25 - GINR

Dr. Thomas Juul-Pedersen

Grønlands Naturinstitut
Kivioq 2
Postboks 570
3900 Nuuk



The Greenland Institute of Natural Resources conducts research into Arctic ecosystems, monitors the living resources and the environment in Greenland and advises the Government of Greenland and other authorities on sustainable exploitation of living resources and safeguarding the environment and biodiversity.

The Institute has three departments: Department of Fish and Shellfish, Birds and Mammals, and Environment and Mineral Resources. The institute also comprise a cross-disciplinary Greenlandic/Danish climate centre: The Greenland Climate Research Centre. The centre conducts research into effects of climate change on the Arctic environment and Greenlandic society.

Research is conducted into Arctic ecosystems and how they are affected by climatic and human impacts focusing primarily on living marine resources, as well as land-based resources. Research is directed towards physical and chemical processes in the environment in relation to climate change and its impact upon fisheries, hunting, construction, and transportation.

The institute monitors animal populations, vegetation, physical and chemical parameters in order to follow trends associated with environmental change. Monitoring activities focuses on exploited species and constitutes a significant part of the continuous scientific documentation of population dynamics. Climate parameters are continuously monitored through all the monitoring programmes.

The Greenland Institute of Natural Resources advises the Greenland Home Rule on sustainable exploitation of living resources and safeguarding of the environment and biodiversity. The institute communicates knowledge of environmental issues and key findings to local and international stakeholders and interested parties, as well as being dedicated to publish achieved research results. 

The institute is actively engaged in the development, implementation and teaching of Greenland/Arctic natural science topics together with Greenlandic, Danish and Canadian universities. The institute’s educational program targets national and international university students, as well partaking in the development of educational tools and programs for high schools students in Greenland. 

Role in the project

The Greenland Institute of Natural Resources will be actively involved in WP6 and WP7. The institute will contribute to WP6 by together with Aarhus University delivering monitoring data from the marine subprogram of the Greenland Ecosystem Monitoring programme (GEM). The institute will contribute to WP7 by implementing knowledge, results and findings achieved through this program into the institute’s educational program targeting national and international university students and Greenlandic high school students.