ECN Cairngorms in project labelled an 'EU success story'
The EU is funding a number of infrastructure projects aiming to build environmental research and monitoring capacity in the contintent. INTERACT is one such project. Its main objective is to build capacity for identifying, understanding, predicting and responding to diverse environmental changes throughout the wide environmental and land-use envelopes of the Arctic. It is built upon the earlier SCANNET network of circumpolar research stations. The ECN Cairngorms site, supported and operated by NERC-CEH, JHI and SNH, is the only UK site included in the project.
INTERACT has been running since January 2011. In recognition of the achievements made to date, the EU has recently featured the project on a list of success stories, alongside other European infrastructure projects.
The Arctic is so vast and so sparsely populated that environmental observing capacity is limited compared to most other latitudes. One of INTERACT's major successes has been to operate a transnational access scheme, allowing many researchers to travel to the Arctic and make use of the project's research facilities. Work is also on-going to share best practice in station management and to develop new research methods for use in remote locations.