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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.



Anna Andersson, Mourad Harir, David Bastviken (2023) Extending the potential of Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance massspectrometry for the analysis of disinfection by-products TrAC. Trends in analytical chemistry, Vol. 167, Article 117264 Continue to DOI
Gustav Pajala, Henrique Sawakuchi, David Rudberg, Jonathan Schenk, Anna Sieczko, Magnus Gålfalk, David Seekell, Ingrid Sundgren, Thanh Duc Nguyen, Jan Karlsson, David Bastviken (2023) The Effects of Water Column Dissolved Oxygen Concentrations on Lake Methane Emissions-Results From a Whole-Lake Oxygenation Experiment Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences, Vol. 128, Article e2022JG007185 Continue to DOI
Luka Safaric, Annika Björn, Bo Svensson, David Bastviken, Sepehr Shakeri Yekta (2023) Rheology, Micronutrients, and Process Disturbance in Continuous Stirred-Tank Biogas Reactors Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research Continue to DOI
Fausto Machado-Silva, David Bastviken, Marcio Miranda, Roberta Bittencourt Peixoto, Humberto Marotta, Alex Enrich Prast (2023) Dark carbon fixation in stream carbon cycling Limnology and Oceanography Continue to DOI
Anna Sieczko, Jonathan Schenk, David Rudberg, Thanh Duc Nguyen, Gustav Pajala, Henrique Sawakuchi, David Bastviken (2023) Minor impacts of rain on methane flux from hemiboreal, boreal, and subarctic lakes Science of the Total Environment, Vol. 895, Article 164849 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.

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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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