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Kristina Blennow

Kristina Blennow
My current research interests are in risk analysis and "science and proven experience". I study the interplay between people and their environment, through this supporting communication, planning and decision-making under uncertain and changing conditions, in particular in relation to climate change and biodiversity. I employ interdisciplinary strategies with empirical methods and computer simulations, often in international collaboration and in close contact with stakeholders.


Professor of Landscape Planning directed towards Landscape Analysis, inparticular Risk Analysis and Climate Change

- Invited Guest Editor to the international journal Sustainability on the theme Climate Change, Landscape in Transition and Tools for Sustainable Landscape Planning

- Member of the Editorial Board of the journal Land

- Member of the Review Editorial Board of Frontiers in Interdisciplinary Climate Studies, a division of Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, Earth Science and Environmental Science

- Organizer of the research network RABALDER (Risk Analysis and Behavioural Decision Research).

Commissions of trust:

- Faculty researcher representative to the The Board for Third-Cycle Studies

- Co-ordinator of Third Cycle Studies at the department

- Departmental representative to the Helge Å model forest

Guest professor to Environmental and Energy System Studies, Lund University (20%).

- Elected member to the Faculty Board 2016-2018

- Chair of the Docent Board January 2016- March 2019

- Faculty representative to Statistics@slu 2016-2018


Responsible for the master level courses

- Climate change - landscape in transition! (LK0287) (15hp)

- Climate change and land use – U.S. and European perspectives (LK0236) (3hp), together with colleagues at the College of Sciences, San Diego State University, California.

- "Communication for climate-smart food choices" (7.5hp)


- Planering och förvaltning för hållbar utveckling av stadslandskapet – teorikurs (LK0204) (15 hp)

- Explorations into landscape architecture (LK0185) (15 hp)

- Master programme Hållbar stadsutveckling

- Master programme Agroecology

- Third Cycle course Research design (PLG0041) (3 hp)

- Third Cycle course Ethics and Philosophy of Science (PLG0045) (4.5 hp)


Developer of the planning tools

- DeveLoP (Democratic Landscape Planning tool) - a tool for participatory landscape planning

WINDA-GALES - a tool for assessing the probability of wind damage in a landscape


2017-2018 Member to the EU Commission EIP-AGRI focus group "New forest practices and tools for adaptation and mitigation of climate change" (

Departmental representative to the "Helge Å model forest" (


Master's students in Agroecology, Horticulture, Sustainable Urban Development and Landscape architecture

PhD student position open for applications

Selected publications

In selection:

Blennow, K., Persson, E., Persson, J., 2019. Are values related to culture, identity, community cohesion and sense of place the values most vulnerable to climate change? PLOS ONE, 14:e0210426.

Chen, Y.-Y., Gardiner, B., Pasztor, F., Blennow, K., Ryder, J., Valade, A., Naudts, K., Otto, J., McGrath, M. J., Planque, C., Luyssaert, S., 2018. Simulating damage for wind storms in the land surface model ORCHIDEE-CAN (revision 4262), Geosci. Model Dev., 11, 771-791.

Reyer, C.P.O, Bathgate, S., Blennow, K., Borges, J.G., Bugmann, H., Delzon, S., P Faias, S., Garcia-Gonzalo, J., Gardiner, B., Gonzalez-Olabarria, R.M., Gracia, C., Hernández, J.G., Kellomäki, S., Kramer, K., Lexer, M.J., Lindner, M., van der Maaten, E., Maroschek, M., Muys, B., Nicoll, B., Palahi, M., Palma, J.H.N., Paulo, J.A., Peltola, H., Pukkala, T., Rammer, W., Ray, D., Sabaté, S., Schelhaas, M.-J., Seidl, R., Temperli, C., Tomé, M., Yousefpour, R., Zimmermann, N.E., Hanewinkel, M., 2017. Are forest disturbances amplifying or canceling out climate change-induced productivity changes in European forests? Environmental Research Letters, 12:034027

Blennow, K., Persson, J., Persson, E., Hanewinkel, M., 2016. Forest Owners' Response to Climate Change: University Education Trumps Value Profile. PLOS ONE, 11(5): e0155137. doi:

Seidl, R., Aggestam, F., Rammer, W., Blennow, K., Wolfslehner, B., 2016. The sensitivity of current and future forest managers to climate-induced changes in ecological processes. Ambio, 45(4):430-441. DOI 10.1007/s13280-015-0737-6

Andersson, M., Kellomäki, S., Gardiner, B., Blennow, K., 2015. Life-style services and yield from south-Swedish forests adaptively managed against the risk of wind damage – a simulation study. Regional Environmental Change, 15(8): 1489-1500. DOI 10.1007/s10113-014-0687-8

Blennow, K., Persson, E., Lindner, M., Faias, S.P., Hanewinkel, M., 2014. Forest owner motivations and attitudes towards supplying biomass for energy in Europe. Biomass and Bioenergy, 67: 223-230. DOI:10.1016/j.biombioe.2014.05.002

Blennow, K., Persson, J., Wallin, A., Vareman, N. & Persson, E., 2014. Understanding risk in forest ecosystem services: implications for effective risk management, communication and planning. Forestry. 87:219-228. DOI: 10.1093/forestry/cpt032

Kanyama, A.C. & Blennow, K., 2014. Evaluating the Local Climate Impacts Profile tool for assessing local impacts of extreme weather events. Journal of Geography and Natural Disasters, 4:122. DOI: 10.4172/2167-0587.1000122

Seidl, R., Rammer, W., & Blennow, K., 2014. Simulating wind disturbance impacts in forest landscapes: Tree-level heterogeneity matters. Environmental Modeling and Software, 51:1-11. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2013.09.018


Professor at the Institutionen för landskapsarkitektur, planering och förvaltning
Telephone: 040-415230
Postal address:
Box 66
23053 Alnarp
Visiting address: Slottsvägen 5, Alnarp, Alnarp