TEAM & PARTNERS

The ENABLE project brings together a diverse, multi-disciplinary group of partners from North, South, West and Central Europe and North America to investigate how to unlock the full potential of GBI.

Erik Andersson

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Project Coordinator, ENABLE.

Associate Professor, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, Stockholm.

Erik Andersson is one of the theme leaders for the global food systems and multifunctional landscapes/seascapes theme at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. His research focus on different analyses of social-ecological systems, primarily in the form of functional landscapes and the spatial framework that influences human interactions with nature.

He has served as expert on a number of panels, reports and inquiries, primarily for green infrastructure or ecosystem service related projects and processes.

Erik Andersson is Project Coordinator for ENABLE, in addition he co-leads WP 5: Resilient supply of ecosystem services.

Erik.Andersson (at) su.se

Profile page at Stockholm Resilience Centre



Sara Borgström

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Assistant Professor, Division of Environmental Strategies Research, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.

Sara Borgströms’s main research interests include urban nature and multi-level governance of wicked urban challenges.

Within ENABLE she co-leads WP1: Framing an integrative approach, and leads the Stockholm case study.

Sara.Borgstrom (at) abe.kth.se

Profile page at the Royal Institute of Technology



Kristina Tysk

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Project Manager, ENABLE, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, Stockholm.

Before joining the ENABLE team she worked as Director for the Swedish Green Think Tank Cogito, and at the Government Commissions Unit at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.

Kristina.Tysk (at) su.se



Chantal van Ham

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EU Programme Manager, Nature Based Solutions, IUCN European Regional Office, Brussels.

Chantal van Ham is responsible for IUCNs activities on urban biodiversity and the cooperation with subnational governments in Europe. She develops and coordinates projects for biodiversity and ecosystems services conservation, restoration and valuation that help policy-makers, cities, local and regional governments find nature-based solutions for sustainable development, by mobilising IUCN knowledge and best practices. She represents IUCN in networks and fora at the European and global level to raise awareness of the value of nature-based solutions for improving quality of life, as well as economic prosperity.

She leads WP6: Communication, outreach, and inter-project collaboration and engagement of the ENABLE project.



Dagmar Haase

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Professor, Ph.D., Humboldt University Berlin, Department of Geography. Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Department of Computational Landscape Ecology, Berlin.

Dagmar Haase is geographer and land use scientist with strong urban focus.

Within ENABLE, she is Primary Investigator for the Halle Case Study and WP 2 of ENABLE: Case study conditions and co-design workshops for identifying local policy solutions. She also works in WP1; Framing an integrative approach and WP5: Resilient supply of ecosystem services.

 



Sandra Naumann

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Senior Fellow, Coordinator Biodiversity, Ecologic Institute, Berlin.

Sandra Naumann focuses on the evaluation and enhancement of European and national land use, agricultural, soil, and biodiversity conservation policies and their links to climate change. Her areas of expertise also include nature-based solutions and green infrastructure.

Within ENABLE, she is Primary Investigator of WP 3 of ENABLE: Cultural Perceptions and values associated with green and blue infrastructure. She is focusing on the assessment of socio-cultural perceptions and preferences of citizens as well as the valuation of different GBI options. She will also support the policy and institutional analysis in the case study sites and the formulation of policy options.

 



McKenna Davis

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Fellow, Ecologic Institute, Berlin.

McKenna Davis concentrates on the assessment of green infrastructure, nature-based solutions, and ecosystem services as well as their surrounding governance frameworks. Her expertise extends to European biodiversity and nature protection policies and the links to climate change adaptation.

Within ENABLE, she is supporting Ecologic’s work in WP2: Case study conditions and co-design workshops for identifying local policy solutions and WP3: Cultural perceptions and values associated with green and blue infrastructure.



André Mascarenhas

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Doctoral researcher, Humboldt University, Berlin and at the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Research (CENSE), Lisbon.

André Mascarenhas research interests focus on spatial planning and governance, ecosystem services, sustainability assessment and indicators, stakeholder engagement and citizen science.

