Geochemistry and Hydrology

Last changed: 31 August 2020
Woman standing on an ice covered lake taking samples from a drilled hole. Photo.

The section of geochemistry and hydrology conducts research and environmental assessment on many aspects of fresh water quality including eutrophication, acidification, heavy metals and drinking water quality.

We are trying to understand the processes controlling water quality so as to separate the impact of human activity, including climate change, from natural variation and better manage Swedish water resources.

Head of unit

Jens Fölster

Faculty professor

Kevin Bishop

Staff

Facts:

Our research aims to describe the variation in time and space of important hydrochemical parameters. We use statistical analysis and process-based models to describe and understand the controls on fresh water quality. Our competence is often used by national and regional authorities for decision support and assessment tools for water management as well as international reporting regarding eutrophication and acidification of freshwaters and seas. Another research theme is the underlying processes controlling the brownification of Swedish lakes and streams.

Since the 1960's, we have been responsible for the water chemistry part of the national fresh water quality monitoring program. We are currently running this program on behalf of the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management. Chemical analyses for the program are made by our accredited laboratory.


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