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The main idea with dendrogbg.com is to provide  insight into my field of research, which is climatology, with a focus on past climates i.e. paleoclimatology (mainly working with tree rings), and also  information about my research activities. The name of the site is derived from the Greek word for tree (dendro), and gbg is a shortening of Göteborg (Gothenburg), the town in Sweden where I work and live. Presently this site is a bit basic, but as time goes by, more information will be added.

For those of you who do not know me, here is a short introduction (focusing on academia): I am Professor in Physical Geography at the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.  Additionally, I'm Vice Prefect with responsibility for the Climate research and education section within the Department. I got my MSc and PhD at Stockholm University (Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology). In 2003 I moved to the west coast of Sweden and became a member of the Regional Climate Group (RCG) formed in 1995 by Professor Deliang Chen.  Coming here I founded the Gothenburg University Laboratory for Dendrochronology (GULD).

I had a postdoc position (subsequently turned into a visiting scientist position) at the Laboratory for Climate Studies, National Climate Center, Beijing, China from 2003-2007.   I'm director (together with Prof. Yu Liu) of the Sino-Swedish Centre for Tree-Ring Research (SISTRR), a collaboration centre between the University of Gothenburg and Institute of Earth Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences in Xi'an, China.

My research is focused on regional climate variability in Europe and Asia from the past (last 2000 years) to the future (next 100 years), the effect of climate change on terrestrial and marine ecosystems, and the role of the large-scale circulation in the oceans and atmosphere on climate variability in these regions.

Using high-resolution proxies, mainly tree rings, I reconstruct past climate changes (e.g. temperatures, drought and precipitation, and the atmospheric circulation) on different temporal and spatial scales. My work has mainly been conducted in North Europe and China, but I have also projects in Canada and North Africa. These reconstructions are useful in understanding past climate variability under (more or less) natural conditions, i.e. before man had a significant impact on climate. Thus, these reconstructions can help us assess how much we have affected climate in the last century. Moreover, climate records going far back in time can help us better understand the climate system, e.g. how climate in different regions is related to that of other, remote, regions - teleconnections. Such teleconnections are due to the large-scale circulation in the oceans and the atmosphere, and this is a special focus of my research.

I also do research on contemporary climate change, presently directed towards better understanding the impacts (and feedbacks) of large-scale circulation change (e.g. the NAO and the Asian Monsoon) on climate in the future, but also on sea-ice variability in the Arctic, glacier variability in northern Scandinavia, changes in the growing season and the impact of climate change on marine ecosystems.


Dr Hans W Linderholm
Professor in Physical Geography
Vice Head of the Department of earth Sciences
Acting Head of the Regional Climate Group
Honorary Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences
Regional Climate Group
University of Gothenburg
Box 460
SE- 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden

Tel: +46-31-786 28 87
Fax: +46-31-786 19 86
Email: hansl[at]gvc.gu.se

Earth Sciences Centre // Göteborg University // Guldhedsgatan 5A, Box 460 // 405 30 Göteborg, Sweden