ModElling the Regional and Global Earth system
MERGE stands for ModElling the Regional and Global Earth system. It is a strategic research area involving approximately 250 researchers from Lund University, University of Gothenburg, Linnaeus University, Chalmers University of Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, and the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (Rossby Centre). The researchers within this area conduct research in climate modeling at both regional and global levels.
MERGE encompasses advanced research, disciplinary and interdisciplinary doctoral education, and dialogue with stakeholders and the surrounding society. The focus lies on understanding the interaction between the atmosphere and the Earth's surface, with an emphasis on land use, vegetation, and terrestrial ecosystems. This interaction impacts the climate, but a changing climate also affects vegetation and ecosystems in return. Climate models have only recently started to include these connections, and the results indicate that they need to be taken into account when developing climate scenarios and studying climate impacts.
MERGE has its organizational base at CEC (Centre for Environmental and Climate Research).