The project 'ForWater - A state of the art modeling and decision support system for mitigating the effects of intensified forest production and climate change on water quality. Workpackage C. Studies of the Swedish forest landscape' was going on 2011 to 2015.
The main objective of the ForWater program was to achieve a scientifically based assessment of water quality under pressures from climate change and forest management. A central feature of Sweden's climate mitigation strategy is to increase the use of renewable energy, primarily based on forest biomass. The integrated effect of climate change and intensified forest practice is likely to affect stream water quality as both hydrology and biogeochemical turnover rates will be affected. The goal conflicts between climate change mitigation and maintaining water quality requires an integrated scientific approach.
The ForWater program was based on an interdisciplinary approach on how climate and forestry affects stream water quality. Within work package C we worked on national level on how these factors affect dissolved organic carbon (DOC), nutrients (N and P), and acidity related substances (base cations).
The project was financed by FORMAS and had a total budget of 25 MSEK. Out of these, 2.056 MSEK was the budget for the project C.
Participating from the Department were Stefan Löfgren and Mats Fröberg.
External partners were Uppsala University, Lund University, University of Zürich and Skogforsk.