The ZackenbergBasic monitoring programme in Zackenberg, Northeast Greenland, and the Geographical and the Climatic programmes (GeoBasis and ClimateBasis) have continued collecting data of climatic, hydrological and terrestrial variables describing the dynamics of the physical and geomorphological environment in this high Arctic location.
GeoBasis is operated by the National Environmental Research Institute in co-operation with Department of Geography, University of Copenhagen, and ClimateBasis is operated by ASIAQ – Greenland Survey. Data from the monitoring programmes are summarised in the ZERO Annual Reports published by the Danish Polar Center. These can be downloaded at . A synthesis of the first ten year monitoring and research results will be published by several of the involved scientists in 2008.
The Arctic Technology Centre (ARTEK: Sanaartornermik Iliniarfik in Sisimiut, Greenland / Department of Civil Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark) has continued its studies of permafrost related to roads and infrastructures in the discontinuous to continuous permafrost regions between Sisimiut and Kangerlussuaq (Søndre Strømfjord). N. Foged and T. Ingeman-Nielsen, ARTEK have further developed the geological, geophysical and geotechnical mapping of the selected test sites and started a study of risk zonation of degrading permafrost in Ilulissat, Sisimiut, Kangerlussuaq and Nuuk as part of the NSF supported research programme Recent and Future Permafrost Variability, Retreat and Degradation in Greenland and Alaska: An Integrated Approach. The project partners are University of Alaska Fairbanks (V. Romanovsky and K. Yoshikawa), the Danish Meteorological Institute (J. H. Christensen and M. Stendel), ASIAQ (the Greenland Survey; K.H. Svendsen and R. Butzbach), and ARTEK (N. Foged and T. Ingeman-Nielsen). Test sites in Greenland and in Alaska were visited and instrumented. Reports related to the test sites at the airports of Ilulissat and Kangerlussuaq will be presented at the NICOP, including PhD student A.S. Jørgensen results of the on-going georadar investigations of the timely development of the active layer under dark asphaltic pavements and under white-painted surfaces in Kangerlussuaq Airport. The project results will be available at , which is under construction.
ARTEK arranged an International Conference on Arctic Roads in Sisimiut 3-5 March 2007. The topics were operation, maintenance, and construction of roads under Arctic conditions. Proceedings are available at .
The Danish IPA adhering body SAFT - Society of Arctic Research and Technology – carried on its crossdisciplinary outreach activities and support to MSc and PhD studies in Greenland, and maintain coordinating contact with the Permafrost Young Research Network (PYRN). Please contact S. Hanson (firstname.lastname@example.org) if any inquiries.
Niels Foged (email@example.com)