Work Packages in INTERACT

Work Package 1

Management and Coordination.

The main aim of WP 1 is to facilitate and ensure the smooth-operation of the consortium, the integration of the various work packages to achieve synergy and to ensure succesful and timely completion of the agreed tasks to yield the specified deliverables.

Contact WP leader Terry Callaghan

Work Package 2

Station Managers Forum

This an internal integrating activity. The main objective of this work package is to provide a platform for exchange of information between station managers and other participants within INTERACT, and to use this platform to collect and disseminate knowledge embedded within the network.

Contact WP leaders Morten Rasch/Elmer Topp-Jorgensen

Work Package 3

International Cooperation

It is the external networking component of INTERACT. Its objective is to secure the further integration of INTERACT (i) across the boundary of the EU, (ii) with other projects and networks within the EU, (iii) into the development of a Sustained Arctic Observing Network, (iv) as a player in the International Arctic Science Committee, and (v) as a lead of the terrestrial aspects of the Circum Polar Biodiversity Monitoring Project.

Contact WP leaders Morten Rasch/ Elmer Topp-Jorgensen

Work Package 4

Transnational Access

This is the key work package addressing the overall objective of capacity building for research in the Arctic. Work package 4 aims to manage an efficient and transparent system to allocate funding to researchers that apply for access offered by Infrastructures in the network. It also aims to ensure the high quality of the science undertaken by the visiting researchers and the relevance of this research in the context of high level research questions formulated by leading international organisations such as IASC.

Contact WP leader Kirsi Latola

Work Package 5

Joint Research Activity - Virtual Instrumentation

It’s main objective to leverage low-power wireless communication capabilities to make in-situ sensing easier to manage and more effective. Part of this capacity building is to consolidate virtual instruments as autonomous data acquisition systems that continuously adapt to changes in the environment, maintain high utility in the face of failures or interesting events and degrade gracefully when the optimal regime is no longer sustainable.

Contact WP leader Philippe Bonnet

Work Package 6

Joint Research Activity - Improved measurements of terrestrial biospheric feedbacks to climate

This has a main objective to use the site infrastructures to improve monitoring and facilitate research into key feedback mechanisms from northern terrestrial ecosystems in a changing climate. Focus will be on the most sensitive parts of the Arctic terrestrial environment that hold the greatest importance for feedbacks in the climate system. The WP will significantly improve the currently restricted spatial coverage of observations.

Contact WP leader Torben R. Christensen

Work Package 7

Joint Research Activity - Data Management

It seeks to organise observational and research data in a more efficient way to make it more relevant and accessible to the wider community. The two objectives of this work package are: a) to develop and experimentally deploy a geo-tagging service for collecting spatio-temporal metadata about the activities of research in the field, and b) to develop a repository, adapted to the needs of ecologists and other terrestrial researchers, that will make it easier and more efficient to manage, publish and curate the data products obtained through INTERACT.

Contact WP leader Thomas Thierfelder

Work Package 8

Outreach

All the information available from INTERACT will be passed on by WP8. The primary objective of this work package is for the INTERACT community to inform and interact with the public, local and other stakeholders and primary, secondary and tertiary students. Specific aims are: (a) to transfer knowledge from the INTERACT sites and its activities to local and regional stakeholders and also to interact with local stakeholders to find out what information they require from the local researchers to be able to adapt to future environmental change, (b) to widen the information base on environmental and land use changes by gathering information from stakeholders derived from traditional/indigenous knowledge and community monitoring programmes, and ( c) to establish targeted Education programmes.

Contact WP leader Lis Mortensen