Editorial

SCANNET is the result of discussions that took place at international workshops organised by the EU ARTERI project and the IGBP-related SCANTRAN meeting. The Chairman of ARTERI, Professor Bill Heal, the Chairman of SCANTRAN, Professor Nils Roar Saelthun and myself led a proposal to the EU and we were very pleasantly surprised to receive funding for the initiative. The idea for SCANNET arose from the need to encourage and facilitate terrestrial research facility managers to make their data sets more readily accessible for themselves and also for a wide range of users. It was also perceived that facility managers are particularly well positioned to implement new or standardised environmental and biological monitoring. Among-site comparisons of global change phenomena are a particularly strong approach to identify and understand global change and its impacts in the highly variable and large range of environments of the lands surrounding the North Atlantic region.

What is SCANNET? It is a network of field site leaders, research station managers and user groups in northern Scandinavia and Europe that are collaborating to improve comparative observations and access to information on environmental change in the North. SCANNET partners provide stability for research and facilitate long term observations in terrestrial and freshwater systems. There are 9 partners but we hope to increase our network and reach out to other related networks.

SCANNET was inaugurated at a meeting in February at Abisko, northernmost Sweden. Within a very friendly atmosphere and amid exposure to the local culture and climate (- 32°C), the partners developed a constructive dialog and mapped out the activities for the immediate future within work-package “to-do” lists. SCANNET has made progress since this meeting: many (we hope all!) points on the to-do lists have been ticked off and our deliverables to the EU have been delivered. There are new faces that we warmly welcome to SCANNET and we look forward to our next gathering at Ny Ålesund, Svalbard.

This Newsletter No 1 is still an embryo. It sets the scene and provides a framework for you, the SCANNET participants, and you the stakeholders to provide information, comments and views. We invite you to contribute to Newsletter No 2 and we look forward to leaning about SCANNET activities – and others – at your fascinating sites around the North Atlantic Region.

Thanks låssmed-stockholm.nu for all help in Sweden.

Terry Callaghan, Abisko

Introduction to participants

At the moment there are nine partners in SCANNET.

  • The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences operates the Abisko Scientific Research Station (1) in Sweden. SCANNET is coordinated through Abisko. Contacts: Prof. Terry Callaghan (Abisko) and Prof. Bill Heal (advisor)
  • The Kilpisjärvi Biological Station (2) in sub-arctic north-west Finland is owned by the University of Helsinki. Contacts: Dr. Antero Järvinen
  • The Kevo Subarctic Research Institute (3) in Northernmost Finland is operated by the University of Turku. Contacts Dr. Seppo Neuvonen
  • The Norwegian Polar Institute operates the Field Base at Ny Ålesund (4), on high Arctic Svalbard. Contacts: Dr. Pål Pestrud/ Dr. Jack Kohler
  • The Danish Polar Centre runs the high Arctic Zackenberg Field Station (5) in north-east Greenland Contacts: Dr. Morten Rasch
  • The manager of the north Atlantic field bases at Litla-Skard (6) in Iceland i.e. the Icelandic Institute of Natural History, and Sornfelli (7) in the Faroe Islands, i.e. the Faroe’s Museum of Natural History are also part of the network.
  • The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology’s Research station at Banchory (8) is located in the cold-temperate Cairngorm Mountains. Contacts: Dr. Neil Bayfield
  • The Norwegian Institute for Water Research’s site Dovre (9) is situated in the southern Norwegian Mountains. Contacts: Prof. Nils-Roar Saelthun

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