According to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, climate change is change in the climate of the whole Earth or a region of the Earth that is believed to be caused, directly or indirectly, by human activity. Using this definition, change driven by natural processes is called climate variability. However, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change uses the term ‘climate change’ to mean any change in climate, regardless of the cause.

To understand climate change, it is important to know the difference between weather* and climate. Climates change naturally (sometimes called climate variability) and have changed many times over thousands of years. Human activities believed to result in climate change include burning of fossil fuels and deforestation. The term anthropogenic climate change is also used when referring to climate change caused by humans. See also global warming.

  • > Chokurdakh Scientific Tundra Station

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    STATION NAME AND OWNER The Chokurdakh Scientific TundraA type of ecosystem in which tree growth is limited by low temperatures. The origin of the word

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  • > Barrow Arctic Research Center/Environmental Observatory

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    STATION NAME AND OWNER The Barrow ArcticDefinitions of the Arctic vary according to environmental, geographical, political, cultural and scientific perspectives. Some scientists define the Arctic

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  • > Toolik Field Station

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    STATION NAME AND OWNER The Toolik Field Station (TFS) belongs to the Institute of ArcticDefinitions of the Arctic vary according to environmental, geographical, political, cultural

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  • > Arctic DTU Research Station

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    STATION NAME AND OWNER ArcticDefinitions of the Arctic vary according to environmental, geographical, political, cultural and scientific perspectives. Some scientists define the Arctic as areas

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  • > CNR Arctic Station “Dirigibile Italia”

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    STATION NAME AND OWNER CNR ArcticDefinitions of the Arctic vary according to environmental, geographical, political, cultural and scientific perspectives. Some scientists define the Arctic as

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  • > Mukhrino Field Station

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    STATION NAME AND OWNER Mukhrino Field Station (https://mukhrinostation.com) was established as a part of the UNESCO chair Environmental dynamics and global climate change (EDCC) of Yugra State

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  • > Numto Park Station

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    STATION NAME AND OWNER The Numto Park Station belongs to the UNESCO Chair on Environmental Dynamics and Climate ChangeAccording to the United Nations Framework Convention

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  • > The Arctic Research Station (former Labytnangi Ecological Research Station)

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    STATION NAME AND OWNER The ArcticDefinitions of the Arctic vary according to environmental, geographical, political, cultural and scientific perspectives. Some scientists define the Arctic as

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  • > Drone Technology in the Arctic

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    INTERACT partner ÅF has produced a short video on the development of drone technology in the ArcticDefinitions of the Arctic vary according to environmental, geographical,

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  • > New Educational Resources Available

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    INTERACT collaborates with Wicked Weather Watch to produce resources for teaching ArcticDefinitions of the Arctic vary according to environmental, geographical, political, cultural and scientific perspectives.

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  • > Thawing permafrost – a hot topic

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    Nunataryuk, part of the EU Arctic Cluster along with INTERACT and eight other projects related to ArcticDefinitions of the Arctic vary according to environmental, geographical,

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  • > APECS-ARICE Webinar

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    INTERACT’s siter project ARICE is together with APECSAssociation of Polar Early Career Scientists…. More hosting a webinar: “From icebreakers into classrooms – opportunities for educators

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  • > INTERACT at UN Climate Change Conference COP23

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    As part of the ArcticDefinitions of the Arctic vary according to environmental, geographical, political, cultural and scientific perspectives. Some scientists define the Arctic as areas

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  • > INTERACT Stories of Arctic Science and Stations continue on-line 19th May at 14-15 CEST

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    INTERACT Stories of ArcticDefinitions of the Arctic vary according to environmental, geographical, political, cultural and scientific perspectives. Some scientists define the Arctic as areas having

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  • > List of Sessions announced for the ASSW2019

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    The 21st Arctic Science Summit Week, established by the International ArcticDefinitions of the Arctic vary according to environmental, geographical, political, cultural and scientific perspectives. Some

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  • > INTERACT in Luxemburg news

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    INTERACTers are featured in a video produced by the government of Luxemburg where  the youth are consulted regarding climate changeAccording to the United Nations Framework

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  • > New research facility at Oulanka research station

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    EcoClimate is a long-term manipulative natural experimental platform studying combined and separate effects of climate changeAccording to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change,

