Abisko Scientific Research Station (Arctic Circle)

Abisko Scientific Research Station is a unique, modern and comprehensive infrastructure situated in a sub-arctic wilderness area about 200 km north of the Arctic Circle. Ecological research at Abisko covers the birch forest, mires, mountain heaths, alpine regions, glacier forefields, lakes and rivers. All aspects of life in the close region (from microbes to tourists) are included, and the time scales used in the research reach from hundreds of millions of years ago to the upcoming future. The impacts of climate change are more serious in the north, and Abisko Scientific Research Station is playing a leading international role in these studies. The station hosts a unique set of long-term environmental manipulation experiments that attract scientists from all over the world. These experiments seek to understand the impacts of increased carbon dioxide concentrations, UV-B radiation, soil temperature, air temperature and snow depth on ecosystems and their processes.