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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

Plant roots increase carbon emission
Plant roots increase carbon emission

Plant roots stimulate microbial decomposition and increases greenhouse gas emission from thawing permafrost.

Not only temperature controls the nutrient cycle in the Arctic
Not only temperature controls the nutrient cycle in the Arctic

Nature Communcations: Absence of earthworms can explain why Arctic plants are starving for nitrogen.

Global science team on red alert as Arctic lands grow greener
Global science team on red alert as Arctic lands grow greener

With remote analysis techniques, researchers gain better understanding of tundra regions becoming greener.

Features

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.

Bacteria indicate disturbance
Bacteria indicate disturbance

Bacteria community composition gives important information on disturbances to marine environment.

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

Climate impact on phosphorus biogeochemistry in the Arctic tundra - a key to understanding ecosystem changes
Duration 1 January 2020 until 31 December 2023
Type of project Research project
DNA-metabarcoding of marine phytoplankton
Duration 1 January 2019 until 31 December 2021
Type of project Research project
Impact of forestry on greenhouse gas release from streams
Duration 1 January 2019 until 31 December 2022
Type of project Research project
Sludge: from problem to product
Duration 1 October 2018 until 23 May 2023
Type of project PhD project
To change peoples daily travel
Duration 1 February 2017 until 31 December 2019
Type of project Research project

Research groups

EcoChange Umeå
EcoChange is a strategic research programme that is hosted by Umeå University.
Paleolimnology
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Research subject: Environmental sciences