Climate research "Up Close"


Huge breadth of climate research at Lund University

Lund University has a huge breadth of climate research. This research is carried out at eight of the University’s faculties and almost 30 different departments and centres. The research spans a range of disciplines, from science, medicine and engineering to social sciences, humanities, economics and law.

The University’s climate research is characterised by interdisciplinary perspectives, and a number of the University’s strong research areas and Linnaeus research environments address the climate, for example Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in a Changing Climate (BECC), Modelling the Regional and Global Earth System (MERGE), the Lund University Centre of Excellence for Integration of Social and Natural Dimensions of Sustainability, (LUCID) and the Lund Centre for Studies of Carbon Cycle and Climate Interaction (LUCCI).

Read more about the fields in which Lund University conducts climate research.

Researching the cities of the future

Lena NeijToday, the climate impact of cities represents 80 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. At Lund University, researchers want to create models to reduce this impact.

“We are a resource for social development”, says Professor Lena Neij from the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics. Read full article.

Effects of climate change in the Arctic more extensive than expected

machineA much reduced covering of snow, shorter winter season and thawing tundra. The effects of climate change in the Arctic are already here. And the changes are taking place significantly faster than previously thought. This is what emerges from a new research report on the Arctic, presented in Copenhagen this week. Margareta Johansson, from Lund University, is one of the researchers behind the report. Read full article.

Better planning required if EU is to meet energy targets

Niina KauttoThe EU has set itself a target to increase the proportion of renewable energy to 20 per cent by the year 2020. Over the same period, greenhouse gas emissions are to decrease to 20 per cent below 1990 levels. However, are the current European bioenergy initiatives sufficiently consistent and coherent to meet these targets? Niina Kautto is a researcher at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University. “As it looks today, it’s unlikely”, she says.  Read full article.

A common argument against global warming is that the climate has always varied.

Svante Björck

New study shows no simultaneous warming of northern and southern hemispheres as a result of climate change for 20 000 years.Temperatures rise sometimes and this is perfectly natural is the usual line. However, Svante Björck, a climate researcher at Lund University in Sweden, has now shown that global warming, i.e. simultaneous warming events in the northern and southern hemispheres, have not occurred in the past 20 000 years, which is as far back as it is possible to analyse with sufficient precision to compare with modern developments.

Svante Björck’s study thus goes 14 000 years further back in time than previous studies have done. “What is happening today is unique from a historical geological perspective”, he says. Read full article.

This month's "Up Close" - Climate Research

Solar energy covers earth’s needs thousands of times over

Lars J. NilssonEvery day there is more bad news – the climate is more sensitive than previously thought. The Arctic ice is melting faster than anyone could have predicted. For every year of neglect and failure in climate politics, it becomes more difficult to limit global warming and avoid dangerous human impact on the climate. However, there is still plenty of opportunity to reverse the trend.

Read full article written by Professor Lars J. Nilsson, Professor of Environmental and Energy Systems Studies.

“Better to give away experiences than things”

Oksana MontMeet Oksana Mont, Sweden’s only Professor of Sustainable Consumption.

How can our consumption become more sustainable?

“A major aspect is promoting sustainable lifestyles rather than just sustainable products. Many companies do not work to develop sustainable products, even if this should be the norm.”

How can companies and shops reduce their overall impact on the climate?

“They need to think about the entire product chain. Take a furniture factory, for example. It is not sufficient to save energy in the factory itself; they also have to make sure that they buy climate-friendly materials and that the furniture can be repaired and re-used. Companies often focus too much on their own activities and forget the rest.”

Read full interview...

Master's degrees in the field of climate studies

Environment Lund University offers almost 30 courses and programmes focusing on the climate and sustainable development – everything from climate policy and sustainable enterprise to meteorology and physical geography. Some of these are delivered in English. Find out more about each programme and the climate studies component via the links below.

Atmospheric Sciences and Biogeochemical Cycles

Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science

Environmental Management and Policy


Physical Geography and Ecosystem Analysis

Sustainable Business Leadership

More international programmes in the field of Environment and Sustainability at Lund University.


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