Arctic Space Centre in Tähtelä, Sodankylä

Arctic research has a long history in FMI. The activities date back to 1858, when the Societas Scientarum Fennica founded the first weather station near the community of Sodankylä (orig. Soađegilli in the Sami language), north of the Arctic Circle. Due to the warming effect of the Gulf Stream, the area is included in the boreal region. However, with regard to stratospheric meteorology, Sodankylä can be classified as an Arctic site, often lying beneath the middle or the edge of the stratospheric polar vortex and in the zone of polar stratospheric ozone depletion. Its strategic location, coupled with ready accessibility from all parts of the world, makes the FMI-ARC an excellent base for studying various themes of global change in a northern context. The location in Finnish Lapland is ideal for atmospheric and environmental research in the boreal and sub-Arctic zone.

The principal Arctic observation infrastructure of the FMI is situated in two main areas: the FMI-ARC headquarters in Sodankylä (67.368°N, 26.633°E) and the Pallas clean air research station (67.967°N, 24.117°E).

The Sodankylä facility hosts programs exploring upper-air chemistry and physics, atmospheric column measurements, snow/soil hydrology, biosphere-atmosphere interaction and satellite calibration-validation studies. The site also hosts the main infrastructure of FMI for Earth Observation satellite data reception, storage and distribution. Today, FMI staff working at the Sodankylä site comprises of ~25 researchers, students, technical personnel and administration.

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