Geochemistry and Hydrology

Last changed: 13 October 2023
Small stream in a forest. Photo.

The Division 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.

Management and staff

Head of division: Jens Fölster
Faculty professor: Kevin Bishop

Researchers and PhD students at the Division of Geochemistry and Hydrology

Staff at the Geochemical laboratory


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.

Environmental monitoring and assessment

We are responsible for the water chemistry part of the national fresh water quality monitoring program on behalf of the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management. Chemical analyses for the program are made by our accredited laboratory.