Technical University of Denmark

Short Name: DTU
Country: Denmark


Danmarks Tekniske Universitet is the Technical University of Denmark, a modern self-governed university that operates at a high international level in a wide array of research areas within science and technology and is ranked in the top 20 technical institutes internationally. The National Institute of Aquatic Resources at DTU conducts, research, provides advice, educates at university level and contributes to innovation in sustainable exploitation and management of aquatic resources. DTU investigates the biology and population ecology of aquatic organisms, aquatic physical and chemical processes, ecosystem structure and dynamics, considering of all relevant natural and anthropogenic drivers. DTU advises the Danish Ministry of the Environment and Food and other public authorities, the commercial fisheries, the aquaculture industry and international commissions. The institute undertake the Danish national monitoring on fish and fisheries for the EU. DTU also addresses the functioning, structure and dynamics of marine systems, considering natural and anthropogenic forcing, with special focus on climate change. The geographical coverage of activities spans from Danish coastal waters to open sea areas with a specific focus of leading the increasing work of the institute in Arctic areas. DTU has extensive experience in coordinating and managing scientific programmes, including the coordination of EU framework programmes. DTU has about 300 employees, of whom a third are scientific staff with a substantial support from assistant biologists, laboratory technicians, administrative staff, and the approx. 40 people involved in ship’s operations etc. DTU holds the secretariat for the Danish Centre for Marine Research responsible for the funds to cover ship chartering allocated by the Danish Ministry of Research and Innovation. DTU owns and operates the research vessel Dana, which is a versatile multi-purpose vessel and the largest research vessel in Denmark. Dana is designed for Arctic marine research with highest ice class and, as it is approved for sailing in ice-filled waters.


DTU are involved in WP2 Transnational Access.
Access to Research Vessels and related infrastructure: RV Dana [Global/Ocean].

DTU will undertake activities in WP5 Stakeholder engagement, WP6 Education and Training, and WP8 Foresight: Legacy and Roadmap.
DTU Aqua will contribute to the training at sea element, the TNA of vessels offering RV Dana and in the dialogue with other stakeholders e.g. on observation systems.

Modality of access: The dates for regular surveys are well known, but are somewhat flexible, thus other users may submit a proposal for a preferred period. The scheduling is usually taking place in September/October for the following year. Cruise leaders are in close contact with the scheduling group and will receive guideline and assistance for preparation of logistics, lab equipment, diplomatic clearance, etc.

Outreach to new users: As DTU Aqua serve as the secretariat for Danish Centre for Marine Research, we will utilise this base for announcing it to all institutions in Denmark active in marine science.

Relevant Publications

  • Stedmon, Colin A; Granskog, Mats A; Dodd, Paul A; An approach to estimate the freshwater contribution from glacial melt and precipitation in East Greenland shelf waters using colored dissolved organic matter (CDOM), Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 120(2),1107-1117, 2015.

  • Reader HE, Stedmon CA, Nielsen NJ, Kritzberg ES. (2015), Mass and UV-visible spectral fingerprints of dissolved organic matter: sources and reactivity, Front. Mar. Sci., 2 (October), 1-10, doi:10.3389/fmars.2015.00088.

  • Stedmon, CA; Amon, RMW; Rinehart, AJ; Walker, SA; The supply and characteristics of colored dissolved organic matter (CDOM) in the Arctic Ocean: Pan Arctic trends and differences, Marine Chemistry, 124(1), 108-118, 2011.

  • Gonçalves-araujo, R.; Granskog, M. A.; Bracher, A.; Azetsu-scott, K.; Stedmon, C. A. (2016) Using fluorescent dissolved organic matter to trace and distinguish the origin of Arctic surface waters. Nat. Sci. Rep., 1–12 DOI: 10.1038/srep33978.

  • Mariani P, Andersen KH, Visser AW, Barton AD, Thomas Kiørboe T (2013) “Control of plankton seasonal succession by adaptive grazing” Limnol Oceanogr 58(1) 173-184. A novel model description of seasonal succession which can be validated from UTOFIA observations.


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