The Arctic is a priority area for DTU Space

The Arctic is playing an increasingly important role in the Kingdom of Denmark (Rigsfællesskabet). Climate changes have a significant impact on the region. And new access routes at sea around Greenland due to less ice have increased geopolitical focus. We provide advice activities related to the challenges in the Arctic. (Photo: NASA/DTU Space)

DTU Space provides research-based advice, which contributes to dealing with existing and new challenges in the region. We work in the Arctic with advice concerning climate change, the level of sea ice, safety and rescue. Our partners are ministries, authorities, defence and space institutions.

Our advice includes the Danish Defence, civilian authorities and international organizations, including the UN Climate Panel, IPCC.

The Danish Agency for Data Supply and Efficiency (SDFE) and the Danish Defence, including the Royal Danish Arctic Command, are essential partners in the region.

For SDFE, we run GNET, a network of GPS stations in Greenland, also used for climate research. We provide knowledge about climate change in Greenland (land uplift, melting of glacier ice, sea ice levels) to the UN Climate Panel IPCC. We contribute to the Danish Defence with advice on data infrastructure in the Arctic. We provide advice to the Arctic Council. And we collaborate with both ESA and NASA on climate research in the region.

We also advise authorities i Greenland concerning construction and education within the Arctic engineering disciplines. The counselling and advice takes place in close collaboration with other DTU institutes and centres with activities in the Arctic.

The DTU Space-based center Arctic DTU supports research, innovation, scientific advice, and education in the Arctic. They work toward strengthening the international scientific collaboration. They support the green transition in the Arctic by collecting scientific competences across DTU within the fields, construct, environment, renewable energy, raw material extraction, monitoring of climate change, marine resources, and oceanography.

Contact Niels Andersen in the Division for Geomagnetism and geospace for further information.