Water and Environmental Studies (WES)
WES is a nationally and internationally established centre for multi- and interdisciplinary research and education, where natural and cultural scientists collaborate in search for knowledge across the boundaries of traditional disciplines. The research covers a spectrum of environmental issues continuously examining its future role in facing new challenges.
A challenging area of anaerobic digestion research remains largely unchartered with respect to understanding the role of trace metals (TMs) in enabling biogas production. This major knowledge gap and scientific challenge is a multifaceted problem involving metal chemistry, physical interactions of metal and solids, microbiology and technology optimization. European Network on Ecological Functions of Trace Metals in Anaerobic Biotechnologies financed by intergovernmental framework for European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) aims to facilitate cooperation between, and integration of, the experts’ knowledge from 17 European countries including Sweden. Prof. Bo Svensson and Sepehr Shakeri Yekta will be attending the first workshop being held in Porto, Portugal between 5 and 7 of March to present the Swedish experience in the field of TMs in anaerobic biotechnologies to the other project partners.
Wastewater from pulp and paper mills contains large volumes of organic material that can be converted into biogas, according to findings by researchers from Water and Environmental Studies (WES) at Linköping University. The pilot trials at the mills are now funded with an additional 14.8 m.
In spite high expectations, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) in 2012 did little to reforming the UN institutions dealing with sustainable development. But the conference can be of great importance to the UN's work with global environmental challenges as it now focuses on the goals of human dignity and development. This was expressed among others by the UN's millennium goals inspiring the development of UN's Sustainable Development Goals. This is new focus in UN's forty year effort to link environment and development, argues Bjorn-Ola Linner and Henrik Selin in the article "The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development: forty years in the making".
PhD-student in environmental science, kungörelse
Post doctor in Water and Environmental Studies, kungörelse
S. Shakeri Yekta, A. Lindmark, U. Skyllberg, Å. Danielsson, B.H. Svensson (2014). Importance of reduced sulfur for equilibrium chemistry and kinetics of Fe(II), Ni(II) and Co(II) supplemented to semi-continuous stirred tank biogas reactors fed with stillage. Journal of Hazardous Material, 269: 83-88.
Wibeck, V (2014), "Social representations of climate change in Swedish lay focus groups: Local or distant, gradual or catastrophic?" Public understanding of science, 23(2): 204–219.
Friman Mathias, Strandberg Gustav. Historical responsibility for climate change: science and the science–policy interface. WIREs Clim Change (2014).
Pickering L, Black TA, Gilbert C, Jeronimo M, Nesic Z, Pilz J, Svensson T, Öberg G. (2013). Portable Chamber System for Measuring Chloroform Fluxes from Terrestrial Environments – Methodological Challenges. Environmental Science and Technology 47: 14298–14305. DOI: 10.1021/es403062c
Water and Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary research unit focusing on issues regarding water supply, sustainable development, climate change and food in history and society. Education in Water and Environmental Studies: under graduate level, master level, graduate level (PhD).
Last updated: 2014-03-05