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Björn Wiström

Björn Wiström
Senior Lecturer in Urban Vegetation & Coordinator of Alnarp´s Landscape Laboratory

Presentation

I started inside the forest, got caught up in the forest edge and when not tangled up in thorny shrubs I research and teach about the management and design of vegetation in urban environments. I have a special interest in woody species and biotope based design approaches. My research is to a large extent focused on the Urban Forest i.e. all trees with the urban landscape, from single street trees to urban woodlands. I am the course leader for the graduate courses “Urban Forestry” and Dynamic Vegetation Design.

Teaching

Courses:

Basic plant knowledge and vocational guidance for landscape architects (undergraduate level)

Park- and landscape management with practice (undergraduate level)

Basic plant and vegetation knowledge (undergraduate level)

Maintenance of green areas and natural land (undergraduate level)

Plant Technology (undergraduate level)

Work Experience Course (undergraduate level)

Advanced plant and site knowledge (undergraduate level)

Dynamic Vegetation Design (graduate level)

Design Project – Advanced Planting Design (graduate level)

Integrated Landscape Management (graduate level)

Urban forestry (graduate level)

Research

Ongoing Projects

FORMAS “Trädetablering i framtida urbana klimat. [Tree establishment in a future urban climate]” Co-applicant. 2016-2020.

FORMAS “Hållbar etablering av vedartad vegetation på skolgårdar i urbana miljöer. [Sustainable establishment of woody vegetation on school grounds] Co-applicant.

KSLA “Optimal tid för beskärning och stamkvistning” [Optimal time for tree pruning] Main applicant 2020-2021.

Svenska Trädföreningen “Att beskära i tid och otid” [To prune timely or untimely] Main applicant 2020.

Nordisk Fond for Bytræer ”Utvärdering av lämplig tid för beskärning utifrån ett kontrollerat fältförsök” 2020-2021

EU H2020 Research and Innovation Action. “REGREEN. Fostering nature-based solutions for smart, green and healthy urban transitions in Europe and China”. Co-applicant.

SLU:s miljöanalysprogram Bebyggd miljö. ”Utveckling av "lekotoper" för barns naturmöten” [The development of "playtopes" for childre´s contact with nature]. Co-applicant. 2020.

Movium Partnerskap ”Framtidsanalys för skötsel av tätortsnära skog” [Scenario analysises for urban woodland management]. Co-applicant. 2020-2021

Earlier Projects:

FORMAS ”Skogar för framtidens städer. [Woods go urban]” Co-applicant. 2017-2019.

KSLA “Pocket Woods – Adaptiv gestaltning av urbana skogsfragment genom plantering. [Pocket Woods – adaptive design of urban forests trough planting]”.

Växjö – The Linné arboretum (Urban forest management and planting design) Co-responsible for practical implementation, field registrations and analysis.

Helsingborg – Filborna Forest Park (Urban forest planting design) Co-responsible for practical implementation

Lund  -  The TRÖJ project (Urban forest management) Main responsibility for development, planning and implementation of the part concerning the urban woodland management

The Swedish Transport Administration (Forest edge management) Main responsibility for the development, planning and implementation of the project.

The Danish Nature Agency (Forest edge planting design) Main responsibility for the development, planning and implementation of the project.

FORMAS research project “Bio-Architectural and Dynamic Approaches for Urban Plantations”. Part responsibility for practical implementation, field work and analysis in the project.

 

 

Selected publications

Peer-reviewed articles

Östberg J, Sandberg K, Wiström B (2021) Rating of parameters used to assess tree vitality by urban foresters and ecologists in Sweden, using the Delphi method. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 62: 127134.

Klobucar B, Östberg J, Wiström B, Jansson M (2021) Residential urban trees – socio-ecological factors affecting tree and shrub abundance in the city of Malmö, Sweden. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 62: 127118.

Sjöman H, Levinsson A, Emilsson T, Ibrahimova A, Alizade T, Douglas P, Wiström B (2021) Evaluation of Alnus subcordata for urban environments through assessment of drought and flooding tolerance. Dendrobiology 85, 39-50.

Hannus S, Hirons A, Baxter T, McAllister H.A, Wiström B, Sjöman H (2020) Intraspecific drought tolerance of Betula pendula genotypes: an evaluation using leaf turgor loss in a botanical collection. Trees.

