Satellites have become an essential part of our everyday modern life. Especially weather satellites as they provide a basis for weather forecasts from a unique perspective. However, did you know that anyone, anywhere, can receive images and data directly from weather satellites with low-cost equipment? The objectives of this study revolve around the UN’s Global Goals for sustainable development and how to introduce more accessible and democratic ways of conducting water and climate research. This study, therefore, examines if it is possible to conduct a scientific study with images directly from weather satellites. The study presents a novel way of receiving and analyzing sea surface temperature (SST) in the Baltic Sea region and its development during the fall of 2020.
Have you ever heard of thiamine deficiency? A high mortality among animals due to thiamine deficiency has recently been observed and the cause has been proposed to be phytoplankton. These are the main producers of thiamine out in open water and the share of thiamine auxotrophic phytoplankton, plankton who are unable to produce thiamine, is likely to affect the deficiency.
In this project it is examined how the concentration of phytoplankton in water from the Baltic Sea changes upon addition of thiamine. The results indicated a substantial share of thiamine auxotrophic phytoplankton when and where the samples were collected. With more knowledge about phytoplankton communities we would be able to improve the conditions for aquatic ecosystems.
One of mankind’s biggest threats is the ever growing water shortage. One way to solve this is cleaning seawater. Today 330 million people get their water from desalination plants, but conventional desalination is both expensive and energy demanding. Therefor I have developed a new way to desalinate seawater by utilizing water’s evaporative properties together with industrial waste heat, reducing the cost of cleaning 1000 liters of water to just 0.06€. Industries use 20% of freshwater around the globe so self sustaining factories through my invention would be a huge step towards securing the water supply in the future. I’m currently leading a full-scale pilot project in Sweden capable of cleaning 40.000 liters/day with a local smeltery.0