Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research
INAR Ecosystems is a national collaboration of terrestrial ecosystem and biodiversity research organizations and data management centres. It complements the Finnish Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR) in improving research infrastructures in forests, peatlands, agricultural fields and urban areas. The activities of INAR Ecosystems include upgrading research infrastructures at various ecosystem observation stations, experimental stations and laboratories, coordination of their national activities, and creation of deeper cooperation within ecosystem research in Finland.
One important part of the project is the development of national practices for ecosystem data management, as well as the connection to European and global thematic data infrastructures. CSC provides expertise on data management and organizes INAR Ecosystems data workshops. The European counterparts of the project include the European research infrastructures eLTER (European Long-term Ecosystem Research) and AnaEE (Infrastructure for Analysis and Experimentation on Ecosystems). Through INAR Ecosystems, Finland develops capabilities towards active participation in the European infrastructures.
This project has received funding from the Research Council of Finland.