Great Cormorants.  Photo: Kim Biledgaard©

2014.04.08 | DCE, Public / media

Pan-European status of the breeding population of Great Cormorants published

Results from a major survey of breeding numbers of cormorants in Europe have just been published, providing the most complete overview of the breeding distribution and abundance of these fish-eating birds ever compiled.

The map shows the 304 SAMBAH click detector positions. At 140 stations (filled circles) porpoises have been detected on at least one occasion during the two years of data collection, whereas 160 stations (empty circles) had no detections at all. 
At four stations (X) no data was collected as the detectors were repeatedly lost. The detection rates, averaged for all stations in the different countries’ EEZ or parts of the EEZ, are shown in shades of blue.
 In Russian Kaliningrad waters data collection in 9 positions is still on-going. It started in May 2013 and will end in May 2014, i.e. there will be no overlap with the SAMBAH data collection, and it will be one year shorter. So far no detections of porpoises have been made in Russian waters.

2014.03.03 | DCE, Public / media

Here are the Baltic harbour porpoises!

Harbour porpoises are now clearly shown to be present in a large part of the Baltic Proper.

DNA analyses show that wolves from both Germany and Poland  have migrated to Denmark. Here, wolves in Rezerwat Pokazowy Zubrow, Bialowieza, Poland. Photo: Thomas Secher Jensen

2013.11.29 | DCE, Public / media

Foundation grant awarded to project on new animal species in Denmark

The Danish research community was taken by surprise when a DNA investigation in December 2012 showed that a dead animal found in Thy National Park was a wolf.

Anne Glover, Professor and Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission: ”Speak up. Stand up. Gang up.” Photo: Lise Balsby, Aarhus University

2013.10.15 | DCE, Public / media

Politicians must act on the available knowledge

Researchers need to become involved with society and to communicate their insights clearly to decision-makers - who, in turn, need to act on the available knowledge. These were the main points at DCE’s and PEER’s international conference hosted in Aarhus, Denmark by Aarhus University.

In Denmark, the plan and ongoing management cooperation between the four host countries on pink-footed goose will, as one of more initiatives, be implemented in Western Jutland and Northern Jutland through extensive cooperation with local hunters organized in the Danish Hunters’ Association. Photo: Magnus Elander

2013.10.01 | DCE, Public / media

Knowledge from management plan on pink-footed goose to be shared internationally

Research results and experiences from the initiation and implementation of the management plan on pink-footed goose are to be shared internationally to promote research-based management of waterbirds.

2013.05.31 | DCE, Public / media

DCE – portal to Aarhus University’s participation in test centre for water technology

DCE – Danish Centre for Environment and Energy will be the central portal to the knowledge and technological competences of Aarhus University for the new national test centre for water technology and climate adaptation.

Pink-footed geese have cen be hunted in both Denmark and Norway, but not in the Netherlands and Belgium where the geese move for the winter. Photo: Magnus Elander©. Click for full size photo.

2013.05.28 | DCE, Public / media

Unique management plan for pink-footed goose to be implemented this year

The Svalbard population of pink-footed goose continues to increase. Particularly in Norway the geese cause damage to agricultural crops and they threaten vulnerable tundra plants on the Svalbard breeding grounds. Over 40 years there has been a fourfold increase in the population to more than 80,000 individuals.

Arctic fox. Photo: Carsten Egevang/

2013.05.24 | DCE, Public / media

First report on biodiversity in the Arctic

More than 250 leading researchers from most of the world have during the past six years contributed with their knowledge and expertise to the first report on total biological diversity in the Arctic and the changes over recent years.

The Greenland stamp with Lars Holst Hansen’s photo of musk ox bull as motive. Click for full size.

2013.05.24 | DCE, Public / media

Animal life at Zackenberg Research Station motive for Greenland stamp

On 11 June 2013 biologist Lars Holst Hansen, DCE – Danish Centre for Environment and Energy, Aarhus University, gets the pleasure of seeing one of his many photos from his field stays at Zackenberg Research Centre in the national park in high Arctic North-East Greenland published as a stamp.

2013.05.24 | DCE, Public / media

Presentations from workshop on greening agriculture

From 24 – 25 April 2013 DCE, the Danish Centre for Environment and Energy, and DCA, the Danish Centre for Food and Agriculture, hosted an international workshop on the influence of modern agriculture on nature.

From 3-4 October 2013 DCE hosts the second international environmental conference ’Science for the Environment’ at Aarhus University.

2013.05.24 | DCE, Public / media

120 abstracts to ‘Science for the Environment’

All the themes of the conference are covered in the abstracts of which a fifth is Danish.

2013.04.17 | DCE, Public / media

International research team maps underwater noise in the Baltic Sea

The ocean is full of sounds. Breaking waves and surf provide an ever-present background noise, and the many seals, whales, fish and crustaceans communicating via sound contribute to create a complex acoustic environment, which has been termed the “soundcape”.