With a background on environmental engineering, André has previously worked on Portuguese regional environmental and planning authorities and has developed research within European FP6, FP7, Horizon 2020 and INTERREG programmes, through projects such as SPICOSA, SUSTAIN, GREENSURGE or LandSense.

In ENABLE he works in WP1: Framing an integrative approach  and WP2: Case study conditions and co-design workshops for identifying local policy solutions,  mainly on governance issues and the implementation side of GI and NBS in cities.

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Alice Reil

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Officer, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, European Secretariat, Freiburg.

Within ENABLE, Alice Reil works in WP 6: Communication, outreach and inter-project collaboration and engagement.



Lina Röschel

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Transatlantic Fellow, Ecologic Institute, Berlin.

Lina Röschel’s main focus is related to biodiversity conservation, water management, and adaptation to climate change

Within ENABLE, she is supporting Ecologic’s work in WP2: Case study conditions and co-design workshops for identifying local policy solutions and WP3: Cultural perceptions and values associated with green and blue infrastructure.



Manuel Wolff

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Geographer, Humboldt University, Institute of Geography, Berlin.

Manuel Wolff’s main fields of expertise are in system analysis, data processing, statistics and GIS.

Co-lead of the Halle case study. He also works in in WP1: Framing an integrative approach and WP2: Case study conditions and co-design workshops for identifying local policy solutions

 



David N. Barton

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Senior Research Scientist, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), Oslo.

David Barton is an ecological economist.

Within ENABLE, he is Primary Investigator of the Oslo Case study, and of WP3: Cultural perceptions and values associated with green and blue infrastructure.



Erik Gómez-Baggethun

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Ecological economist, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), Oslo.

Within ENABLE, Erik Gómez-Baggethun will work on plural valuation of urban green infrastructure.



Graciela Rusch

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Plant ecologist, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), Trondheim.

Graciela Rusch will work with assessment of floral resources and interactions between urban honeybee keeping and wild bee populations.



Elisabeth Sjødahl

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Associate Professor at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Institute of Urbanism and Landscape, Oslo.

Elisabeth Sjødahl is associated to the Oslo case study of ENABLE through a Ph.D. study of landscape design in surface water management



Øystein Solberg

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IT-specialist and spatial applications programmer,  Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), Trondheim

Øystein Solberg works with Smartphone application of blue-green factor scoring.



Erik Stange

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Biologist, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), Lillehammer.

Within ENABLE, Erik Stange will on improving mapping and assessment of urban pollination services and beekeeping



Kinga Krauze

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PhD in ecology, European Regional Centre for Ecohydrology (ERCE), Łódź.

Kinga Krauze’s main research interest refers to the long-term dynamics of socio-ecological systems and the factors driving their sustainability. With respect to urban systems her research is focused on development of blue and green infrastructure for supporting biodiversity, climate change adaptation and re-use of resources, in particular water. This includes social aspects like human appreciation of space, biodiversity and ecosystem services, and the governance of water in the city. Ecological aspects refers to replacement costs of ecosystem services, river restoration, city integrated revitalization and BMPs in spatial planning.

Within ENABLE, she is Primary Investigator for the Łódź case study. She is also involved in WP2: Case study conditions and co-design workshops for identifying local policy solutions and WP3: Cultural perceptions and values associated with green and blue infrastructure.



Jakub Kronenberg

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Associate professor, International and Environmental Economics, University of Łódź, Łódź. 

Jakub Kronenberg’s main research interests focus on economy–environment interactions, in particular from the perspective of ecological economics. Most of his current research concerns governance and integrated valuation of urban ecosystems. These areas include governance arrangements that are meant to overcome the different barriers to urban greening and the participation of different stakeholders in decision making. Integrated valuation refers to the combination of different valuation methods and perspectives, such as monetary and non-monetary, individual and group perspectives, non-deliberative and deliberative. Both of these areas (governance and valuation) require taking into account the social dimension of urban ecosystems, such as environmental justice or environmental gentrification.

Within ENABLE, he is Primary Investigator for the research activities within WP4: Access to benefits.



