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Seminar: "Volatile organic compound emissions from Arctic terrestrial ecosystems" - Speaker: Prof. Riikka Rinnan from Copenhagen University (Host: Marianne Glasius)

Everyone is welcome. There will be coffee/tea and cake.

Info about event


Monday 16 May 2022,  at 13:15 - 14:15


1510-213, Aud VI, Department of Chemistry, Langelandsgade 140

Speaker: Prof. Riikka Rinnan from Copenhagen University
Title: "Volatile organic compound emissions from Arctic terrestrial ecosystems”
Host: Marianne Glasius

Arctic areas are experiencing amplified climate warming that proceeds twice as fast as the global temperature increase. The rising temperature is already causing evident alterations, e.g. changes in the vegetation cover as well as thawing of permafrost. Climate warming and the concomitant biotic and abiotic changes are likely to have strong direct and indirect effects on the production and emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the tundra ecosystems.

We have used long-term field manipulation experiments to assess effects of climate change on tundra VOC emissions. In these experiments, we have observed emission increases by a factor of 2-5 under experimental warming, and this strong temperature response has also been confirmed by ecosystem-scale data. In this talk, I present our recent findings on how VOC emissions in high latitude ecosystems are affected by permafrost thaw, insect herbivory and climate change.