The Swedish icebreaker Oden at the North Pole during expedition Arctic Ocean 2018. Credit: Paul Zieger, Department of Environmental Science

Iodic acid may play pivotal role in Arctic cloud formation

An international team of scientists from the Department of Environmental Science and the Bolin Centre of Climate Research at Stockholm University, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), and the Paul Scherrer Institute’s Laboratory of Atmospheric Chemistry (PSI), both in Switzerland, has identified iodic acid as a novel driver of new aerosol particle formation in the Arctic during the …

Launch of Department’s New Seminar Series a Great Success

More than 250 participants from all over the world tuned in on September 17th to watch the first webinar in the new Seminar Series at the Department of Environmental Science. Co-organized together with the European Environmental Bureau and the PERFORCE3 European Training Network, the kick-off webinar on “PFAS and the Essential Use Concept” brought together experts from academia, industry, an NGO, …

Climate researchers on Swedish-Russian expedition to study greenhouse gases from sleeping giants of the Arctic

Thawing permafrost and collapsing methane hydrates, a.k.a the “sleeping giants” of the global carbon cycle, in the Siberian Arctic coastal regions can trigger the release of climate-warming gases. This autumn, twelve researchers from the Department of Environmental Science will join Swedish-Russian expedition ISSS-2020 onboard the Russian vessel Akademik Keldysh to look for answers to some of the most pressing questions …

Assistant Professor Claudia Mohr

Claudia Mohr receives prestigious award for outstanding research in Aerosol Science

Claudia Mohr, Assistant Professor at the Department of Environmental Science, is the co-recipient of the Schmauss Award 2020 of the German Association for Aerosol Research for her outstanding contributions to the understanding of atmospheric aerosol interactions and their impact on air quality and climate.According to the jury, Mohr’s work has advanced the understanding of aerosol composition, sources, and interactions as …

Thawing permaforst. Photo: Benjamin Jones via Wikimedia Commons

Priming effect of plant roots boosts carbon emissions from thawing permafrost

A key uncertainty in climate projections is the amount of carbon emitted by thawing permafrost in the Arctic. Plant roots in soil stimulate microbial decomposition, a mechanism called the priming effect. An international research team from Stockholm University, Umeå University and the French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE) shows that the priming effect alone can cause …

The Virtual PhD Defence: the way forward or a cautionary tale?

There have been numerous discussions over the past few months about the impact of the coronavirus crisis on education. Educational institutions around the world have adopted digital teaching approaches in an effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus and safeguard the wellbeing of their students and staff. In response to the extraordinary circumstances, PhD candidates at Stockholm University have …

Second chance to apply for courses and programmes for autumn admission at the Department of Environmental Science

Mark your calendars! On July 15 late application for courses and programmes opens for prospective students at the Department of Environmental Science. Below you will find information about what and how you can apply for. Good luck! How to apply All applications are to be made through the National Agency for Higher Education web page  (in English) or  …

Geosciences building, Stockholm University. Photo: Hanna Hellzén Cramér

To all students: Information about the autumn semester 2020

(På svenska – se nedan) From August 31, Stockholm University will gradually start returning to teaching on campus. The transition will take place taking current circumstances into account, and following recommendations from the government. During the first part of the autumn, teaching will be given both online and on campus. Courses at the Department of Environmental Science will be offered …

Astrid Söderbergh Widding, Stockholm University President. Photo: Eva Dalin/Stockholm University

Message to students from Stockholm University President

Hello to all students at Stockholm University! It has been a semester that really has not resembled anything else. Who would have expected, when we started as usual after the Christmas and New Year holidays, that in March we would change completely overnight to online education? Since then, it has slowly begun to sink in that there is no real …

Malte Posselt is this year’s Sigrid Arrhenius Fellow

The Committee for Natural Sciences at Stockholm University has awarded the 2020 Sigrid Arrhenius Scholarship to Malte Posselt, 32, former PhD student at the Department of Environmental Science. Posselt defended his thesis entitled “Transformation of Micropollutants in the Hyporheic Zone” on April 27 this year. In his work, Malte Posselt used advanced analytical techniques together with lab and field based …

Online teaching in full swing at the Department of Environmental Science

Since 18 March all teaching at Stockholm University has been moved online across 53 academic departments and centres and the transition from a seminar room with a projector to a computer screen and a set of headphones has been swift. Marlene Ågerstrand, Assistant Professor at the Department of Environmental Science, is one of the early adopters of the new teaching …

Photo: Henrik Ostrup

Fewer premature deaths from air pollution in Stockholm likely due to Corona Effect

In the midst of the ongoing coronavirus crisis, traffic in major streets in central Stockholm was reduced by a fifth on average during March, report researcher from the Department of Environmental Science and pollution watchdog in the Stockholm region. Less traffic is expected to result in fewer premature deaths from air pollution this year.   As a third of the …

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