– The competition was though, and it was hard for the committee to choose among the best proposals. Applications were submitted from diverse areas of Earth Observations, such as glaciology, geodesy, forest research and marine applications, says Kristine Dannenberg, SNSB research administrator. 

The research projects that were finally approved came from Uppsala University, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and from Stockholm University (MISU).

MISU guest researcher Léon Chafik. Photo: MISU.
MISU guest researcher Léon Chafik. Photo: MISU.

Léon Chafik is presently a guest researcher at MISU from the Geophysical Institute, at the University of Bergen in Norway. His current research deals with the impact of North Atlantic Ocean and atmospheric dynamics on coastal sea level change along the European coast.

Among the competition, why did you receive the grant?

– Perhaps it has to do with my expertise in the field. I have throughout my career (until today) worked with combining satellite-derived oceanographic data and ocean dynamics. I also know the field very well and know exactly where research needs to be put in. The grant is for a four-year-career position, so in the application you needed to describe in detail not only the research project but also your personal goals and how you intend to pursue and achieve your career plan.

What does your research entail?

– The research project that I will be working on during this period is called Fingerprints of North Atlantic – Nordic Seas Exchanges from Space across Scales (FiNNESS). We (the project involves researchers from the US, Norway, the Faroes and Sweden) will use satellite-sensed fields since early 1990s with in-situ measurements (e.g. currents meter data and hydrographic sections) to understand the dynamical mechanisms leading to variable oceanic fluxes over and through the Greenland-Scotland Ridge. This is a key region for the exchange of heat and freshwater between the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans, and we will work on a range of timescales and develop proxies of these oceanic drivers from space. In essence, the better we can explain the variability of these fluxes, the more accurately we can predict any long-term changes and what effect this might have on the climate system, both over ocean and land.

What will receiving this grant mean for you personally?

– Quite a lot, and I therefore highly appreciate this immense opportunity from SNSB. Most importantly, I get to do research that I very much enjoy every day. In my opinion, this is key to a successful research project and career.

Doctoral position financed for research on absorbing aerosols

The SNSB also awarded a grant to MISU researchers Annica Ekman and Frida Bender, together with Abhay Devasthale (SMHI). The grant is aimed to finance a doctoral position within the research of absorbing aerosols above stratocumulus clouds, in the southeast Atlantic and in the Indian Ocean.


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