Fongar C, Randrup TB, Wiström B, Solfjeld I (2019) Public urban green space management in Norwegian municipalities: A managers’ perspective on place-keeping. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 44: Article 126438. 

Fors H, Wiström B, Nielsen AB (2019) Personal and environmental drivers of resident participation in urban public woodland management – A longitudinal study. Landscape and Urban Planning 186, 79-90. 

Östberg J, Wiström B, Randrup TB (2018) The state and use of municipal tree inventories in Swedish municipalities – results from a national survey. Urban Ecosystems. 21, 467-477. 

Wiström B, Nielsen AB (2017) Forest Edge Regrowth Typologies in Southern Sweden -Relationship to Environmental Characteristics and Implications for Management Environmental Management 60:69-85. 

Randrup TB, Östberg J, Wiström B (2017) Swedish green space management – The managers perspective. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 28, 103-109. 

Nielsen AB, Hedblom M, Olafsson AS, Wiström B (2017) Spatial configurations of urban forest in different landscape and socio-political contexts: identifying patterns for green infrastructure planning Urban Ecosystems 20:379-392

Richnau G, Brunet J, Nielsen AB, Wiström B (2016) Planting clonal shade-tolerant herbs in young urban woodlands—Effects of compost on plant growth, flowering and survival. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 17,158-165 

Wiström B, Nielsen AB (2016) Decisive environmental characteristics for woody regrowth in forest edges - patterns along complex environmental gradients in Southern Sweden. Forest Ecology and Management 363, 47-62. 

Wiström B, Nielsen AB, Klobučar B, Klepec U (2015) Zoned Selective Coppice – a management system for graded forest edges. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 14, 156-162. 

Wiström B, Nielsen AB (2014) Effects of planting design on planted seedlings and spontaneous vegetation 16 years after establishment of forest edges. New Forests 45, 97-117. 

Jansson M, Fors H, Lindgren T, Wiström B (2013) Perceived personal safety in relation to urban woodland vegetation - A review. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening 12, 127–133. 

Nielsen AB, Konijnendijk CC, Wiström B, Jensen RB (2013) Municipal woodland in Denmark: Resources, governance and management. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 28, 49-63. 

Östberg J, Delshammar T, Wiström B, Nielsen AB (2013) Grading of Parameters for Urban Tree Inventories by City Officials, Arborists, and Academics Using the Delphi Method. Environmental Management 51, 694-708. 

Richnau G, Wiström B, Nielsen AB, Löf M (2012) Creation of multi-layered canopy structures in young oak-dominated urban woodlands - The 'ecological approach' revisited. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening 11, 147-158. 

 

Dissertation

Wiström B (2015) Forest Edge Development – Management and design of forest edges in infrastructure and urban environments. Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 2015:129.

 

Book chapters

Emilsson T, Sjöman H, Wiström B. Levinsson A (2020) Characterizing the Belowground Environment in Novel Street Tree Installations in Sweden. In: Watson G., Gilman, Miesbauer J., Morgenroth J. and Scharenbroch B. (eds), The Landscape Below Ground IV. International Society of Arboriculture, Atlanta, pp. 424-436.

Gustavsson R, Gunnarsson A, Wiström B (2019) Time out!  - Thirty years of experiences from outdoor landscape teaching.  In Mertens E, Karadeniz N, Jørgensen K, Stiles R (eds) (2019) The Routledge Handbook of Teaching Landscape. Routledge. London, pp 135 - 147.

Sjöman H, Slagstedt J, Wiström B, Ericsson T (2015) Naturen som förebild [Nature as rolemodel]. In: Sjöman H, Slagstedt J (red). Träd i urbana landskap [Trees in urban landscapes]. Studentlitteratur. Lund, pp 57-229.

Wiström B, Pålsson D (2010) Structural development and visual qualities in young forest stands. In: C. C. Konijnendijk & H. Jóhannesdóttir (Eds.), Forestry serving urban societies in the North-Atlantic region. TemaNord 2010/577, Copenhagen: Nordic Council of Ministers. pp. 111 – 130.

