Satellite antenna, road weather station, sounding balloon, Saariselkä measurement station, drone, FTIR, ICOS tower
Photos: Photoplan/Timo Lindholm, FMI/Pauli Heikkinen, FMI

The activities of the FMI-ARC are focused on the calibration and validation of Earth Observation (EO) data and monitoring of carbon and water cycle in the Arctic. Research units with personnel in Sodankylä include Earth Observation Research and Space Research and Observation Technologies. Arctic Space Centre unit operates the satellite reception and data processing facilities. Main research focuses are greenhouse gases, cryospheric processes and intelligent traffic.

FMI-ARC hosts a measurement infrastructure, unique in the Arctic areas, for monitoring meteorological parameters, atmosphere, carbon and water cycle. Measurements are distributed around the Finnish Lapland, but main stations are in Sodankylä, Saariselkä and Pallas. Most of the measurements are listed in the LITDB measurement database site, where the data can also be downloaded.

We also collaborate with Finnish and international research partners and host many measurement campaigns with visiting scientists and instruments every year. If you are interested in arranging a measurement campaign with us, please contact Research Infrastructure PI Anna Kontu.

Our research and measurement activities were highlighted in the special issue ‘Multi-disciplinary research and integrated monitoring at the Sodankylä research station: from sub-surface to upper atmosphere processes‘ of Geoscientific Instrumentation, Methods and Data Systems (GI) has published special issue of Sodankylä in 2016. 

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