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Mats Larsbo

Mats Larsbo
I am mainly doing research on solute transport in the unsaturated zone. My work spans from studies at the pore scale using X-ray tomography to the field scale where leaching of pesticides is the main focus. Numerical models are important tools in my research.


Ongoing projects:
- Consolidation of agricultural topsoils after harrowing
- Modelling the effects of soil freezing on pesticide transport
- Earthworm bioturbation responses to compaction and SOC availability
- Effects of SOC on soil structure, hydraulic properties and solute transport
- Pore network characteristics and preferential transport in cultivated soils
- Soil structure dynamics

Selected publications

Parvin N, Sandin M, Larsbo M. 2021. Seedbed consolidation and surface sealing for soils of different texture and soil organic carbon contents. Soil and Tillage Research. 206:104849.

Colombi, T., N. Kirchgessner, D. Iseskog, S. Alexandersson, M. Larsbo and T. Keller. 2021. A time-lapse imaging platform for quantification of soil crack development due to simulated root water uptake. Soil and Tillage Research 205: 104769.

Meurer, K., J. Barron, C. Chenu, E. Coucheney, M. Fielding, P. Hallett, A. M. Herrmann, T. Keller, J. Koestel, M. Larsbo, E. Lewan, D. Or, D. Parsons, N. Parvin, A. Taylor, H. Vereecken and N. Jarvis. 2020. A framework for modelling soil structure dynamics induced by biological activity. Global Change Biology 26: 5382–5403.

Koestel, J., M. Larsbo and N. Jarvis. 2020. "Scale and REV analyses for porosity and pore connectivity measures in undisturbed soil." Geoderma 366: 114206.

Larsbo, M., Holten, R., Stenrød, M., Eklo, O. M. and Jarvis, N. 2019. A dual-permeability approach for modeling soil water flow and heat transport during freezing and thawing. Vadose Zone Journal 18. doi:10.2136/vzj2019.01.0012

Holten, R., Larsbo, M., Jarvis, N., Stenrød, M., Almvik, M., and Eklo. O. M. 2019. Leaching of five pesticides of contrasting mobility through frozen and unfrozen soil. Vadose Zone Journal 18. doi:10.2136/vzj2018.11.0201

Mossadeghi-Björklund, M., Jarvis, N., Larsbo, M., Forkman, J. and Keller, T. 2019. Effects of compaction on soil hydraulic properties, penetration resistance and water flow patterns at the soil profile scale. Soil Use Management 35: 367-377. doi:10.1111/sum.12481

Löv, Å., Larsbo, M., Sjöstedt, C., Cornelis, G., Gustafsson, J. P., and Kleja, D. B. 2019. Evaluating the ability of standardised leaching tests to predict metal(loid) leaching from intact soil columns using size-based elemental fractionation. Chemosphere 222: 453–460.

Holten, R., Bøe, F. N., Almvik, M., Katuwal, S., Stenrød, M., Larsbo, M., Jarvis, N., and Eklo, O. M. 2018. The effect of freezing and thawing on water flow and MCPA leaching in partially frozen soil. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology 219: 72-85.

Löv, Å., Cornelis, G., Larsbo, M., Persson, I., Sjöstedt, C., Gustafsson, J. P., Boye, K. and Kleja, D. B. 2018. Particle- and colloid-facilitated Pb transport in four historically contaminated soils - Speciation and effect of irrigation intensity. Applied Geochemistry 96: 327–338.

Hellner, Q., Koestel, J., Ulén, B. and Larsbo, M. 2018. Effects of tillage and liming on macropore networks derived from X‐ray tomography images of a silty clay soil. Soil Use and Management 34: 197­–205.

Sandin, M., Jarvis, N. and Larsbo, M. 2018. Consolidation and surface sealing of nine harrowed Swedish soils. Soil and Tillage Research 181: 82-92.

Ulén, B., Larsbo, M., Koestel, J., Hellner, Q., Blomberg M. and Geranmayeh, P. 2018. Assessing strategies to mitigate phosphorus leaching from drained clay soils. Ambio 47, 114-123.

Sandin, M., Piikki, K., Jarvis, N., Larsbo, M., Bishop, K. and Kreuger, J. 2018. Spatial and temporal patterns of pesticide concentrations in streamflow, drainage and runoff in a small Swedish agricultural catchment, Science of the Total Environment, 610 (Supplement C), 623-634.

Löv, Å., Sjöstedt, C., Larsbo, M., Persson, I., Gustafsson, J. P., Cornelis G. and Kleja, D. B. 2017. Solubility and transport of Cr(III) in a historically contaminated soil – Evidence of a rapidly reacting dimeric Cr(III) organic matter complex. Chemosphere 189 (Supplement C), 709-716.

Jarvis, N., Forkman, J., Koestel, J., Kätterer, T., Larsbo, M. and Taylor, A. 2017. Long-term effects of grass-clover leys on the structure of a silt loam soil in a cold climate, Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 247 (Supplement C), 319-328.

Jarvis, N., Koestel, J. and Larsbo, M. 2017. Reply to 'Comment on "Understanding preferential flow in the vadose zone: Recent advances and future prospects" by N. Jarvis et al.', Vadose Zone Journal, 16, 1-4.

Starkloff, T., Larsbo, M., Stolte, J., Hessel, R., and Ritsema, C. 2017, Quantifying the impact of a succession of freezing-thawing cycles on the pore network of a silty clay loam and a loamy sand topsoil using X-ray tomography, Catena, 156, 365-374.

Sandin, M., Koestel, J., Jarvis, N. and Larsbo, M. 2017. Post-tillage evolution of structural pore space and saturated and near-saturated hydraulic conductivity in a clay loam soil, Soil Till. Res., 165, 161-168.

Jarvis, N., Larsbo, M. and Koestel, J., 2017. Connectivity and percolation of structural pore networks in a cultivated silt loam soil quantified by X-ray tomography, Geoderma. 287, 71-79

Lammoglia, S.-K., Moeys, J., Barriuso, E., Larsbo, M., Marín-Benito, J.-M., Justes, E., Alletto, L., Ubertosi, M., Nicolardot, B., Munier-Jolain, N., Mamy, L. 2017. Sequential use of the STICS crop model and of the MACRO pesticide fate model to simulate pesticides leaching in cropping systems, Environ. Sci. Pollut. Res., DOI 10.1007/s11356-016-6842-7.

Jarvis, N., Koestel, J., and Larsbo, M., 2016. Understanding preferential flow in the vadose zone: Recent advances and future prospects, Vadoze Zone J. 15, doi:10.2136/vzj2016.09.0075.

Larsbo, M., Koestel, J., Kätterer, T., and Jarvis, N., 2016. Preferential transport in macropores is reduced by soil organic carbon, Vadose Zone J., 15, doi:10.2136/vzj2016.03.0021.

Larsbo, M., Sandin, M., Jarvis, N., Etana, A., and Kreuger, J. 2016. Surface runoff of pesticides from a clay loam field in Sweden. J. Environ. Qual., doi: 10.2134/jeq2015.10.0528.

Mossadeghi-Björklund, M., Arvidsson, J., Keller, T., Koestel, J., Lamande, M., Larsbo, M., and Jarvis, N. 2016. Effects of subsoil compaction on hydraulic properties and preferential flow in a Swedish clay soil, Soil Tillage Res., 156, 91-98.


Researcher at the Department of Soil and Environment; Soil and Environmental Physics
Telephone: +4618671238
Postal address:
Box 7014
750 07 Uppsala
Visiting address: Lennart Hjelms väg 9, Uppsala