International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic
INTERACT is an infrastructure project under the auspices of SCANNET, a circumarctic network of 71 terrestrial field bases in northern Europe, Russia, US, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Scotland as well as stations in northern alpine areas. It was implemented in 2011-2014, and Mukhrino Field Station was an active member of the consortium from the very beginning.
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.
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.
INTERACT is multidisciplinary: together, the stations in INTERACT host thousands of scientists from around the world who work on projects within the fields of glaciology, permafrost, climate, ecology, biodiversity and biogeochemical cycling. The INTERACT stations also host and facilitate many international single-discipline networks and aid training by hosting summer schoo
Over 60 scientists from France, Poland, Finland, UK, the Netherlands, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and other countries visited Mukhrino Field Station in frames of the Transnational Access Program of INTERACT since 2012. About 15 international workshops, seminars, field experiments took place at MFS, which allowed the young scientists and students of Yugra State University to gain experience of scientific communication and to increase the level of research at the University.
Please read the blogs of visiting scientists who came to Mukhrino in frames of INTERACT project in August 2014:
According to the project’s results Mukhrino Station is the third most demanded INTERACT station after Zackenberg Research Station in Greenland and Abisko Scientific Research Station.