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SLU and the climate

What does SLU do for the climate? We provide knowledge, decision support and facts about climate solutions. We teach our students about sustainability, and they inspire us to further reduce our climate impact. Below are a few examples of how SLU contributes.

52 climate weeks in a year

The cooperation within UN on climate change highlights the science and skills needed in society to understand the climate change challenge and to find solutions. At SLU, every week is "climate week". We contribute our knowledge about the development and sustainable use of living natural resources all year round.

Sweden key player in European wine project

Researchers want to equip growers for a warmer and drier climate, and look to techniques developed in Sweden as solutions.

Damage caused by wind and snow

Climate change is expected to increase the incidence of several different types of forest damage, such as wind and snow.

Storm damage in forest. Photo.

Scientific publications by SDG's

SLU researchers publish scholarly works related to one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's). Explore the SLU output for, among others, goal number 13 – Climate Action.

Films about forests and climate change

The challenge of climate change means the expectations of forests are growing faster than the forests themselves. What role can forests play in mitigating climate change? Films by SLU Future Forests.

Knowledge unearthed: Variation in our forests controlled by moisture

The water guides the way for the forest's growth and its carbon sequestration potential. PhD-student Johannes Larson has mapped this in his dissertation using advanced soil moisture maps – and a shovel.

Person sorting soil samples at  sample site. Photo.

Loss of plant biodiversity can reduce soil carbon sequestration in grasslands

One third of the global terrestrial carbon stock is stored in grasslands. A new global study implies that this stock may decrease as plant biodiversity is reduced, especially in warm and arid areas.

Grassland sampling. Photo.

High methane emissions from northern rivers and streams

A study provides new insights in global rates, patterns and drivers of methane emissions from running waters.

Zero hunger (goal 2); Climate action (goal 13)

SLU contributes to sustainable food production, nationally and internationally. We teach about and study the climate impact of food production and consumption.

Topic: Climate change and global development

SLU focuses its contribution to Agenda 2030 on six areas that reflect the university’s mission and strengths. One prioritised area is Climate change and global development.

SLU improves global sustainability ranking among higher education institutions

SLU is climbing in rankings in The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023. For goal 13, Climate action, SLU is ranked 29th.

Heat waves threaten nesting seabirds

More extreme and prolonged heat waves can cause seabirds to lose their eggs and chicks, shows a study of the Baltic Sea colonies of Common murres on Stora Karlsö.

Affordable and clean energy (goal 7); Climate action (goal 13)

SLU researchers study bioenergy production and biogas processes. SLU's enviromental monitoring and assessment also delivers science-based decision support on climate change and the use of natural resources.

Climate change impacts on ecosystems

What is the impact of climate change on nature and its ecosystems? Is nature's calendar getting out of step? In what way is the growing season changing in different parts of the country?

New maps enable tracking of carbon stocks

Data and maps on carbon stocks are now available to everyone – lowering the threshold for users looking to leverage carbon information in future development.

Does climate-compensating tree planting benefit local people?

SLU researchers have developed a web-based guide that makes it easier to assess the social consequences of carbon forestry.

Village in Tanzania. Photo.

Smaller perch mothers as the sea gets warmer

Female perch living in warmer water invest in early reproduction.

Perches. Photo.
Published: 03 April 2024 - Page editor: ann-katrin.hallin@slu.se