Welcome to LUCCI!
LUCCI is a research centre at Lund University devoted to studies of the carbon cycle and how it interacts with the climate system. The centre involves about 120 researchers from four Lund university departments: Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, Geology, Biology and Physics.
Astronomy-geology research granted
2014-10-03: Five research projects in Lund has all together been granted with 180 million SEK from The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. Geologist Birger Schmitz and astronomy researcher colleagues Melwyn Davies and Anders Johansen gets a share to do collaboration research in the project “IMPACT: Comets, asteroids and the habitability of planets”.
Astronomical events that happened several hundred million years back in time, can be reconstructed based on the alien mineral that scientists find in seabed sediments. With data from the European Space satellite Gaia, the scientists will determine the solar motion in the Milky Way. It can then be revealed whether and in that case how astronomical events coincide with for example ice ages and mass extinctions, by comparing astronomical observations with geological data.
source:The Wallenberg Foundations and Lund University
Increased photosynthesis compensates for shorter growing season in subarctic tundra—8 years of snow accumulation manipulations
2014-10-02: An article, "Increased photosynthesis compensates for shorter growing season in subarctic tundra—8 years of snow accumulation manipulations", by Julia Bosiö et al has been published in "Climatic Change". The study aims to analyze the effect of increased snow cover on plant photosynthesis in subarctic mires underlain by permafrost.
Hot Arctic may give very cold winters
2014-09-29: An increasing number of research reports point at that the recent cold long winters in northern Europe are connected to the melting of the Arctic ice in summertime, writes local swedish newspaper Sydsvenskan. Frans-Jan Parmentier, at the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science at Lund University.
As the ice areas become smaller, the temperature differences become smaller between the Arctic and Central Europe, as ice surface reflects 80 percent of solar radiation, and open oceans absorbs instead 90 percent of the radiation. The effects is most perceptible in winter time. - One hypothesis is that the jet streams weaken and makes it easier for cold air to flow down from the Arctic, says Frans-Jan Parmentier.
Really cold winters have occurred even before the Arctic began to melt significantly, he points out. And the unpredictability of the weather makes that it is still difficult to scientifically see a clear relationship. - More research and more winters to study will give the answer.
Conley awarded for dedicated work
2014-09-29: Professor Daniel Conley recieved yet another reward for his scientific work. This time it is the Geology section of Naturvetarna that for the 17th time presents the award.
Conley is working in the scientific area of aquatic and marine ecosystems, and is applying all his knowledge in his work for the Baltic Sea, both in public debate and research. The goal is to reduce the supply of nutrients causing eutrophication, to make the Baltic Sea healthier.
LUCCI Annual Meeting
2014-09-10: The Annual Meeting of LUCCI took place at Örenäs Castle and gathered around 50 participants. The meeting was honoured to have Oscar E. Romero from University of Bremen, Markku Rummukainen (Lund University, IPCC) and Raimund Muscheler (Lund University) as key note speakers at the meeting. There were also group discussions and poster mingle adding to the outcome. Vivi Vajda was officially taking over as the coordinator of LUCCI, with Anders Lindroth now being the co-pilot for the years to come.
Media light on LUCCI researchers
The past month there has been a lot of media light on LUCCI researchers. In mid-July, Professor Anders Lindroth was interviewed by Sydnytt about the mast that has been set up in the woods in the village of Perstorp. The mast will be used for measurements of climate gases but can be used for other purposes as well.
Vivi Vajda was having several media teams following the excavations in Korsaröd last week, where lots of interesting fossils were found.
Further,on the 18th of august the spotlight was on Raimiund Muscheler and his research on the solar activity. News sources TT and Aftonbladet published news items on this, and again local television broadcast Sydnytt had a feature in the evening Tv News.
Two LUCCI names on the Highly Cited Researchers list
2014-07-07: Representing some of the world´s leading scientific minds, the highly Cited Researchers list 2014 have not one but two names from LUCCI. Professor Anders Lindroth and professor emeritus Marin Sykes are both ranked among the top 1 % that are most cited for their subject field.
LUCCI at Almedalen
LUCCI was present at the political week at Almedalen last week. LUCCI member Markku Rummukainen was there representing CEC this time, participating as a speaker in two of the events.
Further, Anders Lindroth had an article in Forskarbladet that was distributed to the Almedalen polititians and visitors during the week.
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