Research grants to LUCCI scientists
Several LUCCI related researchers were successful when the Swedish Research Council apportioned funding in the natural sciences category. Helena Filipsson was granted for research on improving environmental indicators, as she will look into tracing deoxygenation in ancient marine environments by analysing calcium carbonates, Dan Hammarlund for research on lake sediment information about major volcanic activities through historic times, and Birger Schmitz for reconstructing the history of the solar system from sediment deposition. Frans-Jan Parmentier was granted for establishing research on studies about the effect of warmer winters on the Arctic carbon cycle. Let´s hear what their newly granted research is about:
Dan Hammarlund about colossal volcanic events
- Major volcanic eruptions may have severe societal impacts as shown by ash dispersal and sulphur emissions from recent Icelandic eruptions. But ice-core sulphur records show that these events were minor as compared to historical events of much larger magnitude.
- We lack understanding of such colossal eruptions, which take place on average once per century. Now we will target six major events of known origin during the last millennium and analyse annually varved lake sediments to understand the physical, chemical and biological impacts these eruptions had on the surrounding life.