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
27 APRIL 2017 A new citizen science project in Abisko aims to teach the public how we do climate change science while collecting valuable data. CIRC researcher Keith Larson will receive nearly SEK 500,000 for an outreach project centred on the establishment of a research trail. This Formas grant is the second of its kind for a communication project at Umeå University.
31 March 2017 A comprehensive international study published today in Science describes how humans are affected when climate changes cause species to distribute unexpectedly across land and in water. Global changes to ecology have implications on humans that are becoming increasingly conspicuous – and it covers anything from health risks, economical threats, and conflicts over fisheries resources to affected access to global crops.
27 March 2017 Temperatures are rising, and life on earth changes. The fastest change takes place in the North, in the Arctic. That is a fact. But what societal challenges await? Will the Arctic still be habitable for humans? Is this a new hotbed for emerging diseases and conflicts? On 8–12 June 2017, world-leading researchers will gather in the hundreds at Umeå University to discuss the future for people and societies in the North.
24 March 2017 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.
27 January 2017 Global warming is expected to increase runoff and input of organic matter to aquatic ecosystems in large regions of the Northern hemisphere including the Baltic Sea. 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. The study has been published in the journal Science Advances.
25 January 2017 The warmer climate that is expected over the next 80 years could lead to major disruptions in ecosystems of high mountain landscapes, for example by altered balance between nitrogen and phosphorus in the soil.