Green Fjord

Greenlandic Fjord ecosystems in a changing climate: Socio-cultural and environmental interactions

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Southern Greenlandic fjord systems are emblematic landscapes at the heart of the socio-economic and cultural environments of local communities.

Accelerated climate change impacts southern Greenland fjord ecosystems and livelihoods profoundly on land and in the ocean. Fjords are particularly vulnerable because they lie at the nexus between the cryosphere, ocean, land, atmosphere and biosphere.

Within GreenFjord, we will explore the socio-cultural and environmental interactions by focusing our research on two different fjord systems: a marine and a terrestrial terminating glacier. Our efforts are organized around six clusters: cryosphere, land, ocean, atmosphere, biodiversity and human.

Research Cluster

Our efforts are organized around these 6 clusters:
Lichen and Moss Covered Rock in Greenland
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Sheep being hearded onto a boat in Greenland
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About Green Fjord

About Green Fjord

Accelerated climate change impacts southern Greenland fjord ecosystems and livelihoods profoundly as a result of atmospheric warming, changing vegetation and precipitation patterns, as well as enhanced glacier melt. Increased meltwater fluxes also affect marine ecosystem functioning and nutrient circulation, which in turn affect the marine food-web with cascading effects on biodiversity. 

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Swiss Polar Institute Flagship Initiatives Launch Event
18. May, 2022

Swiss Polar Institute Flagship Initiatives Launch Event

The official launch of the Swiss Polar Institute Flagship Initiatives is taking place on 18 May 2022 at 17h00, in Bern. At this occasion, the concept and vision of the two…

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GreenFjord Press Release
09. March, 2022

GreenFjord Press Release

We are delighted to announce that with the official press release titled ‘ New research program will study fjord ecosystems in Greenland ‘ the GreenFjord programme has officially started! We are…

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