The prospective influence of the climate changes on the arctic marine, limnical and terrestrial environments and on society in Greenland - including adaptation and prevention strategies
Ronnie Glud is employed at the Department of Biological Sciences as a Professor in Marine Biogeochemistry with start on August 1, 2010. He will be affiliated with the research centre NordCEE in preparation for co-operative research within the subject’s microbial ecology and biogeochemistry in marine environments, especially in sediment. He will use part of his research time for climate-related research coordinated with the Greenland Climate Research Centre under the leadership of Professor Søren Rysgaard.
Søren Rysgaard is employed at the Department of Biological Sciences as a Professor in climate changes and arctic investigations with start on August 1, 2010. His main workplace will be the Greenland Climate Research Centre in Nuuk, which he will be the Head of for the next five years. The Climate Research Centre in Greenland will conduct research in the effects of climate changes, and on how the Greenlandic society can adapt to living with the changes, as there are already visible signs of climate changes in the reduction in the sea ice and melting of the inland ice.
The project will examine the status and/or evolutionary changes of a climate change research project 10 years ago, in which a selection had been made of plants that did best under the exposure of increased temperatures and intensified summer drought. The plants will be compared to plants of the same species and place of origin that have not been exposed to the climate change experiments.
Bohdil Ehlers is employed as Frontline Assistant Professor at the Department of Biological Sciences with start on January 1st 2010. Her research is focused on population ecology, evolution and genetics, and she will carry out projects which will highlight the reaction of different plant genotypes when they grow in different environments.
Plants are a desirable source for biofuel, but it is important that the plant production does not take place at the expense of food production. The long-term purpose of the project is to develop plants that can be cultivated under extreme growth conditions such as very saline areas with long-term heat or drought.
Ole Nørregaard Jensen, Professor at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, SDU, Jenseno@bmb.sdu.dk, +45 65502368