The University of Helsinki and Salla Municipality invited HSH Prince Albert to visit the Station for Measuring Ecosystem and Atmosphere Relations (SMEAR I) in Värriö, Finland, on June 6, 2023.

The aim of the visit was to discuss how to best promote the SMEAR measurement concept for a comprehensive global observatory and how to increase the international profile of the SMEAR I station in Värriö as a station providing comprehensive environmental data in the Arctic.

The “Arena for the gap analysis of the existing Arctic Science Co-Operations (AASCO)” was funded by the Prince Albert Foundation in 2021-2023. A new decision has been just made to fund the AASCO-2 project for 2023-2025.

Comprehensive measurements are needed to understand, predict and find solutions to major challenges such as climate change and air quality. The goal is to establish a global network of SMEAR type state-of-the art comprehensive stations in collaboration with international organisations in synergy with the AASCO process funded by the Prince Albert Foundation.