 

Fact sheets

Nielsen AB, Wiström B, Bjørn MC (2018) Anbefalinger til brug af dækafgrøder ved etablering af vedplantninger. [Recommendations for the use of cover crops in the establishment of woody plantings]. Videnblad Park og Landskab 04.08-05. University of Copenhagen, Frederiksberg.

Nielsen AB, Wiström B, Bjørn MC (2018) Dækafgrøder – et alternativ til renholdelse ved etablering af vedplantinger. [Cover crops – an alternative to classic weed control when establishing woody plantings.] Videnblad Park og Landskab 04.08-04. University of Copenhagen, Frederiksberg.

Östberg J, Wiström B, Randrup TB (2017) Kommunala förvaltares bild av skötseln av grönområden och träd. [Municipal managers view on greenspace and tree management]. Movium Fakta 3/2017:1-8.

Morgenroth J, Nielsen AB, Konijnendijk van den Bosch CC, Östberg J, Harðarson SB, Wiström, B (2016). Urban tree diversity for sustainable cities. Policy Brief. SNS Nordic Forest Research.

Wiström B, Nielsen AB (2014) På spåret mot bättre förståelse av återväxten i järnvägens skötselgator. [On track towards a better understanding of the woody regrowth along railways]. LTV-fakultetens faktablad 2014:3, Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap, Alnarp.

Wiström B, Richnau G, Nielsen AB, Gustavsson R (2009) Strukturrika planteringar – en möjlighet för stadens grönska. [Plantings rich in structure – an opportunity for urban green spaces]. Gröna Fakta 5/2009:1-18.

 

Technical reports

Wiström B, Enochson E (2019) Pocket Woods – Adaptiv gestaltning av urbana skogsfragment genom plantering. [Pocket Woods – Adaptive design of urban woodlands through planting]. Rapportserie: Rapport 2019:12, Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap, Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet. Alnarp.

Wiström B, Nielsen AB, Bjørn MC (2018) Use of cover crops when establishing woody plantings. IGN Report. Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen, Frederiksberg.

Hladikova D, Sestak J (2017) Creative Management in the young landscape of Alnarp´s Landscape Laboratory. (Eds) Wiström B, Gunnarsson A. Rapportserie: Rapport 2017:16, Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap, Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet. Alnarp.

Wiström B, Östberg J, Randrup TB (2016) Datarapport för SLU:s stora enkät för kommunal skötsel av grönområden och träd. [Data report for SLU´s survey of municipal management of greenspaces and trees]. Rapportserie: Rapport 2016:6, Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap, Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet. Alnarp.

Wiström B, Nielsen AB, Klobučar B (2015) ForEDGE – en plattform för forskning och demonstration kring utveckling av skogsbryn i infrastrukturmiljöer. [ForEDGE – a platform for research and demonstration on the development of forest edges in infrastructure environments]. Rapportserie: Rapport 2015:4, Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap, Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet. Alnarp.

Wiström B, Nielsen AB (2015) BATAG – En skötselmodell för skogsbryn i infrastrukturmiljöer. [BATAG – A management model for forest edges in infrastructure environments]. Landskap, trädgård och växtproduktionsvetenskap. Rapportserie: Rapport 2015:3, Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap, Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet. Alnarp.

Wiström B, Nielsen AB, Klobučar B, Klepec U (2015) ZSC - Zoned Selective Coppice, en skötselmodell för skogsbryn i infrastrukturmiljöer. [ZSC – Zoned Selective Coppice, a management model for forest edges in infrastructure environments]. Landskap, trädgård och växtproduktionsvetenskap. Rapportserie: Rapport 2015:2, Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap, Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet. Alnarp.

Jansson M, Fors H, Kristensson E, Gunnarsson A, Lindgren T, Wiström B, Norlin M (2012) Trygghet i bostadsområdets gröna utemiljöer. [Safety in green spaces of urban housing areas]. Rapport: Fakulteten för landskapsplanering, trädgårds- och jordbruksvetenskap Alnarp.


Contact

Senior Lecturer at the Institutionen för landskapsarkitektur, planering och förvaltning
Telephone: +4640415291, +46738278258
Postal address:
Box 190
234 22 Lomma
Visiting address: Slottsvägen 5, Alnarp, Alnarp