The territory of Greenland was of the highest strategic interest to the super powers during the Cold War and of pivotal significance for the political relationship between Denmark and the United States. The military activities demanded new knowledge on many levels and help from many different disciplines. In this way, Greenland became a region of high interest for scientific and technological research.
Comprehensive investigations on post-war science and technology in Greenland beyond limited overviews or single research fields do not exist. The present project aims at providing a more comprehensive historical account and a deeper understanding of post-war scientific and technological research activities involving nuclear technology and the physical earth sciences in Greenland (and Denmark, within larger European and transnational contexts) for the Cold War period.
The project aims at exploring: