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International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic (INTERACT)

Why is it in the news?

  • INTERACT research stations in the Arctic reported a loss of over 1,000 billion tonnes of ice in the last four decades, underscoring the alarming rate of ice depletion in the region.

More about the news

  • INTERACT is an infrastructure project aimed at studying environmental changes in the Arctic and surrounding regions, established under the auspices of SCANNET, an existing Arctic network.
  • The network encompasses research stations across northern Europe, the US, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Scotland, and northern alpine areas.
  • Its primary goal is to build capacity for research and monitoring in the Arctic, providing access to stations, resources, and expertise for scientists worldwide.
  • INTERACT takes a multidisciplinary approach, covering fields such as glaciology, permafrost, climate, ecology, biodiversity, and biogeochemical cycling.
  • The infrastructure facilitates international collaboration, allowing scientists from around the world to work together on complex environmental issues.

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