Climate and Climate Change

The issue of climate change is one of present-day's major societal challenges. It is global, long-term, complicated and in many countries also politically infected. The research at LiU is interdisciplinary and unites the traditions of the sciences, the social sciences and the humanities.

The climate problem is put into its context alongside other measures for sustainable development. Research is also being conducted into how knowledge and communication are used and translated into a basis for decision-making at various levels, as well as into the experiments and discussions concerning large-scale climate manipulation.

The research is conducted as fundamental research in close collaboration with various clients in society.

The Norrköping Decision Arena was inaugurated in May 2015.


data center

Megabytes vs Megawatts

Megabytes vs Megawatts is a research project that studies ongoing infrastructure developments and societal imaginaries to make data centers more environmentally sustainable.

Small boat on a river in Amazonas.

Sustainable management of Amazon forest: a win-win for resource utilization and climate mitigation

The project explores how different management strategies affect both gas emissions and the assimilation of trees and nearby soil.

Virtual Worlds: digital technologies in climate and biodiversity governance

Virtual Worlds explores the role of digital technologies in managing climate change and biodiversity loss. The program reviews how technology can improve environmental governance and include local knowledge for sustainable development.


CO2 written in cloud letters on a blue sky.

Risky path to meeting climate targets for Stockholm

Stockholm aims to capture more carbon dioxide than is emitted by 2030. Therefore, the city is investing in new technology. But it is a strategy that has been adopted without sufficient discussion of the risks, says researchers at LiU.

Professor Mattias Lindahl is contributing to a global ISO standard

There are hundreds of definitions of circular economy in the world, which leads to confusion. A new ISO standard with a definition widely accepted and disseminated will remedy the situation.

The astronomer who turned his eyes towards Earth

Magnus Gålfalk was ten years old when he became fascinated with space. His doctoral thesis was about how stars are formed. But now he is doing climate research at Linköping University instead.