Terrestrial Ecosystem Analysis Group
The research group of Terrestrial Ecosystem Analysis is doing research on climate, hydrology and soil in terrestrial ecosystems.
The research group conducts research that mainly focuses on:
- Quantitative measurements and improved understanding of physical, geochemical and biological processes in terrestrial ecosystems.
- Processes studied at site specific scales are scaled up to ecosystem scale and used for predictions in order to assess environmental impacts.
- Research is based on both field measurements, laboratory experiments and modelling.
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Major research projects
- Center for Permafrost (CENPERM). (Danish National Research Foundation)
- GeoBasis: Nuuk and Disko programmes. (Energi-, Forsynings- og klimaministeriet)
- HOBE (Villum foundation)
- SPADE-soil analytical database (EU)
- WEBSOC, Ghana (Danida)
- Glacial mountain flour (GeoCenter)
- Cisotope (GeoCenter)
- UVWarm (FNU)
- Malstroem & Arc-Malstroem: Stormwater screening method. (Agency for Data Supply and Efficiency, Min. of Climate, Utilities and Energy)
- CLIMACESS: Climate change resilience in urban mobility. Sponsor: DANIDA
- ICOS (Integrated Carbon Observation System – Research Infrastructure)
- UAS-ability (Infrastructure on drones in research, industry, and society)
- Carbon sequestration and biodiversity in different land use systems in Loreto Region – Northern Peruvian Amazon. ( Research Institute of the Peruvian Amazon (IIAP))
- Research Infrastructure: UAS Ability (Uddannelse og Forskningsministeriet)
Members of the research group
- Bo Elberling, Professor
- Per Ambus, Professor
- Birger Ulf Hansen, Associate professor
- Thomas Friborg, Associate professor
- Guy Schurgers, Associate professor
- Thomas Balstrøm, Associate professor
Thilde Bech Bruun, Associate professor
- Ylva Sjöberg, Associate professor
- Andreas Westergaard-Nielsen, Assistant professor
- Charlotte Sigsgaard, Research assistant
- Changling He, senior scientist
- Morten Rasch, Senior adviser
Earth, water and sedimentology laboratory (in Danish)
Collaboration and network
- CENPERM funded by Grundforskningsfonden is a strong international arctic network, which is further linked through several other ongoing permafrost projects.
- Most important is Changing Permafrost in the Arctic and its Global Effects in the 21st Century (PAGE21), INTERACT, DEFROST and the Permafrost Carbon Network. These network initiatives are supplemented further by the active participation in Perma-Nordnet and Permap. Cooperation in a national context is ensured within a Danish network and through ongoing projects with the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), the Danish Centre for Environment and Energy - University of Aarhus, DMI, the Centre for Arctic Technology – Technical University of Denmark (ARCTEK), the National Museums in Denmark and Greenland, and the Greenland Ecological Monitoring (GEM) programme.
- Key scientific experts at the Polar Science Centre (PSC) of the University of Copenhagen deal with arctic and antarctic research topics. Active participation in this research centre provides CENPERM with a platform for the synergetic sharing of knowledge within the University itself. . The group is part of Greenland Ecosystem Monitoring program where we collaborate with Asiaq, Greenland Survey and Bioscience Aarhus University
- The research group is member of the European soil bureau network and participates in the development of soil maps of Europe and soil analytical databases connected to the soil mapsFurthermore the group is a part of a collaboration network in Ghana with researchers from different faculties at University of Ghana, Legon and at Foulum, Århus University.
The staff teaches soil science, hydrology, climatology and ecosystem modelling at Bachelor, Master and PhD levels.
Courses currently offered which the research group takes part in