Forest and soil

Over half of Sweden’s landmass is covered by forest. Forests are an important source of renewable raw materials; they also bind carbon dioxide and are valuable for wildlife, outdoor activities and recreation.

We carry out research on how forest ecosystems are affected by changes in forestry practices, as well as by climate change and air pollution.

We also examine how different kinds of land use affect the environment. Industrial activities and disasters such as oil spills can cause considerable adverse environmental impact. We identify emission sources; calculate the way in which pollutants are transported in the environment and determine their impact on ecosystems. We conduct research on both acute and chronic environmental problems and suggest solutions.