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Environmental sciences

Environmental science focuses on the interaction between nature, the environment and human beings, and is thus central to achieving sustainable development. In particular, environmental science focuses on studying environmental problems, their causes, processes, effects and possible measures and solutions. It is interdisciplinary and primarily founded in the natural sciences and engineering, with clear links to other subjects such as political science, law, economics, and behavioral sciences.

Latest news

New evaluation model for more sustainable cities

Includes two life cycle tools and takes into account the effect of the city's services in water-waste-energy.

Streams and rivers emit more carbon dioxide at night than day

A study by Gerard Rocher Ros shows that the flux may be greater than previously thought.

Metal contamination of aquatic environments also threatens birds on land

Johan Lidman shows in his dissertation that metals in water have negative effects on insect-eating birds.


Engineer modelling for global health

Maquines Sewe about his research and the ongoing project The Lancet Countdown.

Old sins - new problems

Dioxins in herring do not decrease at expected rate. Earlier chlorophenol use may be part of the explanation.


Biogeochemical Analytical Facility (BAF)
The instrument facility for biogeochemical analyses at KBC and EMG
Marine analyses
Biological and chemical analyses of marine samples.
Research vessels Gulf of Bothnia
At Umeå Marine Sciences Centre (UMF), research vessels are available for research and environmental monitoring. UMF conducts regular sampling...
The Mesocosm Facility
The Mesocosm Facility is one of Europe's most modern and advanced.

Research projects

The spruce-buffer syndrome: should we prioritize deciduous trees in riparian buffer zones of boreal streams?
Duration 1 January 2022 until 31 December 2024
Type of project Research project
Subtle behavioral responses to soil pollutants in laboratory assays: what do they actually mean in nature?
Research area: Environmental sciences
Duration 1 January 2022 until 31 December 2025
Type of project Research project
Integrating carbon into Swedish forest certification schemes
Research area: Environmental sciences
Duration 1 January 2022 until 31 December 2024
Type of project Research project
Impact of climate change on marine ecosystems in the Swedish Arctic
Research area: Environmental sciences
Duration 1 January 2021 until 31 December 2023
Type of project Research project

Research groups

EcoChange Umeå
EcoChange is a strategic research programme that is hosted by Umeå University.
Research area at the Dept. of Ecology and Environmental Science
Research area: Environmental sciences