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Northern Hemisphere Spring 2019 | Southern Hemisphere Fall 2019 | Issue No: 4

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”We must look for a long time before we can see” – the American naturalist David Henry Thoreau (1817-1862) once wrote in the essay Natural History of Massachusetts (Excursion 1863) and with that in mind, if one tries to understand Nature it necessitates time and studies to reach such aims.

Many functions must be synchronised so that all the instruments and apparatus can communicate to the World – far beyond the place of the Field station where it is located to observe. Interior image from our tech- and software laboratory based in North Yorkshire in the United Kingdom.

The IK Foundation has since 2015 developed the next generation of scientific Field Stations. The work with FIELD STATION | NATURAE OBSERVATIO is a long-term project, a practical and theoretical enterprise – and part of the BRIDGE BUILDER EXPEDITIONS – aiming to establish eco-designed autonomous Field Stations, which unattended during night and day, all year-round will observe a selected landscape and its life.

During the last six months, IK’s participants around the World have developed, completed and tested the latest and most updated Field Station in our mission. Soft- and hardware – “the Brain and Body” of the Field Station, with the working title of the Micro-Field Station (v.3), from where observations can be carried out for long periods of time via a very compact and transportable unit.

In May 2019 the next voyage will take place within the project BRIDGE BUILDER EXPEDITIONS SPITSBERGEN, with a primary field season on the site assisted by the new Micro-Field Station until the end of September. Research projects from around the world will be linked to the station as well as the results (pictures, sound and data), directly via the Internet being made available under a Creative Commons license.

More facts and information will become available in the coming months, please watch this space.


From extreme cold, heat, storm, salt and rain the Field Station must have a structure that is possible to be easily transported, built and dismantled again. But first and foremost, it shall protect the instruments and apparatus so the operation becomes autonomous and avoid to make any impact on the site it is placed on. Detailed studies of the screws and skeleton system for the structure of the Field Station, at the project's technical development workshop at Sorø in Denmark.

THE INTEREST TO OBSERVE AND DOCUMENT has followed mankind during a very long time, but first in the 18th and 19th centuries developed to what we today name as observations within science as:

  • Making observations of the phenomenon.

  • Testing the hypothesis’ predictions by an observational study or field study.

A third dimension may be added to this which often goes hand in hand with the scientific work, to inspire the general public of one’s studied discipline or landscape. For instance, the American naturalist Edward O Wilson (1929), among other places on Harvard University, sketches in his book Half-Earth Our Planet’s Fight for Life (2016) a system of high-resolution cameras placed on selected world-wide geographical places by scientists, which thanks to the technological revolution can broadcast important biospheres in real time. A system being cost efficient and having low ecological footprint at the same time as researchers, the general public and politicians could be able to reach a mutual platform for an increased understanding of our shared planet – ”the adventure would be forever changing, and safe” Wilson round off his vision!


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