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Research Platforms

Research Plattforms are programmes that have been selected for strategic support following a peer-reviewed international competition.


Biodiversity and Ecosystem services in a Changing Climate

Visit BECC's homepage at the Lund university website

BECC is a strategic research initiative 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.
BECC aims to:

  • Assess climate change impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services in Sweden, with a particular focus on forest, agricultural and subarctic ecosystems, but also including aquatic systems that are affected by runoff from forest and farmland.
  • Support regional, national and international policymakers through the scientific evaluation of policy options combining adaptation and mitigation strategies to climate change with conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem resilience.
  • Create synergies and added value to the climate impacts research at Lund University and University of Gothenburg by bringing together modelling, empirical ecology, economics and social science analysis, and by integrating stakeholder experience in the research process.

BECC is a collaboration between Lund University and University of Gothenburg.


Gothenburg University, Laboratory of Dendrochronology

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ModElling the Regional and Global Earth system

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MERGE is a 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.

The vision of MERGE is to establish and develop a major multidisciplinary climate/Earth System modelling node with world leading science and research education on climate/terrestrial biosphere interactions (including vegetation, land use, biogeochemical cycles and aerosols). This is accompanied by societal dialogue in the spirit of social learning by both scientists and stakeholders.

MERGE aims to:

  • Strategic research on key global and regional Earth System models, focusing on the terrestrial biosphere as a critical climate system component, leading to Improved local, regional and global climate models with climate/vegetation interactions
  • Key contributions in national and international arenas, and fostering a new generation of scientists skilled in Earth System science and advanced climate modelling
  • Improve the societal relevance and use of climate model research and results

MERGE is a collaboration between: Lund University, University of Gothenburg, Rossby Centre/SMHI, Linnaeus University, Chalmers University of Technology and Royal Institute of Technology.


Sino-Swedish Centre for Tree-Ring Research

SISTRR is a cooperative effort between the Institute of Earth Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, in Xian, China and the Regional Climate Group, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. The SISTRR was launched in 2008.

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Tellus is a comprehensive research programme dedicated to Earth systems science. Researchers at three different departments at the University of Gothenburg collaborate in order to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of the functioning of the principal Earth systems, how they are interacting and how this affects life on Earth. As a framework for research Tellus is supported by the Faculty of Science at the University of Gothenburg.

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Contact Information

Department of Earth Sciences

Box 460, SE-405 30 Göteborg

Visiting Address:
Guldhedsgatan 5A

+46 31 786 1954

+46 31 786 1986

Page Manager: Robert Karlsson|Last update: 10/4/2016

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