Despite the intense summer fieldwork activities at the SCANNET sites, SCANNET’s unscheduled meeting at the Danish Polar Centre was very successful. The enthusiastic and constructive participation of SCANNET members at this non-obligatory meeting shows the coherence of SCANNET and the value – and pleasure – of working together. As always, the Danish Polar Centre provided excellent facilities and hospitality, although we might need to review the obligatory evening rides at Tivoli!
SCANNET is clearly making good progress. Individual work packages are accumulating information as planned, although I would remind everyone to respond to requests for information as quickly as possible – we all depend upon each other for the success of SCANNET. In the minutes of the Copenhagen meeting, available on the SCANNET web site, there is a table of information that is required for our web site: SCANNET partners should look at this and please try to provide missing information quickly. In addition to our progress, there has been new spin off which is an important development. The possibilities for remotely controlled digital camera networks to monitor snow conditions and phenology are being developed.
Since the meeting at the Danish Polar Centre, it has become clear that the International Arctic Science Committee’s project on dynamics of the tundra-taiga boundary would like to join SCANNET’s application to AMAP and possibly CAFF for funding for equipment, training and development. This is important as, if successful, we would have a circumpolar network. Even more importantly, the indigenous peoples organisation of the Russian Far North (RAIPON) would like to join the network to set up monitoring of their “changing living conditions”. The path is now clear for the final application to be drafted and this is a high priority.
At the last meeting, information was presented on SCANNET-related letters of interest that were being sent to the EU for consideration in the 6th Framework. SCANNET has much to gain by knowing what research is being planned and by having individual sites, groups of sites and even the whole of SCANNET involved at an early stage. The minutes of the meeting (available on our web site) list relevant letters of interest. It is good to see that SCANNET is explicit in some of these applications. Clearly, the relevance of SCANNET to the research user community is becoming acknowledged.
It is a pleasure to congratulate the Sornfelli group for securing funding for future research at their site and we look forward to continuing collaboration with them. Finally, we also look forward to our next meeting in Iceland and learning of new, exciting developments around the North Atlantic region.