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LAPBIAT2 Lapland Atmosphere-Biosphere Facility
Improving the Human Research Potential and the Socio-Economic Knowledge Base

Welcome to LAPBIAT2!

Installation profile
The research Infrastructure Lapland Atmosphere-Biosphere Facility is situated in Northern Finland north of 66 degrees latitude. It is run by a consortium of seven Finnish research stations.

The LAPBIAT facility has started its 48 months contract period under the IHP Access to Research Infrastructures of the European Union in November 2006.

The main objective of the facility is to enhance the international scientific co-operation at the seven Finnish research stations and to offer a very attractive and unique place for multidisciplinary environmental and atmospheric research in the most arctic region of the European Union. Factors such as, arctic-subarctic and alpine-subalpine environment, northern populations, arctic winters with snow, changes in the Earth's electromagnetic environment due to external disturbances and exceptionally long series of observations of many ecological and atmospheric variables should interest new users.

LAPBIAT consists of
  • Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory (SGO); co-ordinator of the programme.
  • Finnish Meteorological Institute - Arctic Research Centre
  • Kevo Subarctic Research Institute (University of Turku)
  • Kilpisjärvi Biological station (University of Helsinki)
  • Kolari Research Station (Finnish Forest Research Institute)
  • Oulanka Research Station (University of Oulu)
  • Värriö Research Station (University of Helsinki; station for measuring forest ecosystem atmosphere relations) at Värriö

    Look at the map of LAPBIAT stations.

    Potential applications
    Lapland Atmosphere-Biosphere Facility has a unique composition of sites for both research on and monitoring of various chemical and physical changes, ozone, UV radiation and air pollutants from the thermosphere to troposphere and biosphere.

    Visiting scientists can do multidisciplinary research on the thermosphere, mesosphere, stratosphere, troposphere and biosphere and study the relationships between the atmosphere and ecosystems. This is only possible with highly specialized equipment and the excellent technical and scientific knowledge available at the facility.

    The facility produces valuable knowledge of global change from the thermosphere to biosphere and ecosystems. This is not possible in any other facility on the northern hemisphere, which is an area where global change, including the polar stratospheric spring time ozone loss, is expected to increase in the near future,

    Access being offered
    Access is provided free of charge to the users/user groups selected under the contract including all infrastructural, logistical, technical and scientific support that is normally provided to external users. The grants for the selected users will cover travel and subsistence costs for the visits of up to three months.

    Only researchers of EU nationality, conducting their research in the Member States of the Community (Finland excluded) or Associated States (*) or Candidate States (**), are eligible for support under this contract. Applications will be reviewed by the User Selection Panel twice a year.

    (*): ICELAND, ISRAEL, LIECHTENSTEIN, NORWAY, SWITZERLAND
    (**): TURKEY

    Application deadlines
    Experimental proposals must be submitted in writing using the application forms (see below).

    The last application deadline for LAPBIAT2 proposals is 1 November 2009.

    The written proposals will be examined by a peer review international User Selection Panel on the basis of scientific merit and priority to new users and young scientists
    - Access is provided free of charge for selected user groups
    - Travel may be reimbursed by the programme

  • How to apply: Call for Proposals, Terms of Access and Funding, Eligibility Criteria

    LAPBIAT1:
  • User groups granted by LAPBIAT support 2001 (pdf file)
  • User groups granted by LAPBIAT support in May 2002 (pdf file)
  • User groups granted by LAPBIAT support in November 2002 (pdf file)

  • Publications made under LAPBIAT support

    LAPBIAT2:
  • User groups granted by LAPBIAT support in January 2007 (pdf file)
  • User groups granted by LAPBIAT support in May 2007 (pdf file)
  • User groups granted by LAPBIAT support in Nov 2007 (pdf file)
  • User groups granted by LAPBIAT support in Apr 2008 (pdf file)

    Contact information
    Application Forms, Informations about HPRI programme and LAPBIAT facilities can be obtained from:

    Project Manager PhD Jyrki Manninen
    Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory
    Tähteläntie 62
    FIN-99600 SODANKYLA, FINLAND
      phone:
    fax:
    e-mail:
    www:
    +358-16-619824
    +358-16-619875
    lapbiat at sgo.fi
    www.sgo.fi/lapbiat

  • Please visit also the WWW pages of the Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory, Sodankylä, Finland, which kindly hosts the LAPBIAT pages.

    WWW pages seem to be always "under construction." Your constructive criticism is needed for this one. Please feel free to send your comments anytime to the Project Manager. Thank you for your co-operation.

    Last update: 2008-09-12, 1237 UT, by T. Raita.