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Olsson, B., Hannrup, B., Jönsson, M., Larsolle, A., Nordström, M., Mörtberg, U., . . . Strömgren, M. (2017). A decision support model for individual tree stump harvesting options based on criteria for economic return and environmental protection. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, 32, 246-259
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2017 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, ISSN 0282-7581, E-ISSN 1651-1891, Vol. 32, p. 246-259Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Based on principles of multi-criteria analysis techniques, a model (MAPStump-E) for decision support on stump harvesting at stand level was developed. The model applies the concept that each stump can be attributed production values (economic) and environmental values (here soil protection and water quality). Individual tree stump information was incorporated directly from the production reports of harvesters and combined with high-resolution Geographical Information System data on topography and soil type to create a production submodel and a soil and water vulnerability submodel (SWM). To test the model, it was applied to a 45-ha study forest in south-central Sweden and the outcome of nine scenarios with varying bioenergy prices and environmental protection levels was examined. Combined analysis of the effects of production and environmental criteria on total dry mass of harvestable stumps at the study site showed that biomass prices had a stronger influence than environmental criteria. Conflict stumps were defined as stumps suitable for harvest based on production criteria, but unsuitable based on soil and water protection criteria. In a ?medium? price scenario, the proportion of conflict stumps at the study site ranged from 6% to 18%, depending on protection level set.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis Group, 2017
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Land and Water Resources Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-192296 (URN)10.1080/02827581.2016.1236983 (DOI)000395088000007 ()2-s2.0-84990176702 (Scopus ID)
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StandUp
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QC 20160921

Available from: 2016-09-08 Created: 2016-09-08 Last updated: 2017-07-11Bibliographically approved
Mörtberg, U., Goldenberg, R., Kalantari, Z., Kordas, O., Deal, B., Balfors, B. & Cvetkovic, V. (2017). Integrating ecosystem services in the assessment of urban energy trajectories: A study of the Stockholm Region. Energy Policy, 100, 338-349
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2017 (English)In: Energy Policy, ISSN 0301-4215, E-ISSN 1873-6777, Vol. 100, p. 338-349Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Urban development trajectories are changing towards compact, energy-efficient cities and renewable energy sources, and this will strongly affect ecosystem services (ES) that cities are dependent on but tend to disregard. Such ES can be provisioning, regulating and cultural ES, around which competition over land resources will increase with energy system shifts. Much of this can be foreseen to take place within urbanising regions that are simultaneously the living environment of a major part of the human population today. In order to inform critical urban policy decisions, tools for integrated assessment of urban energy and transport options and ecosystem services need to be developed. For this purpose, a case study of the Stockholm region was conducted, analysing three scenarios for the future urbanisation of the region, integrating a transport energy perspective and an ES perspective. The results showed that a dense but polycentric development pattern gives more opportunities for sustainable urban development, while the dense monocentric scenario has apparent drawbacks from an ES perspective. The methodology is compatible with a model integration platform for urban policy support and will thus enable integrated policy assessment of complex urban systems, with the goal of increasing their sustainability.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2017
Keywords
Energy efficiency, Urban transport, Accessibility, Urbanisation, Integrated sustainability assessment, Urban ecosystems
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Land and Water Resources Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-192514 (URN)10.1016/j.enpol.2016.09.031 (DOI)000391903900033 ()2-s2.0-84994745669 (Scopus ID)
Funder
StandUpSwedish Research Council Formas
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QC 20160930

Available from: 2016-09-13 Created: 2016-09-13 Last updated: 2017-11-21Bibliographically approved
Hammer, M., Persson, K., Jarsjö, J., Petersson, M., Balfors, B., Dinnétz, P. & Mörtberg, U. (2016). Balancing ecosystem services in local and regional water governance: A case study from Lake Mälaren catchment, Sweden. In: : . Paper presented at The 5th Ecosummit, Ecological Sustainability: Engineering Change, 29 August - 1 September 2016 in Montpellier, France.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Balancing ecosystem services in local and regional water governance: A case study from Lake Mälaren catchment, Sweden
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2016 (English)Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Refereed)
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Land and Water Resources Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-192465 (URN)
External cooperation:
Conference
The 5th Ecosummit, Ecological Sustainability: Engineering Change, 29 August - 1 September 2016 in Montpellier, France
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QC 20160912

