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.

The Arctic, which has no obvious geographical borders, is home to about four million people across eight nations: Denmark (Greenland and the Faroe Islands), Finland, Iceland, Canada, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the US (Alaska). In this area, global warming is noticeable, above all in the form of a milder climate and shifting glaciers and ice mass. It is not only people, animals and plants in the Arctic that are affected by rising temperatures – in the end, the entire prospect of living at northern latitudes, and on Earth in general, will be affected.  

At Umeå University, prominent Arctic research is conducted within all its scientific fields: Medicine, the Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science and Technology. Umeå University houses prominent research, for instance when it comes to projected effects of natural resources becoming more accessible as a consequence of melting ice mass; changes in the spreading of disease; and altered social, economic and cultural conditions for populations and indigenous peoples.

How, if at all possible, can people, animals and the nature adapt? And how is life in the area at present – and what similarities and differences are there with the rest of the World? The University’s multidisciplinary research offers unique perspectives and solutions, and constitutes a united force and mine of information to the entire World.

Picture: Aurora Borealis over Umeå University campus.
Photo: Jan Lindmark.