Research parks and stations

Last changed: 30 October 2019

The research stations provide land for various types of field trials, and take responsibility for installation, maintenance and data collection. Changes in vegetation, forest status and environmental conditions in air and soil are studied as part of specific monitoring programs. Activities include both fundamental and practically oriented studies.

History

As early as when the first field stations were built it was decided that they should have a broad focus. Large amounts of resources were spent on environmental assesments of soil conditions, vegetation and the state of the forest. Meteorological stations were also established, the data if which are compiled in annual reports.

Several of the field stations have staff stationed all year round. Additionally, each station has a scientific advisor. Extensive excursion activities are conducted with both Swedish and foreign groups of visitors.

The research parks and stations

SITES (Swedish Infrastructure for Ecosystem Science)

Two of the units research stations: Svartberget and Asa, are taking part in SITES, a national infrastructure including 9 research stations from several universities and with a geographical spread that covers most of the country. Infrastructure is available within several ecosystems and climate zones: Natural forest, managed forest, streamwater-systems, lakes, mires, mountainous birch forest, mountains, agricultural land and animal territories. Both Svartberget and Asa are participating in all three thematic programs within SITES: SITES Water, SITES AquaNet and SITES Spectral.

Facts:

A research park is a land area that has been set aside specifically for use in field trials, sampling or long-term monitoring of e.g. a catchment.

The staff at the research stations administer, survey and maintain the research parks and field trials throughout the country.

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