SITES_bård 160701-4

2016 > 04

Between the 5th and 8th of April 2016, Svartberget hosted two training events in building and programming loggers from Campbell scientific. Course leaders were: Peder Blomkvist from the unit for field based forest research at SLU in Umeå, and Per Weslien from the Department of Earth Sciences at University of Gothenburg. 14 people from a number of field stations participated in the course. The course aimed to extend the knowledge for technical staff within SITES and hence extend and facilitate collaboration regarding large scale, continuous automated measurements of environmental variables.

These types of loggers can be used for continuous storage of information of almost any environmental variable within any time-frame as long there are instruments that can do the measurements. During this event, temperature sensors and sensors for water depth and pressure were tested and used as practical examples. Precipitation, wind speed and wind direction were also used as examples of possible measurable variables. As the loggers are adjustable by programming and sensors are available from several different manufactures, it is possible to log almost any kind of environmental data.

The course was informative and relevant, several stations are interested to use or extend their use of loggers for their own experiments. Especially interesting was the functionality to remotely download or view the loggers in real time.

Text and photo by Kim Lindgren

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With four universities and the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat as members of SITES there need to be common strategies and routines regarding administrative reporting. The responsible economists were gathered at Erken for a meeting aiming to inform and discuss financial accounting in the light of key figures and business plan monitoring.

Is there anyone here? Twist and turn the stones to find the small animals.
Is there anyone here? Twist and turn the stones to find the small animals.
Identified species on the inventory list are moved to smaller cups.
Identified species on the inventory list are moved to smaller cups.

As an exercise the participants made an inventory of water living animals along two shores of Erken. A challenge for several reasons where strong winds from the north. The groups found for example asellidae, chironomidae och gastropods.

In the cups are diving beetles, chironomidae and gastropods.
In the cups are diving beetles, chironomidae and gastropods.
Participants from all SITES stations attended the meeting at Erken. Here outside the Kallviks house, first used as laboratory at Erken. Photo by Nicole Loginger
Participants from all SITES stations attended the meeting at Erken. Here outside the Kallviks house, first used as laboratory at Erken. Photo by Nicole Loginger
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During March and April the Tarfala Research station opens again. Field crew and data technicians visit the station for inspection and maintenance work after winter´s power with wind, snow, ice and water. Here, the weather station by the summer grazing lands of the Lihti Sami village is visited. Technicians also mount an antenna to the logger for online sending of data.

photo: Gunhild "Ninis" Rosqvist
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Elisabeth Backteman, State Secretary for the minister of Rural Affairs, Sven-Erik Bucht has visited the research facilities at SLU in Alnarp. SITES Lönnstorp was included where Maria Ernfors and Erik Rasmusson presented the leaching experiment and the SAFE-project on a walking tour around the fields.

Photo: Linda-Maria Mårtensson

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