Magdalena Biernacka

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Ph.D. student, University of Łódź, Łódź.

Magdalena Biernacka focuses on institutional arrangements of urban green and blue infrastructure governance.



Karolina Koprowska

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Ph.D. student, University of Łódź, Łódź.

Karolina Koprowska focuses on spatial analyses of urban green and blue infrastructure distribution from the point of view of environmental justice.



Edyta Łaszkiewicz

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Post-doc, University of Łódź, Łódź. 

Edyta Łaszkiewicz  specializes in spatial econometrics.

Within ENABLE, she is mostly involved in WP4: Access to benefits. .



Daria Sikorska

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PhD, European Regional Centre for Ecohydrology (ERCE), Łódź, Łódź.

Daria Sikorska is an environmental scientist and botanist with background in landscape ecology and spatial ecology. Her research interests cover application of GIS systems in investigating  interactions between environment, vegetation, and human activities with particular interest in urban environments. Her field of study also includes conservation techniques in water dependent natural habitats located within urbanized landscapes. She has participated in various nature restoration projects, carried out vegetation mapping surveys and ecological evaluations.

In the ENABLE project she is responsible for spatial and remote sensing data analyses, mostly engaged in WP2: Case study conditions and co-design workshops for identifying local policy solutions and WP5: Resilient supply of ecosystem services.



Renata Wlodarczyk-Marciniak

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Ph.D. in Ecology and B.A. in Sociology, European Regional Centre for Ecohydrology (ERCE), Łódź.

Renata Wlodarczyk-Marciniak’s main research areas are: people attitudes towards landscape elements, non-economic valuation of ecosystem services, landscape transformation as a result of social and economic drivers, risk perception of urban water.

Within ENABLE she is responsible for social data analysis and stakeholder engagement, mostly within WP3: Cultural perceptions and values associated with green and blue infrastructure and WP5: Resilient supply of ecosystem services.



Johannes Langemeyer

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Postdoctoral researcher, Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA)Laboratory for the Analysis of Socio-Ecological Systems in a Global World (LASEG) and Barcelona Lab for Environmental Justice and Sustainability (BCNUEJ), Barcelona.

Johannes Langemeyer’s transdisciplinary research focuses on (urban) ecosystem service assessments and their operationalization in planning, with a particular focus on cultural ecosystem services. He is interested in the pluralism of values that people hold in relation to ecosystem services and (institutional) feedbacks that enable an equitable ecosystem service provision, environmental stewardship and urban resilience. He is part of the Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability – BCNUEJ.

Within ENABLE, he is Primary Investigator of the Barcelona case study and co-leads WP2: Case study conditions and co-design workshops for identifying local policy solutions .

BCNUEJ



Francesc Baró

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Postdoctoral researcher, Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) and Barcelona Laboratory for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability (BCNUEJ), Barcelona.
Francesc Baró’s research focuses on the operationalization of ecosystem services and green infrastructure and on the role of greening strategies to cope with diverse urban challenges from a critical and multi-scale spatial perspective, considering negative impacts such as green gentrification. He is an expert in ecosystem service mapping.

 

Within ENABLE, he is Primary Investigator of the Barcelona case study and co-lead of WP2: Case study conditions and co-design workshops for identifying local policy solutions

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Timon McPhearson

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Associate Professor of Urban Ecology, Director, Urban Systems Lab, and research faculty at the Tishman Environment and Design Center, The New School, New York, NY.

Timon McPhearson is also a Research Fellow at The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and Associate Research Fellow at Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, Sweden.

He studies the ecology in, of, and for cities to advance resilience, sustainability, and justice. He publishes in scientific journals such as Nature, Nature Climate Change, and BioScience, in books (Urban Planet, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press), and in popular press (e.g. The Nature of Cities). He co-leads the U.S. National Science Foundation “Urban Resilience to Extreme Weather Related Events” Sustainability Research Network (UREx SRN) in the US and Latin America and teaches courses on urban resilience, urban social-ecological-technological systems, and urban green infrastructure. His work is read and covered widely including in The Guardian, The New York Times, The Nation, and more.

