FIBREM – characterization and remediation of fiberbank sediments

Last changed: 03 June 2024
Fibers, photo.

So-called ‘fiberbank’ sediments are accumulations of sediments that consists of waste, mainly cellulose, released by the pulp and paper industry. The fiberbanks are often highly contaminated. The aim of FIBREM was to develop methods for characterization of fiberbanks and to test the effectiveness of various in-situ remediation technologies.

Researchers from several universities and authorities participated in FIBREM. Anna-Karin Dahlberg, researcher at the Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment, studied the effectiveness of capping the fiberbanks to prevent the spread of organic pollutants.

FIBREM was led by Professor Ian Snowball from the Department of Earth Sciences at Uppsala University. 


A short summary of the project on the Vinnovas web page.

Participants from SLU

More research about fiberbank sediments at the department

Several research projects at the Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment are focused on contaminated fiberbanks. Read more:


FIBREM is an abbreviation of Remediation of Sweden’s Fiberbank Sediment – Planning Ahead.

The project is financed by VINNOVA.