Research areas

DTU conducts activities in the Antarctic (Antarctic Peninsula, East Antarctica), in the Arctic Ocean, at the North Pole, in Canada and on Svalbard.

DTU’s research activities in the Polar Regions can be split into the following main categories:

Climate change monitoring

The activities are mainly aimed at mapping and monitoring water, ice and land at the Earth’s poles. The measurements are typically conducted by satellite, airplane or permanent measurement stations – often in combination. The measurements can help map and make prognosis for how climate change at the Polar Regions affects us globally.

Sustainable exploitation of polar resources

The interest in Arctic resources is rising. With the increased interest follows an increased focus on how the natural resources are managed. DTU does research and consultancy in the possibilities of managing the Arctic natural resources in a sustainable way. It goes for living resources such as fish as well as for mineral and fossil resources.

Social and technological development

DTU offers research-based knowledge and technology development to private enterprises as well as public authorities operating in the Arctic. Solutions that work well in lower latitudes, does not necessarily work in the Arctic. Therefore technological solutions tailored for the Arctic region is often a necessity. DTU has more than 100 years’ experience in the Arctic and has a strong presence in the Greenlandic society, partly because of the DTU campus in the Greenlandic town Sisimiut where Artic Engineers are educated.

I the menu to the left you can see some examples of the work DTU does in the Polar Regions. Some articles may be in Danish.