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Life in the Arctic – now and in the future
Umeå University lays the entire puzzle

The Arctic is at the focal point at present. The area is forever changing as the Earth is heating up, which also poses a threat to the entire planet. Not to forget though, the Arctic is so much more. At Umeå University, research is conducted on climate and the environment, but also on what life in the North involves – and how it is likely to change in the future. With its northern location – and its broad and extensive research – Umeå University is taking a leading position in Arctic research. Read more

Spotlight

Double celebration with HM King Carl XVI on campus

Double celebration with HM King Carl XVI on campus

2017-10-18 This year, Umeå University gets the honour of welcoming the Swedish King to the University’s Annual Celebrations.


Airborne method of understanding northern lakes and their links to climate change

Airborne method of understanding northern lakes and their links to climate change

2017-10-04 Researchers at Umeå University in Sweden are exploring the potential to create a landscape level map of the shapes of lake basins through a laser survey.


Reindeer grazing protects tundra plant diversity in a warming climate

Reindeer grazing protects tundra plant diversity in a warming climate

2017-09-04 Climate warming reduces the number of plant species in the tundra, but plant-eating animals, such as reindeer and voles, can turn this negative effect into something positive.


IASSA leadership change at Arctic conference in Umeå

IASSA leadership change at Arctic conference in Umeå

2017-06-16 The international Arctic research conference ICASS IX gathered at least 800 participants from all over the world in Swedish Umeå on 8–12 June. Now, Umeå is passing the baton of running the secretariat to Iowa and Archangelsk.


Once dangerous, now under threat – and where have millions of people gone?

Once dangerous, now under threat – and where have millions of people gone?

2017-03-24 It is cold, bare and desolate. Never-ending winter. Not a human being in sight, albeit occasionally a polar bear. Or a penguin. That’s the image of the Arctic that is etched to the retinas (or may it be consciousness) of far too many observers.


Climate changes may lead to more poisonous mercury in plankton

Climate changes may lead to more poisonous mercury in plankton

2017-01-27 Research performed in Sweden is now indicating a sevenfold increase in poisonous methylmercury in zooplankton as a consequence. This increase is due to an altered structure of the aquatic food web.


Think – an inquisitive magazine

ThinkThe Arctic is the theme of the latest issue of Think.

We stop by the village Pausele – where Dean and Doris Carson conduct their research on the future of village life – and find out more about Sweden’s only Arctic Research Centre, Arcum, in Umeå. It also covers the man behind the Gulf Stream – Johan Sandström – who was born in Vindeln here in Västerbotten County.

Read Think 2017

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