Se vetenskapslunch om medborgarforskning

[2018-03-14] Ekologen Keith Larson föreläste om medborgarforskning på Vetenskapslunch torsdag den 1 mars på Kafe Station. Medborgarforskning är forskning som genomförs med ett aktivt deltagande av allmänheten, det vill säga andra än professionella forskare. Det handlar ofta om projekt där en stor mängd data ska samlas in och hanteras. Föreläsningen filmades och går nu att se.

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Här ska all svensk medborgarforskning samlas


Den tekniska utvecklingen gör att medborgarforskning har ökat lavinartat under det senaste decenniet. Nu ska en nationell portal hjälpa både forskare och allmänhet att hitta rätt bland appar och etik så att framtidens projekt håller en hög kvalitet. Vinnova stöder projektet med tio miljoner kronor under en treårsperiod.

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Canada-Sweden Arctic Research Station Early Career Scientist Exchange Program

POLAR serves as a point of contact for the international polar research community for research opportunities in Canada's Arctic and to collaborate with Canadian researchers in the Antarctic. The Canada-Sweden Arctic Research Station Early Career Scientist Exchange Program is a pilot project that could develop into a program that promotes a longer-term exchange of ideas and information, and could be used as a model for other international partnerships. POLAR is committed to inspiring, motivating, and supporting students to continue their education and pursue a career in science and technology, which includes supporting the next generation of researchers.

Deadline: 15 March 2018

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Forskare och ”vanligt folk” som hjälps åt att undersöka saker vetenskapligt. Det är vad medborgarforskning – citizen science – handlar om. Vetenskap & Allmänhet deltar i bygget av en svensk webbportal som ska bli en resurs och en knutpunkt för alla som vill vara med och forska.

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Arctic worming?

[2018-02-16] In North America, the spread of European earthworms is a known environmental issue as it has turned out that some of these species are capable of altering entire forest ecosystems. In Sweden, we have so far had a positive approach to earthworms and no policies have been put in place to limit the spread of these worms in Swedish national parks. A new study from Umeå University in North Sweden now shows that the Swedish approach may need revision.

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New PhD student course on research communication

New PhD student course on research communication

Communicating science does not always come natural, but just like other aspects of scientific work it is a skill that can be learned. In October, the Faculty of Science and Technology starts the new course "Communicating scientific research" aimed at doctoral students.

Climate seminar for H.M. the King of Sweden, 14 February 2018

Climate seminar for H.M. the King of Sweden, 14 February 2018

John Anderson holds the royal environmental professorship at Umeå University for 2017–2018. On Wednesday 14 February, he will together with four colleagues, hold open lectures with the Swedish King in the audience. The theme is climate effects on Northern ecosystems.

Över 10 miljoner till samordning av svensk medborgarforskning

Över 10 miljoner till samordning av svensk medborgarforskning

Vinnova beviljar ett treårigt nationellt projekt drygt 10 miljoner för att skapa en gemensam plattform och erbjuda verktyg för att möjliggöra medborgarforskning. Från Umeå universitet deltar forskaren Keith Larson från Climate Impacts Research Centre, CIRC.

Sveriges Natur: Klimatförändringarna får kalfjället att växa igen

Klimatförändringarna får kalfjället att växa igen


"De alpina växterna konkurreras ut, trädgränsen klättrar uppåt och längs större delen av Kungsleden vandrar man snart genom fjällbjörkskog. I fjällen syns redan tydliga spår av klimatförändringarna. Kalfjället håller på att växa igen."

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Nature Microbiology (Blog): Mega-meta-analysis of many microbes...

Mega-meta-analysis of many microbes...

