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Research at the department


mushroom in the forest

Forest Management

Forest management

Global Change

Winter Scene

Peatland Management

Example of ditches detected by the AI model

Our research is organised under seven subject areas where we develop knowledge about forest ecosystems and the processes that drive them. This knowledge is then transferred to best forest management practices for given management goals. All within the framework of adaptive forest management and in cooperation with relevant stakeholders. Focus is on boreal forests - but we do research also in the tropics.

Specific research areas

Digital Landscape Technologies

Soil Moisture Maps

The SLU Soil Moisture Map is a high-resolution map that shows soil moisture on a scale from 0 to 100, where low values indicate dry soil and high values indicate wet soil. 

For more information Soil Moisture Map

Peat Maps

Here is a comprehensive peat map of the forest landscape by predicting.The peat map is released as two different products, a classified map and a continuous map of the thickness of the organic layer.

For more information Peat Maps


Image of Anneli Ågren, photo: Helena Granqvist

Anneli Ågren 
Forskare vid Institutionen för skogens ekologi och skötsel; Akvatisk landskapsanlays
Telefon: +46907868365, +46727144792
E-post: anneli.agren@slu.se


Ditch Maps

The ditch maps are two high-resolution maps that show ditches as grids. The maps have been developed by artificial intelligence (AI) trained to identify ditches in high-resolution elevation models. 

For more information SLU Dikeskartor


Portrait image William Lidberg

William Lidberg
Researcher at Department of Forest Ecology and Management
Phone: +46706295567
E-mail: william.lidberg@slu.se

Biosphere-atmosphere interactions

Biosphere-atmosphere interactions

The boreal biome is an important component of the global carbon (C) cycle and therefore a key element in national and international policy frameworks for climate change mitigation. However, current estimates of its sink-source strength and its responses to management and climate change remain uncertain. Thus, we need to improve our understanding of biosphere-atmosphere exchanges of C and GHGs for which comprehensive empirical data are required across multiple spatio-temporal scales. We get these data through a comprehensive network of flux- and environmental monitoring stations, read more under Infrastructure.


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Matthias Peichl, Professor
Department of Forest Ecology & Management, SLU

Mercury biogeochemistry in forest-wetland-lake ecosystem

Our research focuses on improving the understanding of factors and processes in the control of mercury (Hg) transformations in soils and waters, such as the reduction and methylation of Hg(II) and demethylation of the neurotoxin methyl mercury (MeHg). 

For more information Mercury biogeochemistry in forest-wetland-lake ecosystems



Ulf Skyllberg

Ulf Skyllberg, Professor
Department of Forest Ecology and Management, Department of Forest Ecology and Management, joint staff


Soil biogeochemistry

This project studies whether restoration of drained wetlands in the boreal landscape can lead to negative environmental effects in the form of increased methylation of mercury, as well as emissions of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. Through extensive sampling of pristine, drained and restored wetland sites, these biogeochemical effects will be mapped both in time and in space.


For more information Soil Biogeochemistry



Mats Öquist

Researcher at the Department of Forest Ecology and Management; Department of Forest Ecology and Management, joint staff

Telephone: +46907868525, +46705540361

Tree and Forest for Global Development

Our research for global development spans a broad range of tropical ecosystems, from natural wet forests to savannas, tree plantations, and agroforestry. 

We strive to explore the potential benefits that tree-based restoration and forest management can bring, such as enhanced water quality, biodiversity, carbon sequestration, soil fertility, and food and nutrition security. We work across the forest, agricultural and rangeland ecosystems.  

Fore more information Trees and Forest for Global Development



Ulrik Ilstedt, Researcher
Department of Forest Ecology and Management, SLU
ulrik.ilstedt@slu.se, +46907868390, +46701510075

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Department of Forest Ecology and Management 

Head of department Hjalmar Laudon, +46-90-786 8584
Deputy Head of department, premises & security Mats Öquist, +46-90-786 8525
Deputy Head of department, undergraduate studies Gustaf Egnell +46-90-786 8455
Deputy Head of department, post graduate studies Maja Sundqvist, +46-90-786 8273
Deputy Head of department, equal opportunities Kelley Gundale, +46-90-786 8444
Deputy Head of department, young researchers Lars Östlund, +46-90-786 8442 
Postal address: SLU, Skogens ekologi och skötsel, 901 83 Umeå, Sweden.
Visiting address: Skogsmarksgränd 17, Umeå

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