- Main subject area: Environmental Science
- Level and length: basic level (Bachelor, 15 hp / 10 weeks) or advanced level (Master, 30 hp / 20 weeks or 60 hp / 40 weeks)
- Language: Swedish or English (for Master)
Increasing forest growth with fertilizer is a powerful tool that forest owners and managers can use to achieve certain goals (profitability, carbon sequestration). Concerns about trade-offs in the form of impacts on water quality and biodiversity, however, have limited the use fertilizers in the forest landscape. Demand-driven fertilization adapted to the specific needs of every stand (BAG) has been suggested as a way to reduce those negative impacts. Sveaskog is testing this fertilization methodology at the Undersviken Forest Production Park.
This thesis project will assess the impact of the forest fertilization three years into the project. This will be done by analyzing the water quality and stream flow data that has been collected at nine sites. New fieldwork to gauge some of the streams in the study can be a part of this project.