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Kilpisjärvi Biological Station
Käsivarrentie 14622
FIN-99490 Kilpisjärvi
phone +358-294140340
bio-kilpis (at)

Office in Helsinki:
Kilpisjärvi Biological Station/
Antero Järvinen
P.O. Box 17 (Arkadiankatu 7)
FIN-00014 University of Helsinki
puh.+ 358-( 0)40-5034473
antero.jarvinen (at)

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Research projects

Kilpisjärvi Biological Station is involved in many national and international co-operative research projets. A few is represented below.


Interact has a main objective to build capacity for identifying, understanding, predicting and responding to diverse environmental changes throughout the wide environmental and land-use envelopes of the Arctic.


Itex (International Tundra Experiment) aims to find out how global warming affets northern plant populations. Project started in 1990.

ITEX study plot in the valley between fjells Saana and Korkea-Jehktas, september 2011. Photo: Tuomas Heikkilä.

Itex study plot in the Malla strict nature reserve.


Lapbiat (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 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. Project started in 2001.


Scannet (Scandinavian / North European Network of Terrestrial Field Bases) is a network of field site leaders, research station managers and user groups in northern Scandinavia and Europe that are collaborating to improve comparative observations and access to information on environmental change in the North. SCANNET partners provide stability for research and facilitate long term observations in terrestrial and freshwater systems.


Mountain birch (Betula pubescens ssp. czerepanovii), the dominant tree species in northern Fennoscandia and in the North Atlantic region of Europe, has been subjected for centuries to extensive pressure through intensive grazing by herbivores and agroforestry practices. The Hibeco (Human Interactions with Mountain Birch Forest Ecosystems) project will focus on the human dimensions and natural conditions of the mountain birch forest ecosystem and will formulate management scenarios and development plans which will ensure future sustainability of these ecosystems.