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Gustaf Hugelius

About me

Senior Lecturer, Department of Physical Geography  

Vice Director of the Bolin Centre of Climate Research 

Co-lead of the research unit Landscape, Environment and Geomatics 




My teaching is mainly focused on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at basic and advanced levels. Our course programs emphasize applications of GIS and geomatics within Physical Geography and Environmental Science.

A lot of my teaching is within our Master's Programme in Geomatics with Remote Sensing and GIS.



My main scientific interest is the role of soils in the global carbon cycle. I have particularly worked with quantifying and characterizing stocks of organic carbon stored in permafrost and peatlands of Arctic and Boreal ecosystems, often combining field sampling with the use of Earth Observation data and spatial modelling.

Through collaborative efforts of scientist of different disciplines these projects strive to increase our understanding of climate-cryosphere interactions in different northern regions. I was the lead principal investigator of the EU JPI-Climate COUP consortium and is a one of the work package-leads within the EU H2020 consortium Nunataryuk. I have organized more than ten expeditions to different Arctic regions and has extensive experience of synthesis science and leadership in International networks, including as Steering Group member of the Permafrost Carbon Network, co-chair of the International Soil Carbon Network and founding-leader of a Permafrost Carbon group in the the International Permafrost Association. I leads the work for the Permafrost region in the Global Carbon Project synthesis RECCAP2. 

Links to the webpages of different research projects are found in the upper right corner of this page.

Research projects