Ice is often beautiful. Even dramatic. We can photograph sea ice from space. We can hike up to—and onto—land ice, like glaciers and ice sheets. But permafrost, which is frozen soil, isn't so flashy or charismatic. It operates under the cover of darkness, below ground, hidden from view. In fact, there's permafrost in the photograph above, just a few feet below the hand of Dr. Gesche Blume-Werry, but you'd probably never know it.
To communicate science well does not always come naturally, but just like other aspects of scientific work, science communication is a skill that can be learnt and developed. Umeå PhD students complete first science communications course.
På två år har Abisko varit med om värmerekord och vädervariation som normalt ses över hundra års tid. Uppe på berget Noulja är förändringen tydlig i landskapets växtlighet.
Med hjälp av en studie som påbörjades 1917 ser man nu hur den arktiska miljön har förändrats av klimatet över hundra år.
I programmet hörs Keith Larson, evolutionär ekolog vid Umeå Universitet, och Hannah Rosenzweig, forskarstudent.
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Permafrost soils store large quantities of frozen carbon and play an important role in regulating Earth’s climate. In a study published in Nature Geoscience, researchers from Umeå University, Sweden, in collaboration with an international team, now show that river greenhouse gas emissions rise high in areas where Siberian permafrost is actively thawing.
Two Postdoctoral Fellowships (2 years each) in Arctic ecosystems ecology / plant-ecophysiology / microbial ecology are available in Abisko at the Climate Impacts Research Centre of the Department of Ecology and Environmental Science, Umeå University, north Sweden, to study the off-seasonal dynamics of plant and soil microbial processes in arctic ecosystems. Climate change in the Arctic is especially pronounced during autumn, winter and spring, including increases in temperature, changes in snow fall/cover and rain-on-snow events. Such off-seasonal changes in climate can affect the carbon balance of arctic ecosystems and the underlying plant and soil microbial processes but the extent remains unclear. We are looking for two postdoctoral fellows to to investigate how changes in the timing, frequency and extent of winter freezing conditions, as well as the timing of spring and autumn, affects the (off-)seasonal dynamics of plant and microbial processes in arctic ecosystems.
Deadline: 28 September 2018
For more information, contact Dr Ellen Dorrepaal
New Transnational Access Call is Now Open
INTERACT Transnational Access and Remote Access call for s/s 2019 and a/w 2019-2020
Open at 2018-08-13 00:00:00 (Europe/Brussels)
Close at 2018-10-12 23:59:59 (Europe/Brussels)
The call is for INTERACT Transnational Access (TA) to 43 stations and Remote Access (RA) to 18 stations. Stations offering TA or RA are located across the Arctic and northern alpine and forest areas in Europe, Russia and North-America. The sites represent a variety of glacier, mountain, tundra, boreal forest, peatland and freshwater ecosystems, providing opportunities for researchers from natural sciences to human dimension. Note: applicants are not eligible for TA to their national infrastructures, i.e. stations that are located in the same country or operated by institutions located in the same country in which the applicant is working/residing. For example, scientists working in Finland are not eligible for TA to Finnish research stations, scientists working in UK are not eligible for TA to UK Arctic Research Station in Svalbard, scientists working in Denmark are not eligible for TA to research stations in Greenland, operated by Danish institutions, etc.
Mistra is visiting Abisko and CIRC, meeting with CIRC researchers and learning about the changing climate and climate impacts research carried out in the Swedish Arctic…
Yesterday Keith Larson welcomed parts of the Royal Academy of Sciences who is visiting Abisko and CIRC, followed by a tour up to Nuolja and the CIRC project called Fingerprints of Change: Abisko plants and Phenology.
Water color is getting darker in lakes across the planet. This phenomenon, known as “browning,” was anticipated to cause widespread declines in fish populations. A new study by researchers from Umeå University finds that the number of fish populations impacted by browning is smaller than previously believed.
