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Northern LTSER-platform

Site description

Northern LTSER-platform constitutes a unique environmental transect from northern boreal forest landscapes to arctic tundra. The LTSER platform operates as a sensitive instrument to assess drivers, pressures and state of environment at multiple spatial scales both on nature and human systems and their interaction. The platform consists of two LTSER-areas (Kuusamo and Enontekiö) and additional LTER-sites (Universities' research stations Kilpisjärvi, Kevo, Oulanka and Värriö) and supportive facilities by research units of Finnish Forest Research Institute.

Site aims and research themes 

The main aim of the Northern LTSER-platform is to pool research activities and monitoring data of northernmost research stations of Finland under four long-term research themes related to socio-ecological changes in Northern nature and communities. The connective factors of the research in consortium level are on the one hand northerness both in national and international level and on the other hand information management and data-sharing in the changing settings of scientific collaboration and infrastructures. The main study objectives involved in the Northern LTSER-platform are: 

  • To study population dynamics and productivity of populations living in northern and peripheral conditions
  • To assess the effects of global change on northern ecosystems
  • To study importance of the environment and environmental changes to livelihoods and people's welfare
  • To study the complexity and support the practice of information management within long-term socio-ecological research collaboration

Principal contact   

Kari Laine (kari.laine(at)   

Thule Institute, P.O.Box 7300, FIN-90014 University of Oulu   


Kilpisjärvi Biological Station (University of Helsinki) (LTER-site), Oulanka Research Station (University of Oulu) (LTER-site), Kevo Subarctic Research Institute (University of Turku) (LTER-site), Värriö Subarctic Research Station (University of Helsinki) (LTER-site), and Finnish Forest Research Institute (LTER-facilities, monitoring projects). University of Helsinki / Kilpisjärvi Biological Station and Värriö Subarctic Research Station, University of Oulu / Oulanka Research Station, University of Turku / Kevo Subarctic Research Institute, and Northern Environmental Research Network (NorNet). 

Also other research institutes take part of the projects and monitoring programmes in the LTSER-areas and platform (Geological Survey of Finland, Finnish Environment Institute and regional environmental centres, Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute, Finnish Meteorological Institute).
Published 2013-05-06 at 13:57, updated 2014-03-28 at 15:57
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