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TA goes pan-Arctic!

Call open 1-30 April for support to visit two U.S. sites in the INTERACT network, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Toolik Field Station and the Barrow Environmental Observatory

Learn more about the call, and apply access to the coolest places in the North!  

The Interact project will provide a platform for exchange of information between research station managers and other participants. This is done though the Station Managers Forum.

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Papaver radicatum, the Arctic poppy. Photo:Henning Thing
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Welcome to INTERACT - International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic

INTERACT is an infrastructure project under the auspices of SCANNET, a circumarctic network of 59 terrestrial field bases in northern Europe, Russia, US, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Scotland. INTERACT specifically seeks to build capacity for research and monitoring in the European Arctic and beyond, and is offering access to numerous research stations through the Transnational Access program.


The project, which is funded by the EU, has a main objective to build capacity for identifying, understanding, predicting and responding to diverse environmental changes throughout the wide environmental and land-use envelopes of the Arctic. This is necessary because the Arctic is so vast and so sparsely populated that environmental observing capacity is limited compared to most other latitudes.

INTERACT is multidisciplinary: together, the stations in INTERACT host thousands of scientists from around the world who work on projects within the fields of glaciology, permafrost, climate, ecology, biodiversity and biogeochemical cycling. The INTERACT stations also host and facilitate many international single-discipline networks and aid training by hosting summer schools.

Access to the Arctic

INTERACT station managers and researchers have established partnerships that are developing more efficient networks of sensors to measure changing environmental conditions and the partnerships are also making data storage and accessibility more efficient through a single portal. New communities of researchers are being offered access to Arctic terrestrial infrastructures while local stakeholders as well as major international organisations are involved in interactions with the infrastructures.

The trans-national access component is crucial to building capacity for research in the European Arctic and beyond. INTERACT offers access to 22 stations in the northernmost Europe and the Russian Federation. It will give opportunities to researchers to work in the field in often harsh and remote locations that are generally difficult to access. In return, the input of new researchers will lead to cross fertilisation, comparative measurements at different locations and new research directions at the individual infrastructures.

Join the network

INTERACT further encourages terrestrial infrastructures to join the network as Observer Stations. There are currently 25 of them and they are important parts of the network and new ones are welcome to apply to join INTERACT’s activities, meetings and workshops.

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Field sites


15 April 2014

Launching of an exiting new world wide data science competition, the Group on Earth Observations GEO Appathon 2014!

The GEO Appathon kickstarts on 7 May 2014 and runs for 3 months. Get ready!

01 April 2014

Transnational access to two Alaskan sites in the INTERACT network opens in April

Two U.S. partners in INTERACT are opening transnational access for European-based researchers to ...

27 March 2014

New book summarizing the history of the LTER site in Toolik Lake

John Hobbie and George Kling synthesize the findings from the NSF-funded Arctic LTER project ...

18 March 2014

A record number of projects to INTERACT Stations with Transnational Access in 2014

Preparations for the approaching summer field season are taking place with increasing speed, and ...

Arctic hare. Photo: Christian Martin Glahder
Walrus. Photo:Henrik Spanggaard Munch

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