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David Bastviken


I am interested in greenhouse gas fluxes and their regulation across scales, elemental cycling of chlorine, carbon and other nutrients, and how to generate safe drinking water. I also value method development in overall environmental research.  

Environmental science for better understanding of the life zone on Earth

The life zone is forming a thin membrane surrounding the Earth. To better understand the present and future fundamental conditions and constraints for life and societies I am interested in the physical, chemical and biological processes, i.e. the biogeochemistry, in the life zone on our planet.

Some of my research focuses on carbon cycling including organic matter production and degradation under different conditions. A related topic is greenhouse gas dynamics and emissions to the atmosphere at various scales ranging from local habitats to whole landscapes and global budgets. I also try to develop new improved methods for greenhouse gas measurements.

Chlorine cycling in nature and society is another interest, including the fates of chorine in terrestrial systems to better understand both its ecological importance and how to improve the risk assessments associated with the radioactive chlorine in nuclear waste. Another focus is the formation of potentially harmful byproducts when disinfecting drinking water, and how we can map this very diverse group of compounds better to minimize human exposure.



Magnus Gålfalk, Soren Nilsson Paledal, Johan Yngvesson, David Bastviken (2024) Measurements of Methane Emissions from a Biofertilizer Storage Tank Using Ground-Based Hyperspectral Imaging and Flux Chambers Environmental Science and Technology Continue to DOI
David Rudberg, Jonathan Schenk, Gustav Pajala, Henrique Sawakuchi, Anna Sieczko, Ingrid Sundgren, Thanh Duc Nguyen, Jan Karlsson, Sally Macintyre, John Melack, David Bastviken (2024) Contribution of gas concentration and transfer velocity to CO2 flux variability in northern lakes Limnology and Oceanography Continue to DOI
Guillem Domènech-Gil, Thanh Duc Nguyen, Jacob Wikner, Jens Eriksson, Sören Nilsson Påledal, Donatella Puglisi, David Bastviken (2024) Electronic Nose for Improved Environmental Methane Monitoring Environmental Science and Technology, Vol. 58, p. 352-361 Continue to DOI


David Bastviken, Claire C. Treat, Sunitha Rao Pangala, Vincent Gauci, Alex Enrich Prast, Martin Karlson, Magnus Gålfalk, Mariana Brandini Romano, Henrique Sawakuchi (2023) The importance of plants for methane emission at the ecosystem scale Aquatic Botany, Vol. 184, Article 103596 Continue to DOI
Ana Maria Roxana Petrescu, Chunjing Qiu, Matthew J. McGrath, Philippe Peylin, Glen P. Peters, Philippe Ciais, Rona L. Thompson, Aki Tsuruta, Dominik Brunner, Matthias Kuhnert, Bradley Matthews, Paul I. Palmer, Oksana Tarasova, Pierre Regnier, Ronny Lauerwald, David Bastviken, Lena Hoeglund-Isaksson, Wilfried Winiwarter, Giuseppe Etiope, Tuula Aalto, Gianpaolo Balsamo, Vladislav Bastrikov, Antoine Berchet, Patrick Brockmann, Giancarlo Ciotoli, Giulia Conchedda, Monica Crippa, Frank Dentener, Christine D. Groot Zwaaftink, Diego Guizzardi, Dirk Guenther, Jean-Matthieu Haussaire, Sander Houweling, Greet Janssens-Maenhout, Massaer Kouyate, Adrian Leip, Antti Leppanen, Emanuele Lugato, Manon Maisonnier, Alistair J. Manning, Tiina Markkanen, Joe McNorton, Marilena Muntean, Gabriel D. Oreggioni, Prabir K. Patra, Lucia Perugini, Isabelle Pison, Maarit T. Raivonen, Marielle Saunois, Arjo J. Segers, Pete Smith, Efisio Solazzo, Hanqin Tian, Francesco N. Tubiello, Timo Vesala, Guido R. van der Werf, Chris Wilson, Soenke Zaehle (2023) The consolidated European synthesis of CH4 and N2O emissions for the European Union and United Kingdom: 1990-2019 Earth System Science Data, Vol. 15, p. 1197-1268 Continue to DOI


A camera for visualizing methane sources

The greenhouse gas methane is more powerful than carbon dioxide and has large effects on the climate. It is not clear where all methane emissions occur and how big they are. This could be changed with a sensitive infra red camera.

Bilden visar vattenkran. The picture shows water tap

Drinking Water Disinfection By-products

Disinfection of drinking water is necessary in order to reduce the risk of disease transmission, but instead it provides byproducts that can be toxic and carcinogenic. With new analytical methods, the production of such byproducts can be examined.

Bild på när koldioxidhalter kartläggs

Greenhouse gas sensors for the future

In the project we developing, small power and cost-effective greenhouse gas sensors for use in sensor networks in all types of environments.


Two women in the laboratory.

New lab, but still the same

Following a fire, the lab at TEMAM has been under restoration since 2020. Now that it is finished, most of it looks the same as before, as nobody could think of any changes they would like to make to the premises.

David Bastviken.

Climate change affects greenhouse gas emissions from stream networks

Natural greenhouse gas emissions from streams and lakes are strongly linked to water discharge and temperature. This knowledge is necessary to assess how man-made climate change is altering greenhouse emissions from natural landscapes.

Girl with backpack standing in flooded village.

The Paris Agreement – better measurement methods needed

The Paris Agreement says that we should reduce the emission of greenhouse gases to limit the rise in global temperature to 2 degrees Celsius. But do we have the measurement methods needed? LiU-researchers have the disheartening answer.

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