Greenland Institute of Natural Resources


The Greenland Institute of Natural Resources (GINR) in the capital of Greenland, Nuuk, offers high quality research facilities and the opportunity to work with a staff of experienced and enthusiastic researchers.

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.

GINR integrates research in natural, technological, and social sciences in order to understand the effects of natural variability and climate change on Arctic ecosystems and society. Research focuses on marine ecology such as fish, shellfish, marine mammals, marine productivity, and seasonality and biogeochemical cycling and sea ice processes as well as terrestrial animals and vegetation.

The Institute takes part in the monitoring program Greenland Ecosystem Monitoring (GEM) in the High Arctic at Zackenberg/Daneborg in North East Greenland and the Low Arctic at Nuuk, West Greenland.

GINR’s modern laboratories and facilities in the Arctic environment give you the opportunity to put theory into practice. We have a wide range of expertise in Arctic research and a variety of high technology and tools at our disposal, and we offer you the chance to explore your area of interest in collaboration with our local and international specialists.

The Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, Aarhus University, and the University of Manitoba have established a joint science education based in Greenland from spring 2015. Together these institutions form the Arctic Science Partnership (ASP) focusing on coordinated Arctic research and education efforts.

Facts and figures

Year Established 1994
Total Number of Staff 65
Number of Academic Staff 48
Number of Students 18
Focus Areas

Species biology and ecological interactions

Distribution of populations, population size and dynamics

Ocean and fjord hydrography, ocean currents, and sea ice

Melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet and freshwater flux into the sea

Applied field instrument technology and field and laboratory experiments


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