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China Friendship medalOn September 30, 2014 I was honoured to receive the highest award for foreigners in China. This is me receiving the award from vice premier Ma Kai. My wife and I and other winners with the prime minster Li Keqiang and us (along with 3000 other guests) in the National Day banquet at the Great Hall of the People for the 65th anniversary of the founding of People Republic of China
My professional activities are in Glaciology and Climate Research, including Geoengineering.
I am based most of the time at the College of Global Change and Earth System Science, Beijing Normal University and the rest at Arctic Centre, University of Lapland and the Department of Earth Sciences,Uppsala University, Sweden.
Main projects at present are:
Ice flow models
The main question my group and I try to address are:
How are glaciers in Tibet, Svalbard and Antarctica behaving now
What do ice cores from Svalbard and Antarctic tell us about climate history
What will changing climate do to glaciers in Tibet and the polar regions
The tools we use to answer these questions are
Ice core chemical analysis to extract past climate information
Earth System Models on super computers to simulate the response of the earth to changing climate
Mathematical modelling and analysis of the climate records and glacier evolution
You can read more about these in the research section
Aslak Grinsted has a slightly different take on some of the same articles, you can find his page here
Currently I am the Finnish representative of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC ) Working Group on Arctic Glaciology.
I have also worked with ground penetrating radars funded by a Thule Institute project in close cooperation with the Geophysics departments of the Universities of Oulu and Helsinki, investigating glaciers in Sweden, Norway and Svalbard
The Arctic Centre has a very nice interdisciplinary teaching program
Studies which I am involved with in both teaching and in planning.
Two Arctic Studies Program students Stephan Gruber and Florian
Ludwig wrote a nice introduction to ground
penetrating radar in glaciology that may be useful for novices interested
in this new tool. Stefan Walter prouced a nice report in the ASP Basic Phase on the
impact of climate change on the skiing industry