Professor ATTE KORHOLA, University of Helsinki, Finland
Major research topics: climate change and its ecological and societal impacts, with particular reference to longer-term climatic and environmental changes, carbon cycling, black carbon, peatland dynamics and Arctic regions. Professor Korhola is dedicated at communicating science to the public and shares his knowledge of best practises in reaching different audiences..
Dr MARGRET STEINTHORSDOTTIR, The Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm University
Major research topics: using fossil plants and animals to reconstruct environmental conditions in the past. The specific purpose of most of Margret's ongoing research projects is to develop high-resolution atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations (pCO2) records during periods of important climate change and / or mass extinctions during mesozoikum and kenozoikum (approximately 250-2.5 million years before now). Density of stomata on fossil plants is applied as a measure of paleo atmospheric pCO2, since the density of stomata is inversely related to pCO2. Margret's overall research goal is thus to use fossil to reconstruct the pace and consequences of pCO2-driven climate change in the past.This information may, in turn, be utilized to better predict current and future anthropogenic climate change.
Professor MARTIN CLAUSSEN, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology
Major research topics: Understanding terrestrial biosphere feedback processes in the Earth's climate system. How do these processes cause accelerating changes into new climate and ecosystem states? How strong is the effect of terrestrial biosphere feedback processes on climate change and variability in comparison with other feedback processes? And how strong is the synergy between feedbacks? These questions are mainly raised in connection with palaeoclimate change, with a focus on the Sahara and the Arabian.
Professor THOMAS STOCKER Climate and Environmental Physics, University of Bern
Major research topics: Encompasses the development of climate models of intermediate complexity, modelling past and future climate change, in particular abrupt climate change and its effects on the ocean, and the reconstruction of greenhouse gas concentrations based on ice cores from Greenland and Antarctica. This has resulted in the definitive CO2 and CH4 records of the past 800,000 years, still a world record.
Dr KIMBERLY WICKLAND, Research Ecologist, National Research Program, Boulder, CO, US Geological Survey
Her research covers a large range of ecosystems, including wetlands, forest soils, tundra, lakes, streams, and rivers in temperate and northern high latitude regions. Dr Wickland leads field and laboratory studies of biogeochemical cycling of carbon and greenhouse gas exchange in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and terrestrial-aquatic carbon linkages. Further studies on carbon dioxide and methane production, uptake, and emissions from terrestrial and aquatic systems, and the generation and fate of dissolved organic carbon (DOC).
Professor emeritus ERLAND BÅÅTH, Lund University, Sweden
Major research are dedicated to soil microbial activities including fungi and bacteria, looking into assessments of biomass, activity and community composition of these different groups in relation to biotic and abiotic environmental conditions.