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SITES is a national research infrastructure for terrestrial and limnological field research open to all scientists. SITES extends via its nine research stations throughout Sweden and offers research opportunities in a variety of ecosystems and climates. Five of the stations belong to SLU. SITES runs three thematic programmes: Water, Spectral, and AquaNet. All data produced within SITES is openly available. Photo Ulla Nylander and Ulf Jonsell.


SITES is run by a consortium of five universities and one national authority. SLU is the coordinator and Stefan Bertilsson is the director of SITES. SITES is funded by its partners and the Swedish Research Council. Photo Peder Blomkvist.

A wooden bridge spanning over wetlands and into a forest. Photo.

SITES Stations

SITES consists of nine research stations distributed all over Sweden, and provides excellent opportunities for field studies at multiple sites in different environments. Contact the relevant station manager for more information. Photo Ida Taberman.

A sign with the text SITES, hangs on the side of a house. Photo.

SITES Data portal

Data produced within SITES are openly available and continuously published on the SITES Data Portal. Data from e.g. climate stations, thematic programs and research projects that use the stations are uploaded here. We don´t recommend using Microsoft´s Internet Explorer for browsing the SITES Data Portal as its support function is no longer maintained for all operational systems and display errors might occur.

A graph showing differences in temperature over several years. Illustration.

SITES has eight main stations and one associated station*. Five of the stations are part of SLU; Lönnstorp, Asa, Grimsö, Röbäcksdalen and Svartberget. Climate zones according to Kottek et al 2006 Meteorol. Z.15:3.

Map of Sweden with climate zones and stations marked. Illustration.
Published: 15 June 2023 - Page editor: johanna.wallsten@slu.se