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Abisko Naturvetenskapliga Station (ANS) or Abisko Scientific Research Station
Location: 68.35 N, 18.81 E, 385 m asl (1263 ft asl)
Governing Institution: The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Station Contact: Christer Jonasson (Christer.Jonasson@ans.kiruna.se)
Main web site: http://www.ans.kiruna.se/ans.htm
ANS Facilities: This 1000m^2 facility contains 37 work rooms that include chemistry labs, geolaboratories, microscopy, and a greenhouse. Seven other locations make up the ANS observatory:
Stordalen Mire - subarctic mire
Stordalen Railway Stop - subarctic mire, near the Stordalen railway
Jieprenkiedde - dense birch forest near the northern shore of Lake Tornertrask
Lullihatjårro - 70m below the local treeline
Latnjajaure - well above the treeline
Kärkevagge - low alpine belt, 20km from the main site
Låhktavagge - low alpine belt, in a valley that neighbors Kärkevagge
Station Mission/Purpose: "to provide Swedish and foreign visiting scientists with the opportunity of conducting scientific work based on the particular conditions of the subartic environment surrounding the Station and also to conduct such research with its own personnel". Research at the Abisko Scientific Research Station emphasizes ecology, biogeochemistry, meteorology and geoscience. Abisko maintains several long-term datasets on meteorology, the cryosphere, and vegetation.
Topography and History: The station is situated in a complex terrain setting, 200 km north of the Arctic Circle on the shore of Lake Torneträsk, in the Kiruna municipality of Sweden. Measurements at the station date back to 1903. The association with the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences began in 1935. The surrounding environment includes Lake Torneträsk, the Abisko National Park and the trailhead to the 425 km-long Kungsleden hiking trail. The facilities at the station are extensive and open year-round. The nearby village of Abisko has tourist facilities (e.g., restaurants and groceries) during the tourist season (late winter, spring, and summer). There are daily trains to Abisko, as well as a highway, making the station easily accessible to scientists and tourists alike.
(Narvik, Norway is approximately 60km from Abisko, Sweden)
Table of Measurements
Other relevant web sites:
Weather data from Abisko - Click on "Weather Data"
Envinet (European Network for Arctic-Alpine Environmental Research)
SCANNET - Abisko Overview
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