditions and others who need to travel to, within and from this vast region.