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To apply for courses in the Arctic Science Study Programme (ASSP), please complete the “Student Information” form below. After submitting the completed form you will receive an e-mail with details on how to proceed with register for the courses and other practical information.

The ASSP offers graduate (masters) and PhD level courses. The courses in spring and autumn each form two full semester (30 ECTS). Applicants applying for a full semester are given priority, however, it is possible to apply for single courses. You can find more information about the courses under Arctic Science Study Programme (ASSP).

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Greenland Benthic Habitats

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About the program

The seabed around Greenland provides a food source and habitat for the most economically valuable of our living marine resources. Moreover, it houses a unique diversity with more than 2,000 registered invertebrate and fish species, represented in a range of different communities from the sub-Arctic to the high Arctic, from coastal waters to deep water, and from rocky to soft bottom types. This habitat richness is essential for the function of the marine ecosystem on small and large scales. However, we know little about the spatial distribution of the habitats in Greenland, their functional role and their natural variation. This makes it difficult to assess the potential consequences of human activities, e.g. pollution, trawling and oil exploration, as well as the consequences of climate change, including ocean warming and acidification, sea ice reduction and invasive species. Benthic monitoring studies are much needed to facilitate knowledge-based habitat management. Since 2014, we have used a range of different sampling approaches to produce information about the physical and biological properties of seabed habitats as part of an overall strategy for long-term and large-scale benthic monitoring in Greenlandic waters.

 
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Underwater image taken with a drop camera on the Greenland shelf, showing a typical soft-sediment community with numerous brittle stars. Clams (Mya sp.) and sea lily (Crinoidea) also present

On the continental shelf in East Greenland the seabed in some areas are dominated by large marine sponges (e.g. Geodia spp.), which are regarded indicators of vulnerable marine ecosystems (VME).  Here is an example of a large non-intended bycatch in GINR’s fisheries assessment trawl during a survey in East Greenland. The trawl bycatch of benthic invertebrates produces valuable information about sea bed habitats in areas where other types of scientific documentation are scarce

A rocky habitat on the West Greenland shelf is documented with GINR’s towed video sled. Several epifaunal invertebrates are represented together with an Atlantic Wolffish (Anarchichas lupus)

Star fish of the species Psilaster andromeda

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