Virtual Access in INTERACT

Virtual Access (VA) means free access to stations' data and databases. Altogether 29 research stations located in the Arctic and northern forest and alpine areas will offer Transnational Access by 2020.

Below you can find a listing of the INTERACT partners that currently offer Virtual Access, including a description of the data or database available and a link to it. 

When using the data retrieved via Virtual Access in publications, please acknowledge the Partner/station/database providing the data and INTERACT Virtual Access under EU-H2020 Grant Agreement No.730938. 



Description of the VA offered

Link to the data/database

Centre d'études nordiques (CEN)

CEN studies geosystems and ecosystems (terrestrial, freshwater and coastal) in the changing Arctic. The CEN Network is composed of 9 research stations and over 110 automated climate stations, and extends across a 4000 km gradient of ecozones, from boreal forest to extreme polar desert environments in the Canadian High Arctic. To archive and disseminate environmental data from this network and from other Arctic research and monitoring activities, CEN has established Nordicana D (, a formatted, peer-reviewed, online data publication series. Produced only in electronic form, the data entries can be updated, and derived values (daily, month and annual means) are freely and openly accessible. Each volume is indexed via an assigned Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which provides citation credit to the research group or individual. The volumes are cross-referenced in Polar Data Catalogue (, and contain extensive metadata, photographic documentation, and citation details. To date, 28 data series have been published, ranging from 29 years of climate station data, to multi-year data from transects of borehole and near-surface ground temperatures, to groundwater monitoring, lake ice photographic data, microbiological DNA reference sequences, and lemming population monitoring data.



Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, Aarhus University, University of Copenhagen, Asiaq – Greenland Survey, National Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland 



Greenland Ecosystem Monitoring (GEM) is an integrated monitoring and long-term research programme on ecosystems and climate change effects and feedbacks in the Arctic. Data collected via GEM at the stations Zackenberg Research Station, Nuuk-Basic and Arctic Station is freely available and covers more than 3000 variables measured on a continuous basis spanning bio-, climate-, geo-, glacio-, and marine parameters. Metadata describing the data and links to specific manuals are included in the database or at the GEM homepage (




Aurora Research Institute

The Aurora Research Institute (ARI) maintains a collection of scientific research license information for studies conducted within the Northwest Territories (NWT), Canada. ARI has developed the NWT Research Database to make this research licensing data publicly available. This database is a compilation of license information from various processes that have been in place for administering the NWT Scientists Act since 1974.  

Natural Resources Institute Finland


Kainuu Fisheries Research Station (KFRS) offers over fourty-year-long time series  (catch, cpue, size and age of the fish since 1974) of the most commonly caught fish species that have been collected from lake Oulujärvi (surface area 928 km2) situated nearby the KFRS. The data has been processed to include, for example, the annual mean, median, and range of each species. In addition, water temperature and water quality data from the station is available as background information. 

Kolari Field site of Natural Resource Institute Finland offers access to metadata of long and short term ecological research data concerning boreal forests, sub-arctic flora and fauna and use of polar nature. Long term data consists of timberline studies and phenomenology of Northern Finland. Majority of the data has been processed and is ready for use. A registration is required to access the data. Metadata can be browsed directly at the Radar database.

Finnish Meteorological Institute

Data available from the Pallas-Sodankylä station can be accessed via local databases and includes: ground weather observations, soundings data, ozone vertical profile, stratospheric water vapour vertical profile, aerosol backscatter vertical profile, solar radiation observations, surface reflectance, reflected radiance (350-2500 nm), temperature, humidity and wind speed profile, soil and snow observations, microwave observations, air chemistry observations, mast and ground measurements (greenhouse gas columns: CO2, CH4, N2O, H2O, other gas columns: HF, CO, O2, FTS in the near IR region), airborne and deposited radioactivity, external radiation, aerosols, cloud camera, gases (O3, SO2, NO2, CO2, CH4, N2O, SF6, H2, CO), nitrate + nitric acid, ammonium + ammonia, heavy metals, mercury (particulate, gaseous), volatile organic compounds, aerosols.

University of Helsinki

SMEAR II -Hyytiälä Forest Research Station. Smear research stations are to quantify the feedbacks between the atmospheric processes and changing functioning of biosphere in changing climate. Data include wide variety of variables related to the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, meteorology and forestry, many of those spanning as long-term records over several decades. The database of automated measurements offers quality controlled time series with brief explanation of metadata, as well as option to average the variables during the downloading process. Forestry parameters, including the metadata, are available via a separate database.

Yugra State University

The data offered includes the Mukhrino weather station database , theYugra State University Biological Collection Database, the Yugra State University Biological Collection (YSU BC) homepage in GBIF, and the Mukhrino Field Station database in DEIMS (Dynamic Ecological Information Management System). Three more databases are available upon request.