About NordGIS

Dear user,

We are pleased that you’ve found your way to NordGIS.org, let us briefly explain what it does and who made it work. NordGIS may be called a geographic metadata information system – its basic functionality is to collect metadata regarding the activities performed at a selection of Nordic field-stations, and to disseminate the information for station administration, public outreach, and inclusion in other metadata repositories. Its current focus is set on research and monitoring regarding high-latitude environments, having been prototyped at the subarctic research and monitoring stations at Abisko and Tarfala in northernmost Sweden. It is a system with considerable depth, offering extensive tools for station administration including applications for permission to visit stations and management of publication records. It is a truly networked system, allowing the public to query research and monitoring activities across any selection of stations and disciplines. It is due to vivid development, and will be equipped with extensive support for disseminating monitoring data products, sharing material resources across stations, and pointing from metadata towards repositories of actual research data. The number of stations expected to join the system is large, beginning with the nine Swedish field-stations that constitute the SITES consortium (www.fieldsites.se/en/), and continuing with an offer to all the stations associated with the INTERACT infrastructure project (www.eu-interact.org). The scientific aim of NordGIS is to offer information regarding activities at stations for station managers to consider as decision support when new activities are planned. This has the potential of reducing redundancy in the collective monitoring and research effort, and thus increasing the cost-benefit ratio of studying the Nordic environment. In addition, it may contribute to turning historically isolated stations into a collective assemblage for research and monitoring across the North.

We are very grateful to our financial sponsors:

  • The INTERACT infrastructure project: www.eu-interact.org (Seventh European Framework Programme).
  • Abisko Scientific Research Station: http://polar.se/en/abisko-naturvetenskapliga-station/om-forskningsstationen/ (various sources).
  • Tarfala Research Station: www.ink.su.se/english/tarfala-research-station (various sources).
  • The SITES project: www.fieldsites.se/en/ (Swedish Research Council).

The main contributing people are:

  • Tomas Thierfelder, www.slu.se/tomas-thierfelder. Initiator and principal investigator.
  • Mohsen Bashang. Main system developer and programmer.
  • Sofia Bryntse. System designer.
  • Christer Jonasson. Former manager at Abisko Scientific Research Station.
  • Gunhild “Ninis” Rosqvist. Manager at Tarfala Research Station.
  • Magnus Augner. Manager at Abisko Scientific Research Station.
  • Annika Kristoffersson. Superintendent at Abisko Scientific Research Station.
  • Terry Callaghan. Former manager of Abisko Scientific Research Station.
  • Lots of exam workers, students, and trainees.

The practical work is being performed at the Department of Energy and Technology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala branch (http://www.slu.se/en/departments/energy-technology/).

Click here for the official NordGIS systems document