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Department of Aquatic Siences and Assessment

The Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment is a research center for applied environmental research with national responsibility for monitoring the environmental status of lakes and watercourses. Research is mainly focused on aquatic ecology and biodiversity, geochemistry and hydrology and aquatic ecotoxicology and environmental chemistry.

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New funding for water research

During the autumn 2022, the Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment, SLU has been delighted to receive news on the approval of several research grants that can increase our knowledge of water


Lars Sonesten is Head of the Department. The management of the department is assisted by a Department Board and a Research Board. Department Board Lars Sonesten , Head of Department Stina Drakare ,

Archive of Measurement Uncertainties

Below are the accredited analytical methods and their measurement uncertainties listed, since November 2017. For information about earlier analytical methods from 1960s and onwards, see each method .

Geochemical laboratory

The laboratory are analysing the chemical composition of inland waters. We are since 1992 accredited by SWEDAC for the analyses of about 40 different parameters, as well as for sampling.


Our laboratories have long experiences of accredited and quality assured analyses of water chemistry, aquatic biology and organic risk pollutants. The laboratories are accredited by SWEDAC since the

Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment

Our research, education and environmental monitoring and assessment is focused on bettering our understanding of environmental changes of inland surface waters, as well as analyses of the underlying


We publish the result of research and environmental assessment in scientific journals, as theses and as reports. Listed at the end of the page are the 200 most recent publications from the department.

Do you want to learn about model data for water quality?

Models are important tools for setting and evaluating environmental policy. During the course ”Models for Sustainable Water Management” you will learn about credible modelling approaches, the need

600 lakes and 1000 water courses to new Ecological Quality Criteria

During the autumn of 2022, an updated way of assessing the ecological status of water has been introduced in Sweden. The assessments apply to water in Sweden and are now harmonised with assessments

Water researcher is awarded for the best PhD thesis

Alberto Celma, who did his dissertation in Spain in 2021, has been awarded a prise for his PhD thesis on improving screening techniques that are used to detect known and unknown substances in water.

Is there poison in the drinking water?

Alberto Celma and Svante Rehnstam from SLU are training to be able to answer this question. They participate in a project that has the goal of increasing the possibility of identifying unknown

Location and size determine the cost-effectiveness of the wetland

Since the beginning of the 1990s, many wetlands have been constructed in Sweden. The reasons have been several. But there are so far few studies that have followed up on how effective the wetlands