Mats Rundgren

Mats Rundgren

Senior lecturer

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My research is focused on vegetation - climate interactions during the last glacial cycle (the last c. 130000 years). Studies of vegetation establishment after the last ice age in subarctic areas (Iceland, Faroe Islands, Northern Scandinavia and Tierra del Fuego), and how vegetation later changed in response to e.g. climate changes, forms one part of the research. The purpose of another part of my research is to investigate if atmospheric CO2 variations during the Holocene (the last c. 11700 years) can be linked to carbon balance changes in vegetation and peatlands. In recent years, I have mainly performed detailed studies of south-Swedish peatlands to better understand how bog vegetation, peat deposition and carbon accumulation is influenced by climatic changes but also by human activity. Common to most of my projects is that they are mainly based on analyses of subfossil plant remains from lake-sediment and peat sequences.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

UKÄ subject classification

  • Geology
  • Climate Research
  • Environmental Sciences


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