INTERACT Research and Monitoring
Report on research and monitoring at INTERACT stations and associated project metadata database (download here).
INTERACT MANAGEMENT PLANNING BOOK
INTERACT book on management practices: a guide for managers of research stations in arctic and northern alpine areas (download here).
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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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 currently 77 terrestrial field bases in northern Europe, Russia, US, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Scotland as well as stations in northern alpine areas. 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 has provided access to 22 stations in the northernmost Europe and the Russian Federation and in addition to 4 research stations in Canadian Arctic and Alaska. It has provided 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 has led to cross fertilisation, comparative measurements at different locations and new research directions at the individual infrastructures.
Join the network
If you wish to join the network as Observer Station INTERACT encourage you to apply to join. There are currently 38 observer stations and they are important parts of the network and new ones are welcome to apply to join INTERACT’s activities, meetings and workshops. You join by sending a request to one of INTERACT coordinators Prof Terry V. Callaghan or Dr Margareta Johansson.
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