INTERACT network of research stations
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INTERACT Research and Monitoring

Report on research and monitoring at INTERACT stations and associated database, click here.


INTERACT book on management practices: a guide for managers of research stations in arctic and northern alpine areas (download here)

INTERACT Station Catalogue: a travel catalogue for researchers looking for their ideal research and monitoring sites (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 71 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 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

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 INTERACT coordinator Prof Terry V. Callaghan

Feature Articles

Video: Introducing INTERACT

Learn about INTERACT via our video (YouTube)...

Field sites

Papaver radicatum. Photo:Henning Thing


04 May 2015

Toyama Conference Statement Integrating Arctic Research: A Roadmap for the Future

Arctic Science Summit Week 2015 in Toyama, Japan (23 – 30 April) brought together nearly 700 ...

13 April 2015

Polar and Alpine Microbiology conference

The 6th International Conference on Polar and Alpine Microbiology will be held from 6 to 10 ...

09 April 2015

Belmont Forum: 2015 - Call on Climate Predictability and Inter-regional Linkages

The Belmont Forum has now opened a call on Climate Predictability and Inter-regional Linkages. ...

27 February 2015

Call for transnational access to four North-American sites is open until 31st March

Two Canadian and two US partners in INTERACT are opening transnational access to European-based ...

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

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