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May 2017 features Partner Station Kilpisjärvi and Observer Station Barrow

Kilpisjärvi, Finland. Photo: Oula Kalttopaa
Barrow, Alaska. Photo: Karl Newyear
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The highly illustrated popular science book contains stories of cutting-edge Arctic research from landscape-forming processes to the Peoples of the Arctic, as told by scientists supported by INTERACT Transnational Access (download here).

INTERACT Research and Monitoring

Report on research and monitoring at INTERACT stations and associated project metadata database (download here).

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

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 79 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, and northern alpine and forest areas

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 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 is offering transnational access to 43 research stations located in the Arctic, and northern alpine and forest areas in the Europe, Russia and North-America. It is providing 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 the INTERACT coordinator Dr Margareta Johansson.


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Video: Introducing INTERACT

 

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Papaver radicatum. Photo:Henning Thing



NEWS

25 May 2017

Workshop on engaging society for responsible research and innovation

A workshop on engaging society for responsible research and innovation: New options to move ...

23 May 2017

INTERACT Virtual Access has started up

The first set of INTERACT partners are now offering free access to their datasets and data via the ...

22 May 2017

Minutes from Station Managers' Forum 1 available

The minutes from the first Station Managers' Forum that was held in Keflavik 25-26 January is now ...

19 May 2017

Arctic Terrestrial Modelling Workshop

A Workshop focusing on Arctic Terrestrial Modelling will be held on 14-15 September 2017. The ...

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