STATION NAME AND OWNER

Arctic DTU operates and run the Arctic DTU, ARTEK Research Station. The station is part of a cooperation between the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and the Government of Greenland Namminersorlutik Oqartussat on Arctic educations, research and innovation. Buildings are owned by the Government of Greenland and provided by KTI – Tech College Greenland, the technical vocational school of Greenland.

LOCATION

The station is situated in Sisimiut, the second largest town of Greenland with app. 5500 inhabitants. The town is located 75 km north of the Arctic Circle on the central-western coast of Greenland along the east shore of Davis Strait. Sisimiut is the northernmost year-round ice free city in Greenland. The main occupation is fishing industry, trade, public services, tourism and education / research.

BIODIVERSITY AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

Sisimiut is situated between sea, mountains, tundra and ice. The research station is surrounded to the west by David Strait and to the south by peninsulas and archipelagos. To the north and east of the city vast areas of mountains, lakes and arctic tundra stretches all the way to Kangerlussuaq (130 km) and further 40 km to the Greenlandic Icecap. The landscape around the station is the largest ice free area in Greenland. Birdlife are breeding in the nearby mountains along the coastline. Reindeer, foxes, musk ox, seals and whale are living near the city. Rarely polar bears are spotted north of town. Sisimiut is the southernmost town in Greenland where sledge dogs are allowed and has ~ 1000 of sledge dogs.

HISTORY AND FACILITIES

The station itself started as a cooperation between Greenlandic Government and DTU on arctic technical education in 2000, based on fieldwork and research conducted in the area. Around 75 international arctic students visit the place over the year. Today, the station also is our base for international multidisciplinary research and fieldwork conducted in the surroundings and backcountry of Sisimiut. We provide logistical support (4WD carssnowmobile, ATV, equipment and charter of boat), workshops, office facilities and field storage, while laboratory access often can be arranged. We have apartments and rooms with a total of 20 beds while additional rooms can be arranged through our local partners. Moreover we have access to a number of bivouac shelters in the back country and we have a small hut in Kangerlussuaq mainly for monitoring of permafrost, northern light and glacial earthquakes.

GENERAL RESEARCH AND DATABASES

The research station is situated between sea, tundra and ice and is situated ideal for multidisciplinary research and long-term monitoring of geophysical changes related to climate change including terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and Earth Observation (EO). Further, research related to arctic settlements, infrastructure and environmental impact is performed, so also research in arctic heritage in connection with the area being added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2018.

HUMAN DIMENSION

The research station is accessible all year for both researchers and university students.

ACCESS

Sisimiut is reached either by plane or boat. By plane with almost daily connections operated by Air Greenland from either Nuuk, Aasiaat or Kangerlussuaq, the international airport of Greenland. The Arctic Trail, a 160 km hike trail, connects Sisimiut with Kangerlussuaq. Arctic Umiaq Line operates a coast ferry with one all-year-round weekly connection southbound to Nuuk and Qaqortoq and one weekly connection northbound to Ilulissat during the summer season.

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