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ECN is at INTERACT Station Managers' Forum

Chris Andrews (CEH) is representing the Cairngorms site at this meeting of research stations involved in the INTERACT network.

The fourth meeting of the INTERACT Station Managers' Forum is taking place this week at Luční bouda in the Krkonoše Mountains National Park in the Czech Republic and ECN's Chris Andrews is there, hoping to learn and share best practice in the operation of northern latitude research bases.

INTERACT is an infrastructure project under the auspices of SCANNET, a circumarctic network of 33 terrestrial field bases in northern Europe, Russia, US, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Scotland. INTERACT specifically seeks to build capacity for research and monitoring in the European Arctic and beyond, and is offering access to numerous research stations through the Transnational Access program.

NERC-CEH, who carry out ECN monitoring at the Cairngorms site, are partners in INTERACT.

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.

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