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LUC4C Land use change: assessing the net climate forcing, and options for climate change mitigation and adaptation:
•EU FP7 Integrated project: 603542 – LUC4C. Develop change, mitigation and adaptation in land use
•Duration 4 years 01/11/2013 – 31/10/2017
•15 Partners from 11 EU and 4 non-EU countries; total ca. 8Mio € (6 Mio € from EU)
IMPACT2C Quantifying projected impacts under 2°C warming :
Political discussions on the European goal to limit global warming to 2°C demands that discussions are informed by the best available science on projected impacts and possible benefits. IMPACT2C enhances knowledge, quantifies climate change impacts, and adopts a clear and logical structure, with climate and impacts modelling, vulnerabilities, risks and economic costs, as well as potential responses, within a pan-European sector based analysis. IMPACT2C utilises a range of models within a multi-disciplinary international expert team and assesses effects on water, energy, infrastructure, coasts, tourism, forestry, agriculture, ecosystems services, and health and air quality-climate interactions. IMPACT2C introduces key innovations. First, harmonised socio-economic assumptions/scenarios will be used, to ensure that both individual and cross-sector assessments are aligned to the 2°C (1.5°C) scenario for both impacts and adaptation, e.g. in relation to land-use pressures between agriculture and forestry. Second, it has a core theme of uncertainty, and will develop a methodological framework integrating the uncertainties within and across the different sectors, in a consistent way. In so doing, analysis of adaptation responses under uncertainty will be enhanced. Finally, a cross-sectoral perspective is adopted to complement the sector analysis. A number of case studies will be developed for particularly vulnerable areas, subject to multiple impacts (e.g. the Mediterranean), with the focus being on cross-sectoral interactions (e.g. land use competition) and cross-cutting themes (e.g. cities). The project also assesses climate change impacts in some of the world’s most vulnerable regions: Bangladesh, Africa (Nile and Niger basins), and the Maldives. IMPACT2C integrates and synthesises project findings suitable for awareness raising and are readily communicable to a wide audience, and relevant for policy negotiations.
MERGE Modelling the Regional and Global Earth system:
MERGE is a new strategic research initiative hosted by the Faculty of Science at Lund University. Reliable modelling of the Regional and Global Earth system is of utmost importance for society. Even though climate science is sufficiently robust to justify action on climate change mitigation and adaptation, the need to narrow down uncertainties that are central to assessing climate change and its impacts persists. Such uncertainties pertain to climate sensitivity, Earth System feedbacks and interactions and to incomplete understanding of key climate forcings and the interplay of physical and biological climate/Earth System components. This can be tackled with research that in turn supports mitigation and adaptation efforts on global, regional and local arenas.
NAI-EANA NASA Astrobiology Institute:
The European Exo/Astrobiology Network Association
Various research topics related to astrobiology are pursued at the Department of Earth and Space Sciences (Chalmers) and Onsala Space Observatory. These include past searches for large organic molecules with the OSO 20 metre telescope, as well as more general investigations in astrochemistry. In particular, members of our group are interested in the chemical evolution of comets, planetary atmospheres, and planet-forming regions of interstellar clouds, including planetary disks, as they relate to conditions on the primitive Earth and to the wide range of environments possible elsewhere in our solar system and in extrasolar planets. There is also active interest in promoting future space missions related to these areas of research. We already collaborate with scientists at the NASA Ames Research Center, but would also like to seek collaborations with scientists of the other present NAI nodes and institutes of the Nordic countries as well.
Through the global Environmental Measurements and Modelling Group at Chalmers we would like to collaborate with NASA exobiology and evolutionary biology groups. Our aim would be to develop a model which will aid the understanding of life on Mars and simulate a possible life development and evolution on this planet. This can be done by investigating the effect of several parameters on the evolution of plants and microorganisms in the biosphere by models, the dependency of organisms on climate and soil conditions, model the life circulation on the world, and investigate exofactors on the evolution of organisms.
BECC Biodiversity and Ecosystem services in a Changing Climate:
BECC is a new strategic research area hosted by the Faculty of Science at Lund University that strives for a better understanding of the impacts of climate change and land use decisions on terrestrial ecosystems and biodiversity, addressing the consequences of ecosystem changes for human beings and socio-economic systems. The vision of BECC is to evolve interdisciplinary research approaches that contribute to the sustainable management of ecosystems and biodiversity in a rapidly changing world.
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