Development of Monitoring Methods
The development, operation and maintenance of coastal infrastructure has the potential to impact the marine environment through potential pollution of water and sediment quality. Managing and monitoring programs are thus an important factor when building a new harbour infrastructure.
Sikuki Nuuk Harbour is one of the largest infrastructure projects in Greenland and home to significant shipping traffic. In collaboration with the Ministry of Nature and Environment we have developed a 5 year environmental monitoring program.
The program include sampling and analysis of blue mussels and sediment samples, as they are both good indicators of habitat quality and pollution exposure. The samples were taken from five different areas, including three stations nearby and two reference stations away from the new harbour. The levels of contaminants measured from the reference sites were compared to established environmental quality thresholds.