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BECC Grand Challenges

Grand Challenges refer to issues where gaps in scientific understanding seriously constrain the ability to make informed decisions on issues of pressing concern for the well-being of people and the environment, today and in a future world affected by continued global change. BECC focuses on three Grand Challenges connected to effects of anthropogenic emissions, climate change and land-use on ecosystems and biodiversity.

BECC revolves around three Grand Challenges, carefully selected, that must be tackled to find solutions to the combined consequences of anthropogenic emissions, land-use and climate change on biodiversity and ecosystem services. Our researchers develop and bridge together theories and methods from different disciplines - biology, economics, environmental science, geology, political science, and physical geography – appreciating the Grand Challenges from different viewpoints, a critical point of departure for the efforts in finding solutions to the challenges. 

  • Grand Challenge - The carbon cycle response to anthropogenic and biophysical drivers
  • Grand Challenge - Effective and biologically meaningful biodiversity conservation strategies across scales under global change
  • Grand Challenge - Integration of different private and public values of ecosystem services into environmental policies and management, while accounting for the projected impacts of climate, land-use and other drivers of change

Under this umbrella, BECC is organized in Research Themes (Themes for short), each focusing on an overarching issue of scientific importance, in need of scientific coordination, with high relevance to decision making and with potentially high impact on international research, today and in coming years. 

The Themes function as platforms for intellectual exchange and mutual learning, where researchers meet and develop ideas for new collaborations, research projects, networking, outreach and dissemination activities. To utilize the full potential of the wide range of experience and expertise represented within BECC, Themes cut across disciplines, departments as well as Lund and Gothenburg universities. 

Current Research Themes