Bengt Nihlgård

Bengt Nihlgård

Professor emeritus

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My interests are mainly in the field of forest ecosystems, forest vegetation and forest biogeochemistry, especially mineral nutrients, soil and water chemistry and relations to forest health. Forest vegetation, forest biomass and productivity, precipitation and throughfall in forests, dry deposition, nutritional imbalances, long-term changes in soil and vegetation, natural regeneration ecology of forest trees, nitrogen metabolism especially connected to the effects of air pollutants have all been within my sphere of interest. I have taken part in many studies related to effects on forest ecosystems and small catchments after application of lime, wood ash or nutrients. Sustainable forestry methods (silvicultural and management) have always been prioritized. During the last years I have taken part in studies related to water chemistry and human health. I have also contributed to the use of the FORSAFE-veg model, in Sweden as well as in Switzerland, France and USA.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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