He is Primary Investigator of the New York case study of ENABLE, and co-leads research activities in WP1: Framing an integrative approach, WP5: Resilient supply of ecosystem services and supports WP3: Cultural perceptions and values associated with green and blue infrastructure. He has expertise in urban systems modeling, ecosystem services, and ecology.

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Stockholm University, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden

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Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) is an international centre founded by Stockholm University and the Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics at The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

The mission of Stockholm Resilience Centre is to advance research for governance and management of social-ecological systems to secure ecosystem services for human wellbeing and resilience for long-term sustainability. The Centre applies and further develops the scientific advancements of this research within practice, policy, and in academic training.

Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) is an international centre founded by Stockholm University and the Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics at The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

The mission of Stockholm Resilience Centre is to advance research for governance and management of social-ecological systems to secure ecosystem services for human wellbeing and resilience for long-term sustainability. The Centre applies and further develops the scientific advancements of this research within practice, policy, and in academic training.

Research at SRC cuts across natural, social, economic sciences, law and humanities. SRC aims at advancing understanding of complex social-ecological systems and developing new insights and development to improve ecosystem management practices and long-term sustainability. A main research theme is focusing on analyses of urban landscapes as complex social-ecological systems with special emphasis on the capacity to adapt to and benefit from change and maintain a sustainable flow of ecosystem services. SRC has experience of several large FP projects (e.g. GREEN SURGE and ARTS), BiodivERsA projects (URBES) and other large international projects run through the Resilience Alliance. SRC has been involved in leading and participating in major international programmes like the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, TEEB, PECS – Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (ICSU), IGBP, IHDP, DIVERSITAS and UNESCO – MAB. SRC is also involved in several FUTURE EARTH activities.



Humboldt University, Institute of Geography, Germany

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HU is one of the largest universities in Germany with in interdisciplinary profile. It is part of the current excellence initiative of the German government. The Institute of Geography focuses on land use science and urban systems’ research.



Ecologic Institute, Germany

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Ecologic Institute conducts inter- and transdisciplinary environmental research, policy analysis and consultancy. Ecologic is active in a broad range of environmental policy issues, with a focus on European policy processes, but also at national, regional and international levels. In its role as a private, independent organization, Ecologic Institute is dedicated to the preparation of relevant sociopolitical aspects of sustainability research and contributing new knowledge to environmental policy. Innovative research methods, an orientation on practice and a transdisciplinary approach ensure scientific excellent and social relevance.



University of Lodz, Poland

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University of Lodz (ULOD) is one of the largest universities in Poland with about 40 thousand students and about 4000 staff members. It has good research record in the area of sustainable development and urban green infrastructure, including being part of the FP7 GREEN SURGE project and the FP6 SWITCH project. ULOD contributed to the development of the Blue-Green Network for Lodz, which is meant to link different existing elements of the urban green and blue infrastructure in Lodz, and to complement them with new green spaces. In July 2011, ULOD hosted an international conference “Synthesizing different perspectives on the value of urban ecosystem services”, attended by about 50 researchers representing over 20 countries. ULOD has established a long-term partnership with the Sendzimir Foundation, a leading Polish non-governmental organisation promoting sustainable development.



European Regional Centre for Ecohydrology, Poland

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European Regional Centre for Ecohydrology (ERCE) is an institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences, since 2006 working under the auspices of UNESCO and belonging to the UNESCO Water Centres. On a basis of a long-term agreement with the University of Lodz, ERCE forms a twin institute with the Department of Applied Ecology (DEA UL). ERCE specialises in trans-disciplinary research projects focused on developing system solutions for integrated water resource management and environmental landscape planning, which covers three pillars: i) transdysciplinary science: ecohydrology, freshwater ecology, environmental chemistry and ecotoxycology, remote sensing and modelling of ecosystem and landscape processes; ii) science implementation: recommendations for ecohydrological design of water infrastructure (reservoirs constructions, rivers rehabilitation, green public space), large scale demonstration projects (UNESCO, ILTER, SWITCH, aid projects of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ethiopia); iii) education and capacity building.

