Svartberget Experimental Forest

Last changed: 16 February 2018
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Svartberget is a center for forest field research in northern Sweden. It provides key infrastructures for field research on mire ecosystems, catchments, and productive pine and spruce stands. The large site gives researchers unique opportunities to study processes and flows on both an ecosystem and a landscape level.

The study site consists of approximately 2 500 hectares of forest managed by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). The landowner is the forest company Sveaskog.

The centre for research at Svartberget rests at the resarch station which was built in the year 1979, 7 kilometers northwest of the seat of Vindeln. Here, around 15 people are employed: Rsearch technicians, research engineers as well as administrative and seasonal employees.

Svartberget is a part of the Swedish Infrastructure for Ecosystem Science (SITES). SITES is a national organization composed of nine field stations, located all over Sweden, which are equipped with infrastructure and technological competence for ecosystem research.

Svartberget is also a member of Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS), a European research infrastructure focusing on surveying and understanding the greenhouse gas balance.

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We offer you the posibility of establishing new field experiments:

  • Access to climate- and ground data when you establish new projects with us.
  • Technical support from staff with good knowledge of the surrounding environment and superiour field experience.
  • Access to a workshop, machines, measuring equipment, cooling facilities, a test lab, storage and desk space.
  • The field station also provides a kitchen, and we offer subsidized housing in Vindeln.
  • Hosting or support if you wish to organise an excursion in our forests.

Svartberget Experimental Forest was established in 1923 by the Swedish Institute för Experimental Forestry. Forest Manager Oscar Henriksson was the director until the year 1956.

Svartberget Field Research Station is situated about seven kilometers northwest of Vindeln. From Vindeln, you can drive either route 363 towards Hällnäs and turn right to Svartberget via Abborrtjärn, or you can drive the route towards Botsmark and turn left at the sign “Svartbergets fältstation”. Driving time from Umeå is about one hour.


Tomas Lundmark, Professor
Department of Forest Ecology and Management; Forest Management Unit, +4690-786 8480, +4670-631 7412

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