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Engaging over 200 researchers at Lund University and the University of Gothenburg, BECC (Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in a Changing Climate) brings together Scientists from the natural and social sciences to perform research essential in understanding the impacts of climate change on biodiversity and ecosystem services on local, regional, national and global scales, to provide a scientific basis for the sustainable management of ecosystems and biodiversity.

BECC is a collaboration between Lund University and University of Gothenburg

Vision

The vision of BECC is to provide a world-leading research environment, bringing together excellent research and training at Lund University and the University of Gothenburg, to address society’s growing need for scientific knowledge to inform the consideration of biodiversity and ecosystem services in policy formulation and decision-making, regionally and globally, in the face of a rapidly changing world.

Aims

In particular, 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 global 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.

Organization

BECC encompasses more than 170 senior researchers and 60 PhD-students from about 10 departments at Lund University and University of Gothenburg. This large environment is promoting cross-cutting activities and synergies, within three thematic themes. Individual projects often include aspects of relevance to more than one theme and thus individual researchers may be active in more than one theme.

BECC is organized around six clusters

 

You can find more information about the clusters and the research conducted within BECC here

Financing

BECC receives 25 million SEK annually in direct funding from the Swedish Government. External funding and co-funding by the universities amounts to around 115 million each year.

 

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Contact

Coordinator Lund: Henrik Smith
Phone: +46 (0)46-222 93 79
henrik.smith [at] biol.lu.se

Coordinator Gothenburg: Håkan Pleijel
Phone: +46 (0)31-786 25 32
hakan.pleijel [at] bioenv.gu.se

Deputy Coordinator: Ben Smith
Phone: +46 (0)46-222 43 54
benjamin.smith [at] nateko.lu.se

Research Coordinator: Anna Boo
Phone: +046 (0)46 - 222 12 52
Anna.Boo [at] cec.lu.se

Communicator: Olof Blomqvist
Phone: +046 (0) 703 - 81 67 25
olof.blomqvist [at] cec.lu.se