Estonian Environmental Observatory is an integrated network of experimental environment stations of Estonian research institutions, which covers three areas of environmental studies:

  • atmosphere, climate and Earth studies
  • biodiversity studies
  • marine and lake studies.

The network of experimental research stations is a system of field laboratories and automatic stations representing different geographical and climatic areas in Estonia.

Series of different field and research stations are used for environmental studies by Estonian universities and environmental authorities. These stations, improved and equipped by modern facilities, are located on lines of environmental variability gradient from coastal areas towards inland. Marine and lake study platforms and laboratories of geomatics and geoinformatics support this network.

Network of stations

Experimental stations of the Estonian Environmental Observatory are situated in different natural environments of land areas, inland water bodies, and coastal marine areas.

Experimental and measurements clusters

Atmoshere-biosphere studies

Measurements of ecosystem-atmosphere interactions using SMEAR-technology.

Radiation measurements .

Validating weather forecast and meteorological models.

Modelling and experimentation environmental response to climatic changes.

Geomatics and geoinformatics

Collecting of spatial data for environmental monitoring.

Processing and analysis of data for experimental stations.

Integration of data management activities between Estonian Environmental Observatory and other environmental data repositories.

Water ecosystems

Development of measurement network on marine and coastal environments.

Development of research infrastructure in experimental stations of marine and lake studies.

Land ecosystems

Development of research infrastructure for studies on plant, bird, and animal studies.

Experiments on behavioural studies of birds and animals.

Studies on changes in wetland- and lake ecosystems.