Josefin Thorslund Eriksson


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Works at Department of Physical Geography
Visiting address Svante Arrhenius väg 8
Room T 302
Postal address Inst för naturgeografi 106 91 Stockholm

About me


I am a hydrologist (got my PhD in Nov 2017), currently working within the research unit for Hydrology, Water resources, and Permafrost. My background is in Environmental sciences.


I am also working as a project assistant for a global wetland ecohydrology network (GWEN: and I am since 2017 the national coordinator for the Swedish World Water Day (Världsvattendagen:




Teaching assistant

Fall semester 2017

GE7025, Local to Global Water Vulnerability and Resilience, 15 credits

Spring semester 2017

GE8009, Land-Water Risk Assessment and Management Methods, 15 credits

Fall semester 2016

GE7025, Local to Global Water Vulnerability and Resilience, 15 credits

Spring semester 2015

GE2011, Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology, 30 credits


My research is focused on landscape scale spreading and fate of substances in aqueous systems, especially regarding metal transport through coupled river-groundwater-wetland systems. I’m also involved in research more specifically on wetlands and how different types of wetlands and wetland complexes can influence the quality and quantity of downstream waters. For instance if, how and to which extent wetlands at the integrated landscape scale can reduce loads of pollutants (e.g. heavy metals) to downstream recipients.

To address research questions relating to these themes, I am conducting water quality analysis and using geochemical modeling (Visual MINTEQ), which I have for instance applied to the Selenga River basin, including its delta and wetland systems, in Mongolia and Russia. I’m focusing on assessing model predictions relative to field measurements, which is needed to test hypotheses regarding field-scale transport of metals and controlling geochemical processes. 

I am also working on both qualitative and quantitative assessments of the large-scale functions of wetlands and the impacts of regional-global change on their functions and associated provisioning of ecosystem services. 



Jarsjö, J., Chalov, S. R., Pietroń, J., Alekseenko, A. V. & Thorslund, J. 2017. Patterns of soil contamination, erosion and river loading of metals in a gold mining region of northern Mongolia. Reg Environ Change, 17, 1991-2005.
Lychagin, M., Chalov, S., Kasimov, N., Shinkareva, G., Jarsjö, J.,        and Thorslund, J., 2017. Surface water pathways and fluxes of metals under changing environmental conditions and human interventions in the Selenga River system. Environ Earth Sci, 76, 1. doi:10.1007/s12665-016-6304-z
Thorslund J., Jarsjö J, T. Wällstedt, C. M. Mörth, M. Yu. Lychagin and S. R. Chalov. 2017. Speciation and hydrological transport of metals in non-acidic river systems of the Lake Baikal basin: Field data and model predictions, Reg Environ Change, 17, 2001-2021.
Chalov, S.R., Thorslund, J. et al., 2017. The Selenga River delta - geochemical barrier protecting Lake Baikal's watersReg Environ Change, 17, 2039-2053.
Thorslund, J., Chalov, S.R., Karthe, D., Jarsjö, J., 2016. Impacts of hydroclimate and mining on arsenic contamination of groundwater and surface water systems in Central Asia. In: Arsenic Research and Global Sustainability, (Eds) Bhattacharya, P., Vahter, M., Jarsjö, J., Kumpiene, J., Ahmad, A., Sparrenbom, C., Jacks, G., Donselaar, M.E., Bundschuh, J., Naidu, R. Tylor & Francis Group, London. ISBN: 978-1-138-02941-5.
Fischer, S., Pietroń, J., Bring, A., Thorslund, J., Jarsjö, J., 2016. Present to future sediment transport of the Brahmaputra River: reducing uncertainty in predictions and management. Reg Environ Change 1–12. doi:10.1007/s10113-016-1039-7
Törnqvist, R., Jarsjö, J., Thorslund, J., Rao, P.S.C., Basu, N.B. and Destouni, G. 2015. Mechanisms of basin-scale nitrogen load reductions under intensified irrigated agriculture. PLoS ONE, 10(3), e0120015, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0120015, 2015.
Thorslund J., Jarsjö J., Chalov S.R. and Belozerova E.V. 2012. Gold mining impact on riverine heavy metal transport in a sparsely monitored region: the upper Lake Baikal Basin case.  J Environ Monit, 14: 2780-2792. 
Chalov, S., Jarsjö, J., Kasimov, N., Romanchenko, A.O., Pietron, J., Thorslund, J and Promakhova, E.V. 2014. Spatio-temporal variation of sediment transport in the Selenga River Basin, Mongolia and Russia. Environ Earth Sci, 73, 663-680.
Chalov, S., Zavadsky., A., Belozerova, E.V., Bulacheva, M.P., Jarsjö, J., Thorslund, J and Yamkhin, J. 2012. Suspended and dissolved matter fluxes in the upper Selenga River basin. Geography, Environment, Sustainability, 2, 78-94.


Last updated: October 24, 2018

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