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Zackenberg Station

In 1997 the ecosystem research and monitoring facility at Zackenberg, located at Young Sund 25 km to the north-west of Daneborg, was officially opened. A branch facility is situated at Daneborg in the former meteorological station. Zackenberg is owned by Danish Polar Center and the Daneborg facility is operated by Danish Polar Center based on an agreement with the Danish Defence Command. In addition to individual research projects and programmes a comprehensive environmental monitoring is operating at Zackenberg. The station is available for use all year, pending special arrangement, but currently it is open and staffed for a 100-day period from late May to early September.


Unique features
Zackenberg Station offers the following qualities:
* A High Arctic study area with high flora, fauna and landscape diversity
* Integrated long term biotic and abiotic ecosystem monitoring
* Drainage basin monitoring
* Easy access to paleo-environment archives
* Proximity to the Greenland Sea density driven water pump (The Great Conveyer Belt)
* A salt marsh area of regional importance to birds
* Thematic, digital 3D terrain model of study area
* All logistics handled as individual package solutions for researchers


Zackenberg Station is situated at 74°30'N/20°30'W on the north side of Young Sund - Tyrolerfjord in Northeast Greenland.

Ownership and history
Zackenberg Station is owned and operated by Danish Polar Center. The operation of the station takes place within the framework ZERO (Zackenberg Ecological Research Operations), encompassing all issues dealing with ecosystem science, monitoring and logistics. The erection of Zackenberg Station was initiated in 1995 and the station was officially opened in August 1997.


Zackenberg Station has five permanent buildings holding functions as wet laboratory, dry laboratory, computer room, kitchen, mess, seminar room, toilets, showers, communication room, office and storage room. A well-equipped workshop is available. Researchers are accommodated in single/double rooms in sturdy Weatherheaven' shelters.

Zackenberg Station can accommodate up to 16 researchers at any time. The maximum annual capacity is c. 1600 researcher days. The daily charge for using the station is available from this price list.

Field season
Zackenberg Station is open for scientists year round. The high season for fieldwork is, however, concentrated in the spring-fall period, i.e. 1 June - 1 September.

Electrical power (220 V, 50 Hz AC) is available from stationary as well as portable generators. Water is de-ionised for laboratory work. All buildings have frost-proof heating. There is a common mess with chef.

The following is available: Climate station, hydrometric station, 15' rubber boat with outboard engine, 4x4 All Terrain Vehicle, drying, warming and freezing equipment, centrifuge, pH- and conductivity meters, scales, binocular microscope, all standard laboratory equipment. Firearms and emergency radios are available for personal safety.

Zackenberg Station has a satellite-based communication system including voice phone
(+ 871 761 282 913), fax
(+ 871 761 282 914) and E-mail ().
For regional and local communication HF and VHF radios are available.

Access and transportation
Travelling to and from Zackenberg Station is handled by Danish Polar Center. The only aircraft type in use is the Twin Otter with a total payload of 1000 kg. Round trips are offered at a fixed price (see price list) between Scandinavia and Zackenberg. Once a year, in the first half of August, a cargo ship from Denmark calls in at Zackenberg. Local transportation is based on hiking, skiing, boating or use of All Terrain Vehicle.

Zackenberg Station has a diverse long-term monitoring programme, called Zackenberg Basic. Zackenberg Basic has three elements: BioBasis (monitoring the dynamics of selected biotic ecosystem parameters), Climate Basis (monitoring climate and river water discharge) and GeoBasis (monitoring dynamics of the abiotic environment). The main thrust of operating permanent monitoring is to secure the provision of long time series of background ecosystem data from a High Arctic area. Besides, data from the monitoring programme are used free of charge by researchers working at Zackenberg Station.

Local community
Zackenberg Station does not have any Greenland community nearby. The closest habitation is the military outpost Sirius at Daneborg c. 25 km to the south-east. The closest town is Ittoqqortoormiit, c. 450 km to the south.

During the high season, June through August, Zackenberg is staffed with 4 persons to secure all-round service to the researchers.

Further information
Information on Zackenberg and Daneborg facilities is available on-line in the ZERO Sites Manual. Booking is also on-line. For further information please contact the Station Manager Dr. Morten Rasch, Danish Polar Center, Strandgade 100H, DK 1350 Copenhagen K, Denmark, Phone: +45 32880100, Fax: +45 32880101, E-mail:

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