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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

Visiting researcher Department of Physical Geography and Ecosysem Science, Lund University May 2023 -

- 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 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:

- Deputy Head of Department forof Third Cycle Studies

- Departmental representative to the Helge Å model forest

- Visiting professor Department of Physical Geography and Ecosysem Science, Lund University May 2021 - April 2023, 50%

- Visiting professor Environmental and Energy System Studies, Lund University 2015 - 2018 (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) 2010 - 2021

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)

Responsible for the PhD student courses

Introduction to Bayesian statistics and machine learning for survey data i R


- 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)


Project leader:

Assessing and communicating climate risk in Swedish sugar beet harvest and storage. Partnerskap Alnarp.

Knowledge needs for effective communications with Swedish farmers on climate change adaptation – taking steps for sustainable development. LTV-fakulteten

Realising biomass supply – farmers’ perspective on straw and short-rotation forestry, Swedish Energy Agency.

Guidelines on how to communicate adequately with urban domestic garden owners on the new Swedish national risk assessment of alien species, Formas.

Project participant:

The human aspect of Invasive Alien Plants – the Paradox of Plants, People and Personal Preferences. Theme at the Pufendorf Institute, Lund University (2020-2021)

Achieving a Sustainable and Resilient Swedish Food System in a Global World, Mistra (2020 - 2025)

Maximizing the Resilience and Carbon Sequestration in Managed Norway Spruce Forests, Norwegian Research Council (2020-2023)

Fospref - Wind, European Forest Institute (2018-2020)

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

Main supervisor for

PhD student Elin Anander in the project "Realising biomass supply – farmers’ perspective on straw and short-rotation forestry" by the Swedish Energy Agency.

PhD student Cecilia Palmér in the project "Guidelines on how to communicate adequately with urban domestic garden owners on the new Swedish national
risk assessment of alien species" by Formas.

Co-supervisor for

PhD student Peter Zubkov in the project "Maximizing the Resilience and Carbon Sequestration in Managed Norway Spruce Forests", Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research, Åsa, Norway. Norwegian Research Council.

PhD student Camille Volle in a project on primeval forests, Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, Lund University, Sweden.

Selected publications

Effective communications on invasive alien species: Identifying communication needs of Swedish domestic garden owners

Palmér, C., Wallin, A., Persson, J., Aronsson, M., Blennow., K. 2023. 
Journal of Environmental Management Vol. 340, 117995. 15 August 2023.

Forest biodiversity and ecosystem services from spruce-birch mixtures: The potential importance of tree spatial arrangement

Felton A, Felton AM, Wam HK, Witzell J, Wallgren M, Löf M, Sonesson J, Lindbladh M, Björkman C, Blennow K, Cleary M, Jonsell M, Klapwijk MJ, Niklasson M, Petersson L, Rönnberg J, Ode Sang Å, Wrethling F, Hedwall P-O, 2022. Environmental Challenges, 6, 100407.

Växtvärk. Perspektiv på invasiva främmande växter i svensk natur

Alkan Olsson J, Blennow K, D'Hertefeldt T, Eriksen B, Fredriksson C, Hansson H, Martilla S, Persson E, Sjöholm C, Vareman N, 2021. Palaver Press Akademi
ISBN: 978-91-985659-0-4

DeveLoP—A Rationale and Toolbox for Democratic Landscape Planning. 

Blennow K, Persson E, Persson, 2021. Sustainability 2021, 13, 12055.

To Mitigate or Adapt? Explaining Why Citizens Responding to Climate Change Favour the Former. 

Blennow K, Persson J 2021. Land, 10, 240.

The role of beliefs, expectations and values in decision-making favoring climate change adaptation – implications for communications with European forest professionals

Blennow K, Persson J, Gonçalves LMS, Borys A, Dutcă I, Hynynen J, Janeczko E, Lyubenova M, Merganič J, Merganicová K, Peltoniemi M, Petr M, Reboredo F,  Vacchiano G, Reyer CPO, 2020. Environmental Research Letters.

No polarization – expected values of climate change impacts among European forest professionals and scientists

Persson, J., Blennow, K., Gonçalves, L.M.S., Borys, A., Dutca, I., Hynynen, J., Janeczko, E., Lyubenova, M., Martel, S., Merganic, J., Merganicova, K., Peltoniemi, M., Petr, M., Reboredo, F., Vacchiano, G., Reyer, C.P.O., 2020. Sustainability, 12, 2659; doi:10.3390/su12072659

Are values related to culture, identity, community cohesion and sense of place the values most vulnerable to climate change?

Blennow, K., Persson, E., Persson, J., 2019. PLOS ONE, 14:e0210426.

Simulating damage for wind storms in the land surface model ORCHIDEE-CAN (revision 4262)

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. Geosci. Model Dev., 11, 771-791.

Are forest disturbances amplifying or canceling out climate change-induced productivity changes in European forests?

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. Environmental Research Letters, 12:034027

Forest Owners' Response to Climate Change: University Education Trumps Value Profile

Blennow, K., Persson, J., Persson, E., Hanewinkel, M., 2016. PLOS ONE, 11(5): e0155137. doi:

The sensitivity of current and future forest managers to climate-induced changes in ecological processes

Seidl, R., Aggestam, F., Rammer, W., Blennow, K., Wolfslehner, B., 2016. Ambio, 45(4):430-441. DOI 10.1007/s13280-015-0737-6

Life-style services and yield from south-Swedish forests adaptively managed against the risk of wind damage – a simulation study

Andersson, M., Kellomäki, S., Gardiner, B., Blennow, K., 2015. Regional Environmental Change, 15(8): 1489-1500. DOI 10.1007/s10113-014-0687-8

Forest owner motivations and attitudes towards supplying biomass for energy in Europe

Blennow, K., Persson, E., Lindner, M., Faias, S.P., Hanewinkel, M., 2014. Biomass and Bioenergy, 67: 223-230. DOI:10.1016/j.biombioe.2014.05.002

Understanding risk in forest ecosystem services: implications for effective risk management, communication and planning

Blennow, K., Persson, J., Wallin, A., Vareman, N. & Persson, E., 2014. Forestry. 87:219-228. DOI: 10.1093/forestry/cpt032

Evaluating the Local Climate Impacts Profile tool for assessing local impacts of extreme weather events

Kanyama, A.C. & Blennow, K., 2014. Journal of Geography and Natural Disasters, 4:122. DOI: 10.4172/2167-0587.1000122

Simulating wind disturbance impacts in forest landscapes: Tree-level heterogeneity matters

Seidl, R., Rammer, W., & Blennow, K., 2014. Environmental Modeling and Software, 51:1-11. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2013.09.018




Professor at the Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management
Telephone: +4640415230
Postal address:
Box 190
234 22 Lomma
Visiting address: Slottsvägen 5, Alnarp, Alnarp