Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet

Svartberget experimental forests

Svartberget is a centre for forest research in Sweden and provides key infrastructures for field based research on productive pine and spruce stands as well as catchments and mire ecosystems. The large study area gives researchers unique opportunities to perform studies on both local and landscape levels.

The station manages over 1000 long term forestry field experiments across Sweden and provides infrastructure for all types of studies within the research area. Visiting researchers are provided with experienced field personnel, a workshop, labs, cold storage, an extensive vehicle park, measuring equipment, drones equipped with multi-spectral cameras for aerial photography, and desk space.

Furthermore, research infrastructures include multiple continuous monitoring sites. Continuous measurements of stream water chemistry, discharge and water temperature is performed at 16 catchments, ground water chemistry and physical soil and bedrock measurements are performed at several depths spanning from 10 centimetres down to 150 meters. Svartberget also has several installations for atmospheric flux and spectral reflectance measurements, including a 150 meter high tower equipped with sensors along the entire length.

The study area includes the most intensively studied mire ecosystem on the northern hemisphere, with the worlds longest uninterrupted time series of carbon and greenhouse gas balance.

Additionally, we have long data series for climate data and the station has a state of the art atmospheric ozone measurement site.

Measurements of hydrology, climate, stream and soil water chemistry have been ongoing for over 30 years.

We are a part of SITES, the Swedish Infrastructure for Ecosystem Science, which is a collection of 9 research stations all across Sweden which have banded together to provide unique infrastructures and technical competence for ecosystem research.

Svartberget participates in all three thematic programs within SITES: SITES Water (which is based on Krycklan), SITES AquaNet and SITES Spectral.

Svartberget is also part of INTERACT, a coalition of almost 100 research stations in the arctic and boreal region seeking to build capacity to do science and environmental monitoring all over the region. INTERACT provides scientists with the opportunity to visit and do research at about half of these stations through its transnational access program.

Furthermore, Svartberget is part of ICOS (Integrated Carbon Observation System) Sweden, a research infrastructure for research and monitoring of greenhouse gases financed by the Swedish Research Council. ICOS Sweden in turn is part of ICOS Europe