Location: 68.36 N 18.816 E Elevation: 388 masl Established: 1903

Lapporten and Abisko Scientific Research Station. Photo: P. Theuring Layout of Abisko Facilities and Accomodations Site Plan of the Main Abisko Facility
Lapporten and Abisko Scientific Research Station. Photo: P. Theuring
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Facility Operations Contact:
Christer Jonasson | christer.jonasson@polar.se | 0980-40179

Facility Research Contact:
General Info, Abisko | ans@ans.polar.se | 46 (0)980 - 400 21

Mission: To provide Swedish and foreign visiting scientists with the opportunity of conducting scientific work based on the specific conditions of the environment surrounding the station and also to conduct such research with its own personnel".

Facility and Environs: Abisko Scientific Research Station belongs to and is administered by The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The history of the Abisko Scientific Research Station dates back to 1903 when the first field station was established in the Torneträsk area. Activities are supervised by a director and an advisory board representing the biological and geoscientific disciplines as well as the local community. The permanent staff consists of scientific and technical personnel. The station is situated at Abisko (68°21'N,18°49'E), about 200 km north of the Arctic Circle and approximately 388 m above sea level, on the south shore of Lake Torneträsk. The area has a varied topography, geomorphology, geology and climate, as well as flora and fauna. The lake surface is at 341 m and the highest mountain in the area reaches 1991 m. Lake Torneträsk with an area of about 330 km², a catchment area of 3 300 km² and a mean depth of 52 m, dominates the area. The average annual temperature is approximately −1.0°C. July is the warmest month (mean about +11°C) and January the coldest (−12°C). Annual precipitation at the lake varies from about 1000 mm in the west to 400 mm in the east, with a minimum of 304 mm (among the lowest in all Scandinavia) in the sheltered Abisko valley. Approximately 60 percent of the catchment basin is below the treeline.The vegetation is extremely varied, ranging from the simple communities that follow retreating glaciers to more complex mountain birch forest ecosystems.