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Field lab to provide cool data from the North

An interdisciplinary research centre is to be established at the University Centre in Svalbard, Norway’s most northern higher education institution, to provide measurements of the local environment.

The centre will be created with funding from the Olav Thon Foundation worth around 1.35 million Norwegian kroner (€138,000) over a three-year period. Svalbard university centre sits on an island archipelago off the Norwegian coast, at 78 degrees latitude.

“We want to establish measurement stations for obtaining a variety of parameters, biotic and abiotic, that are relevant to understanding both single components and relationships in an ecosystem,” said Pernille Eidesen, a Svalbard researcher in terrestrial Arctic biology.

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