Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Environmental monitoring and assessment

In addition to research and education the Government has charged SLU with the task of conducting environmental monitoring and assessment (EMA).

SLU monitors the country's forests, agricultural landscapes, lakes, watercourses and species in order to analyse environmental trends. This makes the university a key player in interpreting and understanding changes such as those that may result from a warmer climate.

The results are for example used to track progress towards Sweden's environmental objectives and its commitments under international agreements.

The United Nations declared 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity.

The university has chosen to organise its environmental monitoring and assessment into programmes which relate to the Swedish environmental objectives. Read more about the programmes through the navigation bar to the left.


2015-02-24 -  New Insights - water, bioenergy and crop production
The main theme in this year’s issue of SLU's magazine New Insights is water, aquaculture and fish. Bioenergy and crop production are also mirrored.
2015-02-10 -  World-leading expert on forest fires visited Oikos Meeting
Professor Michelle Mack has studied fire-disturbed boreal forests in Alaska, and in particular how these fires have affected plant communities and nutrient cycling. She was one of the keynote speakers...
2015-02-04 -  200 ecologists visit Umeå for Oikos meeting
Some 200 ecologists visit SLU in Umeå and Umeå University on February 4-6, to discuss the latest in ecological research.
2015-01-30 -  Raccoon dog project selected for "Best LIFE Nature/Information Project" award
The Raccoon dog project, partnered by SLU, is one of 13 projects that have been selected for "Best LIFE Nature/Information Project" award, among 46 evaluated projects.
2015-01-09 -  Two Vice-Chancellor candidates
Professor Peter Högberg, Dean of the S Faculty, SLU Umeå, and Professor Maj-Britt Johansson, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Gävle, and former Head of the Department of Forest Soil Science at SLU,...
2014-12-18 -  Humans and large predators can share the same landscape
The recovery of large carnivores in Europe is a great success for nature conservation. At one third of mainland Europe, at least one species of large carnivore is present, according to an article in the...
2014-12-17 -  The fight against ash dieback is proceeding
The fight against ash dieback is going forward. During the last year, more than 400 ash trees – showing resistance to the pathogen causing ash dieback – have been discovered and mapped across southern...
2014-12-01 -  Aquatic Sciences and Assessment gets royal professor
Professor Chris Evans has been awarded his Majesty's guest professorship in Environmental Science and he will visit SLU from 2015.
2014-06-17 -  "Retention forestry benefits biodiversity"
Retention forestry implies that at forest harvest some trees are left at site to promote biodiversity. Retention approaches in forestry emerged about 25 years ago as a reaction to negative ecological effects...
2014-05-16 -  Mercury and forestry on the agenda in Umeå when mercury experts met
The international conference Symposium on mercury biogeochemistry related to forestry operations, held at SLU Umeå in February, attracted nearly 30 scientists and experts wanting to discuss mercury and...
2014-05-14 -  Swedish-Chinese research cooperation aims to reduce the risk of mercury ending up in food
The problem of mercury in food chains is growing due to emissions of mercury. The problem of toxic mercury in the food chain is growing due to increased emissions of mercury. How can we prevent the bioavailable...
2014-03-31 -  SLU Professor in Darwin Foundation
Jorge López-Moreno, Professor in virology at SLU´s BVF department, has been appointed “active member of the general assembly” of the Charles Darwin Foundation.
2014-03-05 -  Discovery of a new bird family
Based on analysis of several genes, a team of researchers from five countries, incl SLU researcher Per Alström, identified ten primary branches in the tree of life of one of the largest groups of passerine...
2014-02-25 -  MareFrame - Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management
The new EC-funded research and technological development project MareFrame “Co-creating Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management Solutions“ was launched this year.
2013-12-19 -  Sweden forest area is increasing - despite claims in the journal Science
In the latest issue of Science researchers present a map of the world which shows that Forest land in Sweden is declining. SLU questions this finding, which is solely based upon satellite image analysis....


Partnerships, networks of excellence (Alter-NET,...)

Environmental reporting (Conventions, Commissions, EU Directives..)

Research infrastructure (LifeWatch, NFI data,...) 

Knowledge exchange (Baltic, Africa...)

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