About us

Last changed: 03 March 2021
16 persons. Group photo.

The main objectives of SLU Water Hub are to: 1) Clarify SLU's expertise and role in Swedish water management, particularly in catchment scale modeling and assessment of water quality. 2) Provide a focal point for external stakeholders. 3) Organizing and coordinating the activities internally (projects, tasks and resources). 4) Achieve and secure a critical mass of expertise for long-term sustainable activities.

The short term aim is to develop, manage and apply SLU's models and calculation system for soil leaching, transport and turnover ofnutrients in catchments.

The long-term goal is a decision support system for the development of cost-effective action programmes for reducing eutrophication in lakes, rivers and seas. All model development includes opportunities to study the effects of climate change.

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The main activities for SLU Water HUB are:

  • Develop models and tools for the calculation of water balances, soil leaching, river transport, retention and source apportionment of nitrogenand phosphorus, and cost effectiveness of different measures;
  • Manage and store developed models and tools and related documentation;
  • Providemodels and tools for assignments, research and teaching, andoffer model training for professionals in the water sector;
  • Apply models in various assignments such as upscaling from field-scale and small catchments to major river basins and analysis of the impact of changes im land use, agriculture, pollution, climate and deposition;
  • Inform externally and internally on the activities through SLU's websites, seminars, printed materials, etc.;
  • Coordinatingthe activities internally and SLU's water related work within the framework of the consortium SMED;
  • Coordinate and lead major projects.


The unit is common to departments at the MVM-cluster on the faculty of natural resources and landscapes. Currently the unitis delimited to activities and projects at the Departments of Aquatic Science & Assessment and Soil & Environment. 

The unit initiates and coordinates projects within the SLU activity environmental monitoring and assessment and its programme and Eutrophication. The unit is headed by a manager who is placed at the Department of Soil & Environment.


The need for modeling and assessment of water quality in catchment areasis steadily increasing in society. Some important areas of application are:

• Water authorities work under the EU Water Framework Directive (management and action plans);

• Work by Swedish Board of Agriculture to follow-up the environmental impact of agricultural policy and the monitoring and reporting under the EU Nitrates Directive;

• Reporting of pollution loads on the sea to international commissions (HELCOM and OSPAR);

• EPA's follow up of the environmental objective Zero Eutrophication

• Local planning and action work (municipalities and water management boards).

In all areas of application the demand of model results on the effects offuture climate change will increase in the future. In both water authorities and HELCOM's response strategies measures in agriculture has top priority if the objectives of nitrogen and phosphorus is to be attained.

In SLU's strategy for research, teaching and environmental monitoring and assessment the efforts in the field of eutrophication and the marine environment is stressed as well as increased focus on assessments, summaries and forecasts. SLU water HUB makes it possible to further strengthen the activities in these areas.


The staff at SLU Water HUB are employed at the Department of Soil and Environment or the Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment.

Blombäck Karin – Karin.Blomback@slu.se

Collentine Dennis – Dennis.Collentine@slu.se

Djodjic Faruk – Faruk.Djodjic@slu.se

Jens Fölster - Jens.Folster@slu.se

Futter Martyn – Martyn.Futter@slu.se

Hellgren Stefan – Stefan.Hellgren@slu.se

Johnsson Holger – Holger.Johnsson@slu.se

Kyllmar Katarina – Katarina.Kyllmar@slu.se

Lindsjö Anders – Anders.Lindsjo@slu.se

Löfgren Stefan – Stefan.Lofgren@slu.se

Markensten Hampus – Hampus.Markensten@slu.se

Mårtensson Kristina – Kristina.Martensson@slu.se

Orback Caroline – Caroline.Orback@slu.se (on leave)

Persson Kristian – Kristian.Persson@slu.se

Schmieder Frank – Frank.Schmieder@slu.se (on leave)

Sonesten Lars – Lars.Sonesten@slu.se

Widén Nilsson Elin – Elin.Widen@slu.se


Karin Blombäck, Director of SLU Water Hub, 
Department of Soil and Environment, SLU
karin.blomback@slu.se, +46 (0)18-67 12 63