David Seekell, Pär Byström, and Jan Karlsson, Lake morphometry moderates the relationship between water color and fish biomass in small boreal lakes. Limnology and Oceanography. 2018. doi: 10.1002/lno.10931
For more information, please contact:
David Seekell, Assistant professor, Department of Ecology and Environmental Science, Umeå University, Sweden
Together with Naturum Abisko, CIRC participates in the project called CES Project (Constant Effort Sites) which aims at monitoring the presence of different bird species, thus following the state of the environment and detecting possible environmental changes…
Limnology and Oceanography Research Exchange (LOREX) is an NSF funded initiative to provide training in international research for graduate students. Graduate student research is often constrained by the resources, ideas, and culture of the home institution. International collaborations enhance graduate students’ ability to think critically and creatively, make cross-disciplinary connections, and stretch one's field of view while gaining competency in an international environment and increasing their network of colleagues.
Opportunities for research exchanges in freshwater ecology, aquatic biogeochemistry and paleolimnology are possible with CIRC at Umeå University.
Are you interested in learning and applying your science communications skill in the context of exciting ecological and environmental scientific research? The Climate Impacts Research Centre is offering internships based at the Abisko Scientific Research Station, 200 km north of the Arctic Circle. Our research focuses on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and their interface at the edge of the Arctic.
Interns work with researchers, students, and the public to communicate our fascinating and import climate research globally. If you are fluent in dynamic website and social media tools, capable with a digital camera, video and audio recording, we would like to see you in Abisko!
We are looking for one or two interns for September to November 2018.
Abisko plants and phenology (fjällkalendern) aims at collecting species distributions and phenology data for the Abisko region (focused in and around Abisko National Park). This project is part of our larger efforts to identify the fingerprints of environmental change in Abisko. We have over 100 years of plant distribution and phenology data, plus weather data (1913 to present), from researchers at the Abisko Scientific Research Station. This provides a unique time machine to allow us to quantify the change to the plant communities of this region perched on the edge of the Arctic.
Visit our project page here.
Visit our citizen science page here.
Globally, lake waters are thought to be getting darker due to increasing concentrations of dissolved organic carbon - an amalgam of thousands of uncharacterized carbon compounds that get flushed into lakes from surrounding areas. It's been predicted that this change in water color will lead to declining fish populations, but prior studies haven't considered how variations in lake depth might affect this relationship.
Seekell, D. A., P. A. Byströn, & J. Karlsson 2018. Lake morphometry moderates the relationship between water color and fish biomass in small boreal lakes. Limnology and Oceanography. Early Online. DOI: 10.1002/lno.10931
The new exhibition at Abisko Gränsförsvarsmuseum (Abisko Border Defense Museum) of the Cold War is now up and running! On July 3, the grand opening was held and many came to see the new exhibition…
How can wilderness conservation and planning become more inclusive? In June, a British research team; Alice Eldridge (University of Sussex), Roger Norum (University of Leeds) and Jonathan Carruthers-Jones (University of Leeds), visited CIRC and Abisko…
The artist duo Bigert and Bergströms new film "The Climate Experiment" (2018) presents the lurking awareness of our own role in the change of climate. 10 minutes in, the duo visits Climate Impact Research Centre and talks with CIRC researchers, Keith Larson and Ellen Dorrepaal. The film is available at SvtPlay and has also been been highlighted by The Faculty of Science and Technology at Umeå University.
Get to know CIRC's new communication interns, Yrsa Landström and Sebastian Enhager, what they are doing this summer and their experience of the research being carried out at CIRC! See their first blog post by visiting Umeå University's website and go to "Forskarbloggen" ("The Research Blog" in English).
Blaize, you started your PhD at Uppsala University working at Erken around the time SITES was formed, when you heard about SITES your PhD research expanded to three SITES stations, and you are now finalizing your Postdoc working with SITES Water at Svartberget.
On Midsummer Eve, researchers from CIRC participated in the traditional Midsummer celebrations at STF Tourist Station in Abisko…