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Cecilia Akselsson

Sustainability in forests: from plot to landscape scale

(1) Sustainability at plot-scale:  We use empirical data together with the dynamic forest ecosystem model ForSAFE for two purposes - to develop process understanding about nutrient and carbon cycling in forests, and to address questions about future effects of climate change, different types of forest management and atmospheric deposition on soil chemistry, runoff water quality and tree growth. The SWETHRO monitoring network, managed by IVL, is an important platform in our work, and we have extensive and very fruitful cooperation with the SWETHRO group at IVL.One important aim with our research is to provide mainly Swedish stakeholders, e.g. the Energy Agency, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Forest Agency and the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, with decision support.

(2) Sustainability at landscape scale: We develop methodologies for a landscape approach for forested areas. The aim is to demonstrate how synergies and trade-offs between ecosystem services can be analyzed using this approach and highlight the advantages compared to business as usual approaches. We are part of the strategic research area BECC (Biodiversity and Ecosystem services in a Changing Climate), and we have started collaboration with researchers from this enviroment working on agriculture. During 2019, I led FORMAS planning grant: "Sustainable land use - developing landscape approaches  to reach the sustainable development goals" (see policy brief and poster (In Swedish), including the forest and agriculture secors. We are aiming to continue research on this track.


Research group

-Giuliana Zanchi (Researcher)
-Veronika Kronnäs (PhD student)
-Klas Lucander (PhD student)
-Tristan Bakx (PhD student) 

Group members with other affiliations:
-Salim Belyazid (Lecturer, Department of Physical Geography, Stockholm University, group leader together with Cecilia Akselsson)
-Nadja Stadlinger (Post doc, Department of Physical Geography, Stockholm University)
-Lin Yu (Post doc, Max Planck Institute, Jena)


I teach at various courses at this department and at CEC. My main teaching efforts are on two courses at this department - “An introduction to the global environment”, where I am the course coordinator and “Land surface processes and landscape dynamics”, where I am one of the main teachers.


Involvement in BECC

Since autumn 2016 I am leading one of the three challenge themes in the strategic research area BECC, the one about Ecosystem Services under global change. The vision of the theme is:

“…to be an internationally visible hub generating innovative transdisciplinary science studying and supporting the generation and use of ecosystem services and providing insights for decision making in a society facing global change.”  

You are very welcome to contact me if you want to discuss ideas related to this theme.     

E-mail: cecilia [dot] akselsson [at] nateko [dot] lu [dot] se

Senior lecturer

Dept of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science

+46 46 222 86 89

+46 70 389 19 25



Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science
Lund University
Sölvegatan 12
S-223 62 Lund

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