Annika Svanbäck, foto: Niklas Björling/SU

Annika Svanbäck


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Telephone 08-16 31 50
Visiting address Svante Arrhenius väg 20 F, plan 5
Room P527
Postal address Stockholms universitets Östersjöcentrum 106 91 Stockholm

About me

My work focuses on mitigation of nutrient losses from agriculture to the sea, and large scale nutrient budgets.

I work with issues concerning the impact of agriculture on the Baltic Sea and how nutrient losses from agriculture can be reduced. I am interested in how agriculture can be developed to have minimal negative environmental impact.

In the Baltic Eye, I work with nutrient balances for the entire Baltic Sea catchment area. We identify where excess nutrients in manure and fertilizer exist in relation to what is needed for plant production, as well as how efficiently nutrients are used in agriculture and how this has changed over time. In addition I focus on the structure of agriculture and production in the different countries in the catchment area, how the countries are working to reduce nutrient losses and what political processes are important in this context.

I am an agronomist with a Ph.D. in soil science. My current research builds on my knowledge of how nutrients are transported, and how to reduce phosphorus leaching from agricultural land. In particular, I have conducted research on the role of chemical soil properties, fertilization and soil structure for phosphorus leaching.



Svanbäck, A., McCrackin, M. L., Swaney, D. P., Linefur, H., Gustafsson, B. G., Howarth, R. W., and Humborg, C. (2019). Reducing agricultural nutrient surpluses in a large catchment – Links to livestock density. Science of The Total Environment 648, 1549-1559.

McCrackin, M.L., Muller-Karulis, B., Gustafsson, B.G., Howarth, R.W., Humborg, C., Svanback, A., and Swaney, D.P. (2018). A Century of Legacy Phosphorus Dynamics in a Large Drainage Basin. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 32, 1107-1122.

McCrackin, M.L., Gustafsson, B.G., Hong, B., Howarth, R.W., Humborg, C, Savchuk, O.P., Svanbäck, A., Swaney, D. P. (2018) Opportunities to reduce nutrient inputs to the Baltic Sea by improving manure use efficiency in agriculture. Regional Environmental change 18, 1843-1854.

Hong, B., Swaney, D. P., McCrackin, M., Svanbäck, A., Humborg, C., Gustafsson, B., Yershova, A., and Pakhomau, A. (2017). Advances in NANI and NAPI accounting for the Baltic drainage basin: spatial and temporal trends and relationships to watershed TN and TP fluxes. Biogeochemistry, 1-17.

Bergström, L, Kirchmann, H., Djodjic, F., Kyllmar, K., Ulén, B., Liu, J., Andersson, H., Aronsson, H., Börjesson, G., Kynkäänniemi, P., Svanbäck, A. & Villa, A. (2015) Turnover and losses of phosphorus in Swedish agricultural soils: Long term changes, leaching trends, and mitigation measures. Journal of Environmental Quality 44:512-523.

Svanbäck, A., Ulén, B, Bergström, L. & Kleinman, P.J.A. (2015) Long Term Trends in Phosphorus Leaching and Changes in Soil Phosphorus with Phytomining. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 70:121-132.

Svanbäck, A., Ulén, B. & Etana, A. (2014) Mitigation of phosphorus leaching losses via subsurface drains from a cracking marine clay soil. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 184:124-134.

Ulén, B., Kreuger, J., Larsbo M. & Svanbäck, A. (2014) Spatial variation in herbicide leaching from a marine clay soil via subsurface drains. Pest Management Science 70:405-414.

Svanbäck, A., Ulén, B., Etana, A., Bergström, L., Kleinman, P. J. A. & Mattsson, L. (2013) Influence of soil phosphorus and manure on phosphorus leaching in Swedish topsoils. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems 96:133-147.

Ulén, B., Alex, G., Kreuger, J., Svanbäck, A. & Etana, A. (2012) Particulate facilitated leaching of glyphosate and phosphorus from a marine clay soil via tile drains. Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica Section B 62:241-251.

Lindvall, A. & Ulén, B. (2005) Hypolimnetic withdrawal to reduce internal phosphorus loading in lakes – Experiences from Lake Bornsjön. VATTEN 61: 183–192.

Last updated: November 30, 2018

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