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19 December 2017

Weather reconstructions

How can we reconstruct the weather of the past? A video of the Climatology Group explains this. The product of this procedure are global, six-hourly three-dimensional weather data. In the framework of the FP7 project ERA-CLIM2, several reanalyses were generated. An interactive visualisation of the University of Bern allows investigating the CERA-20C reanalysis:

27 November 2017

Prof. Dr. Doris Wastl-Walter: Member Representative to the COPERNICUS Alliance Advisory Board

Prof. Dr. Doris Wastl-Walter was elected as Member Representative to the COPERNICUS Alliance Advisory Board.
The COPERNICUS Alliance is a European network of universities and colleges committed to transformational learning and change for sustainable development. They focus on developing a platform to strengthen integration of sustainable development in higher education management, education, research and society.

1st October 2017

New: The Political Economy of Capital Cities

Mayer, Heike; Sager, Fritz; Kaufmann, David; Warland, Martin (2018). The Political Economy of Capital Cities. London: Routledge ISBN 978-1-138-68143-9


14 September 2017

Interfacultary Research Cooperations IRC at GIUB «One Health: Cascading and Microbiome-Dependent Effects on Multitrophic Health»

Vice-Rector for Research Daniel Candinas presented the already approved Interfaculty Research Cooperations. It deals with "One Health", an increasingly important area of research, in which connections between the health of the environment, animals and humans are investigated. The project unites 10 research groups with expertise in microbiology, environmental sciences, plant and animal health, human medicine and bioinformatics, from three faculties: Science, Medicine and Vetsuisse. The Interfaculty Research Cooperation is investigating in particular the influence of environmental changes on food chain systems – from soil to plants to ruminants and finally mice as a model organism for human health. For example, it is possible for the first time to carry out comparative analyses of how microbial communities react at various interfaces of the food chain to factors such as temperature, heavy metals and vegetable secondary materials, and what influence these changes have on the health of the individual links of the food chain and the whole system. By combining their specialist expertise the research groups can, among other things, observe health-related cascade effects within the food chain, which would otherwise not be possible for them. "This is an exciting new approach within the One Health concept. We expect that it will be possible to transfer the gained knowledge to other systems and to contribute to the understanding and remedying of negative environmental influences in global food chains", said Candinas.

(Source: media release, 14th of September 2017)

2 August 2017

Prof. Dr. Susan Thieme – Welcome to the Institute of Geography

Extraordinary professor for geography and sustainable development

Prof. Dr. Susan Thieme Susan Thieme was elected as an extraordinary professor for geography and sustainable development by the university administration on 1 August 2017. As successor to Urs Wiesmann, she becomes co-director of the Geographical Institute.
more on the German site


13 June 2017

The ozone hole affects the rainfall in the tropical South Pacific

The ozone hole that opens each spring in the stratosphere over Antarctica has farther-reaching consequences than previously thought. A study of the climatology group now finds that even rainfall in the tropical South Pacific Islands is affected. During the period of the largest Antarctic ozone loss, from the 1960s to the 1990s, rainfall increased in French Polynesia in spring and early summer. The region lies near the tip of the so-called South Pacific Convergenze Zone, one of the most intense rain bands on Earth. Using climate models that simulate stratospheric ozone chemistry as well as observations covering the past 60 years, the researchers demonstrated that the ozone hole leads to a high-pressure ridge off New Zealand, from where a wave-like circulation pattern stretches across the South Pacific and affects the rain band.

Link to the publication

Link to the press release: ‹Neue Zürcher Zeitung NZZ› 13 June 2017
‹Der Bund› 13 June 2017

2 June 2017

Scientists will sit at the same table as heads of state

In 2019, the UN will publish its Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR). Peter Messerli, a geographer and professor of sustainability from Bern, is one of the 15 members of its independent group of scientists, and has been appointed its co-chair.

Interview with This Ruthishauser in ‹Horizons› (PDF, 74KB)

12 January 2017

Peter Messerli named co-chair of UN Global Sustainable Development Report

Peter Messerli, Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Bern, has been selected as co-chair to lead the group of scientific experts tasked with drafting the upcoming UN Global Sustainable Development Report. Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Peter Messerli and Endah Murniningtyas from Indonesia to serve as co-chairs. The first report is slated for release in 2019.