The Tarfala research station (Swedish: Tarfala forskningstation) is a field station of Stockholm University. It specializes in glacial and climatological research. The station lies in the Tarfala Valley in northern Sweden, at an elevation of 1,135 meters. Regular glaciological measurements were started in 1946. The Tarfala valley is sometimes hit by katabatic winds, which can generate very high wind speeds. The Swedish record of measured wind speed is from Tarfala research station with 81 m/s (157 kn, 290 km/h, 180 mph) on 20 December 1992.