Askö Laboratory in the Stockholm Archipelago. Photo: Baltic Sea Centre

New research centre to bring marine and atmospheric scientists together

Researchers Matthew Salter, Ilona Riipinen and Christoph Humborg from the Department of Environmental Science are behind a successful infrastructure funding application to the Swedish Reseach Council (VR) on the development of a new atmospheric science laboratory at Askö, a marine research station located within the Stockholm archipelago. This funding is the latest milestone in the establishment of a multidisciplinary centre …

FORCeS members during their inaugural meeting in October 2019. Photo: Stella Papadopoulou

FORCeS: Towards narrowing uncertainty of aerosol forcing on climate

On a crisp morning in October 2019, some of Europe’s most prominent climate scientists gathered inside Geovetenskapens hus at Frescati Campus, Stockholm University, to attend the inaugural meeting about FORCeS (Constrained Aerosol Forcing for Improved Climate Projections), a pan-European research project with the ambitious goal to tackle the uncertainty of aerosol forcing on climate and one the first projects of …

Stockholm University Frescati Campus. Photo: Clément Morin

Stockholm University participates in international statement ahead of UN climate summit

Together with senior scientific advisers from around the world, Stockholm University has signed a statement to governments on climate change ahead of the COP26 climate summit. On October 31, the COP26 climate summit began in Glasgow, where countries from all over the world gathered to find ways to reduce climate-affecting emissions. Ahead of the climate summit, 38 senior scientific advisers …

PhD students Roxana Cremer and John Hader during recording of "Danger Down the Drain" in June 2021.

Insights to Science: a new podcast series produced and hosted by PhD student at the department

Without wastewater treatment, diseases and infections would ravage our modern world. At the same time, wastewater treatment is something we often take for granted. What actually happens down the pipelines when the water we flush leaves the house? “Danger down the Drain” is the pilot episode in the podcast series  Insights to Science produced and hosted by PhD student Roxana Cremer at …

Ny Ålesund research station in Svalbard, Norway. Photo: Paul Zieger

New method allows scientists to study aerosol particles inside clouds

The air around us is filled with tiny, invisible particles called aerosols. These particles affect the radiative balance of our planet in a number of ways, both directly, by scattering and absorbing light, and indirectly, by influencing cloud properties. Traditional methods to study cloud formation involve artificially activating aerosol particles or short-term direct sampling of clouds. Now a new observation …

Researcher receives large EU grant to lead work on Zero Pollution from Persistent Mobile Substances

Persistent mobile (PM) substances are being recognized as serious threats to the safety of water resources. In many cases, drinking water supplies have to be purified using expensive technologies because of contamination by PM substances. As part of this effort, a five-year wide-reaching European Research project, Zero Pollution of Persistent, Mobile substances, ZeroPM, has been launched. Fifteen partners are involved …

Plastics separated from food waste after grinding and pulping from a food waste recycling facility in Norway, as part of a process to convert food waste to biogas and fertilizer. The research project mapped how plastic gets from food waste to farmers fields. Photo: Caroline Hansen and Heidi Knutsen, NGI

Is global plastic pollution nearing an irreversible tipping point?

Current rates of plastic emissions globally may trigger effects that we will not be able to reverse, argues a new study by researchers from Sweden, Norway and Germany published on July 2nd in Science. According to the authors, plastic pollution is a global threat, and actions to drastically reduce emissions of plastic to the environment are ”the rational policy response”. …

Stockholm University researchers involved in new Horizon 2020 project to map role of polar sea ice and snow in global climate system

Researchers at the Department of Environmental Science and Department of Meteorology (MISU) at Stockholm University together with international colleagues have recently launched the new Horizon 2020 project CRiceS (Climate relevant interactions and feedbacks: the key role of sea ice and snow in the polar and global climate system). The CRiceS project aims to contribute knowledge for better understanding of the …

Prefessor Christina Rudén. Photo: Jens Lasthein

Christina Rudén to participate in high-level discussions on chemicals strategy at European Commission

Professor Christina Rudén from the Department of Environmental Science has been elected member of the European Commission’s high-level expert group whose mission is to help implement the new EU’s chemicals strategy for Sustainability published on 14 October 2020. She is one of eight representatives from the international scientific community. The expert group, officially known as High Level Roundtable on the …

Monoporeia affinis. Photo: Niklas Wijkmark Azote

New study calls for greater attention to environmental contaminants in marine monitoring programmes

A new scientific study by researchers at the Department of Environmental Science and colleagues from Stockholm University shows that environmental contaminants have a greater impact on the Baltic Sea’s bottom community than previously thought. The researchers call for more attention to be paid to hazardous substances when using small crustaceans and other sediment-dwelling animals to assess the effects of eutrophication and oxygen deficiency across different …

Stockholm University in top 30 in environmental science in the world

 The 2021 edition of the QS World University Rankings by subject  ranks Stockholm University 23rd in the world in environmental science. Across all subjects included in the analysis, Stockholm University is among the top 50 in five subjects, and the best in Sweden in 14 subjects. The five subjects that place Stockholm University in the top 50 are: environmental science (23) …

Icebreaker Oden during SWERUS-C3

Natural gas deposits are source of methane released into the eastern Arctic Ocean

High levels of methane is escaping from the thawing subsea permafrost but the source(s) of that methane has long remained elusive. Now, a new study shows, for the first time, that the methane originates largely from a thermogenic (natural gas) deposit that breaks through the subsea permafrost and release into the shallow water column and the overlying atmosphere. The study …

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Geovetenskapens Hus,
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Stockholm University
106 91 Stockholm

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