Reports from the field

Welcome to the feature pages of Transnational Access. Here we have collected the stories from researchers who have visited the stations in the INTERACT network through Transnational Access, as well as interviews with station managers, and more.


A blog site with several blogs contains postings from all around the Arctic! The blogs are kept by researchers conducting field work at different research stations of INTERACT network with support from Transnational Access. There will also be Station Managers blogging about their work and impressions on the ongoing summer field season. You don´t want to miss this!

Every field season the Zackenberg research station publishes weekly reports written by researchers staying at the station. These Zackenberg Diaries provide a lively insight to the day-to-day life at a remote research station in northeastern Greenland!

Researcher blogs from a field trip to Abisko

PhD student Michael Spencer from Scotland, UK, shares his experiences from a field trip to Abisko Research Station, Sweden, in his blog Scottishsnow.  

The blog GeoLog from an INTERACT Transnational Access funded project, carried out in early spring 2012. Dr Adam Booth led a team of UK geophysicists on a two-week campaign of seismic investigations on Storglaciären, a mountain glacier in northern Sweden. He reported prom the expedition in a series of posts. Part 1, Part 2 , Part 3, Part 4

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Photo courtesy by Daniel Fower.

Daniel Fower from University of Portsmouth went to northern Finland to study lakes. Read about his experiences from the Finnish stations.


Photo courtesy by Grzegorz Rachlewicz.

Agata Buchwal and Grzegorz  Rachlewicz - the DENDRO team  from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland - visited Arctic Station in summer 2011 via support from INTERACT Transnational Access.

– The great biodiversity of Disko Island provided perfect opportunity to carry out data collection for dendrochronological studies. In addition, we were able to perform the extraction of the specimens and serial-sectioning of single individuals by using the Arctic Station laboratory. says Agata Buchwal. 


Photo: Alexander Kopatz

Station Manager Snorre Hagen works at a unique location in the northernmost and westernmost part of the Russian Taiga, with significant amounts of old pine forest and a rich variety of ecosystems. 


Photo by Romain Schlappy.

One important aim of INTERACT is to encourage projects which take place at more than one location in order to generate comparative studies among the 20 terrestrial research stations offering Transnational Access. A recent project called DATECH by Vincent Rinterknecht from the University of St Andrew was one of such studies. The project, focusing on cross calibration of dating techniques using lichenometry and cosmonuclides, took place at two Greenlandic stations, the Arctic Station and Sermilik in summer 2011.


Photo: Louise Berg

Sermilik station, operated by the university of Copenhagen, is located in South-East Greenland about 20 km north of the small town Tasiilaq, on the coast in the Sermilik Fjord adjacent to a local small ice cap: the Mittivakkat Glacier.
Laurence Dyke, the leader of ICEX project from Swansea University, visited Sermilik in summer 2011 to undertake field work on the recently deglaciated foreland of Mittivakkat Glacier.


Photo courtesy by Martin Hallinger.

From the university of Greifwald, Germany, a research team used INTERACT Transnational Access to visit Finse in central southern Norway and other stations:

– We wanted to collect samples from certain shrub species for our dendrochronological research, and chose the sites located around the North Atlantic Ocean along a continentality gradient in northern Europe, explainsProfessor Martin Wilmking on how the group chose to apply access to the stations.