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Data from airborne laser scanning and digital aerial photogrammetry reveals new possibilities for estimating forest productivity

Data from airborne laser scanning and digital aerial photogrammetry reveals new possibilities for estimating forest productivity

Lennart Noordermeer has developed methods to predict, estimate and map the magnitude of timber production at sub-stand level automatically over large areas. His PhD shows that site index can be estimated by combining 3D data from two points in time with unprecedented accuracy and at a lower cost than conventional methods.

Developing better models for assessing the potential for wind energy projects

Developing better models for assessing the potential for wind energy projects

In his PhD thesis, Pablo Durán has developed a novel coupling framework utilizing the Weather Research Forecasting (WRF) model with WindSim’s computational fluid dynamic (CFD) model for wind resource assessments.

Elusive species: how to find animals that are rarely seen?

Elusive species: how to find animals that are rarely seen?

Knowledge is vital in order to preserve rare and endangered species. But how do you count that which is rarely seen? Researchers at NMBU have created a new method that gives better estimates of wildlife populations.

Stressed tropical forests will soon be releasing more carbon than they absorb

Stressed tropical forests will soon be releasing more carbon than they absorb

Tropical forests have been considered an important buffer against anthropogenic climate change. Scientists have followed 300 000 trees in Africa and the Amazon for 30 years, and their results show that the ability of these forests to remove carbon from the atmosphere is diminishing rapidly.

NMBU-professor on advisory board for large Ghanaian development project

NMBU-professor on advisory board for large Ghanaian development project

NMBU’s professor Sam Adaramola is newly appointed member of the International Scientific Advisory Board for the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Engineering Education Project (KEEP) in Ghana. KEEP is a vital part of Ghana’s industrial and digital revolution within engineering sciences.

New director of CERAD: Deborah Oughton

New director of CERAD: Deborah Oughton

Professor Deborah Oughton stepped up as new director of CERAD on 1 February 2020. She sees a bright future and many new interesting research questions for the centre.

Sustainability of agriculture and natural resources under a changing climate

Sustainability of agriculture and natural resources under a changing climate

A new book focusing on the climate impacts on agricultual and natural resource sustainability in Africa has just been published. It addresses some of the key Sustainable Development Goals to guide innovative responses and enhanced adaptation methods for coping with climate change.

How much would you pay for nature?

How much would you pay for nature?

How do you value nature? And how do you get hundreds of people to put a price on it? It turns out that warm weather, a cool drink and some persistence might just do the trick: PhD candidate Bart Immerzeel tells the story of his fairy tale field work in the northern countries. 

NMBU-professor gives TED-talk about insects and their importance for our world

NMBU-professor gives TED-talk about insects and their importance for our world

Professor Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson's TEDx talk on insects and how important they are to the globe and human life is now on Youtube.

The lichen-water relationship: new insights into lichen ecology

The lichen-water relationship: new insights into lichen ecology

Nathan Phinney’s doctoral work provides new insight into how lichens respond to water, both at an individual level, and at an ecological scale.

Nematodes are negatively affected by chronic exposure to radiation

Nematodes are negatively affected by chronic exposure to radiation

Erica Maremonti has in her doctorate examined how nematodes are affected by gamma radiation. Her results show that even these radioresistant organisms can be negatively affected by chronic exposure. This is due to higher sensitivity of certain developmental stages, cell types and molecular functions.

The panda diet: how to survive on only bamboo?

The panda diet: how to survive on only bamboo?

Ever wondered how the giant panda, a bear, can live its life eating only plants? Wednesday 29 January, there will be an open seminar about the giant panda and its ecophysiology. Professor John Speakman will present some of his findings, trying to explain how this species, despite the odds, can survive on bamboo. 

Quiz Masters of Tourism Management awarded

Quiz Masters of Tourism Management awarded

Each fall, the class in the course "Tourism management" awards its top participants in the class quizzes. 

Seminar: Lichen ecology

Seminar: Lichen ecology

Thursday 6 February, 2020, there will be an open seminar about lichen ecology. All are welcome. 

What drives species extinction?

What drives species extinction?

A new NMBU-led project will use millions of wildlife photos and powerful statistical tools to answer one of conservation science’s most fundamental questions: why do species go extinct?

Climate-smart solutions for dry forest ecosystem services and resources in Ethiopia

Climate-smart solutions for dry forest ecosystem services and resources in Ethiopia

A new NMBU-project is going to build a climate-smart policy and management framework for conservation and use of dry forest ecosystem services and resources in Ethiopia.

New project on climate smart innovations in Ugandan agriculture

New project on climate smart innovations in Ugandan agriculture

A new NMBU project will use climate-smart agriculture to increase food security, on-farm profitability and entrepreneurship in communities of smallholder farms in Uganda.

New project on climate smart forestry in Norway

New project on climate smart forestry in Norway

A new, large project, coordinated by NMBU, aims at facilitating climate smart forestry in Norway.  The project will provide forest managers with tools that improve forest resilience to climate change, and contribute to reduced green house gas emissions by substituting fossil based products with forest products, and at the same time, provide increased and sustainable economic returns to the forest owner.   

Small-scale Tanzanian agroforestry systems: limited by insects, knowledge, and too much pesticides

Small-scale Tanzanian agroforestry systems: limited by insects, knowledge, and too much pesticides

Thomas Corodius Sawe’s PhD shows that the crops of small-scale Tanzanian farmers are limited by pollination, and that their yields can be substantially increased if the pollination services are improved. He also found that pesticide use is abundant, and that there is a need for basic education in plant biology among farmers.  

Analyses of model for wind resource assessments in coastal Ghana

Analyses of model for wind resource assessments in coastal Ghana

Denis Edem Kwame Dzebre’s PhD work shows that the Weather Research and Forecasting Model can be used to generate data for wind resources assessment in coastal Ghana. In addition, he concludes that some current often-used practices in validation studies of the model need to be revised for improved model outputs.

Climate smart agriculture in Ethiopia: increased yield and lower costs

Climate smart agriculture in Ethiopia: increased yield and lower costs

PhD candidate Shimelis Gizachew Raji has examined small-scale farming systems and looked at how Climate Smart Agriculture may improve productivity, climate change adaptation and mitigation. His results show that there is potential for increasing yield, and at the same time reduce costs and the use of fertilizers.

NMBU professor on list of highly cited researchers

NMBU professor on list of highly cited researchers

NMBU’s professor Douglas Sheil features on a new list of Highly Cited Researchers. Sheil is an ecologist with more than twenty years of research experience on tropical forest ecology.

Memorial service for student

Memorial service for student

This weekend, the faculty received the tragic message that one of our students has died suddenly.

Hans Fredrik Hoen - new dean at the faculty

Hans Fredrik Hoen - new dean at the faculty

Professor Hans Fredrik Hoen is newly appointed dean at the Faculty of environmental sciences and natural resources (MINA).

Different drivers for plants on mountain slopes

Different drivers for plants on mountain slopes

In harsh mountain conditions, what drivers affect alpine plant communities? And how do their traits change across a gradient? In this insight, Ruben E. Roos & Kristel van Zuijlen discuss their recent paper, Contrasting drivers of community‐level trait variation for vascular plants, lichens and bryophytes across an elevational gradient.

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