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Since 2009, whalers along the east coast of Greenland have caught killer whales whose presence has increased in the sea along the coast. Particularly in the Tasiilaq area, killer whale serves as food for both humans and sledge dogs. Photo: Haukur Sigurdsson.
A female killer whale weighing about six tons caught outside Kulusuk in August 2013. The whale had fed on seals and baleen whale, and samples were taken of tissue and milk from the mammary glands.
Greenland seal found in the guts of a killer whale caught in Tasiilaq 2013. Photo: Aqqaluk Rosing Asvid, Greenland Institute of Natural Resources in Nuuk.
In August 2014, the local population of Tasiilaq, East Greenland, was interviewed about their life style and diet habits. Blood samples were taken from individuals eating killer whale meat. Photo: Rune Dietz, Aarhus University.
Sledge dogs in Tasiilaq being fed whale meat were also sampled to measure their concentrations of environmental pollutants. Photo: Rune Dietz, Aarhus University.

2014.09.30 | Arctic Research Centre

Killer whales on the Greenland menu – a cause of concern

More and more killer whales search for food along the Greenland east coast, and the local inhabitants now hunt whales that serve both as food for their families and as dog food. Researchers believe, however, that killer whales can have the highest concentrations of pollutants in the Arctic area.

2014.09.29 | Arctic Research Centre

Changes at the top of the world

With the interdisciplinary Arctic Research Centre and a wide-ranging international collaboration, Aarhus University plays a central role in investigating the major environmental changes taking place in the Arctic.

2014.09.25 | Arctic Research Centre

Workshop kickstarts new Arctic initiative

At the end of September, researchers from institutions in Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Greenland will meet with authorities connected with the Arctic region. The meeting is the start of joint Danish efforts in Arctic research and education initiated by the University of Copenhagen and Aarhus University.

2014.09.19 | Arctic Research Centre

Responsible Development of the Arctic: Opportunities and Challenges - Pathways to Action

Joint Nordic Initiative on Arctic Research. Responsible Development of the Arctic: Opportunities and Challenges - Pathways to Action

2014.09.19 | Arctic Research Centre

Polarsekretariatet

Forholdene omkring Arktis har i de senere år tiltrukket megen opmærksomhed, blandt andet i forhold til klimaforandringer, potentielle råstoffer, nye sejlruter mv. Polarsekretariatet skal være med til at skabe bedre overblik over polarforskningsaktiviteterne

2014.09.17 | Environment, climate and energy

Miljøgift gør orme kuldskære

Nogle miljøgifte er mere skadelige i et koldt klima end i et varmt, fordi de påvirker temperaturfølsomheden hos visse organismer. Nu har forskere fra tre danske universiteter sammen påvist hvordan. Det kan give mere præcise risikovurderinger af forurening, navnlig i Arktis.

Seniorforsker Morten Frederiksen, Lloyd Park og Kane Brides sætter sendere på havfugle. Foto Cheryl Katz

2014.09.02 | Arctic Research Centre

Tomme reder i Nordatlanten

Havfugle kolonierne i Nordatlanten skrumper. I løbet af de sidste 10 år er ynglesuccesen for bl.a. Lunden og den Arktiske Terne faldet drastisk, og det er især tydeligt på Island, der ellers plejer at være havfuglenes Serengeti.

2014.09.01 | Arctic Research Centre

Arctic Change 2014: Call for abstracts

The ArcticNet Network of Centres of Excellence of Canada and its national and international partners are welcoming the international Arctic research community to Ottawa for the International Arctic Change 2014 Conference.