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  • > PhD position available at INTERACT station Abisko

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    A PhD-position in Ecology (4 years) is available in Abisko at the ClimateThe average weather we would expect over a long period of time (seasons, years, decades). Climate varies

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  • > Success story on INTERACT’s sister project ARICE

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    A success story on INTERACT’s sister project Arice has been published online on the webpage of the European Commission. ”Climate changeAccording to the United Nations

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  • > Call for Sessions at International Arctic Change Conference 2017, Quebec City, Canada

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    The ArcticDefinitions of the Arctic vary according to environmental, geographical, political, cultural and scientific perspectives. Some scientists define the Arctic as areas having a high

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  • > IPCC seeks experts reviewers for the Sixth Assessment Report

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    The Working Group I Contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report, Climate ChangeAccording to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, climate change is

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  • > Postdoc positions at two INTERACT partners

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    Two INTERACT partners are offering postdoctoral positions: Sea Ice Physics and Remote Sensing UiT The ArcticDefinitions of the Arctic vary according to environmental, geographical, political,

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  • > Arctic Safety Conference in Svalbard

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    INTERACT partner UNIS is hosting an international ArcticDefinitions of the Arctic vary according to environmental, geographical, political, cultural and scientific perspectives. Some scientists define the

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  • > INTERACT at T-MOSAIC Workshop

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    INTERACT participated at a T-MOSAIC (Terrestrial – Multidisciplinary distributed Observatories for the Study of ArcticDefinitions of the Arctic vary according to environmental, geographical, political, cultural

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  • > Two Post Doc fellowships in Abisko, Sweden

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    Two Postdoctoral Fellowships (2 years each) in ArcticDefinitions of the Arctic vary according to environmental, geographical, political, cultural and scientific perspectives. Some scientists define the Arctic as

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  • > INTERACT adaptation work package published in Nature Climate Change

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    WP 9 (Adapting to environmental change) published an article in Nature Climate ChangeAccording to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, climate change is

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  • > International Arctic Change 2017 Conference Photo Contest

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    The International ArcticDefinitions of the Arctic vary according to environmental, geographical, political, cultural and scientific perspectives. Some scientists define the Arctic as areas having a

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  • > Call for proposals- Arctic Week 2019

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    The “ArcticDefinitions of the Arctic vary according to environmental, geographical, political, cultural and scientific perspectives. Some scientists define the Arctic as areas having a high

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  • > Home

    Welcome to INTERACT – International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic INTERACT is an infrastructure project under the auspices of SCANNET, a

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  • > Arctic Awareness

    INTERACT aims to inform and interact with the public, stakeholders and primary, secondary and tertiary students. In particular, we will work with people living in

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  • > INTERACT Educational Resources

    INTERACT collaborates with Wicked Weather Watch to produce resources for teaching ArcticDefinitions of the Arctic vary according to environmental, geographical, political, cultural and scientific perspectives. Some scientists

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  • > Project

    About INTERACT   INTERACT was proposed by the existing SCANNET network of field stations situated in all eight ArcticDefinitions of the Arctic vary according to

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  • > Arctic Awareness

    INTERACT aims to inform and interact with the public, stakeholders and primary, secondary and tertiary students. In particular, we will work with people living in

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  • > TA Ambassadors

    INTERACT TA Ambassadors are scientists who have conducted research at INTERACT stations with the support from Transnational Access. TA Ambassadors share knowledge –based on their

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  • > ACIA

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    ArcticDefinitions of the Arctic vary according to environmental, geographical, political, cultural and scientific perspectives. Some scientists define the Arctic as areas having a high latitude,

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  • > Albedo

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    The ‘whiteness’ of a surface. The higher the albedoThe ‘whiteness’ of a surface. The higher the albedo, the more the surface reflects light. Snow and

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  • > Anthropogenic

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    Caused by, or due to, human activities. For example, anthropogenicCaused by, or due to, human activities. For example, anthropogenic climate change.Caused by, or due to,

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  • > Climate feedback mechanism

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    A change in the climateThe average weather we would expect over a long period of time (seasons, years, decades). Climate varies from place-to-place across the

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  • > Climate variability

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    Changes in climateThe average weather we would expect over a long period of time (seasons, years, decades). Climate varies from place-to-place across the Earth. Climate

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