Abisko Scientific Research Station

At the Abisko station, built in 1912, a wide range of research is carried out by around 400 visiting scientists per year from around the world. The station is open for any scientist interested in carrying out research in the surroundings. The emphasis today of the research is on plant ecology, climate impact, climatology, and geoscience. Much of the plant ecology research is based on experimental studies. The effects on plants caused by increased temperature, enhanced UV-B radiation and increased atmospheric CO2 content are being studied. The climatology research is concentrated on local variations and on postglacial climate changes, on recent changes and on predicting likely future changes. The geoscience studies are focused on geomorphic processes and their variation during the Holocene. The station consists of a number of buildings with offices, library, laboratories, workshops, green houses, workrooms, accommodation blocks (around 100 beds) and two lecture halls. Beside the main infrastructure, there are five small field stations situated in different landscape environments. The station also has access to cars, snow-mobiles and a boat. The Station is open year around and the visiting scientists are being supported by the station's permanent staff. There is a monitoring programme available for visiting scientists, parts of it has been running since 1913.

The station is easily accessible by train or car. The closest international airports are Kiruna, Sweden and Evenes, Norway (about 100 km to both).

Facts and figures

Web http://polar.se/en/abisko-naturvetenskapliga-station/
Year Established 1912
Total Number of Staff 10
Number of Students 200
Focus Areas

Climate change studies, particularly gas fluxes

Integration between studies climate change and plant ecology

Long time series of monitoring data, providing context to studies of ecological change