Ylva Sjoberg

Ylva Sjöberg


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Works at Department of Physical Geography
Telephone 08-16 47 09
Visiting address Svante Arrhenius väg 8
Room T308
Postal address Inst för naturgeografi 106 91 Stockholm

About me

I'm a researcher within the research unit for Hydrology, Water resources, and Permafrost. My research focuses on the interaction between permafrost and water in arctic landscapes.


My research focuses on the hydrologic system in arctic permafrost environments. The aim of my research is to better understand the processes controlling hydrology in these environments and the links to permafrost dynamics under varying environmental conditions and across spatial scales. One of the main motivations for increasing the knowledge base of the coupled permafrost-hydrologic system is its influence on the arctic carbon cycle, as degradation and transport of newly thawed permafrost carbon is controlled by the distribution and routing of water through the landscape.

I work with a variety of complementary techniques to isolate groundwater-permafrost interactions across spatial scales, including geophysical techniques, GIS, remote sensing, and statistical analyses of field observations of ground temperature and hydrological parameters.

I'm also engaged in networks and initiatives promoting early career researchers (see for example Fritz et al., 2015), and in outreach activities such as the Frozen Ground Cartoon project which produces cartoons explaining permafrost (available in English and Swedish), and I am the co-chair for the International Permafrost Association standing Committtee on Education and Outreach.


Jutebring Sterte, E., Johansson, E., Sjöberg, Y., Huseby Karlsen, R., Laudon, H. (2018) Groundwater-surface water interactions across scales in a boreal landscape investigated using a numerical modelling approach, J. Hydrology, 

Nääs, H., Ross, N., Bouchard, F., Deshpande, B., Fritz, M., Malenfant-Lepage, J., Nieuwendam, A., Paquette, M., Rudy, A., Siewert, M., Sjöberg, Y., Veillette, A., Weege, S., Harbor, J., Habeck, J. O. (2017): Frozen-Ground Cartoons: An international collaboration between artists and permafrost scientists, Potsdam : Bibliothek Wissenschaftspark Albert Einstein, 27 p.
DOI: (Popular science)

Muster, S., Roth, K., Langer, M., Lange, S., Cresto Aleina, F., Bartsch, A., Morgenstern, A., Grosse, G., Jones, B., Sannel, A. B. K., Sjöberg, Y., Günther, F., Andresen, C., Veremeeva, A., Lindgren, P. R., Bouchard, F., Lara, M. J., Fortier, D., Charbonneau, S., Virtanen, T. A., Hugelius, G., Palmtag, J., Siewert, M. B., Riley, W. J., Koven, C. D., and Boike, J.(2017), PeRL: a circum-Arctic Permafrost Region Pond and Lake database, Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 9, 317-348,

Sjöberg, Y., E. Coon, A. B. K. Sannel, R. Pannetier, D. Harp, A. Frampton, S. L. Painter, and S. W. Lyon. (2016), Thermal effects of groundwater flow through subarctic fens: A case study based on field observations and numerical modeling, Water Resour. Res., 52, 1591–1606, doi:10.1002/2015WR017571.

Sjöberg, Y., (2015) Linking water and permafrost dynamics, PhD dissertation, Stockholm University, ISBN: 978-91-7649-164-5.

Sjöberg, Y., P Marklund, R Pettersson, S Lyon (2015) Geophysical mapping of palsa peatland permafrost,  The Cryosphere 9: 465–478, doi:10.5194/tc-9-465-2015.

Harpold, A, J A Marshall, S W Lyon, T B Barnhart, B Fisher, M Donovan, K M Brubaker, C J Crosby, N F Glenn, C L Glennie, P B Kirchner, N Lam, K D Mankoff, J  McCreight, N P Molotch, K N Musselman, J Pelletier, T Russo, H Sangireddy, Y. Sjöberg, T Swetnam, and N West (2015) Laser vision: lidar as a transformative tool to advance critical zone science, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 2881-2897, doi:10.5194/hess-19-2881-2015.

Fritz, M, B N Deshpande, F Bouchard, E Högström,  J Lepage, A Morgenstern, A Nieuwendam, M Oliva, M Paquette, A C A Rudy, M B Siewert, Y Sjöberg, and S Weege (2015) Future avenues for permafrost science from the perspective of early career researchers, The Cryosphere, 9, 1715-1720, doi:10.5194/tc-9-1715-2015.

Sjöberg, Y., A Frampton, S Lyon (2013a) Using streamflow characteristics to explore permafrost thawing in northern Sweden,  Hydrogeology Journal 21 (1): 121-131, doi:10.1007/s10040-012-0932-5.

Sjöberg, Y., G Hugelius, P Kuhry (2013b) Thermokarst Lake Morphometrics and Erosion in Two Peat Plateau Areas of Northeastern European Russia, Permafrost and Periglacial Processes 24 (1): 75-81, doi:10.1002/ppp.1762.

Last updated: September 25, 2018

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