Cecilia Akselsson

Senior Lecturer, Associate professor, Researcher at IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, PhD, Master of Science

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Physical Geography
  • Environmental Sciences


  • forest ecosystems, biogeochemistry, synergies and conflicts, ecosystem services


I perform research about 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 environment working on agriculture. During 2019, I led FORMAS planning grant: "Sustainable land use - developing landscape approaches  to reach the sustainable development goals", including the forest and agriculture sectors. We are aiming to continue research on this track.

My main teaching is on the courses "Physical Geography: An introduction to the global environment" and "Land surface processes and landscape dynamics".

Recent research outputs

Cecilia Akselsson, Carina Keskitalo, Karin Öhman, Thomas Ranius, Maria Forsberg & Henrik G. Smith, 2020 Jun, Lund : BECC policy brief.

Research output: Other contributionMiscellaneous

Martin Erlandsson Lampa, Salim Belyazid, Giuliana Zanchi & Cecilia Akselsson, 2019 Dec 15, In : Ecological Modelling. 414, 108832.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Erik Ahlberg, Roland Akselsson, Cecilia Akselsson, Louise C. Andresen, Jonas Ardö, Robert G. Björk, Lovisa Björnsson, Emily Boyd, Mark V. Brady, Sara Brogaard, Christer Brönmark, Per Carlsson, Wim Carton, Deliang Chen, Jessica Coria, Ralf Döscher, Helena L. Filipsson, Göran Frank, Johan Friberg, Marie-Jose Gaillard & 45 others, Lars Gamfeldt, Annemieke Gärdenäs, Mattias Hallquist, Dan Hammarlund, Lars-Anders Hansson, Céline Heuzé, Jutta Holst, Christina Isaxon, Johan Jansson, Margareta Johansson, Thomas B Johansson, Åsa Kasimir, Tord Kjellström, Till Koglin, Torsten Krause, Adam Kristensson, Emma Kritzberg, Jessica Wadin, Aliaksei Laureshyn, Karin Lundgren Kownacki, Jakob Löndahl, Johan Martinsson, Paul Miller, Kimberly Nicholas, Tobias Nielsen, Alexandra Nikoleris, Lennart Olsson, Joakim Pagels, Frans-Jan Parmentier, Andreas Persson, Håkan Pleijel, Honor C Prentice, Karin Rengefors, Pontus Roldin, Daniel Slunge, Henrik G. Smith, Moa Sporre, Birgitta Svenningsson, Erik Svensson, Erik Swietlicki, Johan Uddling, Göran Wallin, Josefin Ahlkrona, Kevin Anderson & August Andersson, 2019 Mar 15, Dagens nyheter (DN debatt).

Research output: Contribution to specialist publication or newspaperNewspaper article

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