Available from: 2016-09-12 Created: 2016-09-12 Last updated: 2016-09-12Bibliographically approved
Karlson, M., Karlsson, C., Mörtberg, U., Olofsson, B. & Balfors, B. (2016). Design and evaluation of railway corridors based on spatial ecological and geological criteria. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 46, 207-228
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2016 (English)In: Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, ISSN 1361-9209, E-ISSN 1879-2340, Vol. 46, p. 207-228Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Transport infrastructure is closely linked to several sustainability issues of main policy relevance, and significant impacts on biodiversity as well as resource use and construction costs relate to the corridor design and location in the landscape. The aim of this study was to develop methods for railway corridor planning, in which corridor design and location would be based on important ecological and geological sustainability criteria. The method, an MCA framework including both spatial and non-spatial MCA, was demonstrated on a railway planning proposition in an urbanising area north of Stockholm, Sweden. Alternative spatial alignments for 6 railway corridors were derived based on criteria representing biodiversity, resource efficiency and costs, developed from ecological and geological knowledge, data and models. The method identified a study area specific positive synergy between ecological and geological sustainability criteria. The evaluation part of the methodology could furthermore identify uncertainties in the input data and assumptions and conflicts between ecological criteria. In order to arrive at a well-informed decision support system, the criteria as well as the decision rules employed could be further elaborated. Other relevant sustainability issues would also need to be integrated, such as cultural landscapes, recreation, and other ecosystem services. Still, arriving at a corridor design informed by the ecological and geological conditions in the planned area, as demonstrated by this study, could improve the sustainability performance of transport infrastructure planning.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2016
Keywords
MCA, Planning, Decision support, Biodiversity, EIA, SEA
National Category
Environmental Analysis and Construction Information Technology
Research subject
Land and Water Resources Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-176397 (URN)10.1016/j.trd.2016.03.012 (DOI)000377829900016 ()2-s2.0-84962791640 (Scopus ID)
Projects
GESP
Funder
Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning, 242-2009-1285StandUp
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QC 20160718

Available from: 2015-11-03 Created: 2015-11-03 Last updated: 2017-07-23Bibliographically approved
Balfors, B., Hammer, M., Mörtberg, U. & Khoshkar, S. (2016). Ecosystem services and impact assessment: Examples from Swedish municipal planning. In: : . Paper presented at The 5th International Ecosummit, Ecological Sustainainability: Engineering Change, 29 August - 1 September 2016, Montpellier, France.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ecosystem services and impact assessment: Examples from Swedish municipal planning
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Land and Water Resources Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-192464 (URN)
Conference
The 5th International Ecosummit, Ecological Sustainainability: Engineering Change, 29 August - 1 September 2016, Montpellier, France
Funder
Swedish Energy AgencyStandUp
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QC 20160926

Available from: 2016-09-12 Created: 2016-09-12 Last updated: 2016-09-26Bibliographically approved
Balfors, B., Azcarate, J., Mörtberg, U., Karlson, M. & Odelius Gordon, S. (2016). Impacts of urban development on biodiversity and ecosystem services. In: Davide Geneletti (Ed.), Handbook on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Impact Assessment: (pp. 167-194). Edward Elgar Publishing
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2016 (English)In: Handbook on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Impact Assessment / [ed] Davide Geneletti, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016, p. 167-194Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Global urbanization has increased rapidly and it is expected to continue. Due to the continuing urbanization process, green areas are transformed into areas for housing, industry and infrastructure. As a consequence, ecosystems in urbanizing areas are affected, which results in degradation of habitats, due to fragmentation and disturbances, with significant impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services. In cities, green areas are of primary interest to support biodiversity as well as in their role as producers of ecosystem services; that is, services that ecosystems produce to the benefit of humans often without any costs. In addition, publicly accessible urban green areas enhance life quality for urban citizens. To strengthen biodiversity and ecosystem services considerations in the planning process and contribute to the preservation of biodiversity in the long term, a consistent assessment of potential impacts is required. In particular, a landscape approach in urban planning and assessment is needed to address the scales of ecological processes, to strengthen important landscape structures and functions in urban, regional and infrastructure planning. A landscape approach calls for methods for assessing the impacts of human actions on biodiversity at a landscape level, across administrative borders. Such methods should allow an analysis of cumulative impacts of many single planning decisions. Several of the processes involved have a temporal and spatial dimension and are possible to quantify, analyse, and visualize with geographical information systems (GIS) combined with spatial ecological models. This allows for localization and quantification of predicted effects of urbanization on biodiversity components over landscape and regional scales. This chapter addresses impacts of urbanization on biodiversity and urban green areas’ capacity in providing ecosystem services. A brief description of the role of biodiversity and ecosystem services provides a framework for a landscape approach in biodiversity assessments and for the practical examples from the Stockholm region. Related to the assessment, tools for predicting and assessing biodiversity impacts at a landscape level will be discussed as well as planning and management of urban green areas. The chapter concludes with lessons learned and key recommendations for best practice.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016
National Category
Environmental Management
Research subject
Land and Water Resources Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-168004 (URN)10.4337/9781783478996.00014 (DOI)9781783478989 (ISBN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council FormasStandUp
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Accepted QP 201505

Available from: 2015-05-25 Created: 2015-05-25 Last updated: 2017-07-11Bibliographically approved
Mörtberg, U., Goldenberg, R., Kalantari, Z., Kordas, O., Deal, B., Balfors, B. & Cvetkovic, V. (2016). Integrating ecosystem services in urban compaction trajectories - A study of the Stockholm Region. In: : . Paper presented at IFLA-URBIO Conference “From cities to landscape: Design for health and biodiversity“, 25-27 October 2016 in Panama..
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2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Land and Water Resources Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-195165 (URN)
Conference
IFLA-URBIO Conference “From cities to landscape: Design for health and biodiversity“, 25-27 October 2016 in Panama.
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StandUp
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QC 20161103

Available from: 2016-11-02 Created: 2016-11-02 Last updated: 2016-11-03Bibliographically approved
Karlsson, C., Kalantari, Z., Mörtberg, U., Olofsson, B. & Lyon, S. (2016). The impact of expert knowledge on natural hazard susceptibility assessment using spatial multi-criteria analysis. In: : . Paper presented at European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2016, Vienna, Austria, 17–22 April 2016. European Geosciences Union (EGU), 18
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The impact of expert knowledge on natural hazard susceptibility assessment using spatial multi-criteria analysis
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2016 (English)Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
European Geosciences Union (EGU), 2016
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Land and Water Resources Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-187759 (URN)
Conference
European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2016, Vienna, Austria, 17–22 April 2016
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas
Note

QC 20160530

Available from: 2016-05-29 Created: 2016-05-29 Last updated: 2016-05-30Bibliographically approved
Siyal, S. H., Mentis, D., Mörtberg, U., Samo, S. R. & Howells, M. (2015). A preliminary assessment of wind generated hydrogen production potential to reduce the gasoline fuel used in road transport sector of Sweden. International journal of hydrogen energy, 40, 6501-6511
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A preliminary assessment of wind generated hydrogen production potential to reduce the gasoline fuel used in road transport sector of Sweden
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2015 (English)In: International journal of hydrogen energy, ISSN 0360-3199, E-ISSN 1879-3487, Vol. 40, p. 6501-6511Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Hydrogen produced with the help of local wind energy resource can be considered as a key energy carrier, which can play a major role in switching the transport fuels from fossil to renewable. In this paper, we preliminary assessed the wind generated hydrogen production potential in order to provide the environmentally clean, renewable and cheap fuel to the road transport sector of Sweden. Vestas-112 wind turbine (V-112) and proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyzer were used as main components. Land use restrictions related to wind to hydrogen energy installation were also taken into account. Geographic Information System (GIS) tool was used for this study. We estimated that in Sweden, 25,580 ktons/year of hydrogen can be produced by using local wind energy resource, which is equivalent to 860 TWh of energy. Moreover, by using per capita gasoline consumption of Sweden, it was also estimated that during year 2011, 2900 ktons of imported gasoline was used in transport sector, which emitted 8700 ktons of CO2 into the local atmosphere of country. It was also estimated that in Sweden, gasoline consumption and CO2 emission can be reduced to 50% by using only 530 ktons i.e. (2%) of total local wind generated hydrogen production.

National Category
Energy Systems Environmental Engineering
Research subject
Energy Technology; Land and Water Resources Engineering; SRA - Energy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-163226 (URN)10.1016/j.ijhydene.2015.03.108 (DOI)000354581100002 ()2-s2.0-84928762327 (Scopus ID)
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QC 20150608

Available from: 2015-03-30 Created: 2015-03-30 Last updated: 2019-03-15Bibliographically approved
Karlson, M. & Mörtberg, U. (2015). A spatial ecological assessment of fragmentation and disturbance effects of the Swedish road network. Landscape and Urban Planning, 134, 53-65
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A spatial ecological assessment of fragmentation and disturbance effects of the Swedish road network
2015 (English)In: Landscape and Urban Planning, ISSN 0169-2046, E-ISSN 1872-6062, Vol. 134, p. 53-65Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Transportation infrastructure has a wide range of effects on ecological processes, which result in both positive and negative impacts for biodiversity. However, the treatment of biodiversity in planning and environmental assessment have been criticized, especially regarding habitat loss and fragmentation effects, the low use of quantitative methods and that of assessments being descriptive rather than analytical and predictive. The aim of this study was to assess the impacts of the Swedish road network by spatial modelling of road effects, to explore potential impacts of fragmentation and disturbance effects of roads on habitat networks for selected ecological profiles, and to discuss the utility of applying quantitative methods for environmental assessment purposes. Habitat and landcover data was used for creating habitat networks for six ecological profiles. Fragmentation and disturbance effects were modelled in GIS and FRAGSTATS was used to quantify ecologically important landscape metrics on habitat amount and connectivity. The results showed that natural grasslands and southern broadleaved forest were substantially more exposed to road effects in Sweden, compared to old coniferous and trivial broadleaved forest. Furthermore, habitat loss was a main consequence of road effects, and forest species with high area demands were most prone to be adversely impacted. Suggestions on method development in order to increase the quality of the analysis methods for environmental assessment are discussed. The potential is seen as high for use of quantitative ecological methods to generate baseline environmental information as well as coarse predictions on likely consequences of development options, useful for environmental assessment.

Keywords
Transport infrastructure, Road ecology, Biodiversity, Ecological profiles, Environmental assessment, Road effect zones
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-123565 (URN)10.1016/j.landurbplan.2014.10.009 (DOI)000347511400006 ()2-s2.0-84908701351 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 242-2009-1285StandUp
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QC 20150209

Available from: 2013-06-12 Created: 2013-06-12 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
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ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-1640-8946

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