ArcticNet is a Network of Centres of Excellence of Canada that brings together scientists, engineers, and managers in the natural, human health and social sciences with their partners from Inuit organizations, northern communities, federal and provincial agencies and the private sector to study the impacts of in the Canadian North. A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between INTERACT and ArcticNet. This collaboration promotes scientific cooperation, encourages the exchange of knowledge, and fosters the creation of synergies in research between facilities, researchers, and nations. More information about ArcticNet can be found on their website.
CLINF (Climate-change effects on the epidemiology of infectious diseases, and the associated impacts on Northern societies) is a Nordic Centres of Excellence that operate under the auspices of the overarching NordForsk programme “Responsible development of the Definitions of the Arctic vary according to environmental, geographical, political, cultural and scientific perspectives. Some scientists define the Arctic as areas having a high latitude, long winters, short, cool summers,... More: Opportunities, challenges, and pathways to action”. CLINF addresses the broad scenario of warming northern landscapes, that may attract vector organisms such as ticks, mosquitoes, and rodents. These have the potential of carrying new zoonotic infections onto humans and husbandry animals of the North. With Far-North societies being generally dependent on their husbandry animals, i.e. by terms of economy, status, and tradition, an altered exposure towards infectious diseases may strike at the very heart of northern cultures. CLINF operates at high latitudes “from Nuuk to Yakutsk”, i.e. from western Greenland to the Russian Pacific.
As part of their enterprise, CLINF procures and shares international diseases data, together with complementary data concerning landscape and weather characteristics, throughout their vast study region. INTERACT has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with CLINF to learn more about new infectious diseases and ways to monitor them. For more information about CLINF please visit www.clinf.org
Naturae Observatio is a self funded joint research activity; a collaboration between INTERACT and IK Foundation. The privately funded IK Foundation has taken the initiative to develop the next generation of scientific Field Stations. The work with the field station “Naturae Observatio” is a long-term project, a practical and theoretical enterprise, aiming to establish eco-designed automatic Field Stations, which unattended during night and day, all year-round will observe a selected landscape and its life. Find out more about IK Foundations unmanned field stations at their website.