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 88 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 all over the Arctic, 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 39 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.

October 22, 2020

EU-PolarNet, one of the EU-funded projects that together form the EU Polar Cluster (along with INTERACT and many more), ended in June 2020, and published ...

October 20, 2020

The European Commission and the European External Action Service (EEAS) have launched a joint public consultation on the European Union’s Arctic policy. The consultation seeks reflections on existing ...

October 16, 2020

INTERACT partner European Polar Board is organising a webinar series as preparation of the next Arctic Science Ministerial. This webinar series is designed to increase ...

October 14, 2020

Today is the 4th briefing meeting for the 3rd Arctic Ministerial, which will be co-hosted by Iceland and Japan in May 2021. Next week, on ...

Images of Arctic Science
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INTERACT Station Catalogue 2020
INTERACT Station Catalogue 2020

This is the third edition of the INTERACT Station Catalogue. It now includes 87 stations in the Arctic and Northern Boreal and Alpine areas. The ...

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