Kevo -the Hot Spot of European Science

Kevo Subarctic Research Station has turned from one of the coolest places to the site of the hottest research in Europe. For a couple of days the weather station at Kevo (run by the Finnish Meteorological Institute) recorded the highest daily maximum temperatures among all the official meteorological stations in the whole Europe. On 31st […]

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Cairngorm spring

The spring season is certainly kicking off in the Cairngorms.  We’ve had a long winter by UK standards with prolonged periods of high pressure keeping the temperatures down and our typically westerly weather patterns out at sea.   This combination means that winter snows have been relatively late laying, and only began clearing the lower slopes […]

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Science and smoke sauna at Kolari

Kolari ResearchUnit is the northernmost of the Finnish Forest Research Institute’s stations. We are relatively up high north, but very easily accessible. Train brings you less than one kilometer from us. From the airport you can reach us by one hour car drive. We are along the highway that takes you all the way to Rome […]

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Warm greetings from Oulanka

…in a fact bit too warm greetings as January didn’t give us much in the way of cold midwinter weather here at Oulanka Reseach Station. After a relatively normal and cold December, this year started with rather mild temperatures with the average for January being -10,5 C. This is clearly higher than the long-term average (temperature […]

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Welcome to Kevo

Kevo research station (69⁰ 45′ N, 27⁰ 01′ E)  lies in Utsjoki  at the northernmost tip of Finland north of the continuous pine forest line at the subarctic of mountain birch forest zone close to treeline at forest-tundra ecotone. The station is open year round for researchers, students and meetings. Kevo station gives access to […]

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Station-day in Tarfala

Weather is nasty this morning, raining and strong winds, as usual from the north! Its “station day”, meaning no weather for glacier work, as it can be dangerous up there with poor visibility. The seasonal staff of Tarfala Research Station consists of natural science students from different Universities; this month from Ukraine, France and Sweden. […]

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Sunshine in Scotland

Sun!  It may be getting late in the year, but at last we’ve had a few days of welcome sunshine in Cairngorms, Scotland!  This is something that has definitely been missed by all who work here for the past couple of years (or so it feels). To go with this joyful upturn in our weather […]

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Seal invasion in Yamal

In summer 2012, the field team of Labytnangi Ecological Research Station conducted their 14th field season to study Erkuta river basin in southern Yamal. Together with colleagues from Norway and USA, we repeated our annual experiments concerning terrestrial ecosystems with lemmings, arctic foxes, peregrines etc. However, our most striking finding from last summer’s field trip […]

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Wrapping up the summer at Kilpisjärvi Biological Station

My week as the station manager of Kilpisjärvi Biological Station was quite unusual: I had time to update our long-term data sets with new data collected in NW Finnish Lapland during the past summer. The summer was “bad”: cold and late. Bird populations were low, lemmings and other small rodents gone. Arctic charr did not like cold […]

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A Siberian scientific team in Northern Canada! Part 2

At the station we met warm and friendly atmosphere. The station’s captain Cloud, a friendly and helpful assistant with a Russian name of Ivan, young laughsome and charming scientists Sandra and Stephanie, and a wonderful cooker Christel were a very nice company to adopt the station and to use in full the infrastructure and facilities. […]

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