INTERACT is a pan-arctic network of research stations covering all major environmental envelopes/ecozones (A.-F.) in the Arctic and adjacent boreal forest and northern alpine areas. All INTERACT activities, including Trans-National Access, have the overarching goal to respond to six major societal challenges of local and global relevance (SC1 – SC6). Each station providing Trans-National, Remote or Virtual Access have identified one or more societal challenges, to which their facilities are especially suitable to respond by research. The resulting Infrastructure Matrix below can be used to identify the stations, which would be the best suited for your research.

How to use the Infrastructure Matrix

1. Choose the Societal Challange (SC1-SC6) that is most related to your research topic.

2. Choose the environmental envelope/ecozone of your interests.

3. Look at the meeting point of the two variables. The numbers (with links) refer to those stations whose facilities and possibilities offered are especially suited to support research within the societal challenge in question (see explanation below).

Explanations to the symbols used in the Matrix

Numbers refer to different INTERACT stations offering TA, RA or VA, and there is a link from each number to the particular station’s description on the INTERACT website.

The letters A.-F. refer to the environmental envelope/ecozone where the station is located:

A. High-Arctic and tundra stations with continuous permafrost

B. Tundra and boreal forest stations with discontinuous permafrost

C. Tundra and boreal forest stations with sporadic permafrost

D. Boreal forest stations with no permafrost

E. Mountain and alpine stations

F. North-Atlantic and temperate forest stations.

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