Photo: Gösta Kjellsson ©

2013.03.19 | DCE, Public / media

DCE and DCA workshop on greening agriculture

Modern agriculture has a huge influence on nature. The access to cheap nutrients, chemicals and effective machinery has dramatically changed European agriculture.

In the middle of the picture the Thy wolf is seen as a pup. The animals of prey of its fellows will be red deer and roe deer. To cover their dietary needs a population of approximately 100 wolves in Jutland needs ca. a tenth of today’s total Danish kill of the two deer species. Researchers say that despite the rich availability of prey, occasional wolf kill of domestic animals cannot be avoided. Photo: Sebastian Koerner ©:

2013.03.15 | DCE, Public / media

Breeding wolwes in Jutland probable within 10 years

Already within the coming decade Denmark may have a breeding population of wolves that have wandered from Germany up through Jutland. The Jutland peninsula has suitable habitats to support ten family groups of wolves with an average number of eight members.

Aarhus University currently has a modest hut and air measurement facility at Station North. The major new grant now makes it possible to extend the facilities significantly.

2013.01.29 | Department of Environmental Science, Public / media, Staff, DCE

Aarhus University builds research station in North Greenland

Researchers from Department of Environmental Science are now making a start on setting up an ultra-modern research station right up in the northernmost part of Greenland. Here they will study climate change and its impact on the air, sea, geology, fauna and flora in the High Arctic region. Project Manager Henrik Skov, Aarhus University, expects…

Seismic vessels operating in Greenland must have biological observers on board. This photo does not, however, show a seismic vessel, but the old ship “Adolf Jensen” belonging to the Greenland Nature Institute on a research expedition. Photo: Kasper Lambert Johansen.

2012.11.30 | DCE, Public / media

Manual for biological observers on seismic vessels

On all seismic vessels operating in Greenland biological observers must be on board, partly to observe sea mammals in connection with the start-up and during seismic surveys (and in certain situations stop seismic activity), and partly to undertake systematic countings of seabirds and sea mammals to obtain density and distribution data to support…

Otter. Photo: Aksel Bo Madsen

2012.09.18 | DCE, Public / media

Danish otter population continues to grow

The otter has made a unique comeback to Danish nature. In 1980 it was considered one of the most threatened mammals in Denmark.

Foto: Jesper Fredshavn

2012.09.17 | DCE, Public / media

Protecting ecosystems brings benefits to society - A synthesis report for policy makers

Ecosystems are essential to our well-being and prosperity as they provide us with food, clean air and fresh water. Ecosystems also represent an exceptional source of outdoor recreation opportunities.

Director Hanne Bach, DCE – Danish Centre for Environment and Energy, Aarhus University

2012.08.15 | DCE, Public / media

New director of DCE – Danish Centre for Environment and Energy

As per 1st August 2012, chief consultant Hanne Bach, DCE, is the new director of DCE - Danish Centre for Environment and Energy, Aarhus University.

2012.08.09 | DCE, Public / media

Arctic research and monitoring worth half a billion Danish Kroner

The Arctic research and monitoring programme - Greenland Ecosystem Monitoring (GEM) - which is coordinated by Aarhus University, either cooperates with or is formally involved in projects and initiatives in the Arctic region worth half a billion Danish Kroner up till 2016. DCE publishes GEM's working plan.

2012.08.08 | DCE, Public / media

High incidence of injured barnacle geese

Nearly every seventh adult barnacle goose carries embedded pellets. This is evidenced in an X-ray study of barnacle geese caught in Western Jutland, Denmark, undertaken within the framework of DCE - Danish Centre for Environment and Energy, Aarhus University.

The Clearwater Lake field station in the Canadian Québec province is included in the catalogue. Photo: INTERACT

2012.08.07 | DCE, Public / media

45 arctic research and field stations in a unique catalogue

A drastically increasing need to carry on research in the Arctic regions is immediately reflected in a rapidly increasing number of research and field stations in the northern hemisphere. DCE is publishing a catalogue of more than 45 research and field stations.

2012.08.07 | DCE, Public / media

DCE millions to research in healthy cities and resource efficiency

In 2012-13 DCE - Danish Centre for Environment and Energy supports nine research projects and one conference and communication project at Aarhus University with DKK 10 million.

Harbour Porpoise. Photo: Jonas Teilmann

2012.08.07 | DCE, Public / media

Re-established stony reef attracts harbour porpoises for a midnight snack

A little less than 45,000 square km of cavernous stony reef at Læsø Trindel in Kattegat has quickly become a preferred dining place for porpoises.

Pink-footed goose, photo: Magnus Elander©. Click for full photo.

2012.06.14 | DCE, Public / media

Unique European waterbird management plan

Together with Norway, the Netherlands and Belgium, Denmark will initiate a unique management plan for the Svalbard population of the pink-footed goose.

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