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
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. This is a critical missing piece of the puzzle for understanding the role of lake carbon cycling at large spatial scales.
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. The results of a study coordinated from Umeå University in Sweden are now published in Nature Communications.
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.
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.
2017-01-27 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.
Think – an inquisitive magazine
The 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.
Recent news about the Arctic
2017-06-12 Andrey Petrov new IASSA President
2017-06-12 Arctic awards to Alaska and Greenland