Think is Umeå University's magazine and web site focusing on research, education and outreach through interviews, reports, films and photos. A theme for 2017 is the Arctic – a highly pressing subject as climate change is upon us.
The traditional idea of rural Sweden must be challenged, according to researcher duo Dean and Doris Carson, who are both affiliated with the Arctic Research Centre at Umeå University. They are also one example of the migration and development often forgotten about in present-day analyses. Read more
Our climate is warming and the fastest change takes place in the North. So, what societal challenges await? Will the Arctic still be habitable for humans? How will natural resources be distributed? On 8–12 June 2017, world-leading researchers will gather in the hundreds at ICASS IX at Umeå University to discuss the future for people and societies in the North.
In Sweden, we have had a tendency to purposely take a distance from the Arctic region, but things are changing. Nowadays, both the Norrbotten and Västerbotten counties count as the Swedish Arctic. This also helps Umeå University to uphold status as the Arctic University in Sweden. Read more
2017-06-02 Abisko in North Sweden holds a special place in the heart of Umeå University during its Arctic year in 2017. The Climate Impacts Research Centre (CIRC) and its collaborative partners bid you a warm welcome to the inauguration of a research trail aimed at the public and the Abisko Research-based Teaching Platform. The press is invited to experience Arctic climate research with a guided tour of the Nuolja research trail and a chance to enjoy the midnight sun.
2017-03-20 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.
Indigenous peoples’ health is generally worse than the average population. The difference in life expectancy can be as high as 15 years. But in order to explain the Swedish health situation, an important piece of the puzzle is missing. Read more
2017-03-30 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.
Think – an inquisitive magazine
The Arctic is the theme of the latest issue of Think – which is out now.
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.
News in Think
2017-06-02 Experience Arctic Abisko 27–28 June
2017-03-22 World Water Day focusing on wastewater
2017-03-13 Ending all investments in fossil fuels
2017-02-03 Sami jubilee celebrated on campus
2016-12-15 Arctic theme shows our expertise and breadth
2016-12-06 Warmer climate threatening to northern birds