gios partners

GIOS partners are: Aarhus University (AU), University of Copenhagen (KU), Aalborg University (AAU), Technical University of Denmark (DTU)), Greenland Institute of Natural Resources (GINR), ASIAQ Greenland Survey, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, (GEUS).

The GIOS research infrastructure will be open to other relevant and interested national institutions and the data obtained will be freely available.

Aarhus University 

Aarhus University operates a number of sampling sites and infrastructure facilities in Greenland e.g. the GEM program, Zackenberg, Daneborg and Station North research stations and the Arctic Science Study Program offered in Nuuk. Activities involve research, monitoring, education, and collaboration with business and industry as well as consultancy services to national and international government agencies and institutions. c. 150 researchers at AU are working with Arctic themes and affiliated with the Arctic Research Centre.

Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland

The Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, GEUS, is a Danish public research institution in the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities. GEUS carries out activities to exploit and protect geological resources in Denmark and Greenland. Primary activities are mapping, compilation and storage of data, research, monitoring and consultancy within water, energy, minerals and climate and environment. GEUS has carried out extensive field program in Greenland for >60 years and heads the Program for Monitoring of the Greenland Ice Sheet.

University of Copenhagen

The Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen operates the Arctic Research Station on the Disko Island, and the Ice and Climate Research group at the Niels Bohr Institute operates the ice camp at present hosting the international deep ice core drilling project EGRIP on the Northeast Greenland Ice Stream (NEGIS). All faculties at KU have re searchers involved in Arctic and Greenland related research,courses and supervision of bachelor, master and PhD projects. 150 researchers are involved in GIOS related research.

Aalborg University

Aalborg University is involved in activities in the Arctic within the areas of bioscience, business and management, engineering, medicine, culture and learning, political science, electronic systems and planning. Activities include both basic and applied research.

Technical University of Denmark

The Technical University of Denmark operates a number of facilities in the Arctic, among them the ARTEK campus & research station in Sisimiut, oceanographic research vessel Dana, station net work monitoring, permafrost, crustal deformations and Earth’s magnetic field and airborne snow/ice sensing infrastructure. Three departments will contribute to GIOS; Department of Civil Engineering (BYG), The National Institute of Aquatic Resources (AQUA) and the National Space Institute (SPACE).

Greenland Institute of Natural Resources

Greenland Institute of Natural Resources is located in Nuuk, Greenland and operates a number of technical and scientific facilities in Greenland, among them field station and research facilities in Kobbefjord, Niaqornat, laboratory facilities several locations in Nuuk, a fleet consistent of several motorboats and the research vessel SANNA, which is used as a platform for research and surveys in our coastal waters and fjord systems. In 2021 GINR┬┤s new ocean-going research vessel will be ready for launch. GINR is responsible for the MarinBasis Programme, GEM in Nuuk and Zackenberg. GINR 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.


Asiaq Greenland Survey, is located in Nuuk, Greenland and operates a number of climate/weather, hydrology and glacier monitoring stations, for both research purposes and the Greenlandic government. Asiaq is responsible for all GEM Climate Basis activities as well as being involved in the PROMICE project and several international research projects. Asiaq surveys and monitors the non-living physical environment in Greenland, from mapping the cities and settlements of Greenland, surveying for urban development as well as topographical mapping of Greenland, weather observations and hydrological assessments for the Greenlandic society and for the research communities. Asiaq is 100% owned by the Greenlandic Government, and has surveyed and monitored all around Greenland for more than 60 years.

Other interested parties

Danish Joint Arctic Command (JACO), University of Greenland (GU), Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI), University of Southern Denmark (SDU), Greenland National Museum & Archives, National Museum of Denmark, Faroe
Marine Research Institute (FAMRI).