Climate Impacts Research Centre (CIRC), includes Abisko Scientific Research Station (ANS)

CIRC together with the Abisko Scientific Research Station (ANS) provide a platform for researchers and educators to undertake cutting-edge research and education in the Sweden’s arctic and subarctic ecosystems.

Our aim is to provide a platform for researchers that integrate cutting-edge knowledge in ecology and biogeochemistry to better understand both current and past processes in Arctic and Subarctic ecosystems and to predict future ecosystem changes. The environment provides outstanding opportunities for research from small-scale process-level to large catchment and landscape-scale studies in both terrestrial and aquatic environments. The platform includes modern laboratory, classroom and conference facilities, instruments, technical capacity, long-term environmental and meteorlogical monitoring data (1913 to present), and an amazing environment to conduct your research. 

The research centre includes field and monitoring sites, laboratories, library, and an on-line collections and databases.

Institution Umeå University
Country Sweden
Infrastructure type Research station
Disciplines Biology and biochemistry
Environmental sciences
Language of operation Swedish
Keywords Stordalen MirePermfrostICOSclimate scienceAbiskoterrestrial ecosystemsbiogeochemistryaquatic systems


The research platform is available year-round. Regardless, research plans must be approved in advance by the ANS Station Manager (submitted through and CIRC Research Director. Housing and lab space are especially limited during the summer field season, typically June to September. Other times of year, conferences held at the research station may limit the availability of housing.

Contact information

All users must apply for permission to use the ANS facilities at Deadlines for summer applications is 31 March each year. This includes requests for housing. CIRC platform users then must additionally contact the CIRC Research Director to submit a request for access ( or questions can be directed to the Project Coordinator (



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