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Highlights from ClimBEco
Published 13 September 2017
Summaries from two recent ClimBEco events, Annual Meeting and Greenhouse Gas Summer School.
ClimBEco annual meeting
A warm thank you to all partcipants in the ClimBEco Annual Meeting in Höllviken, August 24-25! After an inspiring and thought-provoking mini-workshop about assertive communcation and the ClimBEco mentorship program, we went on to learning how different research topics and questions tied in to the meeting theme: biodiversity and ecosystem services. Before BECC theme leaders Johan Ekroos and Yann Clough introduced what such research may be about, the scene was set by Karin Perhans from Formas who shared the research council’s view on knowledge gaps and need for research and cooperation. After that, we were amazed to learn that such different research topics as belowground nitrogen cycling, cost-effective measures in the agricultural landscapes, governance (what is really the difference between policy, politics and polity?) and learning implementation all fit in to the concept of ecosystem services as a boundary object in science, and in the cooperation between academia and society. On the second meeting day, we were energized and impressed by PhD student talks and poster presentations, and also by the contributions of our senior participants to comment and give constructive feedback to each presentation! As a reminder of the importance of being aware of one’s own perspective, let's finish by citing a ClimBEco PhD student, Adrian Gustafson: “Nobody lives in the global climate”.
Greenhouse Gas Summer School at Skogaryd Research Catchment
From the 3rd to 9th September, a group of young scientists came together for the inaugural Greenhouse Gas Summer School, hosted by Gothenburg University at Skogaryd Research Catchment, Sweden. The course introduced students to state of the art greenhouse gas measurement techniques including several forms of eddy covariance, footprint modelling, chamber measurements and isotopic analysis. In-depth lectures from leaders in the field were followed by excursions to measurement sites and practical data analysis exercises. The discussions also focused on the importance of site management practices and national greenhouse gas reporting. With participants representing 10 countries and 11 universities, the course offered a warm and friendly atmosphere for exchanging ideas. Skogaryd Research Catchment is part of the SITES (Swedish Infrastructure for Ecosystem Science) network, features 5 subsites and pioneering new greenhouse gas measurement techniques. Despite the rain, the course was a resounding success and will be hosted next year by the ClimbEco group at Lund University.
The ClimBeco Ph.D. course ‘Greenhouse gases GHG - biogeochemistry and measurement techniques in ecosystems and landscapes’, is a BECC sponsored joint venture between teachers from University of Gothenburg, Lund University, CGIAR (the Mazingira Centre), Swansea University and Helsinki University; with great support and technical assistance from SITES and ICOS field stations.