Relevant project expertise Involves FP6 SWITCH – changing paradigm for urban water management, EU FP6 NoE ALTER-Net – managing biodiversity for ecosystem services and green capital, Life + projects: EH-REK: Ecohydrological rehabilitation of Arturowek recreational reservoirs (in Lodz). EKOROB: Ecotones for reducing diffusion pollution, ENVEUROPE: Environmental quality and pressures assessment across Europe: the LTER network as an integrated and shared system for ecosystem monitoring (www.enveurope.eu); and INFRA project EXPEER: Distributed Infrastructure for EXPErimentation in Ecosystem Research.

ERCE is also a key partner in long-term socio-ecological research and development of multi-functional platforms (LTSER) carried by the European Long-Term Ecosystem Research Network (www.lter-europe.net).



Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, Norway

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The Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) is Norway’s largest research group on biodiversity conservation and sustainable nature management with 144 equivalent full-time researchers. NINA’s scientists come from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds that include biologists, geographers, geneticists, social scientists, sociologists and more. We have a broad-based expertise on the genetic, population, species, ecosystem and landscape level, in terrestrial, freshwater and coastal marine ecosystems. NINA Oslo participates in CIENS Urban (http://www.ciens.no/ciens-urban/), part of a consortium of 500 researchers at the Oslo Centre for Interdisciplinary Environmental and Social Research.



Autonomous University of Barcelona, Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Spain

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The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) is one of the major public universities of Spain.

Within the UAB, The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (http://ictaweb.uab.cat/) is the main university centre that promotes academic research and postgraduate education in the environmental sciences. ICTA-UAB aims to improve our understanding of global environmental change, and the nature and causes of environmental problems. In addition, its studies focus on policies, strategies and technologies to foster a transition to a sustainable economy. ICTA-UAB researchers follow a transdisciplinary approach. Indeed, ICTA-UAB stands out among the environmental science institutes in Spain and Europe in that it has achieved a rare balance of Natural, Social and Engineering Sciences and makes UAB to rank 8th in Environmental Studies worldwide (CWUR 2017).Currently, it is the only research centre in environmental sciences accredited with the highest institutional recognition of scientific research in Spain (‘María de Maeztu’ Unit of Excellence 2015 (MDM-2015-0552). ENABLE researchers at ICTA-UAB are or were also involved in the European projects GREENLULUS (ERC Starting Grant), NATURVATION (EU Horizon2020-project), OPENNESS (EU-FP7-project), and URBES (EU- Biodiversa).



IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature – European Regional Office

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The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization, with more than 1,300 government and NGO Members and almost 15,000 volunteer experts in 160 countries.  IUCN’s work focuses on valuing and conserving nature, ensuring effective and equitable governance of its use, and deploying nature based solutions to global challenges. IUCN supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world, and brings governments, NGOs, and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice in relation to nature conservation.

The European Regional Office in Brussels represents IUCN at the EU level and works with the European Members to help deliver the Union’s goals.



ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

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Erasmus University Rotterdam, Dutch Research Institute for Transitions, the Netherlands

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Urban Systems Lab, The New School, New York City, USA

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The Urban Systems lab is an interdisciplinary research lab examining the underlying social, ecological, and technical-infrastructure system (SETs) interactions that drive urban system dynamics with a goal to support the wellbeing of human and non-human species for planning and designing more equitable, livable, resilient and sustainable cities. Our research, from theory to practice, aims to reveal and support the social-ecological-technical system processes that together drive everyday experiences in cities and urban areas. We use both empirical (e.g. “Big Data” analysis, field experiments, spatial methods, scenario modeling) and theoretical approaches (social-ecological systems and resilience theory) to advance urban ecosystem research.



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This research was funded through the 2015-2016 BiodivERsA COFUND call for research proposals, with the following national funders:

The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences, and Spatial Planning
Swedish Environmental Protection Agency
German aeronotics and space research centre, Germany
National Science Centre, Poland
The Research Council of Norway
Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness