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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

Streams and rivers emit more carbon dioxide at night than day
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
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.

Risk that the terrestrial carbon sink declines in the future
Risk that the terrestrial carbon sink declines in the future

Global warming can be even bigger since capacity of vegetation to absorb carbon dioxide is likely to decline.

Features

Engineer modelling for global health
Engineer modelling for global health

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

Old sins - new problems
Old sins - new problems

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

Infrastructures

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

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
Global change depletes pelagic food webs in northern lakes (Web4Food)
Duration 1 January 2021 until 31 December 2024
Type of project Research project
Forest based biofuels for Sustainable Arctic Marine Shipping
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.
Paleolimnology
Research area at the Dept. of Ecology and Environmental Science
Research area: Environmental sciences