Searching for global patterns of soil bacteria

Kelly S. Ramirez, Christopher G. Knight, Mattias de Hollander, Francis Q. Brearley, Bede Constantinides, Anne Cotton, Si Creer, Thomas W. Crowther, John Davison, Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo, Ellen Dorrepaal, David R. Elliott, Graeme Fox, Robert I. Griffiths, Chris Hale, Kyle Hartman, Ashley Houlden, David L. Jones, Eveline J. Krab, Fernando T. Maestre, Krista L. McGuire, Sylvain Monteux, Caroline H. Orr, Wim H. van der Putten, Ian S. Roberts, David A. Robinson, Jennifer D. Rocca, Jennifer Rowntree, Klaus Schlaeppi, Matthew Shepherd, Brajesh K. Singh, Angela L. Straathof, Jennifer M. Bhatnagar, Cécile Thion, Marcel G. A. van der Heijden & Franciska T. de Vries


The paper in Nature Microbiology is here:

"It is well known that we live in a microbial world – with microbes all over our bodies, in our homes, in the air we breath, and in the ground we walk on. In the soil, these bacteria, fungi and other eukaryotes help plants grow, cycle water and important nutrients, and keep our ecosystems functioning. Researchers all over the world are using high-throughput sequencing to study these important microbes, but keeping the corresponding data catalogued and organized is a challenge - especially if we are to use it to respond to questions of global change. In our recent study, we tackle this challenge by bringing together disparate soil bacterial datasets from over 1900 soil samples collected from 21 countries spread across the world."

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Journal of Ecology (The Blog): Winter is coming but is getting warmer!

Winter is coming but is getting warmer!


This new video podcast from Eveline Krab is dedicated to winter ecology and shows that climate warming is also happening in winter! In this video, Eveline highlights the main results of her paper recently accepted for publication in Journal of Ecology titled “Winter warming effects on tundra shrub performance are species-specific and dependent on spring conditions“.

Eveline’s video can also be found on the Journal of Ecology YouTube channel (English subtitles available).

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Airborne method of understanding northern lakes


Airborne method of understanding northern lakes

[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.

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Think - Alpine Ecosystems under the microscope

Studying nature in a slow-changing climate is time-consuming. But Maja Sundqvist speeds things up by using natural variations in altitude in different mountain regions to explore how a warmer climate will affect both alpine and arctic ecosystems. 

Aktum - På vandring över fjället mot framtidens klimat

I den känsliga fjällmiljön kan man se klimatförändringarna med blotta ögat. Till forskningsstationen i Abisko kommer därför forskare från hela världen. En av verksamheterna som bedriver klimatstudier i den svenska fjällen är Climate Impacts Research Centre, CIRC, vid Umeå universitet. 

The volume and mean depth of Earth's lakes

The volume and mean depth of Earth's lakes Cael et al. "The volume and mean depth of Earth's lakes" Geophysical Research Letters (2017). doi:10.1002/2016GL071378. Video produced by


Global lake volume estimates are scarce, highly variable, and poorly documented. We developed a rigorous method for estimating global lake depth and volume based on the Hurst coefficient of Earth's surface, which provides a mechanistic connection between lake area and volume. Volume-area scaling based on the Hurst coefficient is accurate and consistent when applied to lake data sets spanning diverse regions. We applied these relationships to a global lake area census to estimate global lake volume and depth. The volume of Earth's lakes is 199,000 km3 (95% confidence interval 196,000–202,000 km3). This volume is in the range of historical estimates (166,000–280,000 km3), but the overall mean depth of 41.8 m (95% CI 41.2–42.4 m) is significantly lower than previous estimates (62–151 m). These results highlight and constrain the relative scarcity of lake waters in the hydrosphere and have implications for the role of lakes in global biogeochemical cycles.

Cael, B. B., Heathcote, A. J., & Seekell, D. A. (2017). The volume and mean depth of Earth’s lakes. Geophysical Research Letters, 44(1), 2016GL071378. doi:10.1002/2016GL071378.

Mountain fish threatened by warmer climate

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Climate research funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation

Warmer and browner water, lower oxygen levels, and a decline in food availability hit game fish hard. And greenhouse gas emissions are rising. Researchers in Umeå are trying to create a model to predict the rate at which a warming climate will impact lakes in the north.

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Reindeer grazing protects tundra plant diversity in a warming climate

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[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.

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