In many industrialised countries, forests are starting to regrow after centuries or millennia of large-scale deforestation. This appears positive for the global climate system, because forests sequester carbon that would otherwise accumulate in the atmosphere. However, forest regrowth may not necessarily be a viable strategy for climate-change mitigation. Simone Gingrich has been awarded a prestigious ERC Starting Grant and plans to use it to identify and analyse the “hidden emissions” of reforestation processes.
Imagine that a pipeline that stretches for miles and miles springs a leak. Traditionally, this would mean many miles of walking for someone tasked with finding the hole. In an ideal world, this search for the precise point of methanol leakage could also be performed by a drone, onto which a spectrometer has been mounted that specializes in analysing chemical samples. Existing devices are currently far too heavy; the drone would soon have to give up. Lisa-Marie Faller is working on a technology, with which the fitted spectrometers can be made much smaller and would therefore be suitable for this type of deployment, amongst others. In recognition of her work, the doctoral student received the Best Paper Award at the IEEE Conference EuroSimE in Dresden in April.
Der ECONOVIUS 2017 wurde kürzlich an die Kärntner bitmovin GmbH, die ein Spin-Off der Alpen-Adria-Universität ist, vergeben.
Am 21. November 2015 wurde dem Informatiker Konstantin Schekotihin von Erzbischof Kardinal Christoph Schönborn der Förderungspreis für herausragende wissenschaftliche Leistungen in Mathematik, Naturwissenschaften und Technik verliehen.