Zackenberg Fen

The ICOS Zackenberg Fen station is located in the world’s largest national park, which covers an area of 972 000 km2. The station is very far from everything else – the nearest settlement is almost 500 km away. Here remoteness, harsh climate and frequent visits from Arctic foxes, musk oxen and polar bears bring their own challenges to the greenhouse gas measurements.
38 m
-8.7 °C
Mean annual temperature
253.0 mm
Mean annual precipitation
Tundra (ET)
Climate zone

Detailed information

The station Zackenberg, is located in central Northeast Greenland within the area of Greenland National Park. From the west, north and east valley is surrounded by mountains (>1000 m a.s.l.) and the southern margin is set by the Young Sund fjord. Study site is characterized by high arctic climate conditions, the ground is covered by snow for about 236 days per year. Study area is underlain by continuous permafrost with active layer depth reaching ca. 0.85 m, increasing by ca. 0.01 m every year (Lund et al. 2014). The length of the growing season is highly variable and dependent on the day of the snowmelt. The peak of vegetation greenness generally takes place in late July/early August and the end of the growing season usually occurs in early September.
-8.7 °C
253.0 mm
101.9 W/m2
74.48152, -20.555773
38 m

Current staff

Name Role (ICOS vocabulary) Start date
Marcin Antoni Jackowicz-Korczynski Principal Investigator 2021-05-03
Rasmus Jensen Administrator 2023-03-22
Eric Larmanou Researcher 2022-08-01
Efrén López-Blanco Data Manager 2021-05-03
Daniel Rudd Engineer 2021-05-03
Torben Røjle Christensen Researcher 2021-05-03

Former staff

Name Role (ICOS vocabulary) Start date End date
Rasmus Jensen Researcher 2021-10-29 2021-12-13
Rasmus Jensen Administrator 2023-03-22 2023-03-21
Rasmus Jensen Researcher 2021-10-29 2021-12-13
Eric Larmanou Administrator 2022-08-18 2023-03-21