Outreach

Interview with Norbert Pirk, PhD student

Ignacio Pisso interviewed PhD student, Norbert Pirk, at Lund University about his role in eSTICC.

Norbert Pirk, PhD student at the University of Lund, Sweden.
Norbert Pirk, PhD student at Lund University, Sweden.

IP: Could you say a few words about yourself? What is your field of research and what is your level of expertise?

NP: I am a PhD student in Arctic Biogeochemistry at Lund University, Sweden. My project is about the measurement of Greenhouse gas exchange in high Arctic wetlands. This is a complex topic which involves many different fields of the natural sciences, so I am really a novice.

IP: How did you become involved in eSTICC, and what is your role in eSTICC?

NP: I am responsible for running a field station on Svalbard. These measurements can both contribute to and benefit from the infrastructure provided by eSTICC (WP3). Therefore, my PhD supervisor connected my project to eSTICC.

IP: What are your expectations for an e-infrastructure project in general and for eSTICC in particular?

NP: I hope to establish a wireless connection to our field station on Svalbard. I also hope that the recorded data of, for example, the Greenhouse gas emissions, can be incorporated in a database and used by the modelling affords of eSTICC.

IP: How do you think Nordic research can benefit from ESTICC? What is the Nordic added value of eSTICC?

NP: In my field of research, the nordic countries are naturally in the leading role. With all the data being collected in the Arctic, scientists need a platform to combine it, and it is only natural that this is developed in the nordic countries.

IP: What effect do you expect that eSTICC will have on your career?

NP: eSTICC connects scientists from all nordic countries. I hope to be able to use this network for my future career.

IP: Can you tell us a little about the work you are doing in eSTICC? 

NP: The photograph shows me working on our eddy-covariance tower on Svalbard. One of the things it measures is the carbon dioxide (CO2) exchange between the ecosystem and the atmosphere. The attached graph shows this CO2 flux for one year. One can see how dormant the plants of this ecosystem are for most of the year, and then just after snow melt (black line) suddenly become active and take up CO2 from the atmosphere (negative flux) during the short summer.

IP: Is there anything else you would like to say?

NP: No.

Measurements of CO2 flux on Svalbard
Measurements of CO2 flux using the Eddy Covariance method on Svalbard

Interview with Ilona Riipinen, Scientist

Ignacio Pisso talks to Ilona Riipinen at Stockholm University

Ilona Ripinen, Scientist at Stockholm University
Ilona Riipinen, Scientist at Stockholm University

IP: Could you say a few words about yourself? What is your field of research and what is your level of expertise?

IR: I work on atmospheric chemistry and physics, particularly with particulate pollutants and their interactions with clouds. My group works with phenomena ranging from molecular scale processes at the gas-aerosol interface all the way up to Earth System Modelling. I believe this kind of integrated approach is required for accurate descriptions of the highly non-linear atmospheric processes.

IP: How did you become involved in eSTICC, and what is your role in eSTICC?

IR: I am somehow involved in WPs 1, 3, 4 and 6. I became involved through discussing with the Nordic colleagues about the urgent need for integrating the climate science – related eScience activities within the Nordic countries.

IP: What are your expectations for an e-infrastructure project in general and for eSTICC in particular?

IR: I am looking forward to improving the tools we are using for conducting our research. I am also looking forward to the fruitful interactions between researchers from different fields of science and well as better integration of top-level knowledge related to the “e” of the eScience to our activities in the atmospheric science community.

IP: How do you think Nordic research can benefit from ESTICC? What is the Nordic added value of eSTICC?

IR: The Nordic countries have a lot in common and a lot of potential, but yet unexploited, added value can be achieved through more effective Nordic collaborations. The potential benefits are numerous: sharing codes, good practices and researchers (i.e. not having to re-invent the wheel and having the best expertise present where it is most needed) – and consequently better quality research infrastructures and outcomes.

IP: What effect do you expect that eSTICC will have on your career?

IR: It will definitely play an important role for networking – both within the Nordic countries and internationally. I also look forward to learning new things from the other eSTICC participants.

IP: Can you tell us a little about the work you are doing in eSTICC?

IR: Researchers at SU will be working with developing databases and data flows between the models and the experimental data, constructing simplifying parameterizations for representing complex processes in large-scale models as well as applying and developing the eSTICC Earth System Models. We also support the PhD student education within eSTICC.

 

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