Systems Ecology

Last changed: 02 March 2021
Researcher working in a winter landscape.

We study interactions between the living and the non-living in ecosystems and how humans affect them. An ecosystem may be a handful of soil, a park, a landscape or the entire biosphere.

We focus on biological processes rather than individual organisms, often in the form of the state and flows of energy, carbon, nitrogen, phosphorous and other elements.

As carbon is the main building block for all life on earth, it is natural that the carbon cycle is central to the activities within the subject area. The research group’s applied research currently revolves around how the exchange of greenhouse gases between ecosystem and atmosphere and the ecosystem’s carbon balance is affected by the management methods employed in agriculture and forestry.   

The group works both empirically and theoretically with the development and application of carbon and nitrogen models.  

The generated knowledge can help to solve the major challenges of the future: how food, fibres and bioenergy can be produced in a sustainable, environmentally friendly and climatesmart way.

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Read more about our projects and publications at the researcher´s cv pages

Staff at system Ecology forest
Staff at system Ecology agriculture

Two men are working with a field trial
One of the most well-known agricultural experiements in Sweden. It started 1956 and is an important resource for research about carbon sequestration and climate. Photo: Anna Lundmark
We have 15 field sites in Sweden where ecosystem fluxes are measured with high time resolution, along with environmental variables. This is Knottåsen. The data can improve climate models and contribute to important decisions about how we can mitigate climate change. Photo: Achim Grelle

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Thomas Kätterer, professor systems ecology
Department of Ecology, SLU +46